Ellie Dauber

Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are little bits of (alleged) humor snuck into a computer program. For example, in one early Microsoft product, going through a specific series of keystrokes produced a small on-screen caricature of Bill Gates who then used a squeegee to clear everything currently on the screen.

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MAU: On Golden Pond

MAU: On Golden Pond
By Ellie Dauber
(c) 2001

When Norman Thayer, retired college professor, finds an MAU, he and his wife give it a challenge to see what all it can do to them and for them.

MAU: On Golden Pond
By Ellie Dauber
(c) 2001

FYI, this story is based on the Henry Fonda/Katherine Hepburn version of the story, rather than the more recent one with Julie Andrews.

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"It's a long story," Edith Thayer said. "As I remember, I was fixing lunch when it began."

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I'm Kind of Ticked

About a month ago, I posted the second Jessie Hanks story to this site. It didn't get near as many reads as the Eerie stories usually get, and the second part got a lot less than the first part did. The two parts only got a couple comments.

I'd like to know why.

It isn't that people don't like my work. As a test, I posted "Vengeance" a week ago. It got a lot more reads and a heck of a lot more comments. Even if two of those comments were about my lousy spelling of an unfamiliar word.

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Vengeance

Vengeance
By Ellie Dauber (c) 2007

Author's note. The idea for this short came from a news story of an armed gunman at NASA (04/20/07). When I heard the news that the gunman and the male hostage were dead, but that the female survived, I thought... well, read the story, and you'll see what I thought. Then you might write a review and say what you thought.

Jessie Hanks Outlaw Queen: The Cameo Murder (Part 2 of 2)

Jessie and Paul leave the Apache with the Sheriff not far behind. Can they escape him and the risk of the venomous scorpion? WIll Jessie prove her innocence? And what of the mystery of Dandy Jim? For this and more, read the stirring adventure of JESSIE HANKS OUTLAW QUEEN!

Street and Smith’s New York Weekly is proud to present the latest addition to the amazing legend of Eerie, Arizona.

Jessie Hanks Outlaw Queen: The Cameo Murder
By Nicholas Varrick
As Told by Ellie Dauber and Christopher Leeson © 2016

Jessie Hanks Outlaw Queen: The Cameo Murder (Part 1 of 2)

Jessie and Paul travel to Dawson, Arizona, so Jessie can sing at her friend, Hanna Tyler's, wedding. But the cameo that Jessie gave Hanna as an engagement present makes Jessie prime suspect in a murder investigation. On the run, they encounter Apache, venomous scorpions, road agents, and the U.S. Cavalry.

Coming Soon: Jessie Hanks II

When Chris and I finished "Eerie Saloon: Spring", we did a tease about the next story in the series being another single adventure of Jessie and Paul. We hoped to get it done and posted fairly soon, say mid 2015.

Unfortunately, "Life" had other ideas. For one thing, the final work of "Spring" was done while I was in a rehab hospital, beginning my (lengthy) recovery from colostomy surgery,

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The First Known Case of Biker Virus

The First Known Case of Biker Virus
By Ellie Dauber © 2016

The first known case of Biker Virus was reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April 2014.

On a Ring and a Prayer

On a Ring and a Prayer
By Ellie Dauber

Cathy Reinhart looked up from the letter. "Johnny! Johnny, you get out here at once."

When he didn't come out of his room, she went in after him. He was sprawled out on the bed reading some magazine. She didn't have to look past the naked woman on the cover to know what kind of magazine. He still wasn't paying attention, but between the pictures in that magazine and the earphones, she wasn't certain if he even knew she was there.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes: A TG Mixed Tape

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

A TG Mixed Tape

(Curated by PersnicketyBitch)

A young woman is singled out of superherodom, but is having none of it. A group of teenagers disturb a malicious spirit. A radical plan to improve the American political process. Hit play on the last TG Mixed Tape for 2015 for all these stories and more, featuring contributions from Efindumb, Ellie Dauber, Desert Willow, Misaania, Jenny North, Callie Messenger, Person42, Hikaro, Shauna, Trismegistus Shandy, kandijayne, Desert Willow and Anon Allsop

He Demon

He-Demon
By Ellie Dauber (c) 2002

Here’s something for that Halloween Challenge that seems to be going on. Hope it isn’t too late.

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Lemuel stuck a twig into the fire and used it to light his pipe. "Well," he said, leaning back in his chair, "it being right 'round Hallerween, I 'spect you'll wants t'hear a story 'bout spooks and spirits."

"Yeah," Rafe said, his 11-year old eyes was wide. "A scary story."

Little Sarah scootched up against me and shivered. "But not too scary."

Aftermath

I seem to have put my self -- or my characters -- in a dilemma in a couple of the stories posted here.

A lead character is transformed into a female by a woman with vast magical powers. She has rather slutty sex. Then she's told by the woman who transformed her that she can try to act in a less slutty manner, but that such behavior has become part of her nature, and that she can never become a male again.

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The Ticket

The Ticket
by Ellie Dauber © 1999

Author’s Note: This story introduces a continuing character of mine, the White Witch Elizabeth Lange. Yes, this is an old story of mine, but in light of recent news events, I thought that it was appropriate to post it. I’m also adding a small bit from a second Elizabeth Lange story, in which she discusses the fate of the transformee in this story.

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The Mexican Magician

The Mexican Magician
By Ellie Dauber (c) 2015

A Mexican magician claimed that he could disappear on the count of three.

Uno!,” he exclaimed, waving his magic wand, "Dos!" And, suddenly, he vanished in a puff of smoke.

Gone without a tres.

Elysse

Elysse
By Ellie Dauber © 2015

Here’s a gargoyle that kept me up about an hour last night insisting that I write it.

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Morgan sat on a curved oaken bench at the edge of the parkway surrounding the harbor. It was late afternoon, and, far to the west, the sun was hovering just above the water’s edge. “Seems like everything’s getting ready to die,” he said sourly and flicked his half-finished cigarette into the water.

“When did you first notice?” asked a very female voice.

SRU: The Map

SRU: The Map
by: Ellie Dauber
© 1999

"Fred, I think we're lost." Almost as soon as Margie van Arndt said it, she was sorry. Most men won't admit that they'd messed up directions or misread a map, but Fred, well....

"I'm not lost," he said through clenched teeth. "This road is just the long way to Wheaton. It's such a nice day that I thought I'd --"

Tales of the Eerie Saloon: The Portrait

Tales of the Eerie Saloon: The Portrait
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2015

This story is dedicated to our fan, Angelvan15, for giving us the idea. Chris did the picture while we were writing “Winter”, when Ethan began doing the painting..

From The Arizona Citizen Star
(Serving Arizonans Since 1870)

Altered Fates: The Birthing

Altered Fates: The Birthing
By Ellie Dauber (c) 2007

A short interlude that I’m posting in honor of the PBS series Wolf Hall about Thomas Cromwell, the chief minister to Henry VIII.

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"Tansie," Alyson Palmer yelled. "Get Her Majesty some more spiced wine."

Bikini Beach: Organlegger

Bikini Beach: Organlegger
By Ellie Dauber (c) 2007

Somebody once said that no good deed goes unpunished. Somebody else said that joy divided is joy multiplied.

Grandmother and Anna discover how changing an old man' s life creates wild magic that saves the lives of four others.

Bikini Beach: Organlegger
By Ellie Dauber (c) 2007

An explanation of the title follows the story.

September 14, 2003

The Professor and the Bimbo

The Professor and the Bimbo
By Ellie Dauber (c) 2001

Gordo and Steve come up with a drastic idea to get Professor Mattachek to improve Gordo's grade. Maybe it's a little too drastic..

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"Yo, Gordo, the grades are in," Steve Lambert said, knocking on the open door of the room he shared with his frat brother.

Identity Theft

Identity Theft
by Ellie Dauber
© 2000

Author's Note: When I read an article about identity theft some time back, it occurred to me that such thieves better be very careful whose identity they steal.

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T-Jay watched from the shadows while the guy from Apartment 307 tossed his trash into the dumpster. He waited till the old coot ambled back into the building. Sure that nobody was watching, he ran over and grabbed the three loosely tied plastic bags. He turned and ran back into his own apartment, locking his door behind him.

House Sitting Pretty

House Sitting Pretty
by Ellie Dauber © 2003

Dan Hendrix learns that the one thing worse than cheating on your wife is giving her a really lame excuse when she catches you.

This story is not a sequel to “Habeas Corpus”, although some of the same characters appear in both.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 13 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 13 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2013

Cap and Bridget reconcile. Laura confronts Reverend Yingling. Jane bakes and bakes. Trisha and Roscoe spend some time together. Flora worries about being with Carl. Cecelia and her friends talk. Red Tully returns. Laura goes into labor. Priscilla Stafford comes looking for her brother. Arnie considers her name. And lots more.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 12 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 12 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2013

Reverend Yingling preaches about Clyde Ritter. Roscoe joins the O’Hanlans for lunch. Carl confuses Flora with a question. Things become known at Flora’s second hearing. Yingling can’t stop a wedding. Hedley gets a haircut. And lots more.

Drug Bust

Drug Bust
By Ellie Dauber © 2000

Here’s another, old story of mine that I thought folks might like. It combines the 1967 “Summer of Love” with, one of my favorite things, a really bad pun. Consider yourself warned.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 11 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 11 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Talk in both churches of the two challenges. The potion committee meets. Emma picks out a dress, and Yully gets a letter. Clyde Ritter takes Flora out to a bench behind the Saloon twice – with _very_ mixed results. Public school graduation ceremonies are held. Flora stands trial. Arnie visits the Spauldings, and she dances. And lots more.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 10 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 10 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Many people talk about the fire, and they do so from very different points of view. Kirby and Trisha put out the paper – with editorials. The church board meets again. Arnie decides to dance. The Cactus Blossoms premiere their new act. Clyde Ritter deals with jewelry. And lots more.

Habeus Corpus

Habeas Corpus
by Ellie Dauber © 2002

Hugh Feldman was an excellent lawyer and a chauvenist S.O.B. He antagonized every woman he met until he met one who knew how to deal with him.

This is another "gargoyle"; that is, a short piece written as a break while I did a longer story.

The title, by the way, is a pun, explanation at story's end.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 9 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 9 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Flora and Lylah have their first monthlies. Nancy warns Flora about Clyde Ritter. Flora about Clyde Ritter. Jessie and Paul go on a trip. Septimus Blake and George Higgins look for work. The Cactus Blossoms get new costumes. A fire at the print shop, and Roscoe gets burned. Luke stares at Lylah. And lots more.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 8 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 8 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Styron makes an announcement. Pablo warns Don Luis. Arnie considers a new job. Trisha and Emma talk. Milt and Jane move into their new home. Bridget gets mischievous. Roselyn gives more advice to Flora. The town council finally votes on Rev. Yingling’s motion. Ernesto takes a challenge. Flora adopts a cat. And lots more.

"Spring" is Done

Chris and I have just finished editing "Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring."

I've posted Week 7 here and on FictionMania. I'll be posting Weeks 8 through 13 at about a four-day intervals.

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Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 7 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 7 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Pablo talks with Don Luis. Red Tully talks to Abner Slocum and Dr. Upshaw about taking Abner to Philadelphia. Nancy starts her new job. Milt and Jane meet with Reverend Yingling. Milt and Jane marry. Roselyn advises Flora. Arnie talk to the Spauldings. The church board meets. Nancy gets a telegram. Trisha admits the truth. And lots more.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 6 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 6 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson (c) 2014

Flora and Lylah take a bath. The town council meets to decide Nancy’s fate. Pablo talks about Styron and Ritter. The Cactus Blossoms dance. Bridget deals cards. Abner Slocum hears what’s wrong with him. Rosalyn offers Flora some advice. Wilma thinks about her life. Clyde Rittter flirts. And lots more.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 5 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 5 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Trials and transformations. The Cactus Blossoms learn their dance. Wilma finds out the truth about Ethan. Nancy helps out and gets in trouble. And lots more.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 4 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 4 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Western action: a saloon shoot-out and an ambush on the range. Nancy Osbourne has a terrible week. People play politics with the potion petition. Arnie starts teaching Spanish. And lots more.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 3 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, Part 3 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Trisha gets some unwelcome news. Forry Stafford and his Leland Saunders and Dell Cooper look around town. The Spauldings ask Arnie to teach them Spanish. Leland starts chasing after Nancy Osbourne. Stafford and his men ride out to meet Abner Slocum. Forry encounters and begins flirting with Bridget. Trisha and her allies talk church politics. Rape. Slocum’s payroll is robbed. And lot’s more.

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change -- Spring, part 2 of 13

Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring, part 2 of 13
By Ellie Dauber and Chris Leeson © 2014

Rev. Yingling's petition causes problems. Gregorio sends Maggie a letter. Jubal Cates gives Emma a chance. Wilma's painting is finished. Arnie helps Mrs. Spaulding and Clara. Sam Braddock gets a carpenter's job at the Lone Star. Some new arrivals come to Eerie. Jane wants to buy the painting. And lots more.

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