And We’ll Throw Your Ashes To The Wind

Hello, world. I’m briefly sneaking out from my virus-smothering blankets (yep, that virus) to say so-long to October. And cheer a little for my newest published short story. And We’ll Throw Your Ashes to the Wind is a post-apocalyptic story of a mother and child, journeying across their West Australian landscape to the ocean, following … Continue reading And We’ll Throw Your Ashes To The Wind

Would You? (IWSG July)

Welcome to the monthly blog hop for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!Alex J Cavanaugh This group … Continue reading Would You? (IWSG July)


In the hush of dawn, four soft paws pad across a hidden threshold. One step, two, four. The shadow-dappled body holds still for a moment, testing the air. Listening, ears perk. Dust swirls. Dark, heavy ivy twists into the concrete around her. Fresh grass pokes feathered shoots through cracks. Crepuscular insects whir their membranous wings … Continue reading Pripyat


Another dawn cursed the city with her light, scattering the creatures disrupted from their feasts. Dark hollows glittered with eyes as red as their celestial punisher. Screeches of rage echoed through the crumbling city, and I buried my head beneath my worn pillow. If alarm companies still existed, they could bottle this noise and make … Continue reading Consequences