Thimblerig's Ark

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Thimblerig's Ark
Blog of international writer, Nate Fleming. Nate has been living and working internationally for the past fifteen years, first in Kazakhstan and now in China. He is a teacher, a writer, a theater director, a father, and a husband.
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  • Hope 3 days ago My writing group’s prompt this time was “Hope”. I wrote a dialogue. — [Ex-husband and wife sit at a Starbucks, each with a cup of joe in front of them] Him: You say that too much. Her: Say what? Him: Hope. “I hope you get the job.” “I hope everything turns out alright.” Hope, hope,...
  • A Twist of Lime 3 weeks ago A Twist of Lime by Nate Fleming I sat, resigned, and stared ahead My teacher stood beside. “How can you be so dense?” he said. I had no place to hide. “My instructions couldn’t be more clear if you’d simply take the time. It plainly says, if you’ll look here, to add a what of …...
  • The Pint of Stout 5 months ago I sat in the dark corner of the drab, empty little pub staring at the pint of stout sitting on the grungy table. How long had I been sitting, staring? “You gonna drink it or not? We’re running out of time.” Considering that the irritable scowl on the bearded face of the dwarf sitting across...
  • Some Thoughts from One Expat to Another 7 months ago When I first moved to Kazakhstan back in 1999, I’d been there for about half a year when I noticed a couple of interesting things. First, if I was talking to someone back home about Kazakhstan, I had plenty to say, as if I knew what I was talking about. Second, when I would talk … Continue...
  • Farewell, Star Wars 8 months ago Dear Sirs, I’m shaking. I’m sitting here, shaking. I just returned home from seeing the latest Star Wars movie, and I am physically shaking due to a mixture of anger, resentment, disappointment, and a desperate feeling of opportunities lost. I’ve never had such a visceral negative reaction to...

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