A Note about “Hard Bargain”

My flash fiction story Hard Bargain doesn’t have one of my happier endings–unless of course, one is a Nopporgian!

By the way, as I attempted to come up with a name for the alien planet Nopporg, I saw something on my desk from Groupon. I wondered how the word would look and sound if it was spelled backwards. I liked what I saw, but thought it would look even better with a second “p” and without the “u”.

Please let me know if you’d like to read more story trivia and/or about my writing process in general.

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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