Reising has posted only one very short story, but that was truly
magical. The protagonist is hoisted on his own pentagram as Reising explores the
consequences of a failure to communicate on a relationship. It is a short short story, so
don't expect much more than the climatic moment. There simply isn't space for background
and deep character analysis, but there is a truly tarty transformation for those into that
sort of thing.
The story is primarily in well done, briskly paced dialogue that moves the story along
rapidly. The desire to work magic, rather than the magical results, combines with a nice
appreciation of the vagaries of living together to create the core of this story. Resing
uses situational humor based on the classic misunderstandings premise very neatly. The
humor is of the sly grin, I see the joke coming variety, that permits the reader a safe
sense of superiority to the characters. The ending twist is very nicely done. All in all,
a very nice read.
Besides putting dialogue from each character in the same paragraph, my only quibble
with Reising's writing style is some overuse of profanity. Much of it works, but some of
it interferes with the read as though the author were trying just a tad hard. There is a
small problem with the beginning premise: an airline flight being early? Now that would
really take magic! The real problem is that there is a stutter at the very beginning of
the story. The story reads as though it had been partially written under a time line that
changed without a full rework.
Given the one sample of Reising's work, it is a shame we have not seen more of it. The
comments posted were positive, leading me to believe those who read the story would agree.