Love & Kisses & Freedom

I am not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day, which is ironic as it is very likely the date I was conceived all those decades ago. You’d think that I’d be at least a little excited about the date I became a twinkle in my parents’ eyes. I liked Valentine’s Day when I was in […]

Do you have a moral right to that voice?

Nobody wants to hear what I have to say… These words have haunted me the last few weeks, and not because I worry that I don’t have a voice or don’t have something to add to the conversation. Rather, I have been questioning my right to speak on certain subjects. Okay, I know. Let me […]

The Pain of Creation

I”ve been having such a hard time writing anything lately. Part of it is the snowy winter, part of it is my messy house, but most of it is my chaotic brain. So I am taking baby steps, trying to put words on paper even when they aren’t what I want to say. (But when […]

The Day My Soapbox Burst into Flames

Anybody who has talked to me for five minutes or who has read any of my social media posts knows that I have a serious issue with human trafficking. Many people think human trafficking involves transporting people across borders (or continents). They also think it’s a “big city” problem (meaning it doesn’t happen here, only […]

Ushering in the (Same Old) Winds of Change

With a new year comes ideas about starting fresh, giving us a new chance to achieve our goals. Usually this sense of a fresh start is, in reality, a false hope that we as humans attach to January 1. It’s a lot of pressure for a single date to be responsible for the world’s “fresh […]

The Evolution of Skeleton Dance

I am always writing intriguing phrases and lines that I think should be part of a story on old receipts, napkins, scraps of paper, junk mail—pretty much any surface that my pen’s ink can penetrate. The problem is keeping track of all these scraps and then finding the right story for the right line. “Skeleton […]

Be Still My Beating Heart

Now this is a way to celebrate Hump Day! Charli Mills over at the Carrot Ranch tweeted about Unraveled, my newest collection of flash fiction and short stories. A spectacular collection of stories! A master of the flash fiction form! — Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) August 3, 2016 A “master,” eh? That made my heart skip […]

99 Words of Body-Shaming

This week I had the unfortunate luck to witness a truly horrible scene in a restaurant that I like to frequent when I am in write-a-million-words-a-month mode. Usually when I visit this restaurant, the servers (who all know me and know my caffeine of choice) show me to the same table (complete with an outlet) […]

Seven Kinds of Rain by K. Lyn Wurth

Oh, have I got a treat for you today, readers! I got to read an advance copy of Seven Kinds of Rain by K. Lyn Wurth (you might remember her from an earlier blog post, in which I shared how she helped me through a writing crisis) and was excited to share it with you. So […]

No Place Like Home

I spent the weekend thinking about what home means to me, trying to prepare myself to write something for Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch prompt this week. I brainstormed memories from all the homes I have lived in (and I’ve lived in a lot), trying to find a pattern or inspiration or…something. Now, I have more […]