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! https://t.co/H48p221kwr — 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 […]

Writing lessons from Shel Silverstein

On May 10, 1999, the world lost a gifted author, playwright, songwriter, and human being. Shel Silverstein published The Giving Tree more than 50 years ago, but the story seems even more relevant and poignant in today’s struggles with technology-induced isolation and ongoing climate change. How is that possible? How does an unforgettably tender story written in […]

Power, Power, Who’s Got the Power?

Two months. Yes, it’s been two months since I wrote a blog post. I am a horrible blog mama, eh? Actually, I am surprised that it’s been only two months because it feels like a lot longer. Part of the sabbatical was intentional. I wanted to step back, regroup, study my long-term plan, and make sure […]

Literary Crushes: My not-so-secret addiction

Am I the only one who develops writer crushes? Because I seem to have an awful lot of them. Sometimes the crush forms when I am reading a new story or blog post, like “Where the Streets Have a Name” by Nicki Gilbert (@nixgilbertca), a luxuriously detailed writing on home that was so vivid I could taste […]