Redefining Normalcy: Creating a story of renewal

We all have moments in our lives that feel like no matter what we do, no matter how hard we try, the world seems to be working against us. We can face the battles head on or spend all our efforts side-stepping each new parry. If we’re lucky, those moments are just that: moments. However, sometimes […]

Wallowing in the Grey

For the last week, the weather here has been…undecided.  The skies are a non-color grey. No striations. No depths. Just a thick claustrophobic grey. It’s been threatening to rain, but hasn’t. It’s been trying to be foggy, but managed to only create an invasive haze. The thermometer says it’s warmish, but there is a chill that I […]

Listen to Mom

It’s been foggy all day today, both outside and in my brain, and I have been bingeing on sci-fi and western movies (often combining the two) instead of getting my work done. So, yes, a typical Monday.  My poor writing partner has been trying to whip me into action, but it’s kinda hard with three […]

Inspired by the Bard: A young girl’s passion

Last week I posted a short story meant to flaunt the rules, and it did so with gusto (the story made more than one reader shudder), so I was looking for something a little less “in your face” to post in order to balance out what I share via this blog. Luckily, as it is Thursday, […]

Flaunting the Rules and Taking Control

This story was written in response to a challenge to write a piece of fiction that flaunted “the rules” (as imposed by some other entity). Challenge accepted. Rules flaunted. If reading this makes you uncomfortable, then I have succeeded as a writer. Leave comments if you feel the need. Feedback always appreciated.   Control I stroked the glass […]

Writing and Revision in the Age of Social Media

A while back I stumbled upon Write On by Kindle, a place where authors can share and get feedback on new work (for those of you familiar with WattPad, Write On seems to be Amazon’s response). Write On offers this as explanation for what it provides: Write On is a place for all the people […]

Three Line Thursday

Celebrating spring with this week’s Three Line Thursday. The photo prompt (Cliveden, by Natalie Bowers): The result: Vanquishing frost-tipped mornings, Seedlings seek out the gospel of the sun, Relieving me of winter’s stupor.  

One Little Boy’s Lesson on Compassion

Edit: I am resharing this post as part of the #1000Speak campaign to flood the world with stories of compassion. Today I am sharing my response to Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch weekly flash fiction challenge. This week’s challenge is all about compassion: February 11, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that demonstrates […]

Telling a story in 30 words

For the last few weeks, I haven’t been able to participate in Three Line Thursday for a couple of different reasons, but I was determined to get back to it (remember that my 2015 writing contract with myself includes trying writing processes that are not the norm for me). One of my January entries placed third, […]

When Memory Lane is Too Blurry for a Stroll

It’s that time again — Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenge. I unfortunately did not get to participate in last week’s challenge because work sucked me into quite a deep pool of sludge. But hooray — I survived! And today I have finally started to feel human once again, so I worked on the challenge and […]