For "Jeepy" was a Jolly Good Fellow My first car when I was 18 was a black 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sport. A boxy little thing with more rust than paint, which was so bad that we joked it was a grey-and-rust colored Jeep instead of black. My brother Anton and I swapped cars when … Continue reading Small Adventures Here and There
I hate that I find myself repeatedly apologizing for my lack of blogging. Though I am quite sorry. Since graduating, my schedule has sadly been conducive neither to the immersion of self in nerd-tastic books nor to the eager pursuit of self-publication. Aside from work I find my time largely consumed with family happenings and … Continue reading In the Absence of Words
Clearly I didn't finish all those scenes/stories before the January 1st. That's okay (I've come to terms that I'm always behind on writing). I had good times with family this December. Now the kids are headed back to school, Anton's back at university, and the adults are all returning to regular workdays. Anton and I … Continue reading Thoughts on the New Year
Flanked by two hardback wheeled suitcases at either ankle, Gaston waited on the curb, watching the families from the surrounding low income area enjoy the sunbathed park across the narrow street. Behind him loomed an aged apartment complex---a concrete eyesore---which had been his home for the past ten years while he worked, attended university, and … Continue reading First Day of Summer
Scenes written from the first round of November prompts are almost completed. (Yes, my self-given deadline was Friday; but I'll do my best to post the rest today or tomorrow.) Regardless, a whole slew of other prompts are waiting for me. 2nd List of Prompts (by PagesOfFiction): Write about the sky; what goes on up … Continue reading November Prompts, Round 2!
I've been gone from WordPress since February but, wow, it feels like it's been years. Shortly after 2018 began, despite the mayhem ensuing throughout this bizarre and demanding world, I realized I needed to be more proactive about my own life. Update Thankfully my situation is improved. I'm happy to report I've broken free from … Continue reading The End of A Story Void
I know I've mentioned this before but real people are the main source of inspiration for my fictional troupe. People are amazing and unpredictable, and every experience among them teaches. Without further ado, an experience of mine. Adventures in Dentistry: Meeting Mr. Hoyle During my awkward first months as a dental assistant, the receptionist Claire … Continue reading A Simile Varnish
Thank you, Alexa, for nominating me! Check out her blog "The Novel I'll Never Write." (I particularly like her short fiction A Winter Scene.) The Rules: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Add these rules to your post. Answer all the questions below. Display the award picture in your post. … Continue reading Entertainer Blogger Award
My college history professor once said "among every set of siblings there's at least one who, if had power, would try to take over the world" (not sure if she was serious). My siblings and I don't fall under this category (95% sure) but we certainly aren't lacking for loud personalities. I can only imagine how we look to … Continue reading Which Aunt/Uncle Are You?
I don't get "story inspiration." I get "character inspiration." And then those characters grow up, run off, have adventures, screw up, tell bad jokes, mature, make friends, tell more bad jokes, make enemies, figure out what they stand for, and come home to tell me all about it. And that's where stories comes from. Fluffy Bunnies … Continue reading Bunnies Can Be Heroes