Last Lines

This week’s flash fiction prompt from Chuck Wendig is so short one can almost misconstrue it as easy. Here it is: Your task this week is simple: I want you to come up with a single sentence. Just one. No more than thirteen words long. That’s it? I thought initially, until I started to really […]

#FlashFiction: After the Rain

  The rain stops, I wait for the song. It’s around noon, so there’s a chance it’s coming no matter what Mama says. She doesn’t believe in the music, but she can’t hear the way I do, just like I can’t see the way she does. She’ll be coming any minute to say we need […]

What I Was And What I Am Not Anymore

Past tense carries so much weight these days. I was pregnant. Can you read between the lines there? Do you see what I am telling you now? I am not pregnant. This is not the grand announcement I was hoping to make. This ordinary declaration lacks the celebration I was looking so forward to sharing […]

Nobody worked harder than me…

“Nobody worked harder than me today.” – Saul Blinkoff There was a time in my life when I felt I could honestly say this same statement aloud without any judgement against those others who didn’t work as hard, and without any complaints about the insane amount of work I had been doing. That time was […]

PitchWars Hard Work: “Killing” Mrs. Krimble

“Kill your darlings,” they say. But Mrs. Krimble? I was so resistant to the idea. Austin Aslan, my PitchWars mentor was wise to introduce this murderous concept to me only a little bit at a time. “Killing” Mrs. Krimble was a concept I was slow to warm to. But, when I opened the email with […]

Forty

*** It is my belief that sometimes you have to write something that has nothing to do with your work in progress just so you can spill out all the thoughts standing in your story’s way. This post is one such example of that “necessary” writing. *** Next week I will be forty years old. […]

PitchWars Step 1: Acceptance

I wrote the following post the moment I realized I was picked as a 2016 PitchWars Mentee. I was so overwhelmed with all the feels that I actually forgot to press publish at the end of writing it. I am going to try to keep everyone updated as much as possible here on my progress, […]