Sticks in the Yard

It’s a beautiful autumn day, the kind where the sky’s blue looks fake and the wind turns each brilliant-hued tree into a confetti party. A little girl in running around in the backyard of the old house in the middle of the street. Except it isn’t a yard anymore; it’s actually a perilous forest, and…

Writing Blahs

I am not in the mood for writing today. I don’t know exactly what kind of mood I’m in, but it’s a not-doing-things kind of mood. Somewhere in the depths of my mind I had a plan to write a nice flash fiction piece based on a prompt, post it, and revel in the likes…

World Goth Day

Photo by Marko Blažević on Unsplash I had no idea that May 22 was World Goth Day until I read a post about it. I thought it would be fun to do a list of the cliches I embrace (and in many cases, don’t embrace). Though I have long since passed the teenage Goth phase, I still retain…

My Return and a New Goal

Well, friends. Last week I was absent from blogging because I had a deadline on Sunday evening, and I was working to finish editing the four stories I intended to send in. One of them was fresh, and the other three consisted of half-stories I had started and wanted to finish. The deadline definitely helped….

Some Words on My Creative Process

Years ago, I told one of my college roommates about the creature churning inside my head. I was talking about what it’s like to feel an idea coiling up from the depths of my brain, ready to burst forth by means of my pen or fingers on the keyboard. She looked at me like I…

Buns–SoCS Post

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 30/18 Tomorrow for Easter lunch a good friend of mine is making hot cross buns. I can’t tell you which part of the meal I’m looking forward to the most; well, actually I can. It’s the ginger cake. I love ginger. Ginger cookies, ginger in Indian dishes, ginger…

Middle-of-the-Night Scaries #writephoto

Thursday photo prompt – Arch #writephoto I have gone through a number of different ideas for today’s post before alighting on the one I finally chose. While I love writing flash fiction, I’ve had a topic on my mind for the past few days and wanted to develop it further. So I’m going to do that…

Throwback Thursday–Sestina

I thought it might be fun to do a Throwback Thursday, where I share something I wrote way back when. So I’m posting the first sestina I ever completed. For those of you who don’t know, a sestina is an Italian form of poetry that has a very specific rhyme scheme and only uses six…

Blahs, Books, and SYW

Naturally, since today is Monday, the weather is cold and wet. And naturally, I could barely drag myself out of bed. When I’m wrestling with a bout of depression, as I am today and have been for a few weeks now, I can’t focus on the good things in my life, let alone identify them. Depression blinds me to…