Baby · Children · family

The Living Nightmare Laughs

Photo by OSPAN ALI on Unsplash His living nightmare Has taken his hard-earned place, Ruined everything. To everyone else, She’s a cute little baby: Look how sweet she is! She gazes wide-eyed At ill-wishing little boy, Envies his freedom. He sticks out his tongue. She startles, drools her awestruck. She laughs and he grins. His eagerly… Continue reading The Living Nightmare Laughs

inspiration · joy · life

If There’s Only This Day?

Photo by bin Ziegler from Pexels There’s only today? Write story. Play with puppy. Live, laugh, talk, and read. If there’s just this day — And that’s all there ever is — Better get living. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, earth shattering, and monumental. It also doesn’t have to be anything saccharine, meaningful and morose, tinged… Continue reading If There’s Only This Day?

courage · creativity · Dreams · joy · love · relationship

And So It Begins…

Photo by Carly Rae Hobbins on Unsplash He smiled. She smiled back. Strangers still, but not for long. Who knows what comes next? A happy ending? Let’s wait. See what they do next. It’s their story. I’ve got my hopes up. We’re set up for a rollicking good time complete with slapstick and stupid misunderstandings. Let’s… Continue reading And So It Begins…

books · characters · creativity · reading · Writer · writing

I Made Sure They Were Dead First

Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash She came when I was trying to sleep. Her story has never been told. Versions of her life, of who she was to the rich and famous and important have been told — and in every version, she is beautiful villain, faithless and fluffy-brained idiot. None of that is true. It had to… Continue reading I Made Sure They Were Dead First

learning · life · Poetry · Travel · Work

There’s No Way to Know Until You Go

Photo by George Kedenburg III on Unsplash Gather facts. Talk with insiders. Do your best. Analyze! There’s no way to know for sure Until you begin. If you can’t stop thinking about: that job that love interest going somewhere you’ve never been starting something, anything. By all means, do your due diligence. Hunt down every fact,… Continue reading There’s No Way to Know Until You Go

life · relationship · Travel

The Great Beyond

Photo by Alessandro Sacchi on Unsplash They live there — in a great beyond. Outlandish… Marvelous… Happily ever after Stretches before us. That’s what I hope, anyway. We met them a couple of months ago — wonderful, friendly and enthusiastic people we met through a writing connection. What’s it like to live here, we asked, knowing they’ve lived there… Continue reading The Great Beyond

Blogging · books · Writer · writing

Creating a Community: A Hero Responds to a Message

Photo by Arthur Poulin on Unsplash It wasn’t any great thing. I sent a quick response to a blog post, highlighting what resonated and telling them how much I enjoy their work. The writer responded. We had a quick conversation on Medium and went on our merry ways. That response made my day, revived a week… Continue reading Creating a Community: A Hero Responds to a Message