Social Politics and Other Headaches

For Susan D. I just ran into the ex-husband of one of my FB friends. I looked at Jen, “Do you mean Facebook? Or is there a new thing called FB?” “Don’t make fun of me.” Our coffees were growing cold between us, but we were gabbing still. This was our standard Saturday ritual. “I’m […]

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Mom the vengeful wrathful and all seeing.

I want to like the Gilmore Girls, because the story pulls a few of my strings. But… the “best friend” style parenting there sometimes irks me. I was not my children’s friend. I was their mom. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE each other more than BFFs. But I’m mom. “Mom” is a minor deity […]

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Odd Beginnings

For Atlanta Napier  Funny enough, it didn’t start how you would think. “What?” She trembles on the spot in front of me. “What are you saying? You’re not attacking me?” I notice that my gun hand was slacking a little. I’ve been holding the heavy thing up for a full fifteen minutes now. “Of course […]

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The Bench

For Briana Y., thanks for the inspiration! I had been sitting on the bench for so long my butt was numb… That’s the first problem. The second problem was that I was here at all. Purgatory was totally not what I’d expected. I had been told by my hippie parents that the universe was a […]

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Rabbit Poop

For Nermina Krneta It smelled like rabbit poop. It was bedtime, and I was tucking Tasha into bed at her Grandma’s house before heading out on my date night with her father. Her little arms popped out from under the blanket, and she pinned them to her sides, tightening the blanket around herself.. “What did, […]

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Be Careful What You Ask For

Republished from Stories My Friends Started, where another person chooses the first line, and you make it into a full story. For Mark Reale  “And then the alien’s claws reached around the door.” The fire crackled as Joe’s voice hitched excitedly. Leanne chuckled; we were all enjoying the game. … I should never have joined in. […]

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Continuing the Journey

As an author, and as someone who has long been a blogger already, my friends finally pushed me into creating this author’s website for myself. So, I guess I’ll be blogging over here now. You can subscribe at the top if you’re one of my long-time followers, or if not, welcome. I’ll occasionally be placing […]

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Portal

Republished from the inimitable Stories My Friends Started, where a single sentence provided by a friend becomes mayhem in the hands of the authors. For Isaac Fenelon “Now that he was actually standing in front of the shimmering portal, it raised some questions: would he know the language of the peoples on the other side […]

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A Look at Magic

In my most recent published short story, I look at how the emotional state of the magic user affects their magic, and I relate magic to the real world more explicitly than is usually done. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s called “Threads that Bind” and it’s published in the anthology, Serenity Rising — I […]

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The Trial That is Brevity

Many of you know that when I’m in social settings, my worst failing is that I fall into my own mouth. I get word vomit, and the more nervous I get about word vomit, the more random blatherings come pouring out. It’s my primary social failing. I’m too damn wordy. —— Now that I’ve been […]

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