A Bringer of New Things

I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.

Busy Aralise: A Children’s Poem

Having finally finished and submitted that huge paper that I was working on (I managed to wrap it up at 37 pages and a giant headache!), I am now free to … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 7 Comments

Reconciliation: A 99-word Story

I wrote this little flash fiction piece for the Carrot Ranch weekly 99-word flash fiction challenge. This week’s topic is “an amazing feat.” Mary was cutting her dog’s hair in the … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · 5 Comments

To Speak for Herself: A 99-word Story

  Here’s another little 99-word story for this week’s Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenge, on the topic of sound. This story is inspired by the life of a good friend … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · 9 Comments

Where Her Heart Is: A 99-word Story

  I have been absent too long from Carrot Ranch’s weekly 99-word flash fiction challenges. They always pep me up with a boost of creative energy! So even though I … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · 7 Comments

Kitten Spring

As you know, I was kept busy this spring by a litter of kittens–first trying to manage interpersonal dramas between the territorial mama-to-be and my other three cats, then trying … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 11 Comments

Let It In (99-word flash fiction)

Maggie shut her bedroom door and slumped against it. Who was she, anymore? The self-destructive habit that had lured her with its pleasing pain was now consuming her life. All … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

The True Story of My Brother (in 99 words)

  I haven’t written about this here before because it’s so personal and yet at the same time not really my story to tell. But when I saw that this … Continue reading

February 19, 2016 · 17 Comments

Empowerment vs. Other People’s Feelings, Chapter Three Million

  Here is another 99-word flash fiction for the Carrot Ranch weekly challenge; this week‘s topic is “What good is power?” After a recent conversation with a friend about our … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 8 Comments

Declaration of Independence (99-word flash fiction)

I may be small, but I am free. I am no one but myself. I do not bend my opinions to yours just because you are bigger. You can limit … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 10 Comments

Shy Fire: A 99-word Story

Social gatherings confounded Fiona. She wanted to take in the scene from the comfortable shadows, but she was too full of life and warmth, passion and curiosity, things to say … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

Stolen Moment: A 99-word Story

For months Claire had been looking forward to her senior class trip to London. But now that she was here, trailing behind the group as they walked down a quiet … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Fall Moment: A Poem

Squirrels rush around like Wall Street brokers, every nerve bent toward the goal of rich stocks. My cats come alive like kids at a circus, the music provided by honking … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · 6 Comments