A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

February and Depression (and a 99-word story)

February is usually a challenging month for me, but some years are worse than others, and this was one of those years. The long stretch of gray, chilly days infused … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · 3 Comments

The Riptide of Reason: A 99-word Story

  Not only have I missed regular blogging (see my last post), but I have also missed participating in the Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenges, so today I managed to … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 5 Comments

For Just This One Minute: A Poem from New Motherhood

I still haven’t had a chance to sit down and compose some long-form thoughts to share with you, but here’s a poem. (In free verse, for a change…that’s all my … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

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 · 19 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 … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 10 Comments