A few weeks ago, I entered YeahWrite's quarterly writing contest - nonfiction this quarter. My task was to write a mostly-true personal essay in 1,000 or fewer words to the prompt "They told me so." In other words, I had to write an essay about a time when someone earned the right to say "I … Continue reading Finding Our Way (YeahWrite Super Challenge #13 Round 1 Entry)
The end, when it came, left me wanting and needing something none of my well-intentioned family or friends could make happen...
First non-fiction blog post in years, in which the blogger considers what to focus on in this next chapter of her life.
Synopsis: A night of stargazing leads to a painful walk down memory lane. Most of the time, I try not to think about that night. Even now, 20 years later, it’s still painful. Tonight though, the memories beg to be heard. The moonlight and the stars beckon. I take a worn blanket and a flashlight … Continue reading (Fiction) The Stars Above Us [YeahWrite Super Challenge #8 Round 1 Entry]
Synopsis: News of a nearby prison break sends a retired judge down memory lane. Haunted by his final trial, he takes a harrowing walk to the corner drug store. The honorable Justice Frank A.R. Anderson, retired from the bench some 15 years, was out of sorts. He’d been dozing in his shabby recliner all afternoon before … Continue reading Six Blocks (Fiction – Round 2 Story for NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge)
Alone in the abandoned house, Jen shivered. Before her, the past was forever stuck on replay. The woman’s screams were silenced first; the man then turned the gun on himself. “I’m sorry, love.” An acrid smell filled the room as they disappeared. Jen wept as the scene began again. Author's note: This was written for … Continue reading Echoes of The Past (YeahWrite Microprose Challenge #360)
Synopsis: When Missy learns that her world is about to be turned upside-down, she ponders what her future might hold and confides in a mysterious, masked stranger. I love my job as a charitable grant coordinator, but I work too much. My friends know it. My co-workers know it. Even my dog knows it. So, … Continue reading (Fiction) The Adventures of Spidey and The Amazing Mud-Woman – NYCM SSC Round 1 Story
As the light waned, her resolve grew. Trembling, she clutched her makeshift blade. She’d only get one chance. His flickering candle heralded his return. Unlocking the cell, he leered, then screamed as metal met flesh. She ran, victim no more.
Jules is called to investigate what appears to be a grisly homicide on a college campus. However, as details emerge, it becomes obvious that things aren’t always what they seem.
My dearest Beth, I’m not sleeping well… Just when I’m about to drift off, I catch a whiff of your shampoo and I’m jolted back to reality. It doesn’t matter how many times I wash our bedding. I found some sleeping pills in the bathroom, and I’m hoping they’ll help tonight. Have I taken … Continue reading (Fiction) Confession [Fiction War Summer Contest Entry]