Traffic was sparse; we were making great time. “What an easy drive!” Naively, I didn’t realize uttering those words meant I was tempting fate. *** We were past the trip’s halfway mark. The windshield wipers kept time, although the music blaring from the stereo effectively drowned out their rhythmic swishing. “What time will we get … Continue reading Tempting Fate (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 Nonfiction Contest – Final Round Entry)
It’s nearly over. I hold onto this thought and will myself to breathe. The clock on the wall seems too loud, its ticks and tocks competing with my racing heartbeat. My palms are sweaty even now, hours after I first entered this office. The man across from me, about my own age and balding, nods … Continue reading Rising to the Challenge (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 – Nonfiction Contest Entry)
Dani is sore and nervous about leading her first solo wilderness excursion for a pair of newlyweds. Her resolve and strength will be put to the test in ways she never expected.
I entered the YeahWrite Super Challenge #14 (Fiction) last month. In round one, I was charged with crafting a story in 48 hours using no more than 1,000 words, incorporating a specific location (lost) and a specific object (a single sock.) This is my 999-word entry. Unfortunately, I didn't score highly enough to move on … Continue reading Freedom (YeahWrite Super Challenge #14 Round One Entry – Fiction)
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)