I gained inspiration for this new bit of flash fiction after spending time in an old cemetery with my camera. This particular tombstone seemed so lonely and forgotten that I wanted to write about it. This flash fiction is under 100 words.
Here I lie forgotten, broken, sunken in the ground. Do you see me? No. No one sees me. In life I was just a shadow on the wall. In death I’m a chore for the groundskeeper. (more…)
Here's a flash fiction piece under 300 words. I don't have an introduction, just read it and see what you think!
Two men, strangers just moments ago, sit side by side in a hospital waiting room. The younger waits for a new life, his first child, to enter this world. The older waits for his gray haired sweetheart, the love of his life, to leave this world. The younger explains how the nurse said they just needed a little more time. The older was told there was no time to waste. (more…)
Here's another attempt at flash fiction. This time the word count was limited to 300 words.
This piece was inspired by a memory from several summers ago when I was visiting my Grandma in Kansas. She has this wonderful backyard with large trees and dense foliage at the back property line. One night I went out and fireflies where everywhere. It felt so magical that I could almost believe if I stepped into the tree line I would enter a storybook world. (more…)
I've been doing a lot of organizing on my Goodreads profile lately and it's brought back so many memories of the wonderful books I've read over the years. It's also made me realize how subjective reading can be. There are books in my list I remember with more fondness than what my rating would indicate. I also came across books that I feel if I read now I would enjoy more because of where I am in my life. (more…)
I've been experimenting with flash fiction lately and thought I'd share one.
What is flash fiction?
Basically, it's a really, really short story told in under 1,000 words. Compare that to a novel that can be anywhere from 70,000-100,000 words! I decided to try my hand at flash fiction because sometimes plotting out and navigating a full novel can be overwhelming. (more…)
I created a video slideshow of my children growing through the years and experienced so many emotions during the making of it: joy, love, laughter, pride, nostalgia, and so on. I couldn’t keep the smile off my face as I relived the years of their younger selves. I never get tired of watching the video. (more…)
I've recently updated my website to include some new business endeavors. I now have three areas of focus: writing, photography and storytelling. I thought a reintroduction to who I am was in order so I'm sharing some of my "About Me" page as a blog post. I even have a brief video you can watch. (more…)
How can we find calm in the midst of a storm? As I navigate my own tempests, I have something deep within me telling me there’s a way through to dry land and sunshine, and yet at that same time I often find myself drowning in the sheer ferocity of the rain pouring down on me. Recently I've felt myself untethered and blown about by the storms of life, but one word keeps surfacing in my mind: surrender. (more…)
Fear. We all live with it to one degree or another. Look at any area of your life where you struggle and I'm sure if you dig deep enough you'll find fear lurking at the very root of the issue. There's so much to be said for weeding our soul of fear, but I'd like to share Jim Carrey's thoughts on the subject. (more…)
Gratitude is magical. It can lift your spirits, change your perspective, foster love for yourself and others, and bring you happiness.
It's amazing that one single thing can produce so many wonderful results! So why aren't we using it more in our lives? For me, the things I want, but don't have, take up too much of my focus, crowding out my willingness to be grateful for what I already have. Also, hardships and negatives in life can feel so all-consuming that the positive things get pushed to the background. (more…)