Housekeeping Post

I knew a chimney sweep when I was a kid. He fascinated me. Mostly because he was simultaneously handsome and awkward. He wanted to be a priest - or maybe he'd been a priest, but failed out? I can't recall, but it was something gothic romance-y like that. He also really enjoyed the shaking hands … Continue reading Housekeeping Post

January’s Story Prompts

A Medici baby made of lumpy pearls. This is a fairy gift if I've ever seen one. The listing claims there are 28 diamonds, but I can't figure out where. As the article that led me to this states at the end, the story of lumpy pearls is one of slavery and suffering. Honestly? These … Continue reading January’s Story Prompts

Round-Up of What’s What

I had trouble choosing one singular favorite book I read this year, but I wrote up a whole post about what I loved and recommend in case you need another excuse to fill your shelves with wonderful words! And, in my ongoing quest to be more intentional with my reading (and everything else, let's be … Continue reading Round-Up of What’s What

2019 Goal Review – Good & Not-So-Good

One thing I've learned in the last few years is that the whole review-your-process isn't just some corporate way to hold more meetings and generate more memos. It really does help me be intentional with my time and energy. The goals, I couldn't control. The steps I took? I can and did. It's important to … Continue reading 2019 Goal Review – Good & Not-So-Good

Internal Comparison – The Goal

The new year is coming, and my plans for 2020 are shouting loudly in my ear. It's like riding on a bus crammed with middle-schoolers - everyone has something they want me hear. One goal for next year is making my morning poetry time more active. Right now, I read a poem or two and … Continue reading Internal Comparison – The Goal

October’s Writing Prompts

MacGuffins are nouns in a story that drive the people and plot out of their normal routine and into fiction. In the end, they probably don't actually matter, but without them, the story doesn't have a compelling reason to get going. Respected and experienced creators have different definitions, but for the purpose of these prompts, … Continue reading October’s Writing Prompts

Prose Poem

I'm trying to wrangle my Patreon posts into a spreadsheet, and rediscovered this prose poem I wrote two years ago. I loved this one, so I figured I'd share it so you could love it, too! Lunch Counter I’m sorry to stare. I sometimes have hallucinations and can’t always tell what’s there. Just a moment … Continue reading Prose Poem

Writing Prompts for August

Lacunamancy Staring into the holes of objects or text until you hallucinate. This was a practice of some Jewish mystics, and for some reason reminds me of The Wonderful Life of Henry Sugar (which I haven't read in decades, and should probably re-read). "...some Qumran scholars have spent many hours staring into the lacunae in … Continue reading Writing Prompts for August

July’s Writing Prompts

While searching for the cover image for my next poetry chapbook (coming the end of this month!), I found a pile of cool writing prompts. Enjoy! Ibex Man at the Museum He truly looks like he would grant me a wish or lead me to the next step of a quest! Egyptian Heart Betrays You … Continue reading July’s Writing Prompts

June’s Story Prompts

HOW is it already June? Have you written as many stories as you thought you would? Are you feeling stuck from mowing lawns and playing taxi to the little ones? Here are some cool story ideas to get you started - 1. Black, Hot Ice Planets "...a new phase of water with bizarre properties. Unlike the … Continue reading June’s Story Prompts