FF: Both Sides Now

We’ll never be friends, but we’re too exhausted to be enemies, in your flower-strewn backyard on a sunny day. In the slick red shoebox, a hamster’s body lies still. You only got to spend two days with Petey. I resist the urge to laugh at your grief. Instead, I stare down at the dirt mound, […]

IWSG: Writing Is Hard

Yep, it’s the first Wednesday of another month and that means time for another Insecure Writers Support Group post, which is perfect because I am feeling very insecure today. The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence! March 2 question – Have you ever been conflicted about […]

FF: Impossible – Until It Isn’t

There’s nothing like raw desperation to make you do the impossible, the inconceivable, the necessary. Paula stares at the ticket in her hand. He would have killed me if I stayed. Keep repeating that mantra, Paula. Be brave. You’re so brave. Climb the steps of the Greyhound Bus. Smile at the genuinely nice man who […]

FF: Good Here

are you okay? asks the angel sent to seek and find the lost. i flip a page, seated on cottony velvet in a quiet nook:the quiet library at the end of the world.i look up. Excuse me, miss. The wedding feast is ready. And your point is? uncertain, shy, the angel smiles, then leaves mealonewith […]

FF: Along for the Ride

I miss you, especially at the craziest moments. Like I’ll be driving along and picture you there: side-seat driving while telling ridiculous stories. “That’s where the woman was brutally attacked by a pack of rabid koalas*.” (What??? Where??? What???)  And then, “Hey! You missed your turn.” I’ll laugh, rub the tears from my eyes, signal […]

FF: Peaceful Night In

It’s just the two of us, a shared blanket, two mugs of hot cocoa, and Lord of the Rings Extended Edition, the whole trilogy. Halfway through Fellowship, cat number one decides we really are planning to stay for the whole marathon and jumps up on your lap. Then, cat number two snuggles up next to […]

IWSG: Thomas Aquinas

Happy IWSG Day! And, thanks to this month’s co-hosts: Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox, and Lee Lowery! February 2 question – Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn’t around anymore? Anyone you miss? Someone recently asked me a similar question, and instantly I thought, yeah Thomas Aquinas. Is there anyone else? I met […]

FF: Hidden Treasures

I first met Lissa on the battleground of the cafeteria floor. “Oops,” said Jim. Classic obnoxious jock, he’d “accidentally” knocked her milk to the floor Hesitantly, I walked over. “Are you okay?” Lissa shook her head, took out a second carton. “The lunch lady always gives me extra, in case. Is he gone?” Back at […]

FF: Library War

Two people. One book. One victor. Memories linger: wooden tables, a dark-haired girl, and oh, those angry hazel eyes. Then, came the lengthy explanation, why I should give the book to you. You remember, the book I had in my hand, because I’d gotten there first. In the end, you won that battle, but I […]

FF: Till Next We Meet

In my memories, I see you there on the horizon, disappearing into sunrise, a fresh, crisp day. A bird heralds the dawn, singing your farewell. Golden light bursts through distant clouds. Grass carpets the ground beneath our feet. A long, cresting breeze builds and blows off the lake surface, lifting your hair into messy, charming […]