The Crow

5/5/20 update:  The wondrously creative Tracy at Reflections of An Untidy Mind saw my poem and invited me to link to her Corvid 2020 Weekly Challenge #7.  How could I resist?  Please take some time to peruse Tracy's delightful blog and, while you're there, consider participating in her challenge.  Thank you, Tracy dear! Oops.  I'm … Continue reading The Crow

A Seismic Shift

Via Teresa Grabs' Page & Line Challenge #1 I've been hankerin' to take up Teresa's challenge ever since I saw it last week, but y'all know how it is.  Busy, busy, TORNADO, busy...  Turns out the delay was fortuitous, though, 'cause not only has my story idea had time to percolate & resonate with my particular … Continue reading A Seismic Shift

Sick Day

–Via Fandango’s Friday Flashback for 2/28/20.

I posted this short-short story on 2/28/18. It led to a fun collaboration with a couple of fellow Bloggers. I eventually developed it into a proper short story, which to my surprise was published in the 2018 edition of Tennessee’s Emerging Writers. I hope y’all enjoy it, and please let me know what you think!

The Ceaseless Reader Writes

via Daily Prompt: Dim

Word count = 272 / Reading time = less than 1 minute

Hello friends & fellow Bloggers!  I have not posted since last Thursday because I’ve been too busy with work then chaperoning a weekend trip to Georgia for my daughter’s Junior Thespian troupe to the annual conference down there.  I hadn’t expected to post today, either, still having plenty of catch-up to do at the office, but when I saw today’s Daily Post prompt, I decided I could sacrifice half my lunch break because it inspired me to make my first-ever attempt at flash fiction.  At 164 words, I think this qualifies as such.

I hope you enjoy, and please do let me know what you think!

Sick Day

The dim light of a gray dawn failed to elevate my mood as I locked my door then turned toward my car, and a sudden cloudburst…

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Tales Out of Court #1

Hello fellow Bloggers and beautiful people everywhere!  I hope y'all are doing well and thriving today. It's been a year since I wrote my last Copperhead County short story, which was my response to a List Story Blogger Challenge, something I had never tried before.  If you're interested, you can read it here, and of … Continue reading Tales Out of Court #1

Damned Cold

I don't know if this qualifies as an occasional poem or not.  Certainly it refers to a very specific moment in United States history, but it's rather opaque and somewhat vague so may present some barriers to understanding for future generations of readers or those outside of the early 21st-century American political & cultural milieu.  … Continue reading Damned Cold

Strikethrough: A Dirge for Acquaintances No Longer Plagued by Addiction

I rarely have cause to feel sad, if you want to know the truth, but I’m down today, way down in the blue deeps with thoughts as bleak as the tempestuous sky. Ponderous clouds in endless shades of gray track as slowly across the sky as passersby shuffle along the rain-slick street, shoulders slumped and … Continue reading Strikethrough: A Dirge for Acquaintances No Longer Plagued by Addiction

The Parrot Flew West Parts 1 & 2

My friend Viola Bleu at Ideas Become Words started a story, "The Parrot Flew West", and challenged me and several other Bloggers to take it and run with it.  I did.  I am including Viola's part 1 here for convenience's sake, but please mosey over and take a look at her lovely, inspiring, creative blog … Continue reading The Parrot Flew West Parts 1 & 2

I’ve Been Published!

Hello friends & fellow Bloggers!  I hope y'all're doing well on this fine Friday.  The weather here in middle Tennessee is damnear perfect today.  It's a mild, partly sunny 80 degrees with a sky full of wispy white and fluffy gray clouds being pushed along by a gentle, almost autumnal breeze here in my little … Continue reading I’ve Been Published!