DNF

As an avid reader, I try my hardest to adhere to the policy that if I start a book, I must finish it. I am far more strict when it comes to films - especially if I am seeing them in theaters - but still have similar standards for books. I don't like leaving unfinished... Continue Reading →

Jury Duty

Parking garages should not be so full this early. The clock says "7:11." And the paper said be here by "8." I knew I should have stopped at Starbucks. Though the world's strongest latte could not prepare me for this. No phone, no computer, no internet, no outside contact. Just a room, 200 strangers, and... Continue Reading →

A History of Violence

(And here, on Old Poetry Monday, a selection from 2012...)   But it doesn’t end. Nothing ever ends. Those who plummet over the edge of darkness do not hit the bottom. No false saviors can catch them with their parables and psalms. They fall forever. And for those of us who do not know what... Continue Reading →

Writing Techniques: Feedback

There is one aspect of writing that I have always feared the most, and that is receiving feedback on my work. It's a dangerous beast, one that can either make your spirit soar, or tear your heart out. Any time I send any piece of writing out for a fresh opinion, the butterfly factory never... Continue Reading →

Run, Birdy, Run!

There are thousands of mysteries - riddles with no easily discernible answers - that have plagued humanity for centuries. The origin of Stonehenge. The true identity of Jack the Ripper. How many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie-roll center of a Tootsie Pop. But one of these conundrums has been on my mind... Continue Reading →

Favorite Words Vol. 1

*Definitions gleaned from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary* Lament Definition(s): To mourn aloud; wail. To regret strongly. To express sorrow, mourning, or regret. Lament is one of those words that carries a greater weight and paints a clearer picture than most of its synonyms. "Cry" sounds so weak and pathetic compared to "lament," and "lament" is... Continue Reading →

Book News!

My YA novel, I'm With You, is officially available on the Nook, and it's only $1.99! Here is the LINK to the Barnes&Noble website. Give it a read, and leave a review to help an indie author out. Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Ciarán Morrigan eavesdrops on a conversation between his father and two mysterious strangers, his life--and... Continue Reading →

Writing Techniques: Out of Order

It's almost safe to say that no writer writes exactly the same way - it's a unique process for most. Some folks must have absolute silence, some prefer total isolation, others can be productive in a busy coffee shop whilst other patrons are slurping lattes and chatting with friends. It's all up to the writer.... Continue Reading →

The Kitty

A poem inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven." Once upon a morning dismal, while I slumbered calm and blissful, Dreaming of all the joyous things that make my spirits soar - I was wrenched out from my sleep, well before the alarm clock's beep, As I heard the faintest cry come from behind my... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑