Alley-Tales

Some towns are alley towns. Towns with partial roads that run behind the homes, sometimes large enough for a parked car, sometimes not.  Some alleys are paved with concrete, some with slurry, some a combination rocks and dirt and weeds all woven together in a tapestry of alley-tales. An alley is like a self-cleaning kitchen […]

Cashing In

This is a story all about Cash. In the new beach community where I live, cash is in. I hadn’t carried cash for years, but here, it’s preferred and sometimes, credit is not given, not even when it’s due. Cash Or Consequences A few examples: cash only at The Little Chef. $4 fee to pay […]

Shell Help

Is there such a thing as being too introspective?  For me, I think yes.  When I shift into thinking, thinking, thinking and away from the intuitive feeling part of who I am, I start to get annoyed quickly with myself.  This reminds me of a time when I was at the bookstore, searching for some […]

Roses and Transitions

My last post was rose-themed, and this one will be, too.  I’ve moved beaches, but there are still roses.  This time, instead of finding roses washed up on the beach beside me, I’m finding roses on my porch, roses at my backdoor.  Roses all around me, pink and red ones. Journal if you wish: blog […]

A Rose By Any Other Name*

In Life, we are given a name when we are born (sometimes before and sometimes a little bit after), and this name is usually the one that becomes our official name. This name is often recorded on a birth certificate, which is our first official document.  It’s the first piece of paper that declares that […]

Small Changes

Tonight I sat on the beach and snapped photo after photo of the sunset. At first glance, all my photos look the same. But if you study each one, you’ll notice small differences. The sunset is vibrant, alive, and dozens of other things are changing as the sun dips into the horizon. People move into […]

The Woman in the White Shirt and Blue Jeans

My phone recently stopped holding a charge. I knew there was a problem when I could watch the battery icon going down when my phone was charged into a wall socket, but still, I hoped that I wouldn’t have to deal with this problem until later. The universe intervened, and I woke up to a […]

Story Space: Frosted Room

Story Space: “When you look at me, you can’t see the frosted box inside my head. It’s a high-security type of glass, and it’s not clear.  I guess I would call it frosted, but not in a happy holiday or sweet dessert kind of way.  It’s like someone took a photo of a window pane […]

The Rules of Creative Writing

Creative writing is what it is: creative.  And what that means to me is that there are no rules, except there are actually many. Make a List of Creative Writing Rules Stop for a minute, if you wish, and make a list of all of the creative writing rules you can think up.  How many on […]

Optimizing Your Writing Space

As a creative writer, there are many layers to your work. There’s the actual writing process, and there’s your writing place.  Today, I’m going to talk about how I optimize my writing space and give you ideas on how you can optimize your own. Where do you like to write, and how do you optimize […]