Walk a Mile in These Shoes

Walk a Mile in These Shoes

Your days began bright, yellow, and haloed. Yes, the winters had begun to be hard. Too many gray days, the cold whipping through the threads of your coat, your dogs ageing. But you had your music, danced around to Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, sang to Justin Timberlake. Even if age was catching up with you, you weren’t catching up with age. Continue reading



Dad always called my daughter, Natalie, an “old soul.” Maybe because she’d listen to his old Julie London and Frank Sinatra records and knew those lyrics better than most of the contemporary music or because she read the poetry he liked, could recite Donald Hall and Pablo Neruda (in Spanish), and even wrote her own poetry that was spellbinding in its ability to discern truth and display a keen knowledge of nature. Continue reading

The College Soccer Star

This was written for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle!

The College Soccer Star

The shotgun reduces the ball to tiny black and white fragments of past tense.

It needed destroying. She believes that until she hears the thump of his crutches on the porch. Continue reading

The NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

I am glad that I gave this a day, which added not only distance, but a better perspective. If I had written yesterday, I would have trounced this experience pretty soundly. Today, feeling as though the stress has finally been alleviated, mostly, I can offer a better opinion. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Day 30 (b), Soup’s Off

Winner 2018 - Square


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I want to thank all of you who supported me by liking this crazy, weird story and/or offering kind “rah rahs” when I needed them.

It’s done. I’m done in. I’m thinking of all the things I’m going to catch up on, which makes me feel a little energized. And, maybe since the latter part of this story jelled a bit, I may revisit it.

Thanks again.

Total word count: 51,390

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NaNoWriMo Day 29, Soup’s Off

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Observations: Well, we’re almost there. I won’t jinx anything now. When I hit the 50,000, I’ll write more on the observations and probably have a summary tomorrow.

Total word count: 48,303


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NaNoWriMo Day 28 (a?), Soup’s Off

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Observation: I’M STUCK!!! I’ve been trying to come up with this awesome climax for hours, you know how you do. You go around doing other mundane things like search for the bottom part of the Christmas tree that has somehow disappeared from the box where it should be. Gremlins done it! They can be my climax! But no, I really can’t have gremlins.

Help! 🙂

Total word count: 46,917

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NaNoWriMo Day 27a(?), Soup’s Off

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Stuff: I’m mentally wearing down and I still have other things to do (besides nano). I’m 4416 words from the finish line. I have the remaining scenes in my head, which if I get them written should take me well over the mark.

Total word count: 45,584

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