The New Recruit

Another “loser” in the eyes of Prime Number Magazine, but I thought decent enough to share with you, my dear readers.  Again, PNM puts on a free writing contest each month.  The piece must be exactly 53 words and follow the specified prompt.  March’s prompt was: a march. The New Recruit With sweat dotting her … More The New Recruit

My 1st Drill After Retirement: Poopapalooza & Other Fun Happenings

A good friend of mine often comments, after reading some of my stories, “Care,” (that’s what he calls me) “Care, your family should be a freaking sitcom.”  I always laugh it off, but this morning?  Let me tell you, this morning would have made one hell of a hilarious episode.  Not so much for the actors, but seriously, … More My 1st Drill After Retirement: Poopapalooza & Other Fun Happenings

The Postcard Home

Writing Maps holds a monthly themed writing contest, where two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, a fold-out literary magazine published bi-annually.  Entry is $5 and a specific 150-word count requirement (once again, the title does not add to the word count).   There is no restriction on theme – they encourage prose, poems, … More The Postcard Home

By the Light of the Hunger Moon

I have been having a lot of fun lately entering various writing contests.  Some of my favorites are the exact word count challenges; specifically the free 53-word contest put on by Prime Number Magazine.  Being more of a descriptive (read: wordy) writer, the contest forces me to drill down my thought processes into a tangible, extremely short story.  A prompt … More By the Light of the Hunger Moon

32 Cups of Kraut

I sat at the kitchen counter and watched the whole thing unfold.  I nervously held my breath as he first tried the garbage disposal, then attempted to plunge the backed-up kitchen sink, to no avail.  The 10 liter fermentation crock sat empty on the counter in plain view, exposing my secret.  He was too distracted to put … More 32 Cups of Kraut

A Home Bar With a Conscience

When my husband and I constructed a home bar in our finished basement, we thought we were creating a place of occasional relaxation and adult escape.  We didn’t realize that we were installing a conscience as well. Workout completed, dinner finished, lunches packed, basketball practice done, homework complied with, nighttime stories read, the kids tucked into bed, kitchen … More A Home Bar With a Conscience

The Valentine’s Day Roller Coaster

I hope everyone had a splendid Valentine’s Day with their sweetie.  Or themselves, if you are lacking in the “sweetie” department. Whatever.  V-Day in the Hoover Household was business as usual for the most part, however, my day could be described as nothing short of a roller coaster ride! The Loop-the-loops and Peaks: In (my) big news…. The Stealing Drawer was republished on Sammiches and … More The Valentine’s Day Roller Coaster

Let It Breathe…

Perusing the local Flea Market a couple of weekends ago, I came across an unusual wine decanter.  Excited by my find, I exclaimed boisterously to the salesclerk at check out, “I can’t wait to get this home and try it out!”  He gave me a peculiar sort of look, his lips curled up in a sneer.  … More Let It Breathe…