I had to work late tonight, our kitchen is a construction zone due to new countertops being installed, and I just didn’t feel like making an effort. In my book, that’s what I call a trifecta: we were getting take out for dinner. After picking up our Subway sandwiches, I mentioned to the kids how although … More Our Mayor Wears a Dressing Gown
Last Thursday, my son’s summer baseball season ended with a great big championship game win and a story for you, my dear readers. Back when Jameson’s baseball season started, I noticed one of the other mothers sitting by herself during one of the practices. Her lawn chair was parked away from all of the other parents and she seemed … More A Baseball Named Karma
It’s a winner! Okay, not a winner-winner, per say. But, out of over 4,200 short stories, only 625 advanced to the second round. And that, my dear readers, is a win in my book. Recently, I participated in the NYC Midnight Short Story contest. For those of you who are not familiar, NYC Midnight provides … More The Adventures of Taryn and Callie
I am all about gratitude. Every morning after I wake, I whisper “thank you” three times for getting the chance to live another day. Yeah, probably should’ve mentioned that one to my hubby; the first couple of times I started doing that, he thought I was possessed. I feel very fortunate. Every day, I reflect on three things … More Grateful This day is THROUGH
I am a terrible chicken mother. Two weekends ago, our family brought home 13 chicks from the local farm and feed store. We’ve raised chickens before but haven’t for the past couple of years. To be honest, raising chickens from chicks is a royal pain in the ass. We swore up and down that we would never cross … More Bad Chicken Mother – Shut Yo Mouth!
Who cares? I have asked myself that question every single time I have sat down to write a blog post, for almost a year now. Seriously, I have like 12 drafts in WordPress-land that will never see the light of day. I’ve been struggling, friends and fellow bloggers. It’s been brutal. Growing up, and even into … More Who Cares?
A week and a half ago, approximately 30,000 honeybees were delivered on my front doorstep. I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see my purchase of three, 3-pound boxes of bees delivered. I must have a ballsy mailman. Bees in shipment are notorious for picking up “hitchhikers” or other honeybees in … More Amateur Hour in the Bee Yard
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
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
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