To the Most Boring

I can see it  so clearly. Seventh grade, an early afternoon right after lunch. Tired and  ready to go home, 30 students had taken their seats in the last class of the day.  And sitting towards the back of the classroom in a wooden desk, was a 12 year old me. I was excited for... Continue Reading →

The Most Powerful Girl

"I wanted to slay a dragon, to walk the tallest tightrope, to face danger with unflappable confidence and competence. I wanted to do all of these things, but only managed to do one. I got up, and I tried." We met in the darkness, the glow of the moon the only light in the forest... Continue Reading →

A Tiny Bit More Than Make Believe

Who made you? I certainly didn't. How could I? I've never had a thought like that in my life. But you do. Lots of them. When you speak, it doesn't sound like me. Sometimes I feel like your voice comes from some other place, a place that's far away from this chair where I sit... Continue Reading →

The Unwritten Character

She came unbidden, slipping through the keys and weaving herself into the words. It seemed like she had materialized out of  nowhere, appearing in the pages with no warning, no hint that she would be arriving. An unexpected, and perhaps, if I'm totally honest with myself, unwanted character in a story I thought that I... Continue Reading →

Beginning at the Beginning

"Tell me about him." My friend looked up from the page she was reading and pointed at a name. "I like this character. Tell me more his background." "Oh he's interesting..." I launched into my explanation, describing the character's role in the book. "Well I know that. I read that." She responded. "I mean, tell... Continue Reading →

The Maze I Built

I watched them from far away, until the sun sank in the sky and finally slipped out of sight. At first glance there didn't seem to be very much that was interesting about them. The scene before me wasn't anything spectacular. No drama, no intense discussions. No fighting or situations in urgent need of solving.... Continue Reading →

Conversations with Fear

I met her at the end of a long winding road. It had not been an easy trip. Thoughts ran through my mind as I traveled down the path. There was anger, sadness and regret. Dozens of things I wanted to say. Questions, accusations...I wanted to yell at her. To ask her why. Why she... Continue Reading →

Bring Me Your Words

I sat on the ground beside her, watching the sun set over the fields. The light here was always golden, a place perpetually bathed in the last sunshine of the day. For hours we  sat, without speaking. When I'd arrived I'd greeted her, quietly. And she'd smiled and nodded. She had seemed happy to see... Continue Reading →

Love and the Evil Fairy Tale Queen

"She's where she always is, staring into that mirror. Would you like to speak to her?" The man escorting me through the hallway leaned over and whispered, his eyes fixed to the woman gazing silently at her reflection in the mirror. I nodded. That's what I had come here for, after all. "Very well." He looked... Continue Reading →

The Isle of Lost Heroes

I walked along the beach, my best friend by my side. The evening was cool and breezy, the water stretching before us seemingly endless. Who would sail through those waters tonight? Where would they go? Overhead the sun was setting, the goldens and reds and purples filling the sky with excitement, readying it for the... Continue Reading →

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