What happens when a friend doesn't come to your party?
Photo by Ahmed Adly on Pexels.com Lila yanked on the handbrake of her 2001 Pontiac Sunfire, and very nearly got the car to stop before she tapped the bumper of the Mercedes SLS. Todd gasped, but Lila merely rolled her eyes. “Whatever. It’s my sister’s car.” “Have you ever thought about maybe getting your breaks … Continue reading It’s Tradition
Photo by Marcelo Amantino on Pexels.com In honor of Halloween this year, I thought I'd share a horror story with you. Well, it was horrific to me, but it may be funny to some of you. When I was 16, I got a job as a lifeguard. One day while I was up in the … Continue reading A Slight Tickle
I wrote this short story for a Halloween contest some years back. It was inspired by true events.
Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com I'm at a point where I'm going to start querying agents again. I've got several picture books (PBs) that are ready to get off my computer and on to a bookshelf somewhere. Last year I printed (I won't say published) a few copies using the Barnes and Noble Press, and … Continue reading On Writing: Thank God for No’s
Two weeks ago, the city I live in stopped collecting recycling. There aren't enough truck drivers, so until 32 people with CDLs get on the payroll, I now have to take all my recycling to the nearest center and sort it out myself. While the city will collect plastics #1 through #7, the center only … Continue reading 27+ Things I do to Reduce and Reuse
Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels.com This has been a hot topic in the writing community for a long time now - should you call yourself a Writer even if it's not your day job? I'm not sure if this is even a debate anymore, because all I ever hear is, "If you write, then … Continue reading On Writing: Can You Call Yourself a Writer if You Don’t Get Paid?
Photo by Josh Hild on Pexels.com Shortly before I graduated college, my friend Liz and I went for a hike outside of our town, San Marcos, Texas. There was a riverfront area popular for picnics, grilling, and hiking, but on this Spring day we decided to stray off the well-beaten (read: boring) path and see … Continue reading When You Can’t Trust Your Own Memory
Photo by Micael Widell on Pexels.com For four years, I worked on and off at a restaurant in Gruene (pronounced 'Green'), which is the historic part of the small Texas town of New Braunfels, located on I-35 between Austin and San Antonio. I have soooo many stories about that place and the people I knew. … Continue reading Cristo, and other people I knew
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com The offices were three rented rooms in a mid-rise building, the artwork on the walls cheap, the furniture nondescript. I was asked the usual "Where do you see yourself in 5 years" type questions, and then told, "We have quite a few people applying for a limited number of … Continue reading My Worst Job Interview