Random Thoughts on a Windy Day

I just saw a bolt of lightning in the distance and silently squealed with kid-like delight. I love storms, at least the kind where they're just a little scary like a good rollercoaster or a solid horror film rather than the sort where they threaten lives or to blow away childhood homes. There's a storm … Continue reading Random Thoughts on a Windy Day

On Casablanca, Solo Moviegoing, and Time Travel

Last night I made my way to the cinema to see a special TCM screening of CASABLANCA in honor of its 70th anniversary. It was not meant to be a solo adventure, but plans fell through, and going alone was a small price to pay for seeing one of my favorite classic films on the … Continue reading On Casablanca, Solo Moviegoing, and Time Travel

[short fiction] Contained Heart™

For the first time in months, Sheila could breathe easy.  The physically inexplicable knot of nerves and emotions that caused the ever-present ache in the pit of her stomach was gone.  She touched the little box inside her pocket and smiled. She’d thought it would be bigger.  How could something capable of causing so much … Continue reading [short fiction] Contained Heart™

[short fiction] Fire

I know autumn is coming when my thoughts turn gleefully toward the macabre.  I was given an impromptu writing prompt by a friend, which on the surface seemed wildly out of my wheelhouse due to its seemingly comedic bent.  Well, my brain somehow managed to turn it into the story that follows.  To my friend, … Continue reading [short fiction] Fire

Trade Me! A Story for a Rose (Valentine’s 2011)

This weekend I coerced my sister into helping me indulge my Valentine's Day fascination.  We took to Kansas City's Town Center Plaza with a bundle of roses and a camera, and we spent the evening asking people to share their stories with us in exchange for a rose. It took a while for people to … Continue reading Trade Me! A Story for a Rose (Valentine’s 2011)

A Valentine’s Reflection

Last week, I let my journalistic roots run free and did a bit of informal polling/interviewing on twitter and facebook about people's opinions on Valentine's Day.  A few interesting stories popped up, and for that my writer's mind is excited and grateful, but not a single person came out in unadulterated support of the holiday.  … Continue reading A Valentine’s Reflection

[FridayFlash] Love in Love

This week's installment is a little Valentine's-themed story that I'd eventually like to turn into a short film script (and then a short film, natch).  I wanted to do something similar in tone to Neil Gaiman's "Harlequin Valentine," which is the best Valentine's-themed story in the history of the written word.  (It's available to listen … Continue reading [FridayFlash] Love in Love