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Yeah Write #30: Aren’t We All Machines? (#flashfiction)

From the protection of the doorway, Nana waited.  “What are you doing, Jaime?  Come inside.” The rain pelted then rebounded on the wood deck.   As the sun began to set, … Continue reading

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Writing on the Fly #3: Neuron Dance (A Haiku)

In my head words live. Neurons fire chemical pens. I dream; stories wake.  

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Writing on the Fly #20: The Right Questions (#amwriting)

Note:  Writing on the Fly is a series I do when I write cold.   Very few edits beyond spelling as I see it.  I don’t do outlines.  I just write … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Yeah Write #52: The Summoning ( #flashfiction )

An old fan in the corner, blades caked in dust, blew ash and smoke in a stifling swirl.   Ismenia Sabine slumped against the wall where she’d been flung and squeezed … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 9 Comments

Musings #36: Ouch That Smarts (#amwriting)

Over the years I have read a lot of material on writing and being a writer.  I’ve read “What to Do Lists” and “What Not to Do Lists” and “Top … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

Yeah Write #51: Shelter ( #flashfiction )

  The sun dipped and the magic hour bathed the woods in postcard perfect shadow and highlights.   I could taste the coming snow in the still air.    I worked harder … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 10 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #57: Braised Beef and Vegetables (#homecooking)

Our house is still besieged by a viral plague and I have been hit the hardest multiple times with no relief between attacks.     The laundry is piling up, the pockets … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Musings #35: The True Story of Santa (#ibelieveinsanta)

Seven. That’s the age I knew, through evidence analysis, that Santa wasn’t real in a singular way.   I let go of a lot of things, but that pipe-smoking, jolly, old … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Yeah Write #50: Comply ( #flashfiction )

The sharp ozone odor from overheated electronics irritated Cera’s nose.  When they’d placed her naked body on the slab, she’d expected cold, unyielding metal, but instead gray, dense foam molded … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 7 Comments

Yeah Write #49: Chew ( #flashfiction )

K Zamira Rosa slumped in the chair feigning grogginess and tested the twine bindings.    The stench from the two overpowered the smells from the hominy and meat bubbling in the … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 10 Comments

Mad Craft #12: Holiday Edition – How Not to Build A Gingerbread House #holidaycraft

I thought I’d learned from my mistakes last year, but alas it seems there were new mistakes to make this year. Step 1:   Decide not to buy a namby pamby … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mad Craft #11: Holiday Edition – Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments #holidaycraft

Happy Merry FestiHanuchristmakwanzyuleidays! I dug back in my Wayback manchine and pulled out a mad craft from 2008.    I still have the ornaments I kept and they look just as … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #56: Cape Verdean Munchupa/Cachupa (#homecooking)

I promised a while back that I would share the recipe for munchupa the national dish of Cabo Verde (I always say mun-CHOOP — but language is funny like that).    … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #55: Ma’s Spaghetti in the Oven — Baked Spaghetti (#homecooking)

I know there have been a lot of food posts lately.  The thing is that I’m sick as a dog with a weird virus and I haven’t the energy for … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · 6 Comments

Picture This Picture That #43: Red — New England Autumn 2016

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Yeah Write #48: Cold ( #flashfiction )

The sky is scarlet blinding on white ice casting shadows on the sparrow. Feathers plume on the sparrow. The holly, with berries scarlet, shimmers under ice. Warmth compels the ice … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 8 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #54: Potsticker Gyoza Pan Fried Dumplings (#homecooking)

How about that title? I love these things so much, I am rebooting my original post with more deliciousness.    Potstickers, Chinese Zhao Ji, Japanese Gyoza, Korean Mandu, and Peking … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #53: Ninety Minute Rise Dinner Rolls (#homecooking)

Fresh baked bread. It even makes my husband quietly go “mmm,” and he’s not an easy person to please with food.  I’m lucky to get a “meh.” Here is the … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

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