These three short essays are based on real events from my life. I discovered it is not easy (for me, anyway) to write in the first person. After this, I think I will stick to writing fiction.Continue Reading »
In Chapter 5 of MORE CHAOS, PLEASE! (my novel-in-progress), Gabby continues to encounter obstacles on her path to finishing her degree. Brian is on the verge of getting fired from his job, in which case Gabby will have to abandon her classes and go back to work. The antics of her son and daughter contribute to the chaos. To top it off, their dog Robert goes missing.Continue Reading »
I wanted to write an interior story. So, most of this story takes place inside the head of the protagonist. Also, except for the mention of a deceased actress, only the non-human characters have names.Continue Reading »
“Potted” is a short story I wrote one afternoon when I was visiting New York City.Continue Reading »
In Chapter 4 of MORE CHAOS, PLEASE! (novel-in-progress), we discover just how fiercely Lola’s phobia has control over her. Her first swim lesson does not go well. Twerking creates a problem for teenager Mo and young April—as well as Eddy. Mean girls (and even meaner parents) add to Lola’s anxiety. Gabby provides moral support. A mysterious woman surprises Eddy.Continue Reading »
In Chapter 3 of MORE CHAOS, PLEASE! (novel-in-progress), Gabby navigates through marital challenges with Brian (husband), while guiding Axel (son) through some rough patches. Shannon (teen daughter) has predictable attitude. Things start off a bit awkward with Professor Jamal Tucker (academic adviser). By the end of the day, there is much to share with Lola (best friend) at their next cake conference.Continue Reading »
In Chapter 2 of “More Chaos, Please!” (novel-in-progress), Gabby and her son Axel have an action-packed morning that involves toothpaste, a thunderstorm, wet pants, and a broken box of macaroni. Meanwhile, Gabby’s husband Brian is having a mid-life crisis.
[artwork by Janine Gleason and Karen Drastal]Continue Reading »
I am finally ready to put forth into the world Chapter One of my novel-in-progress, “MORE CHAOS, PLEASE!”
In Chapter 1, my two main protagonists Lola and Gabby talk and eat cake. Not too much else happens. But, I promise it’s going to pick up!
One day when I was grocery shopping, I overheard two stock clerks in the produce section talking about their mothers. I heard one of them say, “I call my mom Betty, ‘cuz that’s her name.” And thus this short story was born.Continue Reading »
I gave myself the challenge of writing a one-sentence short story. Here is what I came up with.Continue Reading »
I originally wrote this short story to submit to a fiction contest.
Although my story was not chosen as a finalist, writing it was a fun and challenging exercise.