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almost brave enough

I composed a post in my head. Revised it. Considered pictures to go with it. Then chickened out. That’s the thing with writing–it is so easy to chicken out. Shake my head. Feel the knots pulling in my stomach. No reason to go there. It’s probably a big deal only to me. Why embarrass myself … Continue reading

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12-Foot-Tall Fighting Amazon

We dispatched the 12-foot Amazon with a spear. They thought she was dead, but it was her most common trick. She waited until they turned their backs, pulled the spear from her chest, and sent it right back, going through one head and then the next. In college I worked as a nighthost. This meant … Continue reading

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She’s no child of mine.

“She’s not my real daughter,” the woman said. “She’s adopted.” “Oh,” I said. “Well, sure.” I didn’t know what to say. Her adopted daughter had gone into the clinic and the woman had come over to chat. That’s what I thought. I thought that since she’d driven this adopted child of hers to the clinic … Continue reading

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Rent people.

I like to connect stories. A main character in this novel has a bit part in another. The characters live in the same town at different times. You don’t have to read my novels in any particular order exactly and each story stands alone, but if you did read them all, you might happen to … Continue reading

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Winning is for losers.

Your application for admission…has been given careful consideration…. Unfortunately, you were not selected for admission to the graduate program… Way back when I worked for a bank, I won $100. Every month two employees’ names were chosen at random. If those employees had the bank bumper sticker on their car, they each got $50. If … Continue reading

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Enhance Your Writing

“I don’t want any padding,” I say. He looks away. He looks back. “I’m sorry. What are you looking for again?” I didn’t expect a male salesperson for this, but I tell myself that it is no big deal. I’m a modern girl. And if women can be police officers and CEOs then men can … Continue reading

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Is there a wardrobe that leads to Publicatiania? (a tornado to The Agenterald City? pixie dust to Never Rejection Land?)

“I remember you dated a woman who lived there,” I said. My dad was driving us past Orchid Springs a maze of condos behind cypress trees and Spanish moss. “She was from England.” “It was one date,” my dad said. I sat in the backseat with my child and husband. I wanted to say, “But … Continue reading