Fiction Improv 4.0 – Fern & Gideon

Follow me on…All righty, here’s what you gave me for Fiction Improv. 4.0: 2 Names: Gideon and Fern Occupation: Soldier Situation: Stuck in a Louisiana swamp Five Random Words (I’ll use at least 3): Brilliant, sizzle, poop, telekinesis, and splash. Min word count 500, max 1,000. *    *    *    *    * […]

Fiction Improvisation 3.0

Follow me on…Fiction Improv 3.0 Okay, Peeps, Here’s what you gave me: 2 Names: Beulah and Harvey Occupation: Environmentalist 5 Words (I’ll use at least 3): Verbose, superfluous, ambiguous, fun, and onomatopoeia. Situation (I put out an extra call for this item and two people responded at almost exactly the same time. Since I don’t […]

Fiction Improv 2: Golden Anniversary

Follow me on…FICTION IMPROV 2.0: Golden Anniversary Note: After I receive random words, names, occupations, and situation from my Facebook Peeps for a fiction improv, I let the mix stew for a few days. The words often will suggest the mood or tone for the piece. In this case, the piece took on a decidedly […]

Fiction Improvisation: Mrs Sweeny

Follow me on…Greetings, readers! A few weeks back I asked my followers to help me with a fiction improvisation exercise. I asked for two names, an occupation, a situation, and three random words. I promised to improvise a short fiction piece based on as many of these elements as possible. The following short, short (1,000 word) […]

A Baby Named Michelle

Follow me on…Our daughter Michelle Lynn Pence was born on Monday June 1, 1987. She died exactly one week later, on Monday, June 8th. This would have been her 28th birthday. I am re-posting the story I wrote about our experience with Michelle both to remember her and as an encouragement to anyone who is hurting. […]

How to Help Someone who is Grieving

Follow me on…  How do you help or encourage someone who has suffered a loss? Sometimes it’s incredibly simple. Our daughter Michelle died when she was a week old. It wasn’t a shock; we knew it was coming. We had known since the first sonogram, twenty weeks into the pregnancy. The doctors couldn’t tell us […]