The Joys of Home Ownership (or How I Discovered I’m Not Joe Handyman), Pt. 3

Follow me on…[This is part 3 of a 3-part series. You can read Part 1 HERE, and Part 2 HERE.] When I was a young homeowner, I fancied myself to be Joe Handyman. However, it didn’t take much to convince me otherwise. Only a two-foot-deep, heated swimming pool under the floorboards of my house. Actually, […]

The Joys of Home Ownership (or How I Discovered I’m Not Joe Handyman), Pt. 2

Follow me on…[This is Part 2 of a 3-part story. You can read part 1 HERE.] You have to understand something about me before you’ll fully appreciate this story: Not only am I not Joe Handyman. I’m also not Joe Outdoorsman. I hate camping. If you take me camping, within about 45 minutes of arriving at […]

How Long Should Grief Last?

Follow me on…Have you ever thought or said this about a friend or relative who is “taking too long,” to grieve a loss: “It’s been a long time and she’s still grieving. Shouldn’t she be over it by now?” Anyone who has experienced a traumatic loss will tell you that there is no set time […]

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 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) […]