Toenails

READ TIME: 2 MIN This short piece was spawned by a prompt featured in The Write-Brain Workbook, a book of prompts and creative writing exercises that I highly recommend.  Painted toenails have always reminded me of my daughter. She could never go without a splash of color on those little piggies. When she was young, she’d […]

The Flag

READ TIME: 5 MIN A quickly written short ghost story in honor of Veterans Day.  The rust-colored blanket of leaves crunched with each hurried step through the cemetery. Dusk was settling in fast, a hazy coldness creeping in. I pulled my phone out of my jacket pocket and checked the time. Damn. I was going […]

The Nature of Happiness

READ TIME: 1 MIN     “It’s a terrible thing to want to be happy. When happiness is all you’ve ever wished for on every shooting star, every wisp of smoke floating up from spent birthday candles. All that want and hope thrown up to the cosmos and happiness still manages to elude. You wonder […]

Dying Snowflake

READ TIME: 30 SEC I was made in the heavens, far above the earth, alongside thousands of others, like me, but not. If you look close enough, we’re all unique. I traveled from my homeland, listlessly floating on a breeze, never in a hurry to get where I was going, wherever that may be. I […]

The Cello

READ TIME: 2 MIN This piece, while not specifically answering the daily prompt, was inspired by it.  She hadn’t gone into the room in months. Today, without knowing why, it was calling to her. The cello. The cello sitting in the room, in the corner, untouched and unplayed, gathering dust. It called to her and […]

A Valentine From A Dog

READ TIME: 2 MIN This post is in response to the weekly challenge. My dearest Millie, I’ve loved you from the very first time we met. You might not remember, as you were just a baby then, but I wanted to snuggle and kiss you immediately. I wasn’t allowed to, however, because Mom said I […]

Shy Girl

READ TIME: 2 MIN This post is in response to  the daily prompt (embarrassment). She stood in front of the class, heart racing, face an unnatural shade of bright red. All of the liquid from her mouth must have moved to her palms. She wiped them on her pants to dry, but it was no […]

Another Day

READ TIME: 1 MIN This post is in response to both the weekly challenge (write from another person’s perspective) and the daily prompt (write in the present tense). My phone blasts a stupid and redundant “Good Morning” song at me. My eyes snap open, then threaten to close again after I shut off the alarm. […]