Are You There?

My contribution to pandemic literature, circa 1992 When the first call came, the Island was horrified. The radio was their joy, and the people they met over it were like stars in the sky. Of course, some traveled to and from the Island, but that was only monthly, and this—this— …

Viewpoint (Narrative Voice)

You’ve shifted to a new point of view here. Are you writing in third person limited? I wrote, and then wondered what in the heck I meant. What was wrong with shifting point of view, anyway? My reader’s ear said it was wrong, but if she was writing in that narrative …

Poetical Tarot

I’ve been reading Tarot cards for a long time. We’ll leave it at that–a long time. I’ve wanted to create my own deck for a few years (doesn’t everyone want to), but I never found the right way until I realized that I could write poetry honoring each of the …

St. Nichole and the Elf

Nichole is overworked, underpaid, and severely dispirited on Christmas Eve, but she’s determined to make the most of it by attending a holiday party dressed to thrill. Her plans go awry when a man knocks at her door, claiming that she’s the latest incarnation of the Giving Spirit. She’s pretty …

Haiku Project

On Tumblr, I have a haiku project called Three Lines, 17 Syllables. At first, I posted every day–usually an image I photographed or created and a haiku, but sometimes just the haiku itself. I exposed it on Facebook, and shortly felt I was asking too much of my friends and …