The Door

It wasn’t so bad, considering. There was a sink, a wobbly wooden table, a cot and even a bathroom. The location was perfect: off a seldom-traveled path, hidden by monstrous, gnarled oak trees. Every day, Those People brought her food and water. Sometimes, The Man came alone. She didn’t like what he made her do….

The Paper Boy

Greg hated math. He wasn’t good at it, didn’t understand it, nor did he care to. In Greg’s mind, his Algebra 1 class was inconsequential to his future and whatever that future may or may not hold. Greg wasn’t interested in much of anything, if the truth were to be known. Girls, sports, cars; all…


This week’s writing prompt for the Shapeshifting 13 Challenge is the image accompanying this little piece, “Burnt Toast” by Rick Warren. Exactly 26 words. ** Bonjour! My name is Pierre. I am a French Toaster. You may think I can make French Toast, but this is not the case. See below.  


This time when he proposed, the answer was, “No.” No wedding, house in the suburbs, no little girl with dark, curly hair. And so, my homeless soul hovered elsewhere and embodied somebody else.

Game Changer

This week’s writing prompts for the Shapeshifting 13 Challenge are cat, cards, and café. In exactly 13 words.   When “Go Fish!” is suggested, the Cat Café’s patrons forget about playing cards.

Melvin’s Lament

  This week’s prompts for the Shapeshifting 13 writing challenge are, troll, sea floor, and mirror. In exactly 52 words: ** Melvin is a merman fraught with angst. His parents’ irresponsible and haphazard interspecies coupling left him with a laundry list of psychological disorders to navigate: “Mirror, mirror on the sea floor, what am I…

Letter to my 18-year-old Damn-Self

Dear Susan, I’d have written sooner, but wouldn’t have known what the hell I was talking about. Sorry. I wish you could have read this when it would have done you some good.  Given the fact that I knew none of this then, it would’ve been impossible. Plus, knowing you, you wouldn’t have listened anyway. First,…

Over and Over

The first time we kissed, Crimson & Clover was playing on the radio. From then on, it was officially ‘our song.’ One month and eleven days later, Jimmy left for Vietnam. I wrote to him every day and he wrote as often as he could. In our letters, we planned our wedding and even named our kids….

Parenting Skills

This week’s word prompts for the Shapeshifting 13 writing challenge are: a) screaming child b) Loch Ness c) empty soda can In exactly 39 words. Mrs. Ness had tried everything to quiet her screaming progeny. Usually shoving an empty soda can in Lochie’s ear did the trick, but not today. It was one of those…