Stepping Through the Threshold: Part 1

As my knees hit the black asphalt, which could fry an egg thanks to the California summer sun, I didn’t know what burned the most—the skin that peeled away from my kneecaps, or the layer of pride that peeled away from my humiliated eleven year-old heart. Two boys snickered as they ran past me. To…

Ice-Fingered Mists & Truffle-Topped Monasteries

I have a frenemy. Her name: Descriptive Writing. She is difficult to figure out, elusive and slippery, and sometimes I get the feeling that she despises me. At times she’s willing to have a heart-to-heart chat over coffee, only to rush off mid-sentence for no apparent reason. But then there are times when she bares…

What I’ve Been Working On

It’s been difficult to separate out the good critiques from the non-constructive ones. But when several people suggest splitting my book into two parts, I think that’s reason to believe the suggestion is valid. So after a long inner debate with myself, I chopped my story in half and started working on making the first…

The Contract

The fragrance of freshly brewed coffee and pastries wafted in the air. The shop was packed, but he was easily identifiable by his red plaid scarf. I slid in the seat across from him, and though we’d never met, he smiled at me easily, as though we’d been friends our entire lives. His outward appearance…

Delivery

I saw her through my bedroom window. Five am, as usual. The sky was still dark, and a fog covered the street as she came riding through it like a phantom newspaper delivery boy summoned from hell. The light on her bike pulsed and glowed, a steady heart that never failed to beat. I’d noticed…

The Fox Demon: A Short Story

***Just a warning…this is darker than my normal writing. I wanted to practice writing speculative fiction in a short story. Also, it’s a pretty mature theme, so don’t read on if you’re easily offended.*** As always, they froze when I walked into the party. The lust-ridden teens stopped grinding on the dance floor, the frat…

Book Review: The Unattainable Dream of Normal by Katie Kaleski

Overall Rating: 4/5 One Sentence Sum-Up: At summer camp, a guy with Tourette’s Syndrome meets a girl who had an eating disorder, and they fall in love. Plot and Style: I loved that this story was filled with real-life problems. The writing style, though simple, felt authentic and down to earth, like a conversation with normal…

Book Review: Summer of Firsts by Chen Yan Chang

First, let me say that this author is like the Queen of Critiques, and I must hail the queen. “All hail the queen!” Seriously though…she’s helped me critique two of my stories and offered such great insight. I’m just sorry that it took me so long to find time to do the same for her….

Words

The words we speak are more important than we sometimes think. Are we using them to disparage or to encourage, to tear down or build up? I admit I oftentimes am quick to criticize other people. If someone’s actions don’t hold to my own desires and goals, I grow impatient and lash out. If someone’s…

Reflection on Valentine’s Day

About 7 or 8 years ago, a friend and I were sitting in a coffee shop. My friend turned to me to say that she recognized a woman there. “She’s on a date!” my friend exclaimed. “Oh my God! I haven’t seen that girl in years. She’s probably like already THIRTY now! I hope that’s not me when I’m thirty,…

Currently…

Reading: Cinder, the first in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and I’m seriously addicted. This is like sci-fi meets fairy tale meets Sailor Moon. As I was a huge fan of Sailor Moon back in the day, there is nothing not to like about this mind-blowing concept. I just wish I could have thought…

Weekly Book Review-This Kiss by M.C. Frank

This week, I’m going to review This Kiss by M.C. Frank. The author made an extremely nice comment on my own story–this after I had received two rejections from literary agents–but just a disclaimer that this did not bias my opinions of her story. However, because she did leave me a comment, I went on…