Daily Handbasket: Happy Father’s Day, Dad. 18 June 17

June 18, 2017 by - 4 Comments

  Honesty, faith, loyalty, love, learning from failure, and never backing down from a challenge–so many gifts from one wonderful father. I don’t know how I got so lucky. Love you, Dad–Happy Father’s Day. 💜   June 17th Words Journal:  0 words Long fiction: 0 words Short fiction: 0 words Non-fiction: 0 words Blogging: 55 words …Read More

Daily Handbasket: In Which I Get Eyebrows

June 15, 2017 by - 12 Comments

    I haven’t been a girly-girl since I had my first child. In fact, I don’t think I was ever issued a girly-girl card. Manicures and pedicures have never been a regular part of my life. At my last pedicure, the guy who was cleansing and lotioning my legs (is that even a thing at a …Read More

Daily Handbasket: After the Jump

June 14, 2017 by - 3 Comments

    I’m over at the Kill Zone Blog today, where I’ve posted a critique of  an anonymous author’s opening to a novel called The Last White Rose. I was shy about writing the critique because I don’t often do personal critiques, except for friends and the occasional student. But I had a lot of fun doing …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Tiger Lilies on the Moon

June 12, 2017 by - 2 Comments

  Every year I take many pictures of the gorgeous orange tiger lilies as good friend gave me years ago. This year I wondered what they would look like if they grew on the moon.             June 12th Words Journal:  77 words Long fiction: Revising Short fiction: 0 words Non-fiction: …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Why Must We Have Favorites?!

June 12, 2017 by - 6 Comments
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    “I don’t have a favorite color, because I’m not a four-year-old.” Where did I hear that? A film, perhaps? As I recall, the delivery was pretty snarky, but it still made a huge impression on me. I felt so…liberated. Why do we have to have favorite things? Maybe someone first asked that question …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Sunday, 11 June 17 –Emotions

June 11, 2017 by -

  All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you. —Rainer Maria Rilke Emotion may be truthful, but it’s not necessarily the best measure of reality. Wishing you lots of discernment and clarity this week…💜   June 10th Words …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Strangers at My Door

June 8, 2017 by - 2 Comments

    If you hang out with me on social media, i.e. Facebook or Instagram, you know Tuesday afternoon and much of Wednesday was spent with stranger dogs. Strangers, as in not my dogs. When Walt and Charlie (I only found out their names later) first showed up, I tried to chase them out of the yard. …Read More

Daily Handbasket: Trouble’s Coming…

June 7, 2017 by - 4 Comments
Sylvie hunting from the safety of the bathroom window

  Usually in the months between finishing one novel and beginning a new one, I write at least one short story, and some non-fiction. It feels important to me to flex my writing muscles in other genres and forms. (But don’t expect any poems, okay? It’s for your own safety.) This spring I wrote a short …Read More

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