NaNoWriMo Update #2 – Stream of Consciousness

On Friday, I broke the 40,000 word threshold…Badge and pat on the back from the NaNoWriMo folks…I’m essentially in the final stretch…But after yesterday’s Hawaiian Dance ho’ike, I’m flat…Or I’m catching a cold…Or feeling a quite jealous, since Hubby is officially off of work for the week until next Sunday, and currently napping on the Read More …

The Nearly Ubiquitous, Yet Delightful, Pumpkin Bread

Fall light.  It triggers something primal, that hint of sadness at what could have been. Winter’s going to be a doozy, old chap, for a part of you will die, sleep…like it does every winter.  And yet, lacking the harshness of summer’s glare, the light is also fulfilled, pregnant. Might as well eat some Pumpkin Bread. Read More …

NaNoWriMo Update

Today I hit an all-time daily record of 4,085 words (new fiction) – that’s the equivalent of a short story. And total word count for the month = 22,183. Since November 1st I have finished 3 short stories, formerly stuck for years in “where am I going with this?” mode. Today started a brand spanking Read More …

November Sprints

National Novel Writing Month It’s that time of year again, when all over the world writers commit to the challenge of writing 50,000 words of fiction within thirty days.  I used to participate in the now defunct sister event Script Frenzy (100 pages of screenplay in one month), and really had no intention of joining Read More …

Changing My Story

Last week, Kiddo selected The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski as part of her bedtime reading.  It’s a story about a little girl who reads a magical book without words, because the words fell out on her way home from school.  Frustrated at the absence of words, she hears a whisper (a fox perched outside her Read More …

Dance Hall Days – Pizza Party Style

Picture the scene:  Girls’-Only Pizza Party while Hubby is away at his class. In the kitchen, “Please Don’t Stop The Music” (a song my corpse would roll off the table and twitch to) is pumping its very contagious cha-cha beat. And I’m dancing.  Just. Like. The. Old. Days: (Sigh) Good times. Good times… Then (record Read More …

The First Frost

And I will love you, Said the flower to the bee, When the first frost transforms breath Into crystals that drift to the ground. When our heartbeats cease – Bodies numb, falling – As consciousness unites with the Infinite, Even then, I will know you. And I will love you.           Read More …

Concerning Abimelech Jones

There is a boy who flies with the birds. But not in that ’80’s movie kind of way: Dragging a parable behind him. He is just a boy, And he flies because He never doubts. And at the crack of dawn, He steps into the air, Higher and higher, Until he rolls over And touches Read More …

Birthday Cake Epiphany – Part 2: The Good Grief

So, the birthday cake was a hit yesterday.  Yellow cake with raspberry buttercream and lemon curd filling.  Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and raspberry filling.  Quite tasty.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…. On the other hand, the birthday girl was not her usual happy, gregarious self.  She seemed…sad, even when she tried not to.  Background:  Read More …

Birthday Cake Epiphany – Part 1

Tomorrow, we celebrate my friend’s 50th birthday.  So, what’s in order for the occasion?  My favorite word: C-A-K-E. Maybe it’s because I’m recovering my energy back enough to be creative again.  Maybe it’s because I like people to “ooh and aah” over something I have done.  Actually, I find that pretty embarrassing, especially when accompanied Read More …