woodland creatures

The hall of antlers was a place Henry only saw in his dreams.   It was staggering to think of how many bodies it had taken to fill that expanse. How much blood, how many lives. In the dream, the question was soft, merely wonder, because awe was the only way to traverse such a... Continue Reading →

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Halloween Movie Wrap-Up

Okay! So we are six days away from Halloween, I am 6k away from meeting my 25k word goal for THE WILD HUNT (now tentatively titled IN THE HEART OF THE HOLLOW FOREST) and I still owe you guys some awesome movie recommendations. And do I ever have some movie recommendations. First up on my... Continue Reading →

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An Ode to Donnie Darko

Look, that title is what it is because that's what this is about to be. (Did I trip you up there? I'm sorry. I'm just excited.) This movie did things to my brain. Great, fantastic things, and every time I watch this movie, it reminds me of being young and afraid and realizing just how... Continue Reading →

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October Reads

We're officially a week into the best damned month of the year, and you know what that means? TIME FOR AMAZING BOOKS AND MOVIES is what that means. Also food, but don't talk to me about pumpkin spice. The explosion of pumpkin spice everything was too tempting, and I've burned myself out. Give me leaf... Continue Reading →

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Bethlehem Steel

For the past week, I've been up north visiting family. My great aunt passed away, and we traveled up to Pennsylvania to intern her ashes and scatter my grandfather's. It's not often I get to visit with my extended family—they're scattered between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and I live all the way down in South... Continue Reading →

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On the Dark Side of Human Nature (or, what Hannibal is doing right & why you should be watching)

To those who know me in real life, it's no secret that I find dark natures absolutely fascinating. There are a multitude of troubling books on my shelves with themes and subjects that touch upon the unsavory, unwholesome truths we hide from ourselves. Carl Jung referred to our dark self as the archetype of the... Continue Reading →

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Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo

What? No post for November? I skipped a month?! How could that beeeee?! One word: NaNoWriMo. Going in, I had no idea what to expect from NaNo. 1667 words per day is a little...intimidating, when you first consider it. 50,000 words in a month sounded harrowing, but the thing I told myself was that if... Continue Reading →

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raise the dead

who would you raise from the dead? Mothers are not meant to be remade. This was a truth known since childhood. No simulacrum, no effigy could take the place of the spark that died in late September. I’d seen her dead. I’d touched her lifeless body. That cool, rigid cheek would never dimple from a... Continue Reading →

celestial bodies

The first lesson anyone should be taught about stars is that most of them are dead. What we seem is time dilating, moving on without us, leaving us behind. We see the afterimage, the echo, the last, gasping breath of a mass that burst and imploded millennia ago. And maybe this is why stars are... Continue Reading →

black water

When her feet stop at the edge of the bridge, Mara realizes she’s having the dream again. This is an old dream, one that comes year after year. Always in October, almost always the same cold night. And because she knows the dream, she remembers what happens next. She watches the road beyond the bridge.... Continue Reading →

the rundown

Ah. I forgot about having one of these things for Pitchwars. I should have some kind of cheat sheet on myself for anyone interested in taking me on, yeah? Here's the pertinent stuff: I work as a freelance editor. The only way I got here was by learning to be merciless with myself and listening... Continue Reading →

Stars

On the 18th, ten years and one day since Papa died, Gramma followed.  I loved them both very, very much.  ...There isn't a way to express how much.  I got to have more time with my grandmother. Anyone who loses someone who formed and shaped their life with love knows there is no such thing... Continue Reading →

Marching on

Happy March. From what I can tell driving around the countryside, it seems spring is on the way. Updates have been a bit slow as I am now part of a delivery team driving freight all over the continental US. I edit, I drive, and I try to stay on top of the rest of... Continue Reading →

crossroads

As he passed the sign declaring HELL IS REAL, Tyler laughed. "Ain't nobody who lives like us doesn't know that," he said, glancing at his silent companion. "And sure as shit, you and I know it's true." The thing in the passenger seat slid its one gleaming eye toward him, a slight dip of its... Continue Reading →

in search of someone else

I. she was the smallest spark. a fading star, a wisp of smoke, a gasp, a plume of breath on an icy winter night. she always liked it austere. honest: no ornamentation, no comfort bare bones and brittle waiting for a spring that might never come. in her deep dark forest and its endless black... Continue Reading →

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