The Ending

“I’m not going to abandon the things that make me who I am because of a future that contains an ending I hadn’t foreseen for myself.” ~Captain Christopher Pike on Star Trek: Discovery~ In this episode, Captain Pike sees his future and it’s not a happy-joy-joy experience for him. Star Trek fans know the outcome, but I’ll leave that part out in case you are not currently a Trekkie, but are thinking about joining the awesomeness of a crazy cultRead more

Between the Cotton Sheets

Her muffled, fearful yelp woke him. “Baby, what’s wrong?” he asked as his hand fell softly across the ivory of her shoulder. “Did you have a nightmare?” “Yes, it was awful. I was living in a house with snakes.” “Really? That sounds incredibly creepy.” Margo rolled over onto her right side, toward her love, the angst of a slithery dream still fresh on her face. “It was so weird, as if living with snakes was normal. They were everywhere –Read more

Three Men and a Cell Phone

At 6:30 am on Sunday morning, the alarm on my cell phone went off. I reached over to where the phone sits on a night stand, picked it up and tapped the “snooze” button. The alarm continued to ring. Then I tried to swipe it silent. Nothing. I tapped the snooze again. Same results. I swear the alarm was getting louder. Panic started to set in. My roommate sleeps one wall over and I didn’t want the alarm to wakeRead more

Getting Poked with a Sharp Stick

“The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” ~Dan Rather~ It’s the end of the school year for most children and teenagers in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of summer fun and dreams. I hope everyone has been poked with a stick at some point in school…by a teacher who stuck outRead more

Inside, Outside

“Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t…”  ~Neil Gaiman~ “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  ~ Carl Jung~ “A healthy outside starts from the inside.”  ~Robert Urich~ “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”  ~Terry Pratchett~ “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi~Read more

My Love is Not my Love

“This week, consider the unreliable narrator — a classic storytelling device — in your own work, no matter your genre.” She is there. I see her. She was in my dreams and now we stand face to face. And I think, “My love is not my love. She will serve me well.”   I win her over with a smile, with many compliments. Her co-dependency willingly accepts. And I think, “My love is not my love. She will serve my physicalRead more