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posted on: Feb 28 2017

Moving Out & Moving On

After thirty years of living in our charming, leaning, creaky-floored Victorian, we’re moving on. Seattle has become too crowded for us, too busy and loud. It’s a city for younger people who don’t mind hauling groceries down the block because their parking spot vanished while...

posted on: Jan 03 2017

Bree’s Miracle – from BY THE WAYSIDE

Purchase here BREE’S MIRACLE Bree had a female complaint. Bad periods, I mean this girl could really bleed. Started at age eleven, would probably be pushing sixty when she quit, lots and lots of Advil on board, not to mention all the Kotex she could run through in...

posted on: Oct 19 2016

Swallowed By The City

My favorite childhood story, The Little House, both warmed and saddened me. How sweetly it first stood there, on its grassy knoll, how tragically it was swallowed by urban sprawl. The house was ultimately moved to a new open space where it could be happy....

posted on: Jul 13 2016

When Every Part of You Breaks

  originally published September 1, 2004 in Carve Magazine. I let Gary hold my hand because he wants to so much. Love is one reason. That I might fall on this bumpy trail is another, though it wouldn’t matter if I did. A lot of me’s  already...

posted on: May 23 2016

At a Crossroad – Again

  Until five years ago, I felt like the most successful writer in the world. After struggling with the short story form for almost a decade, things fell into place. I published regularly. I won awards. I made very little money, but I had a very...

posted on: May 09 2016

Flash Fiction: “Here’s Why” and “A Thing Of Beauty”

these previously appeared on May 6, 2016 in New Pop Lit "Here's Why" You slump, shrink, curl down in your seat, never stand up straight. As if an arrow might pick you off. Not an arrow, a bullet. Not a bullet, a blow. Not a blow, words....

posted on: Apr 28 2016

The Comforts Of Home

  this story first appeared on February 17, 2011 in the Issue 1 of C4, which sadly no longer exists, and later in my debut collection, ALL THE ROADS THAT LEAD FROM, published by Press 53 in 2011 In the Finger Lakes town of Dunston, New York,...

posted on: Apr 25 2016

Writers and Self-Censorship

originally published March 7, 2016 in Women Writers, Women's Books Writers should not be censored. I think everyone can agree on that. The whole idea of censorship conjures an image of stern political enforcers, combing through every line of poetry and prose with an eye to...

posted on: Dec 07 2015

Advice You Won’t Get In A Writing Program

  originally published in Manhattan Book Review, December 7, 2015 Let me begin by saying that you will learn a lot in any good creative writing program. The most important of which will be what questions to ask as you craft your narrative. Every facet of writing...