(FICTION and FLASH FICTION) "Dust to Dust" - Gone Lawn - May 2018 After listening to a trio of students talk about trying to escape the mistakes adults had made, I wanted to capture the moment in a flash piece. "Misunderstanding" - Sick Lit Magazine - May 2017 This was my first jump into science fiction, and I love the atmosphere I was able to create with some creepy futuristic touches. “Seeming is Believing” – StoryChord, Issue 59 I was honored to have Kenneth Nichols analyze my story on his amazing website, Great Writers Steal, and compare my work to O'Henry. Click here for the link.
"Freeze Frame" - Atticus Review - December 2016 Rewatching reruns of Face Off and listening to one makeup artist discussing how the makeup can really hide an actor's emotions, I wondered what someone addicted to that feeling would be like.
"Insinuations" - Monkeybicycle - September 2016 A man in a windbreaker caught my attention on a bridge. He seemed trained on a young woman playing with her children, and if he hadn't walked away I was ready to warn her. Thankfully he left, and I turned the warning into a story.
“Night on the Susquehanna” - The ThreePenny Review, Issue 89, Spring 2002 I wrote this work after having my son and watching the reflections on the Susquehanna from my hospital window. For a moment I thought I saw a car driving along the water and realized just how dangerous our perception of the world can be.
"Forget It" - 1:1000 - February 2016 After cleaning out a few old boxes from the garage, including a number of newspaper clippings, I noticed there were words all over my palms. The idea of words transferring reminded me of memories and the idea of letting go.
“Absence” – Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3 This piece embarrassingly sprouted from a toilet that wouldn't stop running and how proud I was when I managed to fix it. That flash of pride parlayed itself into a full-fledged narrative proving that the smallest things can yield the greatest results.
"Truth or Dare" - Brilliant Flash Fiction, Issue 15, September 2017 I wrote this piece after a friend of mine bought a small cabin by the sea and sold it months later because he swore it was haunted. Since I'm not one for ghosts, I imagined the place haunted by lost love.
“Encounters in the Park” – Literary Orphans, Issue 8 An article about face blindness captivated me for weeks, and finally I had to explore how it might affect romantic relationships.
"Allegations" - Umbrella Factory Magazine, Issue 18, June 2014 An elderly woman was dragging a lawn chair to church one day next my workplace, and I wondered what she could possibly doing...and this story appeared in my head.
“Expectations” – The Bookends Review, February 2014 This is a piece of creative nonfiction derived from an unfortunate life experience.
“Finders Keepers” – Central PA Magazine (Honorable Mention – Writing Contest) A news story had been circulated about a kidnapped girl being reclaimed, and I wanted to explore what might drive a person to steal someone else's child.
“Making Amends” – Central PA Magazine (Honorable Mention – Writing Contest) As a teacher I often ask my students to interview people to find the 'truth' of the matter, and for this story I wondered what might happen if the truth was bigger than the assignment.
"Mixed Messages" - Gravel Magazine - May 2016 I often deal with the complexities of marital relationships in my work, and I thought it would be interesting to play with the ideas of losing a partner in different ways, juxtaposing how reactions and remedies would vary.
“Safety Measures” – Toasted Cheese Literary Journal (Pushcart Prize Nominee) I was taking a walk and heard a man and woman screaming at one another over a house for sale and wondered if a house could truly be the undoing of a couple.
"The Runner" - The Foundling Review, August 2014 This is actually based on a friend's story (used with permission of course) about a moment when she briefly didn't recognize her husband and was shocked at how intrigued she was by him.
"Train Ticket" - Spark & Quill, 2015 One day I watched an old couple emerge from a gas station with nothing but lottery tickets and hopeful looks in their eyes. Somehow, I didn't think the looks were for one another.
"Savior" - Literary Orphans, August 2018 A friend challenged me with a fun prompt to write about a sympathetic murderer.
(POETRY) "Pressed" - Algebra of Owls, February 2018 Sometimes the best way to put ugly memories to rest is to put them on paper where they don't seem so dangerous anymore.
"A Forced Eviction" & "Artifacts" - The Passed Note, Issue Six Cleaning out my garage yielded a box of artifacts from high school that reminded me of a time I could let these things, or certain people, go.
"Reflections" - The Same, October 2017 In the current political climate, I often look at my daughter and wonder if life will be easier or harder for her as a young woman in the decades to come.
"Glass Slipping Through Fingers" - The Ekphrastic Review, June 2017 I was watching a documentary on dancers in Paris, and the one who seemed most proficient at the moves couldn't take her eyes off of the exit or whatever was happening off-stage. I wondered what tethered her to the profession.
"À terre" - Literary Orphans - April 2016 I wrote this as part of my Dance Series (see Chaines featured in Mixtape Methodology) about a hesitant dancer.
"Chaines" - Mixtape Methodology, December 2015 I was watching a documentary on dancers in Paris, and the one who seemed most proficient at the moves couldn't take her eyes off of the exit or whatever was happening off-stage. I wondered what tethered her to the profession.
"Don't Speak" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 Both writers and parents need to be able to study the silence as much as we study the noise.
"Fallen" - Dying Dahlia Review - January 2017 A friend created a map of all of the places that broke her heart, and the poem begged to be written to go with it.
"Good Will" - Dying Dahlia Review - May 2016 I used this poem as an exploration of the things we let go, and in some ways the desperation we feel to get them back.
"Just a Girl" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 What started as an exploration of Gwen Stefani's songs really turned into an exploration of my children growing.
"She Always Wanted to Be In Pictures" - Pankhearst - 2016 A movie I was watching glitched and froze at a moment where the heroine looked ready to leap from the narrative, and this poem was born.
"Language Series" - Rat's Ass Review - March 2016 After watching the film Lost in Translation I started thinking about the ways we communicate with one another and more importantly the moments when it might be better to be silent and intuitive.
"Running" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 I think every parent struggles with the idea of a child's independence versus our helicopter tendencies.
"Spiderwebs" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 I wanted to translate this natural and beautiful phenomenon into something every day.
"Water Torture" - Rust + Moth - January 2016 I'm embarrassed to say I was watching a reality show where someone threw an instruction book at her husband and asked him to figure himself out. It made me wonder if we needed instructions to get in - or out - of a relationship.
(NONFICTION) "A Mother's Grade" - Mamalode - January 2016 After a particularly grueling grading session, I found myself jotting letter grades throughout the day and realized it was the makings of a brilliant narrative or mother's guilt.
"Fandom is Family" - Manifest Station - May 2018 Harry Potter holds a special place in my family's heart, and a neat encounter with a fellow fan in Target of all places inspired this piece. "In Time" - Coffee & Crumbs - August 2017 My entire family has always been fascinated with the passage of time, and I wondered if all of us could take a breath and stop looking ahead or being, just for a moment.
"Crafting a Child" - Mothers Always Write, August 2015 Poetry normally isn't my medium of choice, but after a particularly grueling day as both mother and teacher, I tried to remain how on earth my mother mustered all the patience she did.
"In Defense of the Word Pretty" - Her View From Home - May 2016 Some days I feel deluged as a parent by the internet advice of what I really ought to be doing with my children. I have always called my daughter beautiful and felt the need to stand up for the word.
"Now, Shift" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 Both writers and parents need to be able to study the silence as much as we study the noise.
"Saving Our Pennies" - The Good Mother Project - March 2016 I find it hard to write about my children, particularly when I'm worried that things aren't going smoothly. But this piece was really inspired by The Good Mother Project's theme of a rainy day.
"When Parents Lie" - Mothers Always Write - August 2016 In my opinion the hardest thing to do as a writer is open up your wounds to make a piece more authentic, but you've got to do it.
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