Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Some stories and a brief (non-whiny) update.

Still alive!  This blog has slipped a lot in my attentions of late, but I'm getting words on paper IRL. The "quick" novel is comfortably into its second year of first draft, but it's also further along than I've ever been with a story before, so that's exciting.

In the meantime, I'm polishing a short story or two, and continuing to pop in from time to time at "The Prediction", now hosted by the very capable, super supportive Sandra Davies.

Here are a few of my most recent entries. (I'd forgotten how much I like this short-short-short form for capturing a single moment/emotion/reaction.)


Little Boy Blue

Carly sat at the edge of the bluff, trying to see where the sky took over from the ocean.

In her lap, the dusty music box wound down. She remembered fighting with Jacob over the toy, each claiming it as a gift from Grandmother.

Without looking down, Carly’s fingers wound the key. Dulcet music played, and the little bronze bear, wearing his jacket of green patina turned and turned again.

With a scream, she flung the thing away, and watched it tumble end over end to the rocks below, tinkling all the way.

What sound had Jacob made, she wondered.