Engagement (100 word story)

Fercrisakes, he’s with those toys more than he is me. We eat dinner on the couch because the table is sprawled with plastic army men. He’s a grown man! He even makes the sound effects. Kboosh! Kpow! Today he told me he was looking on Craigslist for a ping pong table he could put in the garage. More real estate, he says. I suggested he just put them all in a box like every other adult did, and he tells me he’s trying to remember the things that make him happy. Oh, you can bet I took offense Read more [...]

CNFtweets
(140-Character Creative Nonfiction)

The Twitter hashtag #CNFtweets, encouraged by Creative Nonfiction Magazine, is used to tell short, true stories. I'm compiling my contributions to the hashtag here. This page gets updated regularly. If only I could catch and catalog each thought as they pour through my head like a river through a broken dam. Then I could sleep. 3-15-17 After a prolonged silence in my life, she spoke to me in a dream. I'm left to wonder: Is what she said what she'd actually say? 3-8-17 Fog creeps Read more [...]

Smahten Up

I’m told I have an accent. While I find this absurd – I am the only person I know who doesn’t have an accent – I sometimes see people light up when I say certain words, and it’s usually a cue to brace for the inevitable retort of, “pahk the cah at Hahvid yahd.” Let me tell you a secret: this most famous of let’s-sound-New-Englandy phrases does not amuse anyone from the northeast. This “joke” is a tired cliché, and compounding the insult is our disgust with you for thinking Read more [...]

Everyday Stories 2016 – Recap

Everyday Stories is my annual "30 Stories in 30 Days Inspired by 30 Found Photographs" writing project. If you're looking for a place to start, or want to find a story you liked, you can see all the story photos and first lines here. Thanks for reading! Cruise November 1 “This would be a great workout,” Gwen said as she slowly waddled out to deeper water. It was more of an observation than an idea, as Gwen was done seeking out exercise regimes. Road Trip November 2 Kerri knew Read more [...]

Saved

One by one they’d disappeared. Whether it was distance or death, people had been whisked out of Karl’s life faster than he’d been able to replace them. He’d noticed the phenomenon happening in his 40s – a person would pop into his head and he’d realize he hadn’t spoken to them for them for a long time – but back then, the attrition seemed unavoidable. When he and Louise took jobs at Montana State, the Indianapolis people started falling away. When he got the job at Gonzaga, the Read more [...]

Stomp

Don urgently went over the song structure one last time – main part four times instrumental, four with vocals, bridge, main two times, bridge, chorus, main four times, chorus, new part in D, bridge, outro – but all Abe could think about was how he’d never noticed that Don sounded a lot like that crank from Law and Order. Jerry someone. How long had Law and Order had been on television, anyway? Had he watched it as a kid? Was it as old as 60 Minutes? And why didn’t people on that show Read more [...]