(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. Scolded by the grocery store clerk for not using the tongs, her voice still echoing hours later. 5-15-17 Despite the forecast, Spring still surprised us. The neighborhood hastily assembles a symphony of lawn mowers to hail its arrival. 5-4-17 The glue to mend a broken heart usually Read more [...]

Organizing the Satellites

Because her husband refused to splurge (his word) on a mattress for their growing girl, the one queen mattress remained a family bed. Fitting four (husband, daughter, their lanky hound, and herself) was an easy puzzle on paper, their cut-out shapes slipping into allotted slots, but in the darkness, her gravity seemed to increase, her daughter burrowing beneath her while the dog sprawled across the top. As she lay pinned and paralyzed, her husband snoring undisturbed on a wide tract of mattress, she Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]