Time went wonky when night slammed shut like a hammer against an anvil. Herbert and Grace were left with only the stars to guide them through the trees, up the lane, back to the village where families awaited them. Shadowed things passed between them and the sky, circling as if looking for something. They never … Continue reading Seeing Monsters
Remember the days when your boss actually gave you a paycheck. You would take the check to the bank and deposit all but a few dollars pocket money. I kind of miss those days. Now, my check goes directly to the bank. Because it is the same amount month in and month out, I am … Continue reading Money, Money, Money
I have created a monster. This monster has brown hair, full lips, and the perfect smile. Sounds more like an angel than a monster, but that is because you haven't heard her nag at me day in and day out. "Francine, where are my edits? Francine, when are you going to post something … Continue reading Nag, Nag, Nag
When writing a book, it is easy to fall into the trap of providing the reader the quick answer to who is the hero, who is the villain, what are the backstories and the setting. After all, you’ve been told over and over again that it isn’t a good idea to hide pertinent details from … Continue reading The Quick Answer
I started writing A Dating Guide for Married Men after I was asked out on a date with someone I thought was single but wasn’t. Not only was he not single, he didn’t bother to tell me until I showed up on the date and deduced it for myself. Something about continuing to use plural … Continue reading Cheating Is Stupid
I’ve been told I shouldn’t see color. I disagree. I see color, the red of roses, the blue in the sky, the green of the grass. I see the shades of gray in a goose’s feathers, the yellow bleeding into reds and oranges of a sunset. I see the blush of a young girl’s cheeks, … Continue reading I See Color
According to the Washington Post, the dating world has a whole new vocabulary for people who disappear from your world, as if by magic, only to return, sometimes months later, wanting to pick up the relationship as if nothing ever happened. Those who disappear are called ghosts. Those ghosts transform into zombies when they show … Continue reading Ghosts, Zombies, and Vampires, Oh My!