The Runner – The Process

The Runner is story number six in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Wake – The Process

Wake is story number five in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Hundred Eyes – The Process

A Hundred Eyes is story number four in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Pinnacle to Heaven – The Process

A Pinnacle to Heaven is story number three in the #52ShortStories challenge. As the epigraph of the story implies, the springboard for this story came from a Robert Frost poem. I’m thinking pulling potential titles from poetry is going to be a regular thing as the imagery just comes so naturally. But…

The Illusion of Straight Lines

Occasionally, I think back to all of the times when I was trying to learn something difficult. Memories of frustration and anxiety. When I do that, the conclusions usually sound the same: “If only I had done this thing sooner…” or “I wasted so much time on that…” And then I wonder if I would be where I am today …

I Think YOU Can Be A Genius

The saying goes, “Asking the right question is half the answer.”1 There’s a popular misconception of nature-vs-nurture. It’s built into the nomenclature for crying out loud. People bandy it about as if the two terms are constantly opposing forces, each trying to dominate the other. A more accurate way to think about this concept, then, might be to rebrand it …

Unleash Your Ladybugs: How to Generate Brilliant Ideas

In an effort to combat the aphids invading our garden, we have invested in nature’s cure — ladybugs. We purchased three containers, each one (the label promises) containing 1,500 ladybugs. That’s a total of 4,500 ladybugs. Who’s responsible for counting them? That’s gotta rank up there for one of the worst jobs in the world.

INTJs and the Continuing Theme of Fear

I’ve been published! No, not my fiction. Still cruising the streets of Rejectionville there. But friend, author, writing coach, mom, and all-around-Wonder Woman, Lauren Sapala, asked that I write an article for her popular website. **PSSST** If so inclined, please support Lauren by buying a copy of her highly-rated book… Lauren is an INFJ on the popular MBTI inventory (a lot …

Contemplating Fear

“Our greatest growth spurts happen when we are children risking and daring and falling down and embarrassing ourselves.” – Steve Chandler, Time Warrior If you met me in person, you’d realize that I don’t have a lot to say. It’s not that the thoughts aren’t there. It’s just that they won’t come out of my mouth. Typically, it’s because you’re not …