Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another Sad, Sad Tale in 50 Words.

                                                   After Valentine's

a stuffed bear peeks out from the lone trash can, white cotton candy fuzz flecked with refinery silt. it is NighT. his miserable bead eyes glint in the glow of a drooping street lamp, chubby arms still bearing a torn velvet heart that says in stitched italics I LOVE YOU


Funny how misplaced objects, a carefully phrased reaction, or a new addition to a schedule can tell you so much about what went down in a relationship. Or in the glorious agony of life in general.

Not that I spent Valentine's Day thinking about that. I spent Valentine's day with this guy!

He's not headed towards a trashcan any time soon.

In other writerly news, thirteen of my flash fiction pieces/ poems just won merit awards from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards!! So grateful that God lets me be a part of His story in the literary world.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Another 65 Word Story... about a mermaid

Another short short short story for your entertainment.

And by the way, in the spirit of writerly news, five of my poems and one of my flash fiction pieces just won Gold Keys (state level, national medals will be decided later) in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards!!! If you know what that is, you probably understand how LUDICROUSLY EXCITED I AM.

But without further ado... another slice of magical realism, in 65 words.


Order Sirenia

There’s a mermaid in the aquarium. You can visit her tank and see where her white flesh meets aluminum-silver scales, a tail of filmy chevrons, long hair fanning the water like seaweed. Last week, the aquarium managers were too busy arguing about whether a tank is humane and the 3/5 Compromise to notice the little boy who jumped in the water to ask her opinion.


Sidenote: 1) Order Sirenia is actually a real biological order that mermaids are categorized in. Check out the second paragraph of this Wikipedia article...

2) The 3/5 Compromise was a federal, pre-Civil War decision that only counted a slave as 3/5 of a person. I alluded to it to bring up the theme of dehumanization, the paradox of what human dignity means when you can't even interpret a being as human, and the way in which we treat slaves or those we unconsciously demean. Yeah. Everything's freakin political.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Magical Realism Tale in 65 Words

So the creative writing prompt was to write a 65-word story in the magical realism/ science-fiction genre. And here's what my weird brain came up with.

I may make this into a blog series, since I don't have time to create/continue my parody series :)


I work at the store that sells attachable faces and waists.  With employment benefits, I don’t just wish for a Grecian nose. Last night, I attached an Emma Stone mask to proper pressure points overnight and voila, I was beautiful! Kim Kardashian hips are in this week— we’ve gotten 200 orders already. The only complaint we’ve gotten is that eventually, everyone will look the same.