My First Published Short Story!

Today a short story of mine, “Growing in the Basement”, was published in The Lab Review!  This was my first official short story publication, and I’m really excited about it. The intro is currently up in the Portfolio section of this site, so feel free to mosey on over and check it out.  You won’t regret it (hopefully)!

New content has been at a virtual standstill on here recently, but I’m hoping after graduation I can start putting more book reviews/original work/other stuff/ et cetera up. Stay tuned!

Growing in the Basement

There was something strange about the Tenant in the basement.  Ms. Burrows had thought so ever since he’d answered her Craigslist ad and signed the lease.

When Ms. Burrows first met him to show off the basement, she couldn’t quite place his scent.  It was like a sick mix of fresh soil, sulfur, and skunk was burnt into his too-big wool sweaters and ratty brown hair, pulled tight into a bun.  She’d lived in her quaint little house in her quaint little neighborhood for a not-so-quaint fifty-something years, and bringing this young rag-tag ruffian into her home (or at least a part of it) made her a bit uneasy.  But, with no other offers and her costs of living going up and up after her husband’s passing, the space was his.

“Thanks, dude,” the Tenant had said to her.  They’d shaken hands, his clear-cut fingernails somehow managing to hide dirt beneath them, and the Tenant rushed around the house to the exterior basement door, hidden from street view by a few hedges.  Ms. Burrows had looked down at her hand and headed toward her own front door, resolving to wash the hand thoroughly.

Now, however, after three months of the Tenant living beneath her humble home, her suspicions had reached a peak.  There was always some type of sound coming through her floorboards (banging, whirring, and sometimes even opera), a faint purple glow that never faded escaped along the edges of the Tenant’s stark white door, he could never quite remember exactly how much the rent was each month, and the putrid smell persisted whenever she ran into the man.

Read the rest of this piece (and other great work) published in The Lab Review!

Together For-Christmas-Ever

December 22, 2016 – 9:26 PM, Eastern Standard Time

     I met someone today. It was the first day of the annual three-night Hallmark Holiday Movie series at the local theater, so I decided to close down my gluten-free, non-GMO, organic bakery a few hours early and go. It’s my favorite Christmastime tradition in North Pine Lake Townville.
     I sat near the back, a warm cup of peppermint cocoa in my hand and a forced smile on my face. I put my coat on the seat next to me since I was alone this year. In years past, Tommy would be my other half, but since he left me for the doctor who nursed him back to health after his tragic Zamboni accident at the local hockey rink, I was all by myself. I wasn’t expecting anyone to sit next to me.
     But then someone did. Continue reading

A Year of Quick Writes

One year ago, I decided to come back to this blog.  I’d created it in May of 2015, but it wasn’t until October when I really started working at it.  I started the daily Quick Write section, which forced me to think about my writing every single day.  I had to get some words on the page, even if it was just a few short three lines.  It helped jump-start my writing that had sort of fallen to the wayside since coming to Chicago.

And then the rest just kinda fell into place along the way.  Since then, I’ve added book reviews, short pieces of fiction, and gained some loyal followers (who I hope enjoy reading my stuff!).  It’s been an exciting year.

To add to all of this, I’m currently working on a novel with the hopes of finishing its next draft by December.  I’ve set up a strict writing schedule and I hope to devote most of my daily writing to completing this project.   I’m really excited to see how it turns out.  Really excited.

But because of this, here comes some bad news:  today’s quick write is my last.

Don’t totally freak out, though.  I’m just stopping the quick writes.  I’ll continue to add short fiction to my Portfolio tab as I see fit and book reviews will continue to pop up each week, now that I’ve finally finished Madame Bovary.  Maybe some surprises will appear in my Random Cool Stuff tab, too.  I don’t know.  I just know that as I work on this novel, these three liners are no longer going to be useful to add to my writing chops.  One year has been enough, and I have to expand to actual, substantial, potentially-publishable-someday-maybe writing.  Right now, that’s coming in novel form.

So, that’s it.  It’s been a year of Quick Writes, and now this year will be a year of other writing stuff.  Thanks for sticking with me!

P.S. – I’m thinking about journaling my writing process on here, as a sort of replacement to the quick writes.  Book reviews on Mondays and Weekly Writing Recaps on Thursdays or something.  I don’t know yet.  Like I said, some surprises will probably appear.  We’ll see.