The Autumn Prince Returns


In October of 2015, I released a serial on my blog called The Autumn Prince. It became more popular than I had anticipated; one reader called it the “highlight of her month,” and I am still humbled by that. The following year it was adapted into a short story for the Crows on Heartstrings anthology, […]

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Of Ghosts and Old Doorbells


The old doorbell had been silent for over twenty years. After this house was abandoned, people eventually stopped coming to visit, or even to try and sell things. It had been so long, in fact, that the ghosts started to assume it was too rusty to ever make another sound. Three generations of ghosts dwelled […]

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3 Reasons Why We Need Dreamers


It’s recently come to my attention that I am too much of a dreamer…and I don’t want to change. These aren’t the sorts of dreams with a set goal at the end of the tunnel. When your chosen career is storytelling, it’s easy to forget the ‘rules’ and stand out even in your own crowd. […]

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The Book Inspired by Peru


It took a few weeks, but I was right: a new environment will inspire you with dozens of ideas. My idea for a book set in new territory has finally come to me! When we first arrived in Peru back in December, I knew it would happen. Perhaps I would meet a person who wanted to […]

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Story: Prince of the Haystacks


When the young prince first fled into the barn, he thought it too small and messy for someone of respectable breed to sleep in. Having grown accustomed to feather pillows and silk sheets, he struggled at first to adapt and sleep on the hay. But he was fleeing an angry wizard’s curse, so it happened […]

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Writing: The Learning Process


Too many writers talk and act as if writing were slow torture. … As New York sports writer Red Smith once observed, “Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” … If you want to write, here’s a secret: the writer’s struggle is overrated, a con game, […]

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Story: The Fisherman’s Boat


It was one of the last warm days before fall kicked in with all its chill. School had just ended for the day, and two children walked through the woods, a sister and her younger brother. To the boy, this was a new route home. However, his sister had been here before; she was taking […]

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A Dreary, Abandoned Place


Drip. Drip. Tea trickles over the side of an overturned saucer, but no one is around to right it or wipe the wooden floor. The front door of this old house has been left wide open, pictures on the wall knocked over to show signs of a struggle. A stray cat wandered in not long […]

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Into the Enchanted Forest


You’ve lost yourself in a daydream again. The paths of your wondering have led to the greenest forest you’ve ever seen – even colors appear bolder in this place. There is a breeze but it’s not unpleasant; branches are thick, yet you don’t fear what you will find here. You’ve been walking for quite a […]

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