Flash Fiction: The Flash

The flash in the sky was blinding. I was outside when the world just blinked. That’s what is was or at least the best way to explain what happened; it all just blinked. One moment I was watching my daughter, Miko, do flips off her swing, ringlets of hair wildly flying around and then was…

Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014

Let’s set a few things straight. First I love lists and second I’m a book fiend which means Goodreads is like crack to me. Yes, I do the user challenge. I’ve done it for the last few years which is wonderful way to track the books I have read in the past year mostly because when…

The Night Hunters

The last few months I’ve had a story (who am I kidding several stories) floating in my head. I’ve committed myself to actually write one because I can’t listen to my husband tell me to stop talking about it and start doing it. He know my bad habits. I’ve gotten to a point where I…

Week 5: You Are Real

My stomach turns. Nausea has set in. Every five minutes I run to the bathroom. Why? You are the peppercorn, how could you possibly put that much pressure on my bladder? A peppercorn not a bowling ball. I’m still not sure how something so impossibly small has taken over my house. You have me twisted….

The Writer and The Monkey Brain

My husband tend to think I have multiple personalities. The monks at the monastery I attend call it monkey brain. I call the gift and curse of being a creative person. Right now I’m in the process of writing a manuscript. I know that characters, they are a live in my mind and they have…

A New Look At Failure

Failure isn’t a reason to quit. The only backwards movement that you should take is the one where you step back to figure out where to make changes. Just think if we never failed or made mistakes we might never learn anything new, try different things, or find what we can do better.

10 Things My Friends Have Taught Me

Last week was my birthday. It really got me thinking about life and the things that I have been taught along the way. Outer beauty doesn’t make you beautiful. It is amazing how so many times people who are beautiful by society’s standards look ugly to me while those who aren’t conventionally pretty are beautiful in…

It Isn’t About Doing It Right. It’s About Your Intention.

People’s eyes fall on me. I can feel them. All of them judging. I prepare to walk down the main aisle surrounded by the members of my sangha chanting while I carry a tray with three crystal cups filled with tea for offerings to the shrine. “Have you done this before?,” the main attendant whispers…