Stories and Outtakes

As writers we produce so much that it often doesn’t always fit into a specific category. Here you will find some of my stories and outtakes. Enjoy!

Reflections on What We Remember

If he had lived, my Dad would have turned 99 today or perhaps 100. We’re not sure which. He was born in Cuba back in the days when babies were dropped in the fields or maybe at home in a narrow string bed. Records were kept in the head of the oldest woman in the...

read more

…one goat and your reputation is in tatters!

People connect through stories. They allow us to share experiences with others. Know your punchline. Know your ending. Be confident that what you are writing about means something. Please - make me care. Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he...

read more

Elizabeth Gilbert – On Success & Fear of Failure

Elizabeth Gilbert is probably best known for the autobiographical book/movie Eat, Pray, Love. In my opinion, that was not her best work. Commercially successful, yes, but neither literary nor inspirational. People ask if she's afraid she'll never be able to...

read more

Diary with Orange Peel – 3

January 3 My afternoon doze is interrupted when a cartoon-character beach ball bounces off my foot. I wipe the sweat-tears from my cheeks. My middle-aged face is the consistency of a candle left out at noon: my eyes feel full of cracking glass. His chair is empty....

read more

The Covenant – Part III

The day school started, sun blazed in the autumn sky. Beatrice’s morning sickness was over. She’d learned how to operate the wringer washer in the dirt-floored cellar without mangling her arms. And in the heat of summer, hanging load upon load of damp laundry hadn’t...

read more

Diary with Orange Peel – 2

January 1 The next morning, we awaken late and fuzzy-headed, then repair to our bamboo chairs under the coconut palms, speech-less on the sun-baked Caribbean beach. Creatures of habits, good and bad. The azure slash of sky edges the pale rolling pith of horizon that...

read more

Books about The Writer’s Heart & Psyche

From author Kate Frieman (https://www.facebook.com/kate.freiman). This series of writer resources originated as a handout from a Toronto Romance Writers’ workshop. Brohaugh, William (ed.), Just Open A Vein, WDB Burnham, Sophy, For Writers Only, Ballantine...

read more

The Covenant – Part II

He did his best. When the house was ‘finished’, it resembled a sharecropper’s cottage more than anything else. There was a well in the back and a hand pump in the kitchen. An ice box sat in the lean-to pantry. Meals were prepared on a wood-burning cast iron cook...

read more

Diary With Orange Peel – 1

The week before my husband and I left on our ‘last chance’ getaway, I’d stumbled across our wedding album, tucked in a buffet drawer behind a box of tarnished fish forks. Unlike our relationship, the thick, brocaded covers were still pristine. I propped the book on...

read more