The Curse of 13: a 12 princes retelling part 2

Part 2 The castle was in an uproar preparing for the crowning ceremony for the eldest prince. After years of putting off this important occasion, the eldest Prince Johannes finally agreed to take his rightful place as the official heir of the Rabenreich.  “I hate all this pomp and circumstance.” Johannes complained to his mother … Continue reading The Curse of 13: a 12 princes retelling part 2

Silence Is the Gift of Being: Learning to Love the Quiet

We need Quiet Time. As a society, we hate silence. We play music in the background of coffee shops and grocery stores. We fill "awkward silences" with small talk and mindless chatter. We even go so far as to say that quiet people "have no personality", or regard them with suspicion because "it's always the … Continue reading Silence Is the Gift of Being: Learning to Love the Quiet

The Curse of 13: A 12 Brothers Retelling- part 1

Part 1: The Queen was pregnant again. It had been several years since the youngest prince had been born, and the Queen was in her 43rd year of life, so the news of a 13th child was a surprise to the royal family and the kingdom.  “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a princess this … Continue reading The Curse of 13: A 12 Brothers Retelling- part 1

The Stayed Hand: when you can’t put your ideas to the page.

I have drafts and plots for stories I want to write. They sit in their queue, waiting for me to pick them up, dust them off, and finish them. I have dreams for fairy tales, speculative fiction, suspense, and romance, all half-written with a clear road-map- but I can't bring myself to take the final … Continue reading The Stayed Hand: when you can’t put your ideas to the page.

Persistence Isn’t the Key to My Heart: ending the friendzone to lover trope

When I was 19 I went on a date. It was clear early to me early on that I wasn't interested in him romantically, and I made that clear. He said he understood and that he was okay with being friends. For the last 9 years he's been an occasional brunch buddy, conversation partner, and … Continue reading Persistence Isn’t the Key to My Heart: ending the friendzone to lover trope