My latest story – Brushstrokes And Shadows

painting, forest, dark, creepy

Welcome to the house that sits on four acres of land. Inside the house, there is a mysterious painting. When you look at it, do you see anything looking back?

Excerpt: “I don’t care what you say, you should throw that painting out. You should burn it,” Bree said. The painting gave Bree a sense of dread.

Find out why Bree finds the painting creepy. You can read the full story here.

Mysteries Of A Painting

I often hear people discuss art as if there is a hidden meaning to it. I believe there is always a hidden meaning to all artwork. The artist puts a piece of himself or herself in every creation. The concept of hidden meaning inspired my next short story, which will be published on Coffee House Writers. Be on the lookout for  “Brushstrokes And Shadows” Monday, February 10, 2020.

You can read many of my other short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction articles on my Coffee House Writers author page.

Superbowl “Snackdown”


Chicken, Bbq, Outdoor, Cooking, Catering, Food
Image by Rebecca Withey Studios from Pixabay 

I am not a fan of football, but my family is, especially the men in the family. My mom does her best to celebrate the fanfare of the major football event. For me, it’s the food that I celebrate. Let’s face it, there’s always excellent food at a football party.

This year we’re going to have BBQ hot wings, lime tortilla chips, and lots of assorted dips. While everyone is out in the living room watching the game on the big screen, I’ll be in my room watching a cool movie on my small screen. I’ll find a Harry Potter movie or Hunger Games marathon to watch. There’s always something to watch besides football.

I can imagine that some of you are reading this and gasping. Watch something besides the Superbowl? Perish the thought, as the cliche goes. Yet, I think there are some of you who are nodding your head in agreement with my movie marathon idea.

So, what will you be serving up at your family gathering or tailgate party? Drop me a comment and let me know. I find it interesting to hear what types of foods are served around American football parties.


Time – Altered Perception

Excerpt: My bed is a pillow of comfort, lulling me to sleep. The grandfather clock is ticking on time; each tick placed to match my heartbeat. My mind rests as my spirit floats off into an airy realm of peace.

Where am I going?

I don’t know where I am, but I sense a dominating presence. I can feel it; the air pressure is pulsating. Something is following me—tick, tick, tick. What does it want?

Read the full story here.

Dissecting Confidence

Excerpt: Last year, I used bravery to drive my passion. I took a six-month break from conventional employment to pursue a career in writing. The plan was to find a full-time job while seeking out a platform to showcase my writing. I felt intimidated by the thought of applying to Coffee House Writers. I leaned on bravery to get me through the process. I didn’t have much confidence I would be accepted.

That brings me to this year’s word of choice—confidence. I reached into my soul and entered a grudge match with… Read More