• blog,  Journal

    The Ghost Town Trail

    I took a vacation last week.  My intention was to take the week off of work while my kids were at summer camp and devote every waking moment to writing. At the last minute, I changed my plans. I haven’t had a vacation without kids or work in decades.…

  • Fiction,  Outskirts of Heaven

    Flowers for Sarah

    “Have you heard…?” Jesse Plain asked on Friday afternoon, picking up flowers for his wife on his way home from work. It was her birthday. Jesse bought her flowers for every occasion. His wife had never once been in Awesome Blossom herself so Chelsea didn’t have any idea if…

  • Journal,  News

    Off Grid August – Take Two

    Last year I went “off grid” for the month of August.  I wasn’t really off-grid. I had access to WiFi and all the luxuries of modern life, but I deleted my social media apps from my phone and tried to restrain myself from going on social media.  Last February,…

  • Fiction,  Outskirts of Heaven

    Chelsea Gold – Outskirts of Heaven

    News that Honor Caswell was back in town had been swirling for weeks like the outer bands of a hurricane lifting the interest of those who knew him.  Of those who knew him, there were two groups, the ones who knew him all his life and through high school…

  • blog,  Morning Journal

    When I’m on the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast

    I already know how I will answer the question, “Who is better? The Eagles or Fleetwood Mac” when I’m on the Bret Easton Ellis podcast. I’ve been listening to every episode since August and since then, my goal as a writer has shifted from “Write a Best Seller” to…

  • blog

    Lydia and Maude

    Do you have favorite characters that have shaped your life?  I have two. One is a seventy-nine-year-old Holocaust survivor who seduces a twenty-year-old boy before taking her own life. And the other is a crazed lover to a dirty old man. To me, these women are two of the…

  • blog,  Going Offline,  Journal,  Private Journal

    Twenty One Days Offline

    It takes three weeks to form a habit and it must take three weeks to break a habit too because I no longer miss social media. I no longer wonder what’s going on out there on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook.  I am not curious about what happened…