always

My daughter has been making a serious effort to identify with me.“Mommy,” she has said (repeatedly), “the only thing that is different between you and me is our eyes. I have daddy’s eyes. They’re brown. Yours are kind of gold/green, but other than that, we are absolutely the same, aren’t we?” I nod and smile […]

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a new word

The year rolls over with words clutched to its belly. Some of these words fall, torn confetti at our feet. They are blurred, unreadable, already disappearing into the mulch of things to be let go of. Other words become dust as soon as they are exposed to the air, as if, purpose-served, they simply cease […]

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cacophony

“Come look at your daughter,” Dan calls to me from the hallway. “What?” Joaquin is pulling at my shirt, shoving his head beneath it, attempting to scale his way up my body. “Your daughter, come look.” Every¬†parent knows that¬†‘your‘ is code for ‘your genetics, your fault.’ I hoist Joaquin up to my hip, he wraps […]

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Unmoored

If I stay at it today, I will have reached my self-assigned deadline of 9000 words. I have 7200 divided into two chapters (plus, the short story I reworked which bumps me up slightly) now I just have to tackle the big bad third chapter introducing Mr.DeathHimself. The thing is, I had grand visions of […]

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