Lost in Place

Lost in Place

I lay in my hammock for the first time in Summer. The sun has fallen so stars can shine in the risen night. I look up and say, “This is heaven.” The outer space I watch is the original screen from past days. It was the most watched screen before wall-hung and handheld...
I Killed a Darling, and I Liked It

I Killed a Darling, and I Liked It

The darling revisited our past pages:   “You said such nice things in the beginning.”   “You weaved sweet and savory.”   “You wrote like each word was our first.” Being a determined storyteller, I played the part between the page:   “It’s not me, it’s you.”  ...
Game On: Watch Me Watch You

Game On: Watch Me Watch You

You love to have watchers. So you offer your best self through an adjusted lens, and say, “watch.” But not everybody watches – so you feel like NOBODY wants to watch. Yes, you like to watch others – but not nearly as much as you adore watching others watch...
What If Somebody Steals Your Story Idea?

What If Somebody Steals Your Story Idea?

I STOLE the MONEY. Five bucks here. Ten there. Twenty was rare. She never seemed to notice – so I kept making withdrawals. Until one day, she panicked. She swore she had more cash in her wallet, and she needed it. So she asked if one of us took it, but I kept my...
Open Letter to the Humans Who Haunt Me

Open Letter to the Humans Who Haunt Me

The phone rang but I didn’t answer. It was him. It was her. It was you. I thought the humans expected something from me. Not anything of value, just more than I could offer. These people cared about me, and I cared about them, but I didn’t know how to show it,...

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