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3am bike ride in the Ides of June (flash) — June 14, 2017

3am bike ride in the Ides of June (flash)

3 am; Couldn’t sleep when I remembered my bike was still locked up outside; I briefly entertained the idea of leaving it overnight but my anxiety talked me into going for a ride instead; the wind felt cool on my skin and was able to quell some of the tightness in my chest; I have so much shit to do tomorrow; I continued to pedal while the music played Leonard Skynard and Brandi Carlile on my phone tucked away in the shelf bra of my black camisole; the more I pedaled, the less I felt the odd crawling sensation in my shoulder muscles I tend to feel when someone is thinking of me; many times I tried to go home only to be redirected with a small flick of my wrist; what does the seven of cups reversed mean in a tarot reading about a man’s feelings for me; I changed the music to that new Katy Perry song, seeking something more upbeat; I pedaled; I thought about what to do next; I thought about letting go; It’s time to move on and stop wasting your time thinking about him; I finally made my way back home and brought my bike inside; It’s time to let go; I fell asleep at 4am. 

Human Zoo – 100 Word Story (from 400 Writing Prompts) — June 20, 2016

Human Zoo – 100 Word Story (from 400 Writing Prompts)

If you fell down a rabbit hole,what do you think you’d find?

Years ago, my mom asked me to go to the park with my sister. The park wasn’t far from our house, so my sister and I rode our bikes over and played hide and seek. I looked for somewhere to hide and saw a big tree with roots that I could crawl under. I crawled and crawled, until…I fell into darkness and landed on cold floor. I was in a cage with strange-looking beings staring at me. They had green skin and black eyes. I couldn’t understand their words. They watched me like I was an animal in a zoo.

photo credit: iStock by Getty Images


Tinder the Musical — June 12, 2016

Tinder the Musical

I’ll gladly say it: I hate Tinder. I hate online dating in general, but I really hate Tinder. Major kudos to the lucky ducks who have successfully found love in the internet cesspool of left and right swiping because I tend to find more creeps and disgusting vulgarities than actual guys interested in something substantial. I rarely look at Tinder these days and when I do, I usually regret it. Today was one of those days.

I remembered a conversation I had with my friend Sarah. When I went to Chicago last year, she was the one who showed me around town. One of the times she was visiting home in good ol’ Springfield, we were at the local donut shop and we thought about how funny it would be to write a musical about Tinder. After checking my Tinder today and being thoroughly disappointed, I made this:

tinder the musical

Still reading: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Almost finished reading: Attempting Normal by Marc Maron (I recommend it in audiobook form)

Happiness (from 400 Writing Prompts) — May 3, 2016

Happiness (from 400 Writing Prompts)

Do you believe happiness is a choice?

The best way I can explain it is this: Happiness is like that one person we have a terrible crush on but don’t think we have the bravery to approach. So we always hope that happiness will approach us and make that first move, all the while we are not making active decisions that bring us closer to happiness. It’s a little different for everyone. Some people just say “Just go up to them!” But there’s more to it than that. Some people don’t approach happiness like they don’t approach their crush because they don’t think they deserve happiness.  

My own perspective on happiness shifted after watching a TED talk by a man named Dan Gilbert. His topic was about happiness and how we all can basically synthesize happiness instead of waiting for happiness to come upon us. It was fascinating. Click the link below to check it out: 

The Surprising Science Of Happiness

bnnnnnnnnnnnnn74 (a 400 Writing Prompt) — February 3, 2016

bnnnnnnnnnnnnn74 (a 400 Writing Prompt)

What gives you butterflies in your stomach? Do you like the feeling?

What gives me butterflies?

love; performing; writing; laughing; seeing someone who means a lot to me; hearing a song that’s infiltrated my mind for the last week and can’t leave; seeing an attractive customer at my job; traveling; adventure; new experiences; finding someone who resonates with me; connecting; reconnecting; letting go; freedom; happiness in others.

Just to name a few.

And yes, I love the feeling.


In case you’re wondering, the title comes from my newest cat (a young boy named Stitch) walking on my laptop keyboard.



Fortune Cookie Thoughts (from 400 Prompts) — January 29, 2016

Fortune Cookie Thoughts (from 400 Prompts)

Write ten original thoughts that will be stuffed inside fortune cookies for strangers to read. NOTE: Most of these are just pieces of advice and don’t really tell you a fortune. But then again, I don’t remember the last time I received a fortune cookie that actually had a fortune in it.

  1. Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions. (good advice from my mother).
  2. A real friendship can withstand anything.
  3. It is possible to love someone from a distance. Especially when the distance is for your own benefit.
  4. Don’t believe people who have to tell you they’re a nice person using their words inside of their actions.
  5. Take care of yourself, no matter what good or bad is going on in your life.
  6. Be as brave in person as you are behind your computer keyboard. (shoutout to all of my troll friends)
  7. Sometimes you’re the spoke, sometimes you’re the wheel.
  8. You will never look back and regret the times you stood up for yourself.
  9. If forgiveness meant you had to forget the wrongs someone else made, then the phrase wouldn’t be “forgive and forget.”
  10. Trust that if someone is meant to be a part of your life, they’ll stick around. If they leave, it’s for a good reason. If they’re meant to return, they’ll find a way back.

Nugget of Wisdom: A former friend of mine used to say, “The Universe is unfolding as it should.” I don’t know where that came from, but I found it’s calmed me in a panic attack or two.

About a month ago, I came across this awesome mantra. It renders a very simplistic message: I love you. I forgive you. I release you.

Currently reading: Attemping Normal by Marc Maron. I’ve been on a serious Maron kick as of late. I’ve been listening to a lot of WTF episodes and watching Maron on Netflix and I highly recommend both. I’ve found that the things Maron says really resonate with me. The best kind of art is the art that I find I can relate to and connect with.

kaiser cookie
All this talk about fortune cookies reminded me of the time my friend Kaiser got a fortune cookie without a fortune in it. Photo cred: J. Kaiser

Holiday Comic Quote — December 24, 2015

Holiday Comic Quote

“I’ve had this look for about a year. I usually grow this beard out around Christmas. I like to go to malls dressed as Jesus, and I like to then walk around the mall and go, ‘No! No! This wasn’t what it was supposed to be about, people!’ Then if there’s a Santa at the mall, I walk up to him and say, ‘Listen, fat man, you’re just a clown at my birthday party.'” – Marc Maron

Happy holidays, everyone!

Blog Challenge: 642 Tiny Things to [blog] about – Prompt 48 — October 28, 2015

Blog Challenge: 642 Tiny Things to [blog] about – Prompt 48

In the United States, the Department of Transportation is in charge of time zones. You feel a new time zone should be created. Where is it, and what would it be called?

To make this more interesting, I’ve made the central character a girl in her late teens, early twenties. Think Reese Witherspoon from “Legally Blonde.”

To Who It May Concern,

My name is Leslie Middleton and I’m a part of the Delta Sigma Delta Chi sorority at Missouri State University in St. Louis. I’m writing to you today with a proposal. I would like the United State of the USA to have one more timezone. It would be called “Party Time” and every day it would be allow more daylight, irregardless if it’s Daylight Savings Time. The time zone would be rove throughout the country around sunset. It would actually reverse the sun for a few more hours. This purpose would be solely for partying and offering the perfect light for taking selfies with friends. I think that offering this would literaly raise moral as a nation.

Think it over and text me on Kik, k?



Blog Challenge: 642 Tiny Things to [blog] about – Prompt 47 — October 20, 2015

Blog Challenge: 642 Tiny Things to [blog] about – Prompt 47

Well hello again, it’s a been a minute.

Write a headline for the day after the world ends.

Because if you're going to retroactively chastise those who somehow survive the apocalypse, soften the blow by saying "goofed" instead "fucked."
Because if you’re going to retroactively chastise those who somehow survive the apocalypse, soften the blow by saying “goofed” instead “fucked.”

Courtesy of The Newspaper Clipping Generator

You’re launching a sound recording of life on Earth into outer space to act as a emissary for the human race. Name the five specific sounds you will record.

  1. A bird chirping
  2. A baby’s laugh
  3. An analog clock’s hands ticking
  4. The waves of the ocean
  5. A toilet flushing

Convey the third sound in detail. Don’t bother using words.

Tick, tick, tick, tick. (this is onomatopoeia)

Your recording may include a short inscription on it, the only text that will accompany these Earth sounds. There is space for only six words.

Our life as we know it.

Currently Listening To: Angel Haze – Back To The Woods (entire album on Soundcloud)

I’ve been an Angel Haze fan for a few years now and her music never ceases to impress me. Her newest album, Back To The Woods, is spectacular. I highly recommend it.

A moment of nostalgia for the beautiful green trees at Roaring River State Park.
Speaking of woods, here’s a moment of nostalgia for the beautiful green trees at Roaring River State Park.