Seven Awful Minutes

If you could trade seven minutes of your time for a calmer and more productive day, would you? Does your answer change if those seven minutes are awful? Have I sold you on trying it? This week’s Brave Wednesday is brought to you by yet another snow day! Unlike my usual Brave Wednesday offerings, it…

Characters free from stereotypes

Books written for early readers are built with simple characters. This is good for emerging readers. They can come to appreciate running gags, as a character does the same thing in different scenes. The simple character can be described with few words, and takes does not take long to feel that the character is a…

Detoxing a Society: A thought experiment

For this Brave Wednesday, I want to share with you the beginning of what I imagine could become a longish short story, or a perhaps a novella. I first conceived of the idea┬áin 2012, and wrote these words after having it occasionally pop back into my mind for about a year. After writing it down…

Catskin: A Cinderella Variant

Two years ago this week, I wrote out a version of a traditional tale I’d been working on for a long while. This is my first time sharing it in its written form, though I have told it orally before, using different bits and pieces each time. Brave Wednesdays are pushing me to look back…

Prayer for the pumping parent

I appreciate ritual in my life. As my religious tradition is Judaism, the tradition I seek out is generally from Jewish sources. And sometimes, rituals don’t yet exist for the things I’m doing. Sometimes that’s because I’m doing something that didn’t used to be a thing that happened, and sometimes it’s because I’m doing a…