A Cup of Chaos // life updates + library stories + a cursed banana

A Cup of Chaos // life updates + library stories + a cursed banana

Hello, my friends! My presence hasn't cursed your Thursday in several weeks! The reason for this absence is fairly simple: I've been slowly crushed beneath the inexorable weight of the universe and the relentless pressure of deadlines busy. Apart from taking on some new projects and plowing through the old ones, my library job invaded [...]

Consorting With Wild Youth// how sarah became friends with the local delinquents

Consorting With Wild Youth// how sarah became friends with the local delinquents

As a general rule, homeschoolers are good kids. (I say this with trepidation, waiting for the comments telling me I'm wrong because their brother's best friend's cousin's homeschooled neighbor became a serial killer.) But as a general rule, homeschoolers don't leave a path of destruction in their wake. They're more prone to correcting your Silmarillion [...]

Single Line Story Challenge // flash-fiction + chaos + a broken printer

Single Line Story Challenge // flash-fiction + chaos + a broken printer

Good morning, minions! Featured on today's smorgasbord of randomness is an assorted selection of PRETTY WORDS!!! Hannah Gaudette extended an invitation to participate in the single-line story challenge, which is, in essence, a glorified flash fiction dump. Flash fiction is fun. Thus, here I am. The idea is to choose 5 out of 13 genres [...]

Infiltrating Story Embers

Infiltrating Story Embers

Well friends, I did a thing. Back in January, Story Embers opened applications for a staff writer internship -- AKA killing brain cells and writing articles on a monthly basis. I saw the announcement email, thought, “hey, that's cool!” and promptly forgot about it. An hour later, one of my friends on the writing team [...]

Bookish Details That Deserve More Love // a meander through the fandoms

Bookish Details That Deserve More Love // a meander through the fandoms

Before you say anything, no, this is not a discussion about tropes. The internet has enough posts about “Top Ten Tropes That Are Totally Original!!” without me adding to the pile with my controversial opinion that enemies-to-lovers is a toxic model for relationships. I want to talk about something more fine-tuned. The small, specific story [...]

The Midlife Crisis of a Decrepit Chihuahua // robert the three-day dog

The Midlife Crisis of a Decrepit Chihuahua // robert the three-day dog

I owned a dog for three days. Completely by accident, I swear. I was driving home from work when mom broke the news. “Just so you know,” she told me, “we have a new addition at the house.” As she said this, I pulled into our driveway and was greeted by the shrill, vindictive yapping [...]