“Sleeper” by Dominic Howarth

This post is in congratulations of friend and swing dancing extraordinaire Dominic Howarth, who won the CL Writing Contest 2017 for Judge’s Pick in Fiction. His piece is titled “Sleeper” and you can find the original link to his work by clicking here.

Bravo Dominic!!


By Dominic Howarth

“Yo, Anteater, you gonna go? You’re up,” Cooper shouts over the din of the bowling alley. The roaring ruckus of splashing pins explodes across the way, acting as an exclamation point to Cooper’s sentence. There’s the sound of cheap vending machines spilling out soda cans to greedy kids already plastered with sugar. Flashing lights dance and sing in the far-off arcade while the smoke from the bar wafts into the lanes, creating a distinct haze. Continue reading “Sleeper” by Dominic Howarth


Writing Challenge: Nonet

Writing challenge #80, issued by The Secret Keeper, was to write poetry and/or flash fiction.

For fun, I lunged for the nonet, a poem I’ve never tried before. I tried to put myself in my students’ shoes. Since I teach fifth graders, I know that feeling NOT-THRILLED (said with an eye roll) is an understatement when they get a new assignment.

In my defense, they also got to eat smarties as an experiment with weathering and erosion. Life isn’t all bad in fifth grade!

Here’s my nonet.

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Descriptive Writing and The Five Senses

The Excerpt

“You stink,” Mama would say to Hans. “Like cigarettes and kerosene.”

Sitting in the water, [Leisel] imagined the smell of it, mapped out on her papa’s clothes. More than anything, it was the smell of friendship, and she could find it on herself, too. Liesel loved that smell. She would sniff her arm and smile as the water cooled around her.

The Book Thief: “The Smell of Friendship” by Markus Zusak

The Lowdown

My senses let me live. Imagine the chaos of colorless traffic lights or navigating staircases with numb feet. In the same way, stories construct a world around me when I read. Continue reading Descriptive Writing and The Five Senses

Choosing to Choose

This is an awesome version of the Hades and Persephone myth by Irena. It captures a totally new perspective from Persephone! Hope you all enjoy as I did. ❤


For as long as I can remember, I felt his dark eyes following me. I don’t know why I say dark, because they were pale blue and icy, but it is how they seemed to me.

His presence enveloped me every time I danced in the meadows with the others. I don’t know why we did that. It seemed as if we were having fun, but it wasn’t the reason we were doing it. We were supposed to dance, and we were expected to admire the colourful flowers. It wasn’t dancing, it was only living. We could be nothing else but happy and pretty. And even though I had often heard that I was the prettiest of them all, I never saw it. We all had flowy dresses and flowers in our hair. We were all beautiful. We all looked the same.

One day, we felt the ground shake underneath…

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T5W Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by @GingerReadsLainey on Youtube and is now run by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You’ve probably seen it around if you’ve perused the bibliophile section on any popular sharing platforms, be it Goodreads, Youtube, WordPress or whatever. Here goes nothing!

What are your favorite science fiction and fantasy books?


Uhh. *Shifts eyes guiltily.* I would do better with a top 20 list. Or 40. Or more… In the spirit of “Treat Yo Self” here are separate T5W children’s and adult / YA lists. (I treat myself with books and I’m not afraid to admit it.)

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Paraphrase a Myth: Hades and Persephone

Welcome to the first post of my new blog! I am so glad you made it. 🙂

I have decided to begin with a story from Greek mythology. If you make it to the end of this post or read my “About” section, you will see how my blog got its name and what I hope to do here.

But for now…

The story of Hades and Persephone has it all. Continue reading Paraphrase a Myth: Hades and Persephone