Being the outsider—the city girl from Charleston—I had the fun toys, the funky music, the strange clothes, and the smart mouth. I spent the first twelve years of my life somewhat secluded deep in the hills thirty minutes outside of Charleston, three hours south of here; but still, I was considered far too citified for these folks. Mom sold that land after dad died. I was twelve and he was…gone. Now it was only the three of us. Yes, there […]
Wrapped in the bowels of summer heat and humidity, that day in 1984 started like any other in the armpit of the West Virginia mountains. I remembered it vividly like it was just this morning, because it was. This looks like shit-covered maggots, I told Cody adding a gob of butter and taking a big bite of the chocolate rice he made us for breakfast. I heard that, Aunt yelled from the next room then told me stop using so […]
Several minutes went by before the pain and pleasure abated and I focused. On all fours, naked, wet, reeking of the polluted mud and creek, I looked into their eyes. I saw hardness and hate, grief, anger, and exhaustion—and four years of struggle from a war no one wanted. Some did. I wasn’t one of them, but we did what we had to to do in order to survive; to be free. I rose to my feet, standing upright, hands […]
Duran Duran’s New Moon on Monday played from the black boom box creekside. The beat echoed around the short banks of the large swimming hole. Heads back, fingers skipped over the water like gulls’ feet, we floated on used tire tubes in silence listening to the tunes. The brief occasional exchanges between us went silent when the surroundings began to change. Isolated above us, the sun disappeared into an ashen ink blot in the sky. Like a volcanic mud pool, […]
A list of what I watched, read, and listened to in February. Also, I have opinions—political opinions. Always.
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“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison I write stories for me. I created this story because I wanted to read it, to meet these characters, and watch them evolve. I wanted them to grow and fail around my ideas and a world and universe that is a lot more interesting than this one; although, with some of the same humanly qualities. I needed […]