I watched you glide across the lake in a yellow kayak. Your braid trailed in the clear water. I half expected the kayak's prow to lift free and slide silently up into the sunlight. Next time, if it does, will you take me with you? My kayak is red. —M.M. Watercolor "Kayaking Along the Shoreline"... Continue Reading →
As always, this book review is spoiler-free! Book of a Thousand Days is a fairy tale novel by author Shannon Hale. It is based on the Brothers' Grimm story "Maid Maleen." I liked the story for a lot of reasons, but here are my thoughts: Fairy Tale Spirit—Shannon Hale has figured out the recipe for writing... Continue Reading →
Enjoy your choice. Just Be in time. This is the joy of missing out. —M.M. Note: JOMO was Word of the Day on dictionary.com Monday, May 13, 2019. It was defined as, "a feeling of contentment with one’s own pursuits and activities, without worrying over the possibility of missing out on what others may be... Continue Reading →
Leading Edge Magazine is a science fiction and fantasy journal. Leading Edge has published work by writers such as Orson Scott Card and Brandon Sanderson (whose class I am taking.) I submitted several pieces earlier this year, and two of them, "Stuck" and "Touchdown Blues", were selected for publication in Issue 74. You can read "Touchdown Blues" online... Continue Reading →
Fearless Faith and fear may be opposed, but the two are not opposites. Do not be deceived. For faith is brighter, is stronger, is vaster, than pinched-up, fist-clenched, pitiable fear. —M.M. Watercolor by Maria Raczynska. Watch a video of it being painted here. More poetry by M.M. here.
The Conoco gas station was deserted when I rolled up. Sixteen fully-functioning, state-certified gas pumps and no one was interested, poor things. Surely, I couldn’t be the only one traveling along this desert stretch of I-15 with a thirsty car. I glanced across the street to the big, red-and-white numbers on the Shell sign: $2.69... Continue Reading →
If you’re tired because you’ve tried, that’s okay. Often the best steps forward are spelled with the same letters. —M.M. Watercolor by Yong Chen. Read more by M.M.
I’m taking a fiction writing class from Brandon Sanderson currently, and over the next few months I will be posting some of the best advice I’ve received from the class as well as my own perspective on writing. By the end of the class, I will have written at least 35,000 words of a new... Continue Reading →