Y̵e̵s̵,̵ ̵t̵h̵a̵t̵’̵s̵ ̵m̵e̵ ̵i̵n̵ ̵t̵h̵a̵t̵ ̵p̵r̵o̵f̵i̵l̵e̵ ̵p̵i̵c̵t̵u̵r̵e̵.̵ ̵J̵u̵s̵t̵ ̵…̵ ̵s̵t̵y̵l̵i̵z̵e̵d̵. (I took the plunge and uploaded a real photo.)

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

I am especially fond of the letter K

Such a solid letter, kicking its foot out like a ballerina. And it has the greatest sound in the English language, one of the funniest, supposedly. Without the k sound, half of our best swear words would be less impressive.

I have thought about words and sounds all of my…

TX Senate Bill 8 doesn’t care about the life of my kids

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Today was the day I told my kids
of the abortion that allowed their existence.
How I walked a block from my apartment,
my roommate holding my hand.

I explained how I was in no fit state
to raise a child then (wondered
if they thought, silently, “or now”)
Couldn’t even pay the…

Dinosaur. This photo for reference (“pink elephant” makes me laugh) by Elizabeth Pishal

A submission for the prompt “extinct”

Drawing by the author based on this photo by Ian Keefe and her own daughter’s knobby knees.

A submission for the prompt “leak”

Drawn by the author, loosely based on this photo by Max Andry.

A submission for the prompt “Open”

An inktober drawing of a very wooly sheep.
Tried something new with much less underdrawing and only my thickest pen. I like sheep. Drawing by the author. Used this image by Jessica Burnett as reference.

Inktober 2021

A submission for the prompt “fuzzy”

I spent 6 years, if not longer, pretending to be impressed with the bleats from those sheep. Dramatically wowed by cows and chickens. As my children waddled after ducks, we sang out quacking. …

Drawing by the author, from a photo of one of our baby friends. I love this girl’s smile every time I see it. She’s even more lovely as a teen.

Inktober 2021

A submission for the prompt “sprout”

I didn’t keep them, the gruesome reminder
of their babyhoods. Nothing less than weeks
spent awake, nursing away the hurt on nipples
raw from the root of their pain. I thought
about saving them from the trash, wondering
if teeth were illegal to toss away, human, bodily,
whatever. …

Bowl of yarn using this photo by A R as reference

A submission for the prompt “loop”

A child of an alcoholic watches the moon through a car window, ink drawing by the author.
Image by the author.

Inktober 2021

A submission for the prompt “moon”

Children of alcoholics develop private superstitions. We figure out the words of power to protect our safety bubbles, the numbers we need to count when we hear the key scrape against the door a little too late, the gods we need to pray to for protection. I sought the moon.

What I would have done if I were in charge of the Medium Writing Challenge

Photo by Liam Nguyen on Unsplash

Winning has never felt so much like losing.

I am honored to be one of the 100 honorable mentions for the Medium Writers Challenge. I worked hard on my piece and it is the first $100 I have ever made writing. …


MWC Honorable Mention. Mom always running ragged, remembering that creation is life, and running from my Black Dog. Buy me a coffee (or tea).

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