Archive | April, 2010

Friday Flash 55: Wipeout

30 Apr

Big Wave Surfing Teahupoo Tahiti on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

It’s common wisdom — never ask for signs.
But why? A sign could reveal the right choice.
Concentrate on writing or concentrate on my business?
I wanted a bold, clear sign.
But 1600 gallons of water into the business?
I think I could have got it with a smaller hint —
a post-it instead of a billboard.


Okay, this wasn’t fiction, but I wish it was. Wait. No, no. I don’t wish anything! I take that back! Anyone else ever had a wish go wrong in a big way? See what other Friday Flash 55 participants wrote about.

Today is the last day to get your name in for the Earth Day giveaway. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

Note: The insurance claim is all wrapped up.  I turn in the keys to my old shop today and I’m all moved in to my new place. I’m working on an exciting new story with Orchid Games, so it’s all good.


Thirteen Things about Cooking

29 Apr

cooking on a fire on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

1. Some people take cooking to the level of art.
2. I’m not one of those people
3. My dog comes running when the smoke detector goes off. He thinks it is the dinner bell.
4. The cats hide when the smoke detector goes off. They are smarter than the dog.
5. When family comes to visit, they insist on taking me out to dinner.
6. When I visit other people and offer to help in the kitchen, they have me set the table.
7. A fire truck cruises by my house around dinner time — just in case.
8. Some people are tone deaf and can’t sing. I think there must be some essential physical connection to good cooking that I lack. Is there a bad cooking gene?
9. When I take something to a bake sale it never makes it out to the table.
10. Even when I buy a pie and wrap it up to make it look like I baked it, no one will eat it.
11. I love men who can cook.
12. I wonder if it is possible to train the dog to cook.
13. Master Bond, the main character in my new novel, The Dungeon Gourmet, turned up in my head the day after a particularly stressful Thanksgiving.

Are you a good cook or do you lack the cooking gene?
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Jute Kisses

28 Apr

Flickr Photo Download: Rope

Our first kiss wasn’t the press of lips to lips, the warm glide of tongue over teeth.

You lifted my hand, bowing slightly, like some courtier of old, turned it palm up and then gazed into my eyes, watching desire smolder in response to a dry jute tongue lapping at my wrist. Thin coils forged a bond– easily cut but impossible to break.

You fanned the flame, ignited something secret, spurred the departure from the woman I prtended I was and started the journey toward the woman I am. You captured the parts of me I try hardest to hide and hauled them into the light. Why don’t my secret shames look as rotten when I see them through your eyes?

First kisses should make my knees buckle, weaken me with desire. Your kiss made me stronger. Love should veil my flaws. You rip the veils away. Your love isn’t in spite of my flaws, but because of them.

~ Bond’s sarai

This was written in response to a prompt from Three Word Wednesday and Come in Character. The character, Sarai, is from my novel, The Dungeon Gourmet, but this snippet is not part of that story. I’ll have to save this for the next one.

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