I was the only one in my modelling class to be invited to an agency. I’d done it—someone finally thought I was special. Later I’d discover that my height and my ability to walk in a straight line were what got me the invitation, but as a 14-year-old girl I was just happy to be […]

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Spirit of Japan

Festival  It started as a distant echo. I paused my movie, straining my ears. Chanting and drums. I shrugged it off—just another Japanese festival that I wouldn’t understand. But the sound drew closer. The drums were beating their way towards me, until the sound filled my apartment. I stepped onto my balcony and spied red […]

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The White Rabbit

This girl, this bloody girl. “Get out of my way! I have things to do!” I tapped my padded foot and spied an opening. I hopped forward but found myself inside her godforsaken pocket! And then she sat up, the little witch, no doubt to torment me as if I were her pet. “Why, Mr. […]

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I waited until everyone was gone to recess. I wasn’t keeping anyone waiting. No one wondered where I was. I was shaking when I approached her. I’d never liked her. She was always shoving her culture down our throats. It didn’t help us. She wasn’t good at helping. But I was ten years old, and […]

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Cat Life

Slurp  I’m watching TV. Veronica is sitting beside me, curled up like a stripy little snail shell. I hear a gurgle and look up to see Archie licking his butt. Slurp it clean, buddy. Bung Tail Veronica’s tail is floppy. When I try to give her a scratch, she meows. It’s not angry, just a […]

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My Sister and Me

What would you do if you knew your child would have a disability? My younger sister was born different. By all appearances she was a happy little baby, but she didn’t feed well and all of her milestones, such as walking and speaking, were delayed. As she grew, she developed in her own way, much […]

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Work in Progress

  I have a lot of time on my hands lately, so I’ve been exploring new options for writing projects to work on. Unfortunately a head cold limits me today, but I’m hoping to post my writing progress here for the next week, and possibly month. So here goes. 1. Follow the Tracks This is […]

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One fat swallow

Disclaimer: this little snippet of a story is from a writing exercise in Fiction called ‘Storyspine’. It began with a small sparrow whose siblings pushed it out of the nest, then it got fat eating all the worms before anyone else. **** In hindsight, it was my own hubris that caused my death. I revelled […]

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