Flash Fiction #23

They’ve done all these studies about how twins remain connected, physically, their whole lives. I haven’t seen Sally for twenty years, but sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with pain in my knee and I know it’s her pain, not mine. Or I’ll be taking a walk and I’ll feel a strange emotion that has nothing to do with my current situation.

My sister Sally and I were born October 1st, 1984 in Los Angeles. Our mother was young and could not take care of two babies, so she gave us up for adoption. Unfortunately, we were separated as teenagers when they put us in to two different foster homes. We were not able to keep in touch with one another. I ended up moving to Houston when I was eighteen to go to school. Last time I was able to find out anything about my sister, she had moved to Arizona. This was at least ten years ago now.

I have been in Houston now for fifteen years. I have tried to find Sally for years. I am not sure if she has changed her name or not. Out of curiosity I also looked for my birth mother. I was able to find her. She went on to get married and now has three other children. We have only been talking now for two years. Our relationship is fragile, and she seems disingenuous when she asks me to come and see her. So for now we speak occasionally and I continue to look for Sally.






Flash Fiction #22

It has been 3 years since I died. People watching is the most exciting part of my new existence. I found a university that I like to sit at. Overall, it is still boring. Not being able to talk to anyone except the spirits I stay with in the basement 2 streets away that I woke up in. There are quite a few of us spirits that hang around there. I try to get out of that space everyday though. Cindy can be too talkative. Mel is moody and Mildred is too old. Being a ghost is different. You are aware of some things, like I “live” in a basement, but I am not sure what city or state I am in.

The last thing I remember before waking up in the basement was heading to class for the day. Geoff had picked me up and on our way to campus it was icy. He spun out and next thing I know I was in the basement. Cindy, Mel, and Mildred were staring down at me.

I’ve been here at the university for 2 or 3 months. There are a few other spirits running around. They seem to be following people they know. I don’t know anyone here. I am not even sure what state I am in anymore. A week ago I found a girl who is the same age as I am. It made me ache for a chance to hang out with her. Go to the movies or study. How lame is that? I have started following her all over the university. Some of her classes are so slow but what else do I have to do with my time.

Finally we are headed to the library. One of my favorite places to go while I was alive. Violet picks a table and we both sit down. Today she is looking rather irritated. All of a sudden show looks right at me.

“Why do you keep following me?” She whispers harshly.

I stare back at her in complete shock.

“Me? You can see me?”
“What kind of a question is that? Of course I can see you.”

That makes this awkward and confusing. How can she see me?

9 podcasts for writing inspiration

I draw inspiration from several different things. One of my favorites has to be podcasts. I listen to them whenever I can. There have been times where I am listening and I have to stop to write an idea down. If I am having writers block It helps take my mind off of the story I am stuck on and podcasts are entertaining. I also want to spread the word on some of my favorite. I suggest if you find any of them are slightly appealing to you, that you give them a listen. I highly recommend all of these podcasts. A few of them have a few hundred episodes to choose from.

1. Overdue: A podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read.

This is my favorite podcast of them all. When I first got an iPhone about two years ago this was one of the first podcasts that I began to listen to. It is also the one that I have never stopped listening to.
This podcast is hosted by two college friends, Andrew and Craig. They get together every week and discuss books. One of them will read the book and then they both discuss the book. The camaraderie between the two is amazing and it makes you want to be their best friends too. They cover every kind of book you can think of.
I love this show because it is informative and fun. With all the books that I want to read I would never get through them all. This gives a little snapshot of several books. Currently there are over 200 episodes to choose from. It also is a great way to add books to your to be read list.

2. History Dweebs: A look at true crime, murders, serial killers and the dark side of history.

I love this podcast. The name History Dweebs can at first be misleading. While they talk about history, it is focused on crime and murders from the past. The show is hosted by Tim, Chuck, and Brandy. They sprinkle in guest hosts from time to time. These three are amazing together. They are full of stories and fantastic for a laugh. Be cautious, this one does have adult language and is not for children by any means. The scripts and editing are done very well. These three have made a facebook group that is full of some of the best that I have ever met on the internet. It is a group full of support and laughing out loud.

3. The Vanished: Covering missing persons, one episode at a time.

It amazes me how many people go missing. It is heartbreaking and I cannot even fathom what I would do if a loved one went missing. Marissa focuses on those that have disappeared. She looks at current cases, does great interviews, and overall the podcast is done well. There is a facebook group where people share information on missing persons cases. You can also go there to find updates on cases. Marissa shares pictures or other aspects of the cases she is covering. One of the main reasons I love this podcast is the time and effort Marissa puts into the cases. She also allows focus to be brought to a case that might otherwise fall into the abyss of cold cases.

4. Dead ball: Tragedies in Baseball history.

I am by no means a baseball fan, but I don’t think you need to be to enjoy this show. Dead ball is hosted by two-thirds of the History Dweebs. Tim and Chuck started this show to talk about players from baseball history. Since the focus is on the players themselves you don’t need to follow the sport at all. Although if you are a baseball lover or fan I would recommend you give it a listen. My love of history is what brought me to this podcast but the hosts and content have made me stick around.

5. Appointment Television: A podcast about the TV you want to make time for.

Andrew from Overdue joined Margaret and Kathryn to talk everything TV! I have been fortunate enough to follow this podcast from its first episode. They discuss new tv, fall tv, what’s trending, and so many other topics related to tv. TV book club has to be one of my favorite subjects that they do. They will pick a season of a show and watch it all together. They give you time to follow along and it opens you up to shows you might have never had the time for. This also allows you to watch new shows.

6. In Sight: True crime, mysteries, and forgotten history.

Charlie and Ali are an amazing duo. One lives in Kansas City while the other lives in New South Wales. These ladies do a fantastic job even though they are thousands of miles from one another. I also love that it is a podcast run exclusively by women. They cover all sorts of true crime and mysterious cases. Once I was caught up on their episodes I have never fallen behind. The show is produced well and the scripts are great. They keep their show clean and it is easy to listen to several in a row.

7. They Walk Among Us: A UK true crime podcast covering a broad range of cases from the sinister to the surreal.

This show is specifically focused on true crime out of the UK. I have a slight obsession with the UK which is initially what drew me to this podcast. The husband and wife duo that produce this podcast are fantastic. Together Benjamin and Rosanna write and produce a weekly show. Their scripts and the quality of the show are amazing. They cover anything that has to do with UK true crime.

8. Death’s Door: A weekly show that explores a case from death row.

This is a new podcast but I find it really interesting. Dominique does a great job at looking at cases from death row in depth. She picks a new case every week. She also explains how death row, appeals, and laws pertaining to death row work. For someone like myself who didn’t know a ton about death row before she makes it easy to follow.

9. Haunted Visions: Ghosts, urban legends and paranormal phenomenon

This is another podcast that has launched recently. Brandy from History Dweebs and Rachel are a great duo that talk all things paranormal. I love this podcast because I didn’t have anything else like it on my list. These ladies do a great job of looking at ghosts and dark, strange subjects.

Some honorable mentions: In Sight Jr., TV Crimes, True Crime Garage, and Already Gone.

I really like these podcasts and wanted to spread the word about them. I think they are great for getting inspired to write. I also recommend you subscribe and leave reviews. They all have facebook pages or groups that they participate in. Make sure you check them out!



Flash fiction #21

Pentagram was my great grandmothers shop. My grandmother had run the shop after her. I had taken it over from my grandmother because my mother did not want anything to do with the family psychic business. She never embraced her gift and it without the work it went away. Our shop was small and dark. Over the years my grandmothers had collected various artifacts. Some of the objects were haunted. Occasionally when we were trying to contact a spirit their personal item would become tainted.  Bad things can happen when you open the door to the other side. You can’t always control what comes through.


When I was five I began going to the shop with my grandmother. While she was with a client I would have to stay in the back. While she waited for people I would walk around the shop and touch the artifacts or personal objects. One thing that I had over my grandmother was the ability to see the whole life of the last person that owned the object. Picking up my first item had been jarring. At five it was difficult to understand what was happening. Before going to the shop I remember seeing people who no one else could see.

Flash fiction #20

Marissa and I had come to this pool often. Since we were little girls and our mothers brought us here. We would come and swim and eat. We would spend all of our summer days at this beach. As adults we didn’t spend everyday. But when we did come down here we spent the whole day. The pool was a wonderful blue and sat in this cave on our favorite beach. Occasionally we swam directly in the ocean. Today we ventured out into the sun and water.

As we began to venture further into the water. It was a little rough today. The coral here was beautiful. One of the best parts of going into the ocean was being able to see the fish and other creatures that lived in the coral beds. After we had been swimming for about an hour we wanted to head back up to eat. Making certain we didn’t hit the coral, we turned around and headed back. As Marissa was turning she accidentally hit her leg on the coral. Although she had tried to miss it, the swell of the ocean brought her down onto the coral. Blood began to seep out of her leg. As the water moved and moved the blood away from her leg I saw something odd on her leg. Under her skin she had shiny, green scales like a fish. I thought I was imagining things. Fish scales, ok. This girl that I had known my whole life had fish scales on her legs. Maybe it was the sun, water, and hunger playing tricks on me.

Flash Fiction #19

I stood on the main bridge looking up through the large leaves. I had never seen a city this big in the trees. Lillian had always told me stories of the city in the trees, but I didn’t believe her. It seemed like a fairytale. Being here made it clear that it was a fairytale. It was real but dreamlike. The sun coming through the trees left shadows on the ground that moved with the wind. As I made my way down the main thoroughfare I examined the buildings that were in the trees. From a distance it was difficult to differentiate between houses and shops. Most of the shops seemed to be at my level and the level right above where I was. The houses were much higher in the trees. They were several shades of green and brown.

I stopped at a building with a plaque that read Apothecary. I had been traveling for months and was running low on some of my salves and powders. There was a bell above the door that rang as I entered. Inside was well-lit for a building in a tree. As I began to look around a small women started to descend the ladder that was in the back of the shop. I hadn’t noticed from the outside that there were two stories.

Flash Fiction #18

There were 10 lined up there. 10? Had I really drank that many tonight. The bar was loud and dark. As I looked around I couldn’t see anyone that I recognized. Where did Jessie go? Weren’t we just talking?

At the other end of the bar there was a woman who I am sure I had seen somewhere. Her name floated on the edge of my memory just out of reach. She had bright red hair and light eyes. I couldn’t tell how tall she was from where I was sitting but she didn’t look to be tall at all.

I scanned the bar again looking for Jessie. I still didn’t see her. The next thing I thought to look for was my phone. As I patted myself down I noticed the red-head move from her spot. I am not sure why I was tracking her.