A man I once knew called depression The Dragon. We were talking about suicide rates and the challenges people experience when fighting depression. Thinking about it, depression really is a massive fire-breathing dragon. You stare up at this great, hulking beast that is threatening to consume you, and it's so overwhelming. How can a simple human stand against this?
The cold weather lately where I live reminded me of the antics I would get into playing in the yard as a child. This is loosely inspired by that.
This fiction Friday brings a micro-story told in haiku because experimentation always stretches the writing muscles!
It's Fiction Friday, and I've got a snippet of writing practice considering disparities.
Fiction Friday time! A writing exercise about final messages.
Last week was terrible on the whole life front. The ongoing theme was, “Why the hell am I putting myself through this?” Yet, I found small moments of joy. Some were found in chatting with my husband or friends, others from getting out to see a movie, but mostly, they came from my writing. Around… Continue reading Joy in Writing
Fiction posts will include responses to writing prompts and exercises, along with seasonal inspirations. This one is a snippet of a random character's point of view in response to a writing prompt. On the second to the last day of the week, my mother would serve lump stew. As we waited for my father to… Continue reading Lump Stew
As early as age 11, I was reading It and The Stand under the covers without my parents knowing what exactly was in those books. For the record, they would have probably held a book burning if they’d had any clue. I’ve long since learned that only two things are certain when I open a… Continue reading Writing Craft: Lessons from Duma Key by Stephen King
So, my name is Cal Harper, and I write things. It also turns out I read things, play things, and do a bunch of other stuff because I happen to be one of those multifaceted humans that lives on this planet. Go figure. I'm partial to scifi/fantasy and horror, though I have a love of… Continue reading Obligatory Introduction Post