Rejections to Stay Humble

When it doesn’t go as planned, yell “plot twist!” and move on. That’s advice I saw in several different places, no idea where it’s originally from, but it’s fitting.


I’m in a weird lull right now, just at the end of my school program, about to start a new job – that’s been put on hold thanks to the troubling times. I’m in limbo. So what do we do while in limbo? WRITE!

Instead of thinking about how different things would’ve been if I went back to school for creative writing instead of vet assistant, I like to think I’m exactly where I need to be. There’s that butterfly effect, you change one little thing and it can change huge things. No thank you. I don’t want to lose a single thing I’ve gained this year – even if I’ve lost a few things along the way.


Getting back into writing means one major thing for me, getting rejected. And it’s okay, it comes with the territory. That’s the life of a penniless writer.

I’ve polished off some short stories, written new poetry and sent off some submissions to various magazines. After all that, I wait. After all, I’m exactly where I need to be.

Blog, Writing Exercise

Writing Prompt #1

What Can Happen in a Second

A split decision, heartbreak, love.

A wrong turn down a one way street. A crash, a clash, a tangle of harsh words that you cannot take back.

A fall, a slip, a wrong move
wrong word at the wrong time.

The right words. A heart to give, a hand to hold. A hug
wrapped in warmth, a greeting to first impressions and lasting friendship.

A breath.


Why Him?

I feel compelled to write about my new tattoo, especially because a couple reactions were, “why him?” Follow me on a short but wonderful journey of self discovery and mild ink addiction.

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Blog, Non-fiction

Gone to The Dogs

Recently I’ve decided to follow my greatest passion when to comes to my career, working with animals. I’m also going full steam ahead with attempting to self-publish my short story/poetry book, because nothing quite says poverty like following your dreams.

That’s right, it’s me, your friendly neighborhood writer dog walker.

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Blog, Reviews

Book Review: Father Figure by Andrew William Clark

Father Figure

“…truly, the world had gone mad. Perhaps it was fitting that I did too…”

It all began when my father abandoned the family years ago, leaving me with a hearty dose of childhood trauma and a depressive, alcoholic mother. Now I attend a high school in a less-than-reputable part of town, where I am friendless and relentlessly bullied.

My fortune seems to change for the better when I encounter Valerie, who swears like a sailor and fights like ten of them. It’s love at first sight, and I know I will do anything to be with her. However, my resolve is soon put to the test by Valerie’s brother, Richard, who hands me a gun and demands an impossible favour. We can all leave together once the deed is done, he promises, and find our “paradise,” a place to live free of bullies forever.

But when we make it to the empty, pristine and eternally sunny little town of Mill River, I begin to doubt my choice. I find myself dreading that Richard’s promise was not what it seemed, and that what he calls paradise is closer to my vision of hell.

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