Begin

Breath in.  Breath out.  She mounted the stairs.  Hollow footsteps across the stage eroded her confidence.  The air thickened as she approached the center. Then she was there.  Sweat sizzled off her skin.  Her gut was a kettle.  The pressure was building.  Weighted silence settled. Breath in.  Breath out. Begin.

The Auction (an excerpt from a work in progress)

As he stands the Ringmaster reviews the past week in his mind.  He considers each detail carefully to be sure he followed every protocol accurately.  There must be no question of his methods.  A flawless presentation of the Auction results in a perfect decision by the Owners.  And he was flawless, indeed, every Auction over…

On Motherhood: Silence

I have one child sleeping and another off with her father getting some groceries.  The house is quiet.  Which, as any parent knows, is rare.  I don't know that I really understood 'quiet' before I had children.  Frankly, now that I have them, I'm not sure I understand how to handle 'quiet'.  Nonetheless, I find…