Monday, October 15, 2018

Day 12 of 31 Days of Prose: Once Upon a Time

In this personal essay I'm exploring the idea of a fairytale ending. If it's my story, I get to define what happily ever after means, right?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Day 11 of 31 Days of Prose: Giver of Breath

This essay loosely interprets the theme "school memories." I wrote the piece to read at Stories at the Storey and recorded it here for 31 Days of Prose.

In the piece I reflect on memories which are at best fleeting.

Day 10 of 31 Days of Prose: I Thought it Would Feel like Summer

In this recorded essay I explore my relationship with motherhood as my children grow older. I wrote this piece for Stories at the Storey's theme empty nest.

Day 9 of 31 Days of Prose: Is This Seat Taken?

In this essay I explore getting from one point to the other. I wrote this essay for Stories at the Storey true story open mic night for the theme journey and recorded it for 31 Days of Prose.

Day 8 of 31 Days of Prose: Haunted

In this recorded reading of a personal essay, I explore my perpetual search for home.

Day 7 of 31 Days of Prose: Dear Gorgeous

This piece is a letter written to future me. It's a letter I hope, if I were to open it years later, would make me smile, reflect, remember, and act.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Day 6: Navigating an Emotional Landscape

Sometimes it feels like I'm watching people through a lens or filter. In this creative nonfiction essay I explore my emotional landscape.

Day 5: 31 Days of Prose Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

This is a personal essay about endings and celebrating life. In this piece I explore the legacy I hope to leave for my children and one or two things I would rather not happen at my funeral.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Day 4: The Truth About Love: A Personal Essay Loosely Exploring Love

In this creative nonfiction personal essay I explore love, the search for home, and my love of planning.

I wrote this piece for Stories at the Storey, a true-story-open-mic night hosted by my friend Naomi and I. I've recorded it to share it here as part of 31 Days of Prose.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Day 2 of 31 Days of Prose: What If

This one is a bit of a cheat. I posted this on Soundcloud but am including it in my birthday celebration.

The piece is titled, What If. It's a true story reflecting on possibilities, opportunities, and could have beens.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Play on Words: A Month of True (and False) Stories

It’s my birthday. For my birthday I’ve decided to give myself a very special gift. I’m giving me the gift of time, sort of. What I’m actually giving me is permission to do something I love to do for at least an hour a day. I love stories. I love reading them, writing them, listening to them, and telling them. Each month my friend Naomi and I write and read true stories at Stories at the Storey, our true story open mic night.

For one magical night a month, I get to listen to and tell real stories to real people. That’s one magical night a month, once a month for the past nearly four years. I’ve heard a lot of stories. There have been stories about family, expectations, fears, politics, regret, happiness, loss, identity, dreams, and anything (and everything it seems) in between. There have been stories that made me laugh, cry, think, act, remember, and forget. I get to know people through their stories so my life is richer, fuller, and happier because of them.

I’ve loosely interpreted each theme sharing stories of my own family, regrets, dreams, losses, rejections, obstacles, triumphs, joys and search for home. I imagine people get to know me through my stories. Through writing them, I learn more about myself. So, I’m giving myself the gift of stories: 31 days of prose. Each day this month I’ll be posting readings of stories from my writing past, present, and future. Most of them will be true, some will have been written for true or false nights so, those will be false. There will be at least one short story, and maybe because I found some in my writing skeletons, a poem or two.

How can you join in? First, listen. I love sharing stories so please have a listen. Second, I absolutely love being told stories. There is nothing quite like a well-woven story and the voice of someone who wants to share it. So, share recordings of you reading from your own writing. These posts can be fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.

Why am I calling this a Play on Words? I’m hoping you’ll read your story dramatically, a bit like it’s a play, a performance, a spoken word piece, a story.

I realize while recording these that I am not an audio editor. I've also realized that I can't upload these from home until my home internet starts working again so I'll be recording them daily, and uploading them as I can. Thanks for joining me on this journey. By the end of it, I hope to become more comfortable with Audacity and to get to know you through your stories. 

Here's my first one: And the Winner is...

Day 12 of 31 Days of Prose: Once Upon a Time

In this personal essay I'm exploring the idea of a fairytale ending. If it's my story, I get to define what happily ever after mean...