Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Day 31 of 31 Days of Prose: Everything to Play Part II

The final segment of the story and of my project 31 Days of Prose. I hope you've enjoyed listening as much as I have enjoyed reading and sharing the pieces.

Please feel free to post your own readings any time of the year (especially for your birthday) and let me know. I'm looking forward to hearing your writing brought to life.

Thank you for helping me celebrate!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Day 30 of 31 Days of Prose: Everything to Play Part I

Part one of a short story written as part of Manchester's First Draft, the piece was commissioned and read as part of a project responding to archives in the Manchester Jewish Museum. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Day 29 of 31 Days of Prose: The Power of Food

I wrote this piece to read at Stories at the Storey. The piece loosely interprets the theme "food" and explores my relationship with the acquiring,- if not the eating- of food.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Day 28 of 31 Days of Prose: Speaking Me

This is a reading of a creative nonfiction personal essay I wrote for Stories at the Storey. The piece loosely interprets the theme "light". I read the piece there and recorded it as part of 31 Days of Prose.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Day 26 of 31 Days of Prose: The Quickest Way to Success (Fiction)

This is part one of a two-part short story published in Florida State's Slices years ago. I'm reading it here as part of 31 Days of Prose because it seems I needed to get writing about a writer out of my system.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Day 20 of 31 Days of Prose

In this creative nonfiction personal essay I explore loss and death. I wrote this piece a few years ago and recorded it today. It's from my virtual attic.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Day 19 of 31 Days of Prose: Old Fashioned Remedies

Back to prose! This is a piece about the power of medicine. I could have called it The Placebo but it's more about time, perception, maturity, and hindsight.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Day 17 of 31 Days of Prose: In Search of Words

Interrupting 31 Days of Prose with a few days of poetry. Words Lie is a short poem I wrote years ago and kept in my virtual-writing attic. I don't write a lot of poetry.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Day 13 of 31 Days of Prose: Part One of Each of Us Drowning at Sea

This is part one of a four-part short story. This fictional story, Each of Us Drowning at Sea, explores the loss of a child, mourning, family, and identity.

The story was short listed in the University of Sunderland in association with Waterstones' Sun Story Awards in 2018 and printed in a limited-edition anthology by Bandit Fiction.

Friday, October 12, 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?

Thursday, October 11, 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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

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.

Saturday, October 6, 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.

Friday, October 5, 2018

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.

Thursday, October 4, 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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 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.

Monday, October 1, 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...

Backstory: Reflections on this Month's Theme for Stories at the Storey

Meeting deadlines is as soothing to me as a creamy cup of flavoured coffee. Checking a project off of my mental to-do list settles me. ...