Monday, January 31, 2011


This was probably the hardest of these short stories to write. I couldn't come up with a good story idea, and when I finally did, I almost didn't want to write it, because I wanted a happy ending. Sadly, a happy ending wasn't in store for poor Gabe. Please enjoy, comments and feed-back are always appreciated!
 Also, I apoligize for the distinct lack of colour on this picture. I scanned it before I coloured it, so it never actually got done.

                Tall and thin, the shadows crept along the wall. They shouldn’t have been possible. The room was already weighed down with the sort of darkness that presses the world into silence, muffling sound and stifling dreams. And yet, there they were, spindly fingers reaching out, ready to pluck the sleeping boy from his bed and fill his head with shadows.
Before creatures could do any more than brush the curls off of the boy’s forehead, however, the door opened, letting in a sliver of golden light. He boy’s mother peered inside. She smiled, and closed the door again, leaving the boy in the darkness once more.
Slowly, slowly, the shadows began to move once more.

Tall and thin, Gabriel wandered down the school hallway, glowering at the floor as he went. People automatically moved away from him, his stormy features promised trouble that none of them wanted. His hands were stuffed into his pockets, preventing them from listening to the voice that told him to strangle the people around him, to rip them to pieces and paint the halls red with blood.
He stopped at his locker and opened it. For a fleeting second, he thought he saw a grinning face in the shadows, but it disappeared instantly. He glared at the locker. Those faces were the reason that he couldn’t have a normal life. Their insidious voices crept into his brain, making him violent, unpredictable, angry.  They sabotaged every friendship, every attempt he made to reach out, to get better, to get them out.
A pretty girl that passed by smiled at him, and he tried to smile back. The shadow voices, always at a murmur, grew to shouts. Kill her, break her-
No! He slammed the locker shut. No. He wasn’t going to listen. He wasn’t going to be some tool for destruction and death.
He turned away from his locker and walked out of the building, into the bright sunlight.  The shouts faded to whispers. He leaned against the building and stared at the sun, welcoming the momentary quiet that the light gave.
He was done with living with the damn shadow people. He turned away from the sun and started walking home, blinking away the dark spots that appeared in his vision. In every spot, he saw the face of the girl who had smiled at him. Just a smile, nothing more, yet it made his heart beat faster. She probably thought he was some sort of loner loser, and, even if she didn’t even if he did like her, it didn’t matter. Maybe he’d be able to ignore the voices for a while. Maybe. But the moment they got into a fight, over anything, the voices would start screaming, and maybe, just maybe, he’d listen to them for a split second.
And even in split second, he could hurt her.
Gabe hopped up his front steps and opened the door. His mom wasn’t home, but she never locked the door. It was really stupid. It wasn’t as if they didn’t have keys to use.
Kicking off his shoes, Gabe travelled into the kitchen and rifled through the medicine cabinet.  He pulled out a bottle of Advil and shook it gently. The container was mostly full. He got a glass of water and took them all, one by one, swallowing the little pills and wearing an insane grin across his pale face.
Sabotage his life, would they? Gabe didn’t intend to give them another chance.
He swallowed the last pill.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Another short story from that little collection. This one has a bit of swearing in it. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one. It's the only story from the set that doesn't have any supernatural elements to it, which is weird for me. Please enjoy, and remember that comments and feedback are always appreciated!

The light and sound of the party leaped out of the dark like a lone candle flame in a room. It flickered and twisted, growing louder and brighter, then quiet once more as a door to the outdoors opened and shut again. Chloe figure slipped out of the house and into the empty road, staggering as if the earth was the storm thrashed deck of a small ship.
Her blonde hair was half twisted into what must have once been an elegant up-do, and was now a half-hearted mess of curls and pins that threatened to escape. Her heavy, glittering eye make-up was smudged and streaked down her cheeks. She pressed her forearm to her mouth, stifling a sob.
She was supposed to be her friend! And now Chloe was standing outside her own house like a stranger. She turned and looked back at the house, dreading the sight that awaited her. Through the window, she could see a couple twisted together, so close that they might as well have been one person. They were kissing, oblivious to the world around them, the jealous glances, the knowing grins. Oblivious to the girl standing alone outside. The girl who was watching her best friend and her boyfriend betray her.
Watching from her post outside, Chloe felt oddly disconnected. Now that the initial shock had worn away, she didn't feel anything. They were both shallow, empty excuses for humans. And Chloe had been trying so hard to be exactly like them. Superficial.
She leaned down and pulled off the uncomfortable heeled shoes that she had been told were so trendy. As she attempted to wrestle the second shoe off, hopping uncomfortably on the pavement with her one bare foot, she overbalanced and fell hard on her backside.
“Oomph.” She sat there for a moment, shocked that the world had shifted so suddenly. Then she began to laugh, and laugh, and laugh. Tears streamed down her face, leaving fresh marks on her face. She lifted the hem of her dress and wiped her eyes, which only made the smudging worse. She kept at it, however, until one side of her face had been scrubbed clean and her dress was spotted with black streaks.
She glanced back at the house. The scene in the window was almost identical to how it had been a few minutes before. None of them had noticed her absence. For some reason, this just made her laugh harder.
 She yanked the other shoe off her foot and lurched to her feet, staggering back to her house, clutching her stomach as she continued to laugh. She managed to hold the laughter in check as she opened the door and went over to the living room stereo. She pressed the off button. The sudden silence was deafening. Chloe began to giggle again. “Party’s over, guys!” She told them, grinning from ear to ear. There was a sound like a plunger as Michael and Gabby finally separated. Their faces were identical O's of surprise. They looked so funny like that, like fish who had just realized that there was no water, and Chloe couldn't help but laugh more.
“You're fucking around, right?” One of the party-goers asked nervously.
“Nope!” Chloe gave him a sweet smile. “Get the fuck out of my house.”
“What? You're such a bitch.”
Chloe wiped all traces of mirth from her face. “Get out or I will call the cops.” Chloe snarled.
It didn't take long for everyone to trickle out, except for Michael and Gabby, both of whom looked properly contrite. Gabby had even burst into tears.
“We're so sorry!” She groveled. “It just happened. I didn't mean to-”
“Shut up.” Chloe rolled her eyes. She had seen Gabby do this a thousand times. She did a pretty job of seeming apologetic, but as soon as her target left, she was back to her fake smiles. Everything about her was so fake. Chloe was disgusted that she had tried so hard to be exactly the same.
“Look, baby, we can fix this.” Michael started. “It didn't mean anything.” That earned him a venomous glare from Gabby.
“No, no, you're both perfect for each other.” Chloe dismissed his words with a wave of her hand. “You're shallow as puddles and as dim as the seventh Pleiad.”
“The seventh what?” Gabby asked. True to her nature, her crocodile tears had evaporated.
“The Pleiads,” Chloe explained, “Are the seven daughters of Atlas. They are also a group of stars near Orion's belt. One member of the group is so dim and far away that you can't see her with the naked eye.” She laughed sharply at their mystified expressions. “I learned that from a book. I read you know. I read a lot. I know words that would mystify you. Rather than me explain all the things you don't know, you should just leave.”
They continued to stare at her as if she'd sprouted a second head. “When did you get freckles?” Gabby asked after a moment of stunned silence.
“When I was four. I've just been wearing enough make-up for the past few years to hide them. Now, if you will please.” She gestured towards the door. “Exit. Sortie, sil-vous-plait.” The two finally moved towards the door, collected their stuff, and left. They both gave her one last glance over their shoulders. Chloe slammed the door.
She went to the bathroom and leaned over the sink, cleaning off the rest of her face. When she dried her face and looked in the mirror again, she barely recognized herself. She hadn't seen that face for too many years. Her freckles glared out from her skin. Her nose was too big. Her eyes looked huge without the layers of dark make-up. And she grinned at her reflection, the quintessential self that she had tried to hide for far too long. Underneath, she'd never changed.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


One of the earlier pieces I wrote for this collection, and probably my least favourite. However, I can't seem to find the one I was going to upload today, so here we are. I hope you enjoy it!

            Amilee stopped before the ancient castle and looked up, her mouth open with awe. Thought the castle was clearly a gutted, hollow version of it's former glory, it was still magnificent. The dark, brooding stone walls stood before her, as strong and proud as they ever had been, but now slick with moss and bearded with climbing vines that tried their best to choke the life out of the stone. Ami glanced at her map. She had gotten a tour guide to mark out all the castles in the area, but this one wasn't on it. She frowned, thoughtfully. Perhaps she should turn back. Try another castle tomorrow. She reached for her camera and snapped a picture of the thing.
            She turned left to walk around the structure, and a dull glint caught her eye. She moved aside the clinging vines and saw a metal plate that, though tarnished and mottled from the elements, was clearly recent. “Do not go widdershins 'bout the place, if you do, you're theirs to take.” Her lips formed the words as she read them, and as she did, a heavy chill of prophecy settled on her like a drift of heavy snow.
            “Widdershins?” She asked aloud, raising an eyebrow. What did that even mean? I should go back to the inn, she decided. But she'd hiked out a few hours just to reach this spot. It couldn't hurt to take a circuit around the place. And that sign was obviously someone's silly idea of a trick.
            She continued around the building, trailing her left hand against the wall as she when. She took a few more pictures, but didn't go into the castle, though she saw a few doors that had fallen off their hinges invitingly. She walked quickly, feeling watched, somehow. Finally, she returned to the original spot, where the brass plate was. She pulled out her camera and went to take a picture of it.
            The words now read, “Too late, too late.” She frowned at it. Hadn't it read something different before? She dimly remembered the word widdershins, but that might have been on the morning crossword that the innkeeper had been working on.
             She touched the metal and froze. The camera dropped from her hand, and the flash went off as it hit the ground.
            “Ah'm tellin' ye, if she came this way it's like as not that the bogans took her.” The old man grumbled to the innkeeper. He was wheezing slightly from the long hike, even though they'd driven as far as they could.
            “Come off it, Da, bogans and boggles and what all else yer on about dinnae exist.” The innkeeper rolled his eyes. “'sides, she's an American, they're a practical people. Not like to be dragged off into fairy-land.”
            “Suit yerself, boy.” His father retorted. “But I knows what these hills are like.”
            The innkeeper stumbled over what he thought was a rock. He kicked it, but it didn't make a rock sound as it bounced a few feet forward. “Wait a moment.” He leaned down and picked up the thing.
            “Is that the lass' camera?” The older man asked.
            “She never went nowhere without it.”
            “I ken.”
            “The bogans took her, ye've got to know it.”
            “Aye, da, Maybe they did.”

Friday, January 28, 2011


                The waves crashed loudly against the small boat, rocking it savagely. The wind howled, and the rain pounded against the water and the boat, feeling like needles against the lone occupant’s skin whenever he peered out from under the tarp that he had managed to secure against the storm.
                It had to end soon.  Until it did, he was trapped under the blue ceiling of his cheap plastic tarp. He had just gone out for a brief little cruise. He remembered his mother warning him not to, her worried face as she peered at the horizon. “Storms coming in,” She had warned him. “Maybe you had better stay inside.”
                Of course, Dan had felt the call of the ocean. That salt heavy air that invaded his mind and drew him away from the land, even when it was dangerous. “It’s alright, mom,” He’d replied. “I’ll be back in an hour or so. There’s no way that storms gonna hit before I get back.” It did though. It hit hard and fast as soon as Dan was as far from the shore as he’d planned to go. 
                The little craft was taking in water, but not too fast. After a few hours, it reached his ankles. Dan grabbed the little bucket that his Grandfather always kept in the boat, and tried to bail out the water.  Every time he lifted the tarp to empty the bucket, however, more water came in than he was getting out. He abandoned his efforts quickly.
                Time passed. It dripped passed, slow as molasses. Dan began to nod off, the terror of the storm took a toll on his mind, and he folded over into an exhausted slump.
                He woke up after what seemed like only a few minutes. He listened to the storm outside, his heart sinking. It still wasn’t over?
                He was sure that the rain was beginning to lessen, though.  The rain didn’t sting nearly as much as it had before, when Dan stuck his hand out to test it.  And maybe it was just his imagination, but were the waves lessening? He pulled the tarp off of his head, and looked around. The rain had settled to a light patter, and the waves, though still towering, weren’t as high as they were before, now that the wind had dropped.
                Dan reached over to the motor of the boat and gave an experimental tug on the starter cable. It roared to life almost instantly. He gently turned the boat. The waves were always beating towards the shore, his grandfather had told him. He started off that way, hoping to reach land before nightfall.
                With the waves calming down, Dan was taken completely by surprise when a wall of water rose up and knocked him right out of the boat. The boat itself didn’t capsize, and with the motor still running, was still speeding away before Dan realized he wasn’t in it.  He kicked off his shoes and swam to the surface. He tried to catch up with the boat, but it was still going too fast. Before he had swum ten feet, the boat had sped out of sight.
                He took a deep breath and let it out slowly, trying to think. He was a good swimmer. The boat would probably reach shore before he did, but it was still going the right way. And now that the storm had passed, it wouldn’t be too illogical to swim to shore. It’s not like it made any sense to give up and drown.  He took another deep breath and began swimming after the boat.
                He didn’t know long he’d been swimming before he spotted land. His arms and legs burned from the effort, and he was breathing heavily. His ribs burned. He had ditched his sweater pretty early on; the fabric had gotten too heavy and dragged him down.  It was getting dark now. It had been early morning when he had left, but Dan had no idea how long the storm itself had lasted.
                He continued his swim toward the shore, the sight of it enough to give him the energy to continue. Nevertheless, when he finally pulled himself onto the hard, rocky shore, it was full dark. He pulled himself free of the oceans chilly embrace, and collapsed into sleep.
                He woke to the sun shining in his eyes. He groaned and sat up, his whole body protesting its marathon swim from the previous day.  As he moved, his clothes cracked and shed glittering salt crystals. He barely noticed, however, as he looked around. The ground beneath him was smooth and black, already warm from the morning sun. It was almost like asphalt, which didn’t make a lot of sense. There were no trees, no houses, and no animals, not as far as he could see. The only land mark was some sort of ridge and a shape that looked suspiciously like his boat.
                He struggled to his feet , feeling the world lurch underneath him. It’s probably just me, He thought, forcing his weak legs to head towards what he hoped was his boat. The world lurched again, making Dan pitch forwards. He fell to his knees, and looked around, trying to figure out the source of the movement. It didn’t take much to figure out. The ridge at the far end of the narrow island had risen into the air.  The island twisted and moved, and, rising from the sea, turning to look at the insignificant creature on its back, was a giant snake monster.
                Dan stared, open mouthed at the creature, frozen with terror. The things red eyes locked with his, and it leaned closer, it’s forked tongue flicking out, hitting Dan in the chest, burning a hole through his salt-stained t-shirt. Dan screamed. He lurched to his feet and ran for the boat, his bare feet pounding over the creatures dark skin.  He felt it bucking and moving beneath him, and dove for the boat, heart pounding, mouth dry. He scrambled for the starter cable, but there was no need; The engine was still running from the previous night. He gunned it, speeding over the waves and away from the thing.
                The boat ran out of gas before long, but  Dan just slumped forward, his heart beating erratically.  He let the boat slowly drift where it would. He didn’t notice when the boat was deposited onto a sandy beach, didn’t notice when strong hands lifted him out of the boat, didn’t hear his mother screaming and crying, didn’t feel the shock of electricity running through him, again and again.
                When his heart started beating again, all he did was sleep. Dan’s grandfather shook his head sadly and wrapped his arm around his daughter, who has crying with relief that her son was alive. The old man didn’t cry, but sighed heavily. The boy was alive, but the burn on his chest meant only one thing. Dan had had a run in with the Leviathan.
                And he would never be the same.

Sorry about the length of it. I don't have the picture for one of the shorter ones, and I figure you might as well read this as much as one of the others. 

I hope you enjoyed reading it, comments and feedback are always appreciated!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Promises to Keep

A short story collection I put together and bound for my ISU project in Writers Craft.

I'm sorry that the pictures are sideways. I don't know how to fix it. I'll upload one of the stories tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I have finished Writer's Craft, the class from hell. As it is, I will likely soon post some stories and works from the school semester, probably starting with the book I bound for the ISU project.

Anyway, that's all for now. Important update, I know.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Krispy Shark

Today, I attempted to make rice krispies rolled together with chocolate. Unfortunately, someone had eaten all the chocolate chips (Cough cough Sylvia).  Instead, I got creative.

Pictured above, you will see the rice krispies shark and my little sister, Sylvia, being silly. She's adorable. I have a few other pictures of the shark, but I thought it might be a bit much to wiegh down what is mostly intend to be a writing blog with a bunch of pictures of rice krispies in shark form.

I totally should have given the poor bugger some teeth.

Ah well. Please enjoy.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


As the spinning threads of consciousness
Weave life before our starry eyes
A golden tapestry of light
That flies on through the azure skies,
And circles the earth twice
To old woods full of careful memories
And the recollection of days long past
Where the shining words of bird-song
Elusively whisper where echoes last
Until all of the silence is gone
To the tallest mountain in memory
And listen as it tells its weary tale
Learn the exotic whisper of the wind
And follow it on well worn trail
Until you reach the end
The faded words of well worn books
And imprint ink upon your beating heart
Let the trailing dark of knowledge flow
And turn back to the whirling part
Where your own story goes
As the sparkling thoughts of wilderness
Run wild on through the diamond air
Mesh with the glassy water’s flow
The endless light of starshine there
Reflecting the whole world
With the humming of humanity loud in your ears
Until the sweet sounds of nightfall escape
Their bonds of iron- silvery laughter echoes, and,
Rushes through the panoramic view of your dreamscape
Until the beams of sun lift up your heavy mind
Until fading angels call us home
And the world melts into sounds and strife,
Stark against the darkness of eternity
And we clasp to our souls twirling strands of life
And begin at the end of the sky 

This is a Poem I wrote a few years ago and published in my schools annual anthology of art and literature. I like it, so I figured I might as well share it. 

A Beginning Like All Others

The other day, I made a decision to start a blog. This was mostly prompted by my friend Brittany Brooks, who has an art blog here. She's a really talented artist, and I love her.

Anyway, I've started one.

I don't know what else to say here.