Sometimes I lie awake in the middle of the night, thoughts tumbling through the darkness. Sometimes an uninvited notion enters my skull.
You, too, might share this uncomfortable realization.
I recently published a short story. It’s titled Skeleton Forgiveness.
You can read my very short work of fiction by clicking here.
There are moments when this world seems suddenly, inexplicably transformed.
A short story came to me yesterday while I sat in Balboa Park across from a splashing fountain. My eyes were resting on the broad scene.
So many people, engaged in every sort of activity. So much humanity. And at the center of it all, that everlasting fountain.
Shimmering and shining like magic.
I took out my pen and wrote down a few inspired words.
They might form a short story, or they might form a poem–I’ll let you decide. Read it here.
I wrote another short story. This one is titled The Firefly.
It’s about regret and redemption.
And hopelessness and release.
And hurt and freedom.
If you’d like to read this small work of fiction, click here.
I read touching words this morning during a short walk down University Avenue in City Heights. A poem was painted on one side of a utility box; images of a father and son’s love decorated other sides.
The beautiful street art and its poem were about growing older, and wiser, and coming home.
I’ve finished another short story. A Steep Hill is about an old man who undertakes very difficult journeys near his home. If you like, you can read it here.
This morning I wrote a short story titled One Thousand Likes. It touches upon the human heart, the pleasure produced by facile happiness, and the dark, isolating effect of social media.
To read it, click here.
Whenever I forget to look closely at the world, I miss the hidden beauty. And the unexpected inspiration.
These photographs were all taken today at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.
This special garden’s breathtaking beauty has inspired several very short stories. I wrote A Short Bloom, The Child and the Koi and Waterfall Tears while sitting quietly by the stream that bubbles through the canyon.
I hope these photos–these small scenes of beauty–inspire you, too.
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