Two More Haikus


Leathery, well-off,

Eyes on the arc of the ball –

Swing! Volley! Game point!


I can do it haha

Is it a good night for you

To be sure to be

*I did haiku 2 using the autocomplete feature on my phone as an experiment*

Two Haikus


Wistful dragonfly

in search of his one true love

lands on her lilly.



Wand’ring through the woods

Sifting through two lovers’ minds

For the perfect words


Edit: My wonderful co-author on both of these poems inspired these haikus.

Observations on a June afternoon

The fence that was damaged from last year’s snowstorm is still sitting in the garden in rusted pieces. A couple trees still mark the boundary between our yard and theirs, but the damage from the felled pines lingers. Fortunately, the hammock trees are still up. Perfect for a breezy afternoon.

Cars whiz past in a rush to go from one light to the next. Each car has a unique story to it, I can only imagine. The blue van is running late for Grandma’s birthday. The gray sedan is picking her date up for a picnic in the park. A whole slew of cars are rushing past to get to an important business meeting…on a Sunday. The gears of capitalism never stop, I suppose.

A dog barks on the other side of the school, but only for a few moments. Perhaps he scared the people off. Or she.

The gentle breeze tickles my nose and my eyelashes. The hairs on my legs stand up as it picks up for an instant. My hammock rocks oh so slightly, enough to lull a peaceful writer into an afternoon nap…

Alanna: The First Adventure

I’m not exactily in the mood for clever titles this time. Alanna rocked my socks off, and I want to share it with y’all.

Tamora Pierce’s Alanna: The First Adventure follows Allana of Trebond on her journey to defy the norms by switching places with her brother to become a knight of the kingdom of Tortall. In a world where women are expected to learn how to be proper ladies, Alanna has to use her brains and perserverence to rise abover her peers, hold her own against bullies and intimidating teachers, and explore her Gift (her connection to magic) while keeping her identity a secret.

Pierce’s books have inspired countless young girls to push through the murky patriarchy of the modern world with honor and confidence. Alanna earns the trust of her fellow pages and her teachers through her actions, whether she’s holding up for her friends or standing up for herself.

Another of Pierce’s strengths is her worldbuilding. Rarely does it feel like raw exposition. Readers can trust that places or people mentioned in passing will return in the future, be it the intricacies of palace life, the seedy underworld of the capital, or how magic works.

As I continue reading the Song of the Lioness (there’s four books total), I’m sure my reviews will get longer. I can only hope that, much like Alanna, the tone of the books will develop alongside the audience that grew up reading them as they came out.


If you’ve read Alanna: The First Adventure, let me know what your thoughts are. Share if you liked it!

I’m always looking for new stories, no matter the medium. If you know of any great books, movies, or video games that you absolutely love, let me know in the comments and, if I haven’t checked it out, I’ll add it to the list!

And he’s back in the game!

I took a long, long break from writing. I wrote here and there, but it was never anything substantial. Between joining a more traditional 9 to 5 job and working on my mental health, writing took a backseat.

During this time, I learned a few things about myself:

  • Therapy does wonders for me.
  • I need writing in my life at the end of the day.
  • In order to write, I need to read.
  • I may have a lot of interests, but they help make me a more well-rounded person.

Getting back into writing more regularly will be challenging, but I know I’m up for it. Expect two posts per week; some combination of a blog post, new story, or a review.

It’s good to be back.


It’s been a while, I know. There’s lots to write about, but not just yet. As I start to get back into actively using this site, I’m planning on writing an update blog post and a review. For now, however, I thought I’d share this.  I looked back through some of my previous work, and this attempt at poetry stood out to me. Enjoy!

The air bites my skin and fills my ears with every gust

As I carry groceries from the car,

The sign from the store still lingering

‘Now hiring, inquire inside.’

It’s been nearly a week since I got the call.

Their loss, I’m supposed to think.

You got their attention, didn’t you?

Three whole interviews!

This was supposed to be my new start.

The red door squeaks open, louder than usual.

There’s a deafening quiet to the cramped foyer.

I drop my keys into my bag.

Mail’s here. None for me. Up the steps I go.

3+ years of experience. New beginnings.

That practice isn’t covered under your plan.

New member discounts through the 15th.

Tell me how you handle feedback.

There’s nothing new about this. I’ve heard it all before.

Stray dead leaves flutter on the branches

outside my window, toughing out the winter.

If you can call this winter. It’s barely snowed.

When did winters lose their longevity?

I could start tomorrow with them doing…something.

What’s a good song to learn first?

3+ years of experience. Again.

My room is a mess. Some tea sounds nice.

I suppose it’s all too new to judge, but still…

Nostalgia in Film

Musicals are tricky. Because they’re not super popular like Star Wars or Harry Potter, there’s a financial risk involved with it. When done properly, however, they’re worth the risk.

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La La Land’s premise is almost too simple, following two love-struck artists struggling to make it in Los Angeles. Through failed auditions and soul crushing record deals, Mia and Sebastian’s dreams are what carry them through their time together. They challenge each other to be true to their passions, even when the unforgiving nature of show business beats them into the ground.

La La Land is one of those movies that’s great because of how it was made more than the story itself. Most of the songs are done in one uncut take, which adds a certain energy to each scene. Costumes and locations are designed in such a way to infuse the urban sprawl of L.A. with bright nostalgia, paying homage to classic films and iconic landmarks around the city. Ryan Gosling had to learn to play piano for the film. Emma Stone and Gosling were both singing on set. The effort that went into making this movie shows, and that’s probably why it works as well as it does.

It’s rare to find a movie-musical that’s so grounded, positive, and all around inspiring to dreamers everywhere. Flitting between whimsical and painful with relative ease, the movie is engaging from start to finish. The characters are somewhat lacking in true depth, but the theme of dreaming in spite of all is a driving force into this movie and somehow more timely than ever.

I’ll keep it short this week, seeing as the actual story isn’t all that complicated. If you get the chance to check out La La Land, I highly encourage it.


If you’ve seen La La Land, let me know what your thoughts are. Share if you liked it!


I’m always looking for new stories, no matter the medium. If you know of any great books, movies, or video games that you absolutely love, let me know in the comments and, if I haven’t checked it out, I’ll add it to the list!