The Friendship Doll, by Kirby Larson: A Book Review

I really, really, loved this book. Within the covers, you'll find five stories, all tied together by the living doll (and our narrator), Miss Kanagawa, one of fifty-eight friendship dolls sent as ambassadors to the United States in 1927. (A true story, and one worth the research, even if you're not a history geek like …

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A New Year’s Surprise, and A Book Review: Conceal, Don’t Feel (A Twisted Tale)

This weekend, Havok Publishing has opened their vaults to the public, from now through Sunday night, to let everyone (non-members, too!) read through past stories for FREE! 😍 In celebration of this fact, I'm going to post links to my stories from the past year, as well as some of my personal favorites from other …

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Spirit of the Season, A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part Three)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— but the greatest of these is love." Part 3: Love The phone rang as he returned to the counter. “24-7 Shoppe. How can I help you?” “Daddy?” The childish voice was hollow and faint, an unmistakable tone of loss managing to permeate both syllables. An icy chill …

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Spirit of the Season: A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part Two)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— and the greatest of these is love." Part 2: Faith Alonzo stared at the floor for some time before emerging from his stupor. Every time the door shuddered in its frame, he jumped, but as the minutes passed and nothing happened, he slowly relaxed. Alright. So it …

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Spirit of the Season: A Christmas Tale in Three Parts (Part One)

"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three— but the greatest of these is love." Part 1: Hope The front windows of 24/7 Shoppe rattled as the rimy wind screamed outside, and Alonzo Giaccini shivered as he wrung out his mop. It was bad enough to be working late Christmas Eve for minimum wage, but …

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My Sister is a Disney Princess (or) Happy Birthday

Yes, you read that correctly. The title should be self-evident: my sister is a full-fledged, flesh-and-blood Disney princess. No, she isn't a voice for any of them. Nor is she a cast member at Disneyland. She's just a real-life Disney princess. And I'll explain how, in honor of her birthday, which occurred this week. 1: …

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