“How Kind of You to Come”

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve forgotten her face. It’s become a disordered collage: the slope of a nose, the curve of a lip, a glow of brown eyes. Memory no longer assembles them into a face. So I paint everything else. Her front door. The in-between coat she wore in autumn. Her beagle. … Continue reading “How Kind of You to Come”


Flash Fiction week VIII: Spooky Selfies

Length: 500--1000 words When: Publication date is the final week in October. Topic: Spooky Selfies What does that mean? Stories should (a) involve selfies, and (b) be vaguely related to Halloween, or something spooky or scary. As usual, contact the editor to sign up, or leave a comment here and we'll get back to you. … Continue reading Flash Fiction week VIII: Spooky Selfies

Ask Ceil – Pumpkin Spice

Dear Ceil, I just had a pumpkin spice latte with my pumpkin spice donut, in front of my pumpkin spice candle. I don't have friends anymore; I only have these things that are flavored with pumpkin spice. Is that ok? Sincerely, Autumnal in Austin Dear Autumnal, You know, when a person and a spice love … Continue reading Ask Ceil – Pumpkin Spice

Movie Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Boys and girls of every age, would you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see--this, our town of Halloween... There’s something deliciously exotic about Halloween, given that it’s not really celebrated in Australia. I think my cul-de-sac is one of the few exceptions where parents actually bother taking their children … Continue reading Movie Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Zombie Party

The secret is chocolate sauce. If you want your blood to look nice and dark you need to add chocolate sauce to your mixture of corn syrup and red food dye. Plus it adds a little depth of flavor, which never hurts. So there I was, taking handfuls of blood and smearing handprints down the … Continue reading Zombie Party

Facing Our Fears

Some people love to feel afraid. But I've never understood people like that. Last week, my husband and I went with a couple of friends to The Forest of Fear in Tuxedo Park, New York (the scariest theme park in Hudson Valley, operating out of the town with the silliest name). We arrived just after dusk, then got in line to take a walking … Continue reading Facing Our Fears