The Lizard Chronicles

Some of this is true. Some of this is better. –Too Much Joy

Quarantine reading April 5, 2020

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A 53-word story won’t take up a large proportion of the free time you might find yourself with these days, but this magazine, where my contest-winning story is published, has other stuff too.


Hot off the presses! December 6, 2019

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I’m proud to announce that one of the writing groups I’m a part of has just published our third book. This one includes, among other things, my foray into true crime poetry!


A Labor of Love

It’s available here and makes a lovely holiday gift if I do say so myself!


Dissonant Unrest May 11, 2016

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You know those “13.1” or “26.2” stickers that some people have on the backs of their cars to signify that they’ve completed a half or full marathon? Yeah, well, I’ve never come close to running a marathon, but today, I finished reading Infinite Jest, and I kind of want something like this for the back of my car in recognition of this accomplishment.


Footnotes and all!

I have to think it would be more satisfying than the prospect of wandering around in a daze for an indeterminate amount of time trying to figure out what the heck I just read. More on this later when the fog clears…maybe.

Come to think of it, I read Anna Karenina last year, so I believe I deserve one of these as well.


Better than getting hit by a train!


Publications (Updated November 2013) November 1, 2013

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Sister (Poetry, Journal of Ordinary Thought, October 2013)

To the Unconceived (Poetry, Journal of Ordinary Thought, April 2013)

Just Be Happy! (Nonfiction, Journal of Ordinary Thought, April 2013)

Dear Anne (Nonfiction, Journal of Ordinary Thought, September 2012)

A Host of Problems (Nonfiction, Journal of Ordinary Thought, May 2012)

A List of Possible Reasons More of My Work Has Not Been Published (Nonfiction, Bylines 2012 Desk Calendar)

The Elephant on the Lawn (Nonfiction, Journal of Ordinary Thought, September 2011)

Dear Writer’s Block (Nonfiction, Journal of Ordinary Thought, June 2011)

Regarding Emma (Fiction, Nil Desperandum, April 2011)

The Little Blue Book (Nonfiction, Flashlight Memories [Silver Boomer Books], March 2011)

Thought for Food (Nonfiction, Journal of Ordinary Thought, March 2011)

The Sign (Fiction, Journal of Ordinary Thought, November 2010)

Three Minutes (Fiction, Gemini Magazine, October 2010)

Waking (Poetry, Journal of Ordinary Thought, September 2010)

The Kid Question (Nonfiction, Skirt! magazine, November 2009)

Not Tonight (Fiction, Runner Up in WOW Women on Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest, November 2009)

The Wedding March (Fiction, Third Place in WOW Women on Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest, August 2009)


Francypants Part 4: The Disappearing Hat Shop, Notre Dame, and Lots of Cheese November 3, 2012

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We slept late (until almost 11:00 am) on Wednesday, but considering we didn’t go to bed until 3:00 am, that’s not so bad. The day started out dreary and rainy, so our motivation to get going was low, and we didn’t leave the house until almost 2:00 pm. My mom, Rachel, and I parted with Mari and Carol, as we had different ideas of what we wanted to do that day. The first thing on our agenda that day was a stop at a hat shop I had found online. According to Google maps, the shop was only a 10-minute walk from our apartment. We originally set off in the wrong direction, however. When we turned around and headed in the right direction, we did so on the wrong side of the street, so we never crossed the street we were looking for. We stopped for pastries and to re-orient ourselves and finally set off in the right direction. Alas, when we arrived at the address, there was no evidence of a hat shop!

Oh well, there would surely be other opportunities to buy hats in Paris. From there, we headed to Notre-Dame, where we first saw the inside of the cathedral and then climbed the tower.

Inside Notre Dame

A few years ago at an art fair, I purchased a print of a photo of a gargoyle on Notre Dame, with the Eiffel Tower off in the distance. When I bought it, I just thought it was a cool picture. I didn’t realize that this is one of the pictures–the ones that everyone who visits Notre Dame takes a version of. Well, now I’ve seen this view in person, and I took my own version of the picture.

Iconic Notre Dame picture

This one looks a bit bored, but I guess he’s been up there for a long time

For dinner that evening, we went to a fondue restaurant called L’Assiette-Aux-Fromages (which essentially translates to “lots of cheese”) where we made great strides on our quest to become more cheese than human. It was wonderful. On the way home, we passed a cute but mostly empty store called Accessorie’s. A man beckoned for us to come in and look because there was a huge sale. Construction was beginning tomorrow, and almost everything was 10 Euros. We ventured in and found some cute things. I got a cardigan, and Rachel got two sweaters. Much to the dismay of the overenthusiastic salesman, neither one of us bought the leather jacket that he was pushing as though his life depended on it.

Whimsical decor at L’Assiette-Aux-Fromages