Saving Face


(Photo Credit:  From Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”)

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Time for skincare overhaul

Wrinkles, pimples, and fine lines

My nose–the only thing that shines

*Sigh* And what do we have here

Another bumpy blemish I fear

But looking closely, I now see

Something moving under thee

Swelling larger by the minute

This pregnant pustule must submit

To a simple squeeze and pop

But despite my efforts, it doesn’t pop

So, I take a pair of tweezers

And, gosh, is this one a bleeder

But blood isn’t the only thing I see

What seem to be a dozen fleas

Full of blood as they waddle

I drown them all in a bottle

And smile of relief and say

“Nothing can stop me today!”



New Facebook Page


Finally, I created a Facebook page for this site (please “like” and/or “recommend” my page so that I may beef up my online presence!!!).  Part of the reason I did this was because I think some of my friends and family were tired of seeing my (at times) creepy poems on my personal page (which, clearly, are not “family-friendly” and some of my [personal] Facebook friends happen to be children).  And also so that I can post little tidbits that I don’t post on this site (such as articles on writing, etc.).  As you know, I do write children’s poems and stories but, this way (with this new Facebook page), I don’t feel like I need to censor my words.  So, thanks in advance!

New Yorker (Free)


For those of you who don’t already know this, the New Yorker is giving the public three months (about two months as of today) of free content.  So read to your heart’s content, folks.  And don’t forget about the love story collection.



I love writing because it allows me to live a double life (or several lives).  When it comes to real life, I believe in love, justice, honesty, loyalty, integrity, and dependability.  And, to a certain extent, that is what non-fiction writing ought to be, as well.  However, when it comes to fiction writing, there are no rules.  And that’s what I love most about it–the freedom to do what ever the hell you want to do with any one and/or any thing with zero consequences.  Also, the manipulation of readers’ emotions (just when you think it’s safe, the killer is standing right behind you).  Readers (myself included) want to be manipulated, transported, and weaved into fiction works.  That’s the whole point in reading the stuff.  It’s a form of escape.  Not just for the reader but for the writer, as well.

My three big goals for this year (other than having a healthy pregnancy and carrying this baby to term) is to write a children’s book, a book of poems (for adults), and (here’s the super ambitious one) a story and/or book modeled after John Milton’s Paradise Lost in that the subject is a villain who is capable of receiving sympathy (and perhaps even empathy) from the audience.  So stay tuned and more shall be revealed…

Illustrator Credit


One of the projects on my to-do list this year is to write a children’s book.  My dream would be to have the very talented Elisa Kleven be the illustrator as I am a huge fan of her work.  I discovered her through the beautifully illustrated book, The City by the Bay  (which makes a wonderful gift, by the way).

Kleven’s illustrations have been the inspiration of many of my children’s poems and short stories (hence, the accompanying illustrations).  Because of this, I hope you enjoy her drawings and paintings as much as I do.