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Memoirist-in-progress. Writer down to my bone marrow. Meaningful connections are my happy place. (affiliate link).

We are all little moons

A woman holds a glowing orb under her chin. Moon glow. Calm, reflective feeling.
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Rise with me moon-feelings, as I drift into a cannabis-induced sleep.

I find the memories that wouldn’t budge take only a gentle nudge from a calmed brain. Then they bubble up, a babbling brook of mystery, resolving, reminding me, I am me.

In 2021, I realized I am on the…

One writer’s eclectic work organized as best she can

A collection of canvas painting of a young woman or young women.
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When I began publishing stories in March 2020, I didn’t realize I’d soon be addicted to the platform and cranking out up to 60 stories a month. I’ve since slowed down (a good thing — I don’t want to drown my followers in too much content). The list feature makes…

Creative Nonfiction tips from your honorary English Professor

Beautiful woman is immersed in water on her back in seaweed. She is face up, eyes closed. Beautiful makeup, elbows bent, hands resting on the top of her head. Magic, beauty, fantasy aesthetic. Captivating.
Photo by Alice Alinari on Unsplash

Imagine that we are sitting in a classroom on a crisp autumn day. There are twelve of us sitting at desks that are arranged in a circle. There’s natural light pouring in through large glass windows.

You’ve come to learn how to craft creative nonfiction and personal essays. I sit…

Most scaredy-cats will be able to handle this iconic 1980s music video

Screen captured image from YouTube of Michael Jackson with glowing eyes at the end of the ‘Thriller’ music video.
Source: YouTube
Thriller StatsDirector John Landis 
Writers Michael Jackson and John Landis
MJ’s romantic costar Ola Ray
Released 23 January 1984
Record Label Epic Records
Budget $900,000
MTV Debut 2 December 1983

The song and music video “Thriller” was released on MTV in 1984. It’s the perfect video to get scaredy-cats…

We’re still married after all these years

Photo college of David and Aimée Gramblin in honor of their 19th wedding anniversary.
Photos provided by the author.

Matrimonial bliss comes in magic moments like rainbows or sno-cones on the hottest summer day. A lot of it is boring grownup stuff akin to running a business. I get that it’s not for everyone. We’ve considered calling it quits from time to time, but the good always outweighs the…

An October 2021 interview with The Brain is a Noodle

Mom and daughter wearing shark hat and flamingo hat costumes at Target in the United States in 2017.
This was 4 years ago, back before Covid and my OCD went whole-hog. Not sure why the shark (me) is afraid of the flamingo (my daughter). Selfie provided by the author.

Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她) writes up engaging writer interview questions monthly. I’d love to read answers from Rob Janicke, Rachel Presser, and Smillew Rahcuef if you’re so inclined.

[1] Does writing energize or exhaust you?

The window before writing is usually exhausting. I’m a procrastinator. I want to take a nap or play candy crush or promote…

When sex things happen to good people

Burning down the house

Very cute couple kissing each other under a blanket.
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When you find your sex mojo again in your early to mid-forties, it’s in the middle of a pandemic, and your two kids are a teen and tween, you and your partner fuck each other all the time and don’t worry about the upcoming kids’ therapy bills.

Or, at least…

A short story about lost love

Woman with freckles, long red-brown hair spread out, sad green eyes.
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Tonya paced the halls of the hospital maternity wing. Her fibroids made her feel comfortable taking on the role of “pregnant” and the maternity nurses were far too busy with patients in labor to notice that this patient was not their patient.

She brushed her curly red hair with her…

Self-help for hos, yos, & bros — Yeet!

Milkshakes are greater than malts or you’re lactose intolerant?

Fun and chaotic messy photograph of woman in shopping cart with an old television in her lap. Graffiti, green mask, colorful floor. General tomfoolery.
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Humanity can be divided into madmen and cowards. My personal tragedy is in being born into a world where sanity is held to be a character flaw. — Mark Lawrence

I wanted a strong opener for a quote. I read this several times and still don’t get it. What the…

Night-bloomed poem

Photo of a woman holding a bunch of roses. The shot focuses on the pink roses and just shows the woman’s midsection. Mountains in the background.
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Tickle me timbers olfactory sensors
find your way past my nose hairs
cellular engineering of memoir moments

Frozen lemonade in the ballpark bleachers
scent of aluminum sunbaked seats
mom in her thirties, softball goddess
elementary school daughter eyeing boys
smelling wild rose perfume on my skin:
we sing “take me out to the…

Aimée Gramblin

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