Welcome to Forest Idylls

Moments of hope in a forest of hardship

Published Short Stories


Sometimes it takes more courage to live than to die.


Your past does not define your future.


A mask cannot hide who you are.

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Most Cordially I Hate You

In honor of the Humboldt river, which my fictional family is approaching, I leave you with two poems written by emigrants to honor the Humboldt: I HATE YOU Meanest and muddiest, filthiest stream, most cordially I hate you; Meaner and muddier still you seem since the first day I met you. Your namesake better was… Continue reading Most Cordially I Hate You

Prologue – Sneak Peak

I’ve been buckling down hard on Picture of the Past, hence the reason I missed last week’s post AND yesterday’s post. And since my brain is still too full of forts and Platte rivers, and buffalo chips to come up with anything interesting, below is a 500 word excerpt of what I’m working on –… Continue reading Prologue – Sneak Peak

When all hope is gone

I exited the window onto the fire escape only to lunge backwards as a giant mouthful of teeth came at me. I pressed as far away as the railing would let me, too terrified to even scream, let alone cry. The bear’s nose and mouth were wrinkled together in a ghastly snarl, accentuating the glistening… Continue reading When all hope is gone


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I am a faithful Christian, a hopeful writer, and a hopeless romantic. I love hats, cross-stitching, magic, and reading. Find out more in my Just Me page.

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