Sofie, the Weather, & Poetry

Today, I sit with Sofie as she dreams away. Oh, the life of a dog. With a light breeze, our days are warm, a blessing after sweltering 100 + degrees weeks with no central air in the house. We need rain, Lord. The fire season is upon us here in California, and I pray for … Continue reading Sofie, the Weather, & Poetry

Sing the Story

When telling a story to small children you need to be animated. Telling the story of the Three Little Pigs to a kindergarten class, for example, must not be told with an emotionless face. The children would climb the furniture, bored out of their minds. You must keep their attention. They should, in response to … Continue reading Sing the Story

Less is More

Writing Tip: Less is More Less is more, so omit those needless words. Most of the time you can omit the words that, just, and sometimes, had.How many had survived the shooting? omit had I just thought I should say something. omit justShe said that she would rather die. omit that Continue reading here: https://kacirigney.com/writing-tips/

Story Doodle

I added here and there to my drawing and was surprised to see a story structure emerge. Do you remember doodling as a child? Sometimes I would try to draw people and animals, but I used to doodle all the time, drawing swirling images and coloring them. This morning, I drew a doodle, though this … Continue reading Story Doodle

The Door

They're crouching outside the door, calling to you, "Let us in." You love them and hate them at the same time. You want to; the desire is there. The fun, the excitement, the thrill calls you. But, you know the guilt, the anguish, the self-loathing that will be a result. It would be best if … Continue reading The Door

Autumn

The still sweltering days and the sultry summer nights diminished as campfires and s'mores are exchanged for sweaters and homemade soup. Leaves of all shapes and sizes dance off trees to the rhythm of the blowing breeze--red, gold, and brown: a change, Autumn, my favorite time of year. A daddy is raking these colorful leaves … Continue reading Autumn