A caramel aroma flows from my cup of hot coffee. I’m tempted to pick it up and sip, but I leave it alone. If I grab the cup, it’ll burn my hand and I may suddenly drop it.
This café is crowded for a Sunday morning. I focus on a woman at one of the tables, as she wears earphones and types rapidly on a laptop. I also notice a kissing couple, who probably haven’t noticed that their scoops of ice cream, which rest in plastic bowls and were obviously purchased elsewhere, already melted. Behind me are at least thirty…
Did memories feel out of place?
After roaming through neighborhoods, forests, and caves,
were you still asking yourself
where to go?
People said these feelings didn’t make sense.
But nothing around you even could.
How was it when you met that person —
the one who took the time to learn what you were seeking,
share their insights with you,
and tell you if it’d be wise to walk along the busy road,
drive through isolated terrain,
or hike through undiscovered wilderness
to your destination?
After meeting that person,
did the fog clear?
Did an indistinct world turn crystal?
Now, after learning chances and risks,
the future’s waiting,
waiting to be changed by someone —
So, with that one’s guidance,
with one step.
Cristina Marie Pagan 2021
I thought my older story — Story 1 — had potential.
It took quite a bit of time, but still its later edits were not helping. In fact, they worsened Story 1.
It was frustrating that Story 1 turned out wrong.
Then there’s my newer story, which I’ll call Story 2. It started as extremely short fiction and in second-person. But then it was in third-person, and with a bigger story came a greater word count. Then that word count decreased, and I figured it was going to be flash fiction.
Like Story 1, it had many revisions. But the…
Years ago, my music composition hobby transformed because I downloaded GarageBand into my iPod Touch. I became familiar with many of its tools. I tried out the instruments. I could spend hours in that app.
I caught GarageBand fever.
Looking back, I notice four steps that have helped me with GarageBand music — and I believe they’ll help any GarageBand beginner. As general advice on using creativity and GarageBand, these steps can be taken for any song.
Here are each step’s topics, which will require careful thought:
If you’re ready to take each step…