Two Stories of Magic Pens

Over the past several weeks, I have been busy writing based on some pretty specific prompts. One of which was the idea of “magic pens.” The publication didn’t pick up either of the stories I wrote for them—and since I can’t imagine reusing such a specific topic, I am posting them both here. There areContinue reading “Two Stories of Magic Pens”

3 Books I Just Finished & am Loving!

I’m a big fan of a book I can dive right into and swirl around with for a few days. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been fortunate to encounter three such books: Evie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes This book is pitched as a romantic comedy—and I suppose it is. MoreContinue reading “3 Books I Just Finished & am Loving!”

The Origins of Bondi

This is why I was inspired to write a story about a young, half-dragon who grows up in a town full of humans. He is the only mythical in his neighborhood, and the other teens are ruthless as they humiliate him day-in and day-out for what he cannot change. Each morning, he binds his wings, tucks his tail in his brief, and tries to disappear. But it’s never good enough.

Emotions that (Literally!) Change the Shape of your Heart

“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.” —Mary Schmich These words take on new meaning when I watch Dr. Sandeep Jauhar’s TED Talk. As a practicing cardiologist, he knows hearts inside and out. But did you know that your emotional state can actually CHANGEContinue reading “Emotions that (Literally!) Change the Shape of your Heart”

The Power (or Lack-of) Shame

This week I heard a quote by the incomparable Brené Brown that has kept me thinking: “You cannot shame or belittle people into lasting change.”  This was first spoken to her by a professor when she was an undergrad. At the time, it didn’t make sense. She thought, but that’s how our society operates. That’s howContinue reading “The Power (or Lack-of) Shame”

FICTION: The Dragon’s Lair

Magical Realism Short Fiction By Kaelan Strouse   (5,800 words – 25 min read time)   “I know who you really are,” the grubby man spoke as he peered at me through one, droopy-lidded eye.  The other eye was patched and covered.  “You can’t hide from us.  We know… we can always know our ownContinue reading “FICTION: The Dragon’s Lair”

FICTION: The Gay Plague

Short Story – 6000 words (20 min read time).  By Kaelan Strouse.   “Fucking faggot.” I mutter it quiet like, under my breath. I walk past the fool making a spectacle of himself in the town square.  Carrying on like that; drawing attention to himself, as if we had nothin’ better to watch than hisContinue reading “FICTION: The Gay Plague”