Category: Reading

A Flood of Hearts

A Flood of Hearts

Zara biked to school as fast as she could without jostling her backpack, or the card inside it. She’d gotten up at five that morning specifically to add the finishing touch: a series of red and pink hearts bordering Helena’s name in a gradient from […]

Caught Off-Guard

Caught Off-Guard

With a final heave, Prioress Angelina Martinez stuffed the brittle evergreen branches behind the snow-covered trees hemming the Abbey property line. Just beyond her, a twig snapped. Straightening, she glanced into the trees and jumped. A tall, white woman in a black coat emerged from […]

The woman you promised

Ghosts. Ghosts everywhere. They hover on the autumn air, surrounding me, phantoms of my own imagination. That’s been happening a lot, actually. You’re not the woman you promised me you’d be. If I’m Autumn, then you are Spring: hope eternal, and allergies. Promises to come, […]

Eating with the Fairies

I’m struggling to understand how to reach you How do I make you care? “You can’t make people love you”— well, I don’t want love. Or maybe I do. Maybe I want more than you’re able to give. Certainly more than you’re giving to her, […]

Swans of Atlantis excerpt

To get you in the mood for some beachy summer reading, here’s an excerpt of Swans of Atlantis, due out this July: —

I’ve been saying

I’ve been saying “I don’t need more friends” for years. Funny how, now that I want them, they all seem to have drifted away. Copyright © 2017 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved.

How much?

How much do you want this? Enough to keep your day job? Enough to work every time you have a free minute? What are you willing to give up? Because you’ll have to say no, you know, and not just to the things you don’t […]

Give it patience

Give it patience Holy joy Prepare to be the author of your Love, A revelation, An opportunity. Be held And encounter love Weakness to victory, Testimony to healing. Walk with me.   Copyright © 2017 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved.

Describing Frightened

It’s worrying your fingers while you wait for the dentist to come back and give you Novocaine for a wisdom tooth withdrawal. It’s being the last group to perform in a series of short plays, and realizing you can’t remember your first line the second […]

Describing Judgment, and #ROW80 Progress

It’s making fun of my mom and Sister 2 for watching the Bachelor a couple years ago, and then stopping every so often, mesmerized and yet self-loathing for allowing myself to become so captivated. It’s falling in line with the two of them, but in […]