The Smell of Lavender – This is a piece I wrote for an Introductory Fiction Workshop at Syracuse University my sophomore year. As it was my first fiction writing class and the first piece I wrote, as well as the story I chose to revise for the final project, it evidently holds an important place in my heart. While I am putting it here as a sample of my writing, and it stands complete as is, deep down I feel I am not yet done with this story, these characters, the marina.

The Checkered Umbrella – I wrote this during my freshmen year of high school in my Creative Writing class. No it isn’t perfect, and you can bet I’d write it differently now, but I was proud of it at the time and I still am.