T-Shirt by Pete Fanning

T-Shirt by Pete Fanning

The other day I was running errands, going about my business and sweating in the blaze of the midday sun when an older gentleman stopped and looked me over with a smile. “Good to see a fellow Owl.” “Oh,” I said, unsure if I’d heard him correctly. It wasn’t until I got...
Unremembered

Unremembered

Who have we forgotten and why? The historical record stretches so long it seems there remains no room for all the remembrances. Family history fades or ends abruptly. Memory brings its own struggles. Yet truths of who we are as humans emerge to remind us that we are...
True Grit

True Grit

Grit abrades, wears down, even crumbles into quartz sand or the stuff you sprinkle on porcelain to scrub it clean. True grit is a roughness on the inside, a rocky kind of defiance in the face of life’s storms. Grit is determination, resilience, perseverance....
Raw Literature: Tell Your Story

Raw Literature: Tell Your Story

By D. Avery This past weekend I took time away from my regular work to peddle my written wares under the local author’s tent at the Nantucket Book Fest. This was my first time attending, and I was glad for the opportunity and exposure. If you’re wondering, I didn’t...
Buttons

Buttons

Buttons hold memories of mothers and grandmothers. They hold space for the unexpected links between life and death. They call for silence, to button up, or to relax and loosen a button. Writers followed where the buttons led. The following is based on the July 5,...
Raw Literature: Young Sung Hero

Raw Literature: Young Sung Hero

Raw Literature posts as an ongoing conversation about those first works we create as writers, as literary artists. Guest Authors share personal insights on their craft, its process, the experience of creating raw literature and what they do with it. Carrot Ranch is a...
Raw Literature: Writing with Mother

Raw Literature: Writing with Mother

By Robbie Cheadle About mid last year, my Mother and I decided we should write the story of her growing up during the Second World War in the small town of Bungay in East Anglia, Britain. I had listened to my Mother’s childhood stories for my whole life. I thought her...
Open Call for Guest Writers

Open Call for Guest Writers

The well has gone dry, writers! We’ve had a terrific run of guest writers who have explored and shared their creative projects and processes through the Raw Literature series at Carrot Ranch. I’m not convinced we’ve run out of creativity to share...
Raw Literature: Meet My Other Half

Raw Literature: Meet My Other Half

By Juliet Nubel Until last autumn, I honestly thought I knew who I was and where I was going. As an aspiring writer in any case. The complexities of my childish fifty-something brain have never quite been sorted out, but at least I have always known what I want to...
Raw Literature: A Writer’s Journey

Raw Literature: A Writer’s Journey

By Rachel Hanson I’ve had the pleasure of writing a few 99-word flash-fiction pieces for The Ranch over the last year or so and I was SO FLIPPIN’ EXCITED when Charli asked if I would consider writing something just a little longer about my journey to start a page on...
Seeking the Well

Seeking the Well

I’m like an eagle standing on the ice. The thaw is near enough that I can hear the trout beneath claws designed to grab what I need — words like trout populate the pond of my stories. So close. So close. But the words I wrote populated pages requested by...
Me, Too: Sexual Harassment Before It Had a Name

Me, Too: Sexual Harassment Before It Had a Name

By Paula Moyer Oprah Winfrey nailed it in her recent speech at the Golden Globe awards when she accepted her lifetime achievement award. Yes, we want a world where no one ever has to say, “Me, too” again. But we’re not there yet. In fact, we are so far from there that...