Photo 365 #55: The Horizon Lies

13761033525_538a505c93_bThe horizon lies
Before me, obscured by fog,
Beckoning me on,

Enticing me with
The secrets concealed behind
Its misty veil. Who

Knows what I might find?
And yet…I don’t want to leave.
The sun-soaked bean fields

Sing in the early
Morning light; everything is
Warm, glowing gold, a

Contrast to the low-
Slung clouds in the distance, their
Icy tentacles

Reaching out to me,
Slithering closer, till the
Light is gone, and what

Little remained of
September’s warmth is gone with
It. And yet, I’m called…

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Photo Friday: Stories!

So today’s prompt is about stories.  Quite convenient, really, as I just posted an interview with the main character from The Price of Mercy.


Revision work continues.  I got absolutely nothing done on it yesterday, but I managed to eke out a few paragraphs this noon while on my lunch break.  I wish either a.) that lunch breaks were longer so I could get more done, or b.) that someone would pay me to stay home and write all day.

Since neither of those things are likely to happen anytime soon, I guess I’ll just have to keep plugging away a few minutes at a time.  Don’t forget to check out Charnele’s blog and see what stories she’s into.  Happy Friday, everybody!

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A belated stop on the Main Character Blog Hop!

I was tagged in this bit o’ fun by the awesome Justine Manzano, a fellow legal secretary/writer/geek/mom to whom Twitter was kind enough to introduce me.  (I seriously love making new friends.)  It was supposed to have gone up on Monday (the 15th).  Yeah, that didn’t happen.


Anyway, better late than never, right?

J Manzano Bio PictureJustine Manzano is a multi-genre writer living in Bronx, NY with her husband, son, and a cacophony of cats. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthology Things You Can CreateSliver of Stone Magazine, and The Greenwich Village Literary Review.  She maintains a semi-monthly blog at and a twitter account where she discusses her adventures in juggling aspects of her life such as motherhood, writing, and the very serious businesses of fangirling and multiple forms of geekery. She works as a fiction reader for Sucker Literary Magazine and is currently searching for a publishing home for her YA Urban Fantasy series, Keys and Guardians.

The first book in Justine’s series is called The Order of the Key.  What’s it about?  So glad you asked!  Here’s the blurb:

Jacklyn Madison has a thing for heroes. She reads about them, watches them on TV, and would very much like to become one. When a monster makes an attempt on her life she discovers she is one – the long lost member of The Order of the Key, a group that protects humanity from creatures that come through interdimensional rifts. It’s all fun and games until training for her duties reveals the Order’s out of touch views – Keys, like Jacklyn, are protected while Guardians, like the rest of her family, are expendable. As she rails against their value system, she finds herself in the center of a power struggle between the group’s leader, Lavinia, and her idealistic son, Kyp – the boy Jacklyn likes. Worse, Kyp’s attempts to protect her only entangle her in a mire of deceit. Viewed as a target on one side and a weapon on the other, Jacklyn must find a way to protect the people she loves and decide what kind of hero she’s willing to become. Filled with action, romance, and paranoia, The Order of the Key is an edgy Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy novel that is currently searching for a home with an agent.

I love the name Lavinia.  It’s so pretty and old-fashioned. :)

And now it’s my turn!  Here to answer a few questions about himself is…

Dream Come True

Originally inspired by Monday’s prompt on The Daily Post, I decided to let this short story do double duty and use it as part of this week’s writing challenge, also hosted by The Daily Post.  I don’t always edit my short stories intensively before I post them because they’re a bit of brain candy for me, and I hope they entertain you as well.  Also, my editing process often adds as many words as it subtracts (for the better, I hope).

So, without further ado, here is a story involving two characters from one of the two trunk novels I hope to someday rewrite the pants off of in hopes of publishing them to any acclaim I can get. :)

The lights in the Weathered Wheel were always dim, but today they seemed even dimmer than usual.  Must be because it’s so bright outside, Catherine mused as she sat down at her customary table and pulled out a book.

notesA waitress wandered over a moment later and Catherine looked up long enough to place her customary order.  She quickly returned her attention to her book, blocking out the drone of the TV, the tinkling bell on the front door, and the buzz of conversation.  It was another satisfyingly ordinary day.

But as her eyes traveled down the page, the hair on the back of her neck stood on end.  Goosebumps popped up along her arms, even though it was 92° outside and the restaurant’s aging air conditioner struggled to keep up.

After reading the same sentence four times and still failing to comprehend it, she finally lowered her book.  A man stood watching her…

Photo 365 #32

If there’s one thing I love, it’s writing.  Of course, I also love music.  Put the two together and I’m a happy girl. :)


What’s that?  That’s my pretty new necklace from our trip to Northeast Iowa over the long weekend and a brand new short story, inspired by today’s prompt on The Daily Post.  I’ll post it just as soon as it’s finished.

But for now?  Back to work.  While the thunder lasts. :)

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