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…

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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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Tuesday Daydreams now on Smashwords!

TDSWAt long last (seriously, it’s taken a while), I’ve made Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse available on Smashwords.  You can now read all my silly little poems in a variety of formats!

I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to this – I intended to do it shortly after initial publication two and a half years ago, but I never did.  It was pretty simple, for the most part.  And now I know what I need to do to get the follow-up volume ready to go!

With the Smashwords edition comes a new cover.  I’m not sure I like it yet, but it’ll do for now, I suppose.  I’ve added the new cover to the Kindle version as well, but it may not be live till tomorrow.  As for the paperback…it’s sticking with the old cover for now.

So!  If you’d like to get your hands on a copy, check out Amazon and Smashwords!

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Photo 365 #23: Old Friends

I can’t reasonably take credit for taking this picture, since it was taken at least six (and maybe seven) decades before my birth.  But I can take credit for scanning it; the two men in the photo are brothers, and the one on the left is my great-grandfather.  I can also take credit for the following short story, “Old Friends.”  Originally inspired by one of Shane Francescut’s images, I thought this one could also go well with the story (which is pure fiction and in no way relates to either of the men in this picture or the one that originally inspired the story, or to anyone else, for that matter).  I hope you’ll enjoy it.  Have a great weekend!

John & Harm Stahl

“Old Friends”

It had been years since John had seen Caleb, so many years that he probably shouldn’t have recognized his old friend.  And yet, strangely, Caleb looked exactly the same.

It was more than a little unnerving.

Caleb saw him almost immediately, of course…

Photo 365 #20

Today’s photo post is accompanied by a little piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the humid heat of an Iowa summer combined with the indescribable heat of a hot flash.  It’s more an experiment in painting with words than anything else, and I hope I’ve achieved what I set out to do (which is to attempt to convey the misery of having a hot flash in high summer).  Comment away and let me know how I’ve done!


Impressive, no?

I stepped out of my perfectly climate-controlled office…

I got a review!

tdproofI don’t talk much about my little poetry book, Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse.  You may not have even known it existed till now, though there’s a link to it in my blog’s header.  I haven’t done a lot of promotion for it, but it’s sold a few copies, which is pretty awesome for something that started out as a Christmas gift for a friend.

So when I got my very first review of it on Tuesday, I was pretty excited.  Pretty darn excited, actually.  So if you like poetry, maybe check it out?  And if you do, leave a review!  Reviews can really make someone’s day. :)

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Stormy Weather

hazyOne of the lovely people I met through Writing 201 in April is Melissa Barker-Simpson.  A wonderful writer, she found herself inspired by one of the photos I posted the other day and wrote the following story.  I love it, and I hope you will, too. :)

Stacey waved her arm carelessly in front of her face and played with the pretty clouds above her head. Cushioned by the soft grass, she lay in the meadow surrounded by her favourite flowers. She felt lazy and powerful, at one with the earth.

With a sweep of her fingers the cloud formation broke apart and crept in front of the sun, causing a filter to its gentle warmth. She left them there, dozing a little.

“It’s getting a little cold,” Bryony whispered beside her, and she jolted awake. She hadn’t heard her sister approach.

She opened her eyes, surprised to find that her playful clouds were blocking out the sun.