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Flash Fiction: The New Kid

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The first challenge in the Platform-Building Campaign is here and, even better, I finished!  Woohoo!

The challenge was this: Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count.

For an additional challenge (optional), we could do one or more of these:

end the story with the words: "everything faded." (also included in the word count)
include the word "orange" in the story
write in the same genre you normally write
write make your story 200 words exactly!

Well, I wrote my story and, seeing that it began at 570 words, I trimmed and edited and trimmed and edited some more until I whittled my story down to exactly 200 words.  And yes, I ended the story with "everything faded," included the word "orange," and wrote for children/middle grades (my current genre).  What ca…

A Wish, a Request, and a Challenge

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A Wish for the World and a Request


It's Wishcasting Wednesday so the gorgeous soul Jamie Ridler is inviting us to cast our wishes into the universe. This week Jamie asks, "What do you wish for the world?"


I wish for the world to return to a community mindset.  It really does take a village to sustain life.  Only when we work together do we truly succeed.

Speaking of coming together, I have a special request.  A good friend of mine, Joules, needs prayers, wishes, positive energy... whatever you have to give.  After 6 wonderfully smooth months of pregnancy, she hit a rocky road in her third trimester.

As of yesterday she was admitted to the hospital (nearly 2 months early) and told she would have to stay until the baby was born.  As of last night, it seemed that the baby might be coming early.  Needless to say, my biggest wish today is for a healthy baby and a healthy Joules.

So I'm doing something I haven't done here before.  I'm asking you to send love her way. …

When It’s Not All Sunshine and Butterflies

Life is not always filled with sunshine and butterflies. Some days are just different. They’re a little rougher. A bit tougher on our soul. And, you know what? That’s okay. Really.

You’re not always going to be perfect. You’re not always going to get it right. The point is that you keep going. Keep trying. Change directions. Take a break. Here are a few links to things I’ve read recently that have inspired me. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration, too.

Ending Something
Sometimes good things come to an end. Brandi Reynolds has been one of my favorite bloggers for the past few years. I’ve read along as she’s explored art, photography, yoga, and life. One of my favorite things about Brandi is she’s never afraid to try something new or change directions if she feels called to do so. This month she has announced she will no longer be blogging. At least for now. It may seem weird that I’m linking you to someone’s final post, but I love it as yet another demonstration of her …

Feeling Healthy? Give Thanks

I'm thinking a lot today about health.  I am so thankful for my health.

How often do we take time to acknowledge our health?  I tend to think about it only after an illness.  And yes, today is one of those days since a stomach virus took over our house for the last 24 hours.  Yay for us.

So today I'm asking you to acknowledge how you feel.  If you're feeling pretty dang healthy (despite any other woes for the day), take a moment to say thanks.

The rest of my story is at Working Mother today.

Wishing you good health.