I’m a wife, mother, and writer trying to circumvent the monotonous parts of the day, while making time to explore my voice and place in the vast world of writing. Sadly, I rarely watch TV anymore, but still attempt to live fully in the moment with family and friends, because ultimately, that’s what story is all about: life.
Writing came to me in a serendipitous way. Many summers ago, I went through a period of uncertainty, seeking answers to life and its meaning–my meaning. Then one evening, after I’d watched my oldest daughter create in abandon–writing and drawing—the day away, an idea whispered from somewhere deep within: You could write, too! So, I did.
My daughter was my first “fan.” To this day, her steadfast belief keeps me going, and I try to honor her by keeping that same childlike confidence in my writing, as well as how I go about encouraging others.
I’m a member of James River Writers, and I’m thankful to have such a large resource nearby. But there is a comfort that comes from small groups and spaces; therefore a couple of years ago, I started a local writing group for women. I don’t like to call myself their “leader.” I’m just the founder and facilitator, because it’s a fellowship. And what my members probably don’t realize is that with each meeting, workshop, or individual success: I become a better writer and person.
This blog is an instrument, used sporadically to evaluate my thoughts and observations on writing (and maybe what I’m reading). In addition, I want to share my failures and successes–if they come, but most importantly the optimism to continue forward in spite of both. And if I never find society’s definition of success in writing, that’s okay, for I’ve gained something more lasting and indelible within me. I found my meaning.
Current Writing Projects:
My main project, SKY, is at the completed manuscript stage, and is currently undergoing revisions and editing. SKY is an upper middle-grade novel that deals with the issues of bullying and suicide, written in diary form by a thirteen-year-old girl, Sky Jeffers, as she contemplates the challenging burden of living.
At the heart of the story, there are also steady themes of love and forgiveness, but ultimately this is a novel of hope. As with most of my writing, SKY came to me out of a place of not understanding unjust and/or unimaginable actions. What I want to see come forth from the story’s reading is compassion for others.
I have other novels in various stages of percolation, including an intriguing Sci-Fi novella that those prone to arachnophobia may wish to avoid; a fantasy novel that creates a play on words; and a hodgepodge of poems, short stories, and flash fiction underway.
Flash Frontier, Birds: November 2016: “Pecking Order”
Silver Birch Press “Starting to Ride” Series (May/June 2016), “Don’t Let Go”
Eye to the Telescope, “Prepare Her”
Nailpolish Stories, “Pep Plum”
I’d already lost my soul to Queen Reina. So when my precious prince held my plum-colored heart out for the court to judge, I capitulated. https://nailpolishstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/april-2016/
“Knowing Now” via Flash Frontier, November 2015
“Naming Fate” is Paper Swans Press’s October 2015 flash fiction contest winner:
“Night Sounds” micro-fiction story in 101 words via 101words.org:
“The Key” micro fifty-word fiction piece via fiftywordstories.com:
“Change” micro-fiction published online via 101words.org:
“Dream On” 25-word story for Nailpolish Stories, A Tiny And Colorful Literary Journal:
Dust dances above the corn tassels. Breathless: I wait. Brakes squeak, rusty metal opens. Grinning, Mailman Bob slides a thick envelope into my box. Breathe! https://nailpolishstories.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/october-2015/
“Shame” poem via The Voices Project:
Second Place Winner in WOW’s Spring 2013 Flash Fiction Contest: “Revolution”