About

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I’m a former pediatric nurse turned full-time soccer momma/wife. And I’m a writer of stories, trying to circumvent the monotonous parts of the day to make time to explore my voice. Sadly, I rarely watch TV anymore. But that’s okay; writing is more important. Yet, more vital to me, is living fully in the moment with family and friends, because ultimately, that’s what story is all about: life. And you gotta live it if you’re gonna write about it. Right?

Writing came back to me in an unexpected way, with perfect timing. Many summers ago, I went through a period of uncertainty, seeking answers to life and its meaning—my meaning. I guess you could say it was my mid-life awakening. One evening, after watching my oldest daughter create in abandon, peacefully writing and drawing for hours, an idea whispered from somewhere deep within: You could write! So, I did. I snowballed my love of reading into writing. My daughter became my first “fan,” listening patiently to those first few attempts. To this day, her steadfast belief keeps me going. I honor her by keeping that same childlike confidence alive in my writing. And I do my best to encourage others.

I’m a member of James River Writers. And while I’m thankful to have such a large writerly resource nearby, it wasn’t enough. There is a special comfort that comes from small groups and spaces. Therefore, a few years back, I started a local writing group for women. I don’t call myself their leader. I’m just the founder and facilitator, because it’s a fellowship. And what my sister members probably don’t realize, is that with each meeting, workshop, or individual success, I become a better writer because of them.

This blog is merely an instrument, used sporadically, to evaluate my thoughts on writing. I also want to share my failures and achievements—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:

SKY is an upper middle-grade novel that deals with bullying and suicide. It’s written in diary form by a twelve-year-old girl, Sky Jeffers, while she contemplates the challenging burden of living.

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. SKY is at the completed manuscript stage, currently seeking representation.

I have other novels in various stages of percolation, including an intriguing Sci-Fi novella (those prone to arachnophobia may wish to avoid), a YA fantasy novel that creates a play on words; and a hodgepodge of poems, short stories, and flash fiction.

2016:

Flash Frontier, Birds: November 2016: “Pecking Order”

http://www.flash-frontier.com/november-2016-birds/

Silver Birch Press “Starting to Ride” Series (May/June 2016), “Don’t Let Go” 

https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/dont-let-go-story-by-shermie-rayne-starting-to-ride-poetry-and-prose-series/

Eye to the Telescope, “Prepare Her”

http://eyetothetelescope.org/archives/020issue.html

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/

2015 Publications:

“Knowing Now” via Flash Frontier, November 2015

http://www.flash-frontier.com/november-2015-sky/

“Naming Fate” is Paper Swans Press’s October 2015 flash fiction contest winner:

http://paperswans.co.uk/competition-winners-october/

“Night Sounds” micro-fiction story in 101 words via 101words.org:

http://www.101words.org/night-sounds/

“The Key” micro fifty-word fiction piece via fiftywordstories.com:

http://fiftywordstories.com/2015/06/24/shermie-rayne-the-key/

“Change” micro-fiction published online via 101words.org:

http://www.101words.org/change/

“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/

2014 Publication:

“Shame” poem via The Voices Project:

http://www.thevoicesproject.org/poetry-library/shame-by-shermie-rayne

2013 Publication:

Second Place Winner in WOW’s Spring 2013 Flash Fiction Contest: “Revolution”

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/57-FE1-Spring13Contest.html

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey!! Just wanted you to know that I read your 101 word story and loved it!! In just those few words, I had a vivid picture those folks and could relate to their feelings. You’re doing a fine job in your writing. Keep up the good work!!
    Best Wishes,
    Monica

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