New Challenge, New Site

I am so excited to be working with Timothy Pike again! He is starting a new class called 10000 +10. The goal is to write 10,000 words in a month and have 10 people read it (if you want them to) and get feedback. It starts tomorrow, March 1. If you would like to follow my progress and offer feedback you can do it on my page on his website. Here’s the link:

http://www.chapterbuzz.com/Grammy65

I look forward to hearing from you. Positive feedback (i.e. held your interest or not, story dragged, too much detail, not enough, weak storyline/plot, etc.) Also, please be sure to let me know if there are typos. I try to proof before I post, but sometimes I miss things. I hate typos.

Cheers!

Do You Have An Irma?

I woke up this morning, as with most mornings, with God’s praises on my tongue. I thought back to my pre-Christian life and followed that through to the present.

There are two forces at work in everyone’s life. God has a plan for you, and so does the enemy, Satan, the devil, the one who is out to destroy you and me.

I met my husband in business school, the land before meeting my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My neighbor in the apartment across the hall offered to read my palm. I was inrigued so I let him. We didn’t know each other yet he knew I had just been through a broken engagement and that it was permanent. He also told me that within thirty days I would meet the man I would marry and it would be a solid relationship. It happened exactly as he said. Now, I’m not saying he was in tune with God because he had to get high before he read my palm. Nevertheless, the message he gave me was no doubt (at least in my mind) God’s plan for me.

Sometime later I was in the office of the housemother and another man was there who also knew nothing about me. He heard me talking to her about having my palm read. He walked over, grabbed my hand and said I would be divorced, have four kids and my first husband would die in a car accident.

Fast forward four years and my husband and I have a young son and my husband isn’t sure he’s ready for the responsibility of a family. He leaves me and takes off hitch-hiking. By this time we have both accepted Jesus’s invitation to receive the free gift of salvation, but that didn’t mean everything was perfect. When God starts blessing the devil starts messing. God chased my husband back to me and then he joined the army. Four years later we now had two kids and he was honorably discharged from the military. I was going to church and he wasn’t. He wasn’t happy with me and I wasn’t sure what to do.

My husband has never been abusive to me, but he had closed himself off. I tried for months to change the situation and was considering leaving–not because I wanted to but because I wasn’t sure how much cold shoulder I could take. One day at church I talked to my dear friend, Irma, who had been married and dumped a few times. I asked her what she thought of me leaving.

“Is he beating you?” she asked.

“No.”

“Is he beating the kids?”

“No.”

“Is he providing food for the family?”

“Yes.”

“Are the bills being paid?”

“Yes.”

“Then hang in there and keep praying. Trust God to work everything out. You don’t want your kids to suffer through losing their dad, and go through the guilt of not being able to provide for them the way your husband does. If you need to talk you know I”m here for you.”

If I had not followed her advice the second palm reading may have come true: what I believe was Satan’s plan for my life. My kids would have grown up to be entirely different people than who and what they are now. My husband and I would not have the fabulous relationship we do now. We’ve been married forty-five years and are closer now than we’ve ever been. It just gets better every year.

By the way, Satan tried to take my husband’s life many times in car accidents while he was working for a company that kept him traveling. But God in His mercy and grace has protected us and has kept us from any major harm.

I hope every lady out there has an Irma in her life to talk to when things get tough. I have, unfortunately, lost touch with my friend as we have moved around a bit, but I think of her often, pray for her, and thank God for putting her in my life during the roughest time in my life.

 

 

 

A Love Story – by Zoe the Cat…

A Valentine tale from a cat’s point of view. Be nice to the kitty! Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

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A Love Story by Zoe

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It’s February 14th, my friends! And you know what that means. Before I tell you my love story, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Zoe the Fabulous Feline, and I live with a human named Emily. I write stories; my human likes to paint. I say art has its place, but reading is the higher virtue.

So, I want to tell you a love story. But, first, let us define “love,” shall we? There is the love between humans, be it romantic, familial, or platonic; love between animals; love by humans for animals, and certainly vice versa. One can love food: Fancy Feast, sliced, in gravy—my favorite—and chocolate, my human’s favorite. (She insists chocolate is indeed a food.)

We can also love things, although that is the kind of love humans need to learn to do without. And as we all…

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A Flash Fiction Competition

Flash Fiction Contest! Hurry. Time is running out to enter. Reblogged from https://mundusmediaink.com

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What are you writing?

All entries eligible for paid print publication.


DETAILS

Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition is open to all new, emerging, and established writers.

They seek flash fiction of 500 words or less.

Multiple entries, simultaneous submissions, and previously published works permitted.*

Accepting entries between November 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Grand Prize winning entry, and Runners Up to be announced within 60 days of closing.

GRAND PRIZE

$250 and publication in the 2017 issue of From the Depths.

Featured Author Interview to accompany published work.

RUNNERS UP

All entries eligible for publication in the 2017 issue of From the Depths.

Contributors to be paid $20 for each published story.

Featured Author Interview showcased online at Haunted Waters Press.

SUBMISSIONS

All entries accepted via Submittable.

$10 reading fee per entry.

*Multiple Entries, Simultaneous Submissions & Previously Published Works…

  • Up to three works of flash fiction per entry. Multiple…

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Adventurer Swims With Giant Manta Rays at Night

Wow! If only I could swim, but alas I am too uncoordinated. Took lessons at the Y when I was a kid and failed. Oh well. This lady has had the adventure of a lifetime swimming with giant Mantas off the coast of Hawaii. Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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In her latest daring adventure, Alison Teal set out in the middle of the night to free dive with Manta Rays off the coast of Hawaii.

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Want to be an award-winning writer by next month? Here’s how

Want to be an award winning author? Check this out! Reblogged from https://whatinspiresyourwriting.wordpress.com

What Inspires Your Writing?

It’s official! We’ll be presenting authors with awards for excellence in several categories during March’s “10,000 & 10” Novel Writing Challenge.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you could be a regular writer one day, and an award-winning writer literally the next.

Many writers assume that in order to receive an award, they need not just a published book, but a slew of good reviews, and the patience to slog through a lengthy submission process. That’s not always the case! The truth is, you can win an award at any stage of the writing process, including when you’re working on your first draft. An award is an award, no matter when you win it!

We’ll be recognizing both raw writing ability and how well your manuscript-in-progress is received by readers during the Challenge. Remember, part of the Challenge is to ask 10 people to read…

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