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A vacation, a wedding, and a book release!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I know, I’m a day late. The kids are on spring break this week (more on that below,) which takes away some of my time to write. Also, some dear friends are planning a family wedding, and I volunteered to help. That took out another afternoon.

Plus (and most exciting of all) the Facebook writers group Authors’ Tale is having a book launch tomorrow! We’re holding the event from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., EDT. Click here for the awesome launch party for Authors’ Tale!

I’m going to be chatting with people from 12:30 to 1:00 EDT, some come over and hang out with us! The name of the book is Heart Of A Child, and it’s an anthology of short stories. There are 25 stories in the book, including mine called “The Dress”.

FB banner, quote from The Dress, for HOAC, March 2018


The stories range from serious to heart-wrenching to silly and sweet pieces. If you like to read at all, come hang out with the other authors and me and buy the book!

And now on to our regular content. First, this week’s short story. I read the prompt and thought I’d like to describe a common medical condition without naming it. Even the protagonist doesn’t know he’s suffering from it. Here’s an excerpt:

The eerie light that gave him enough vision to see his hands started freaking him out. And Ken never freaked out about stuff. That kinda thing was for pansies and losers. Ken wasn’t either.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

This week, neuroscientist and best-selling author Lisa Genova has a new book release. In Every Note Played she tackles ALS and what happens when a concert pianist gets the disease. Here’s the opening to my post.

A world-renowned musician receives a devastating medical diagnosis. As his condition deteriorates his estranged ex-wife becomes his caretaker, and the two of them reflect on their relationship as everything comes to an end. Author Lisa Genova brings all her scientific knowledge to illuminate yet another mystifying disease in the informative yet unsatisfying novel Every Note Played.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Last, I have some fun spring break parenting adventures to share with all of you. It’s spring break Spurts! Here’s a snippet:

The next morning, she came down for school and looked at me over her cereal.

“Okay, let’s start brainstorming!”

For a minute I had no idea what she meant. When she explained, I worked hard at not rolling my eyes.

Read all the Spurts now on Growth Chart!

Have a fantastic week, readers!




A little late but finally up :>

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I know, I’m a day late in posting content on this newly revised schedule. I’ve been in the thick of writing new stories to submit them to writing contests, and I had a deadline to submit to one last night before midnight. With so many other things going on in my non-writing life, I had to make a choice and made the incredibly difficult decision to meet the contest deadline and post this today.

Some of you who subscribe to The Write Edge and one of its extension blogs may have seen the content up but not gotten the notification from here that I’d posted this week’s material. No worries! I’m here now. :>

First, I’m sharing my latest creative writing with you. It’s not often I write poetry, and I don’t think I’m particularly good at it, but occasionally I run across a writing prompt that induces poetry even from me. :> Here’s a stanza from today’s poem:

Be careful.

It brings forth







The bad;

The good.

Read the whole poem now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

I’ve posted a new book review for you. Today I share my thoughts on The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. Here’s the opening to my review of the mystery:

When an abandoned boarding school gets bought by a mysterious benefactor, a journalist decides to do a story on the transaction. She has a personal attachment to the school, and when a body is discovered on the grounds her article almost becomes a crusade. Author Simone St. James strings together a series of unrelated events and forces them into the well-written but failed novel The Broken Girls.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Lastly, I’m sharing my newest parenting adventures with you. This past Wednesday, one month to the day after the terrible tragedy in Parkland, Florida, students across the country staged peaceful protests to demand that our government make concrete choices to prevent this kind of attack. As one of my kids prepared to protest, it made me think of another tragedy. Here’s a quick excerpt:

Unfortunately, as so many have pointed out, news of school shootings has become common enough that people’s eyes no longer retain the spark of indignance for too long. They get indignant, they get upset, they march, they raise their voices…and then they go back to their normal lives. Until it happens again.

I see the dullness of resignation in people’s faces when we talk about school shootings now.

Read the whole Chart now on Growth Chart!

Thanks, as always, readers!


Waiting on the weather

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Hello, Write Edge readers! For those of you who live in the path of extreme weather (any readers in New England who still have power?) you understand just how seriously people take it when they talk about the weather changing from season. We’re waiting for the same around here, and although we certainly don’t have the challenges that our friends in the northeast do right now we still find ourselves shrugging on jackets for the millionth time a week with a measure of weariness.

However, this, too, shall pass. And in the meantime, it’s another week here on The Write Edge! As I’ve done since the start of the “new year” for the blog, I’ve posted all of the content I make available to you week after week. If anyone out there has any strong feelings one way or the other about moving to a weekly schedule as opposed to getting posts almost every day, let me know.

First, this week’s short fiction. I wasn’t necessarily thinking in this direction when I picked this prompt, but this is where it landed. Here’s an excerpt of the story:

With his arms he began herding everyone in the general direction of the elevators. Miraculously we hadn’t lost power, and everyone had their own rooms. We just had to wait out the aftermath of the storm.

Check out the full story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

I also have a new book review to share. I got the opportunity to read a book about a character who works for the CIA, a smart woman who gets caught in a difficult situation. Here’s the opening to my review of Need to Know by Karen Cleveland:

A CIA analyst discovers a horrible secret about her husband and must decide between her job and her marriage. As she grapples with her loyalty to her country and her loyalty to her relationship, she discovers that her devotion to both aren’t as airtight as she thought. Author Karen Cleveland, a former CIA analyst herself, gives readers a stereotypical plot and a helpless protagonist in her novel Need to Know.

Find the full review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Last, I’ve posted my latest parenting adventures for you. This week’s Spurts come all from the same afternoon. Let’s call them Monday Musings, shall we? :> Here’s an excerpt:

I’m not sure whether I should tell them quite yet that the scheduling doesn’t get any easier either when they become adults. In fact, often it becomes even more of a puzzle to solve, something to crack and put together with the ultimate satisfaction of accomplishing important things every day.

Read the whole post now on Growth Chart!

If you’re in the northeast, please do what you can to get to safety and stay warm. For everyone else, thanks for reading. Happy Women’s Day, by the way. :>

Have a great week, readers!