forgiveness in conversation

side note I’m taking part in the Writing101 challenge, which means this is a break in what I usually post. Day 7′s challenge is to: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else. Today’s twist: write your post in the form of a dialogue. You …

Fiction – Reminiscing

For E, who would turn 35 on Sunday, March 24th. I miss you. ***** I reached across the table and put my hand on Sarah's arm. "It's so good to see you again. It seems like forever." Sarah frowned and nodded her head in agreement. "And yet, like it was only yesterday?" I nodded. Sarah always …

Fiction – Too Many Friends

I watched from the bar counter as she sat there, well-dressed in black and completely out of place in this dive, methodically chewing the ice from her empty glass. Darkness filled her thoughts, but rather than lose herself in alcohol, she drank diet soda, and stared blankly at her cell phone. It vibrated every few …

Fiction – A Penny Saved

One more penny. That was her mantra. Saide's mother established it quite early on that a penny saved was a penny earned. It was easier to meet life's bigger goals when broken into smaller chunks. Every time she found a penny on the street, she picked it up, placed it in her pocket, and on …

Fiction – Second Hand

A few years ago l joined a startup writing group called ThinkingTen. The concept is simple: there’s a daily prompt and you have 10 minutes to write whatever comes to mind. l deleted my blog posts from the site when I received an email saying the founder was shutting down the site. I hadn’t written anything …

Fiction – Tucked Away

  Prompt: a dresser drawer *** Two days until the move, Arianna packs up her bedroom. It, and the kitchen, are the last things to be packed before Miguel arrived to help her move everything into their new home. She smiled at the thought. Tired as she was from the patching, cleaning and other repair …

Fiction – The Phone Rings

  Prompt: the phone rings *** The phone rings. "Hello?' I hear was a soft sigh on the other end. I check the time. "Annie?" Soft sigh. "Yeah." "Hi. I haven't heard from you in a while. How are you doing?" "Okay, You know." "Yeah." Pause. "How's the job hunt going?" Silence. "Annie?" "My friend …

Fiction – Broken Paradise

Prompt: Weekend Canvas Exercise *** I created this world such a long time ago, perfect in its symmetry, proportion, scale and ideals. I set it up for your health, for your growth, stability and happiness. But slowly you broke my creation with your limitless exploration of its boundaries. You twisted my words, broke my promises …

Fiction: Pixie Dust

A few years ago l joined a startup writing group called ThinkingTen. The concept is simple: there's a daily prompt and you have 10 minutes to write whatever comes to mind. l deleted my blog posts from the site when I received an email saying the founder was shutting down the site. I hadn't written …

Event Review: The Sound of Writing – Readings at the eBar

Last Wednesday (the 24th of August) I made it out of Toronto and to Guelph just before the Tornado watches arrived to see my friend Jo read her work along with 2 other ladies for The Sound of Writing: Readings at the eBar. I've never been to a reading of people's works before, only a …

3 Day Novel Contest

I learned about the 3 Day Novel Contest completely by accident. The concept intrigued me: write approximately 30,000 words in three days, creating a manuscript between 90-150 pages, and have a witness sign a statement indicating that I wrote it over Canada’s Labour Day weekend.