A Trucker’s Journey Ends #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link Up

I’d lost count of how many days I’d been on the road, but this was my last run. Afterward, I would retire. My wife Amy and I had waited a long time for this. The truck was empty except for my belongings and the roses I’d bought for Amy in the last town.

As the eighteen wheels rumbled around the bend and off the interstate, my favorite Kathy Mattea song came on the radio. I turned up the volume and celebrated because it was my song.

Now, it’s your turn. See if you can write a poem or story of no more and no less than six sentences, using the prompt word “bend.” Click here to learn how you can participate, or leave your piece in the comment field below.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Hurrying Through the First Draft #Open Book Blog Hop

This week’s question from blogger Stevie Turner is this. “Do you hurry through a first draft, or are you conscious of flaws as they go down? Has that changed over time?”

My policy is to write now and edit later. This applies to everything, not just books. The idea is to get the words and ideas down, then go back and organize them.

That having been said, my novels and memoir were written one chapter at a time. By the time I started writing my first novel, We Shall overcome, I’d met my late husband Bill. He was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I, here in Sheridan, Wyoming. When he expressed an interest in my writing, I emailed him each chapter after I’d written and edited it, and he offered suggestions and feedback. Since he wrote mostly computer manuals, most of his ideas were from a reader’s point of view, but I still found them helpful.

After Bill passed, I started writing My Ideal Partner, which tells the story of how I met and married him, then cared for him after he suffered two strokes. By this time, I’d joined a writers’ group that met once a week and critiqued each other’s projects. So, I had another outlet for feedback on my work. Members of this group also supported me through my writing of The Red Dress and my current young adult novel-in-progress, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, which is now finished.

Speaking of which, when I’m done writing a book, I put it aside for about a month, then go back to it with fresh eyes. I read through each chapter one or more times, depending on if I find any serious rewriting that needs to be done. Then, I read through the whole thing one more time. By this time, it’s usually ready for publication.

I don’t set goals for when books will be published. It would be nice to have Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me published in time for Christmas, since it ends during the holiday season, but I’m not going to rush it. As the song goes, “You can’t hurry love.” It’s the same with books. You can either have it fast or have it good, and I’m sure my readers appreciate it good.

If you’re an author, I’d love to hear how you write your books. Please let me know in the comment field below, or click the link above to learn how to participate in Stevie’s blog hop.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Bailing Mamma Out #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link Up

While driving through the streets in my pick-up truck late one night, I was listening to a country song about a man who was drunk when his mamma got out of prison, and before he could pick her up at the station, she was run over by a train. Well, that wasn’t exactly my story, but it was close enough. My mamma was the one who was drunk, not me. I was driving to the police station because she’d hit another vehicle, killing the driver. This wasn’t the first time she’d drunk and driven. She’d probably end up in prison and never get out.

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The above story was inspired by the song in the video below and is my response to this week’s six-sentence story prompt. The word is “station,” and the trick is to write a story or poem of no more and no less than six sentences, using this word. Click here to learn how to participate, or leave your story in the comment field.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Big Body Parts and Bad Decisions #TMI Tuesday

Here are my answers to this week’s thought-provoking questions. Scroll down to learn how you can participate.

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What is the biggest part of your body?

 

In my opinion, the biggest parts of my body are my legs.

 

What is the best bad decision you have ever made?

 

Several years ago, I bought an iPad Mini with a Bluetooth keyboard for about $400. Because of my limited vision, I was daunted by the touch screen. But a blind friend with this device said I could just use the keyboard and not worry about gestures. Wrong! Even with the keyboard, I found the device clunky, and I never could get the hang of the gestures. After a few months, I gave up.

Now, friends tell me the iPhone is easier. One friend has told me where I can get virtual one on one instruction on gestures for an affordable price. But when I asked another friend where he got his iPhone and how much it cost, he said he got his from Best Buy for a little over $300, and they usually run from $600 to $1000. Seriously? I don’t know why, but I thought iPhones were cheaper than that. I’m wondering if investing that much money would be another bad decision.

 

What is the silliest reason you got into a fight with someone?

 

The silliest fight I ever got into wasn’t one I started. To tell the truth, it wasn’t really a fight.

One night when my totally blind late husband Bill and I were married, he couldn’t sleep. So, he went to the dining room outside our bedroom to use his computer. I closed the bedroom door, so his screen reader wouldn’t disturb me. Later, I was awakened by a thud and Bill cursing a blue streak. Apparently, not knowing the door was closed, he’d run into it.

I apologized, saying I should have told him I was closing the door. But he swore that if I ever closed that door again, he would take it off the hinges. To find out what happened next, read My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

 

What is your favorite thing about your best friend?

 

Although I’ve had many friends over the years, I’ve never had a best friend. But most of my friends are caring and helpful, and some are funny.

 

If 5 men take about 3 hours to dig 3 holes, how long will it take for 2 men to dig half a hole?

 

I’ve never been good at math. In the sixth grade, a teacher threatened me with an eighteen-inch ruler when I had trouble with long division. So, I’m not even going to try to answer this question.

 

Bonus: Would you rather be itchy or sticky for the rest of your life?

 

If it had to be one or the other, I’d rather be sticky. That way, I wouldn’t have to scratch all the time. But frankly, I don’t want to be either one.

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here to learn how you can participate, or leave your answers in the comment field.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Useful #It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up

This week’s prompt word is “useful.” Instead of a story, I decided to write an acrostic poem. As you’ll note, the first letter of each line going down the page spells the word “useful.”

 

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USEFUL (an acrostic)

Use your mind.
See the possibilities.
Enter the unknown.
Follow your dream.
Unleash your passion.
Live and love.
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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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