Getting Ready for the Dance #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

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Welcome to another edition of Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link Up. This week’s given word is “wear.” In the below excerpt from The Red Dress, my main character Eve’s roommate is looking for something to wear to the homecoming dance.

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Eve watched Charlene finish applying lotion, dry her hair, and put on her undergarments, then rifle through her closet for something to wear. All the while, Charlene prattled on about Alex Smith, the boy who would accompany her to the dance, the captain of the football team—about how handsome he was in his uniform, how he could throw a ball and run. She realized why Charlene was suddenly loyal to the University of Colorado team and felt like throwing up.

 

Finally, Charlene said, “Ugh! There’s nothing good here. If you’re not gonna go to the dance, could I borrow something from your closet?”

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So, does Charlene find something suitable to wear in Eve’s closet? What happens after that? Read The Red Dress and find out.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring me to post this excerpt with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. You can click here to participate and read other blogger’s six-sentence creations.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Sheltering in Place Again #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

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Last Friday, I was on route to my singing engagement at an assisted living facility when I received a phone call from Help at Home, the agency that provides my housekeeping and blood pressure monitoring services. Apparently, one of their workers may have exposed me to COVID19. Needless to say, I called the assisted living facility and canceled my gig, then went straight home.

Assuming I was exposed the previous Tuesday when the workers cleaned my house and took my blood pressure, I notified everyone I’d been with since then. I also called the YMCA, where I teach water exercise classes. The recommended time for sheltering in place is now five to seven days, and because I haven’t had any symptoms since I was exposed, I believe I’m in the clear.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence story prompt for this week, in which the given word is “shelter.” You can click here to participate and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

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Fresh-Squoze Orange Juice #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

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This week, the given word is “juice.” In this excerpt from The Red Dress, Eve and her daughter Ashley have traveled from Colorado to California to visit Eve’s former college roommate, Charlene. Ashley is eating breakfast with Brenda, Charlene’s daughter, while Charlene’s husband Jon is cooking.

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In the kitchen, Eve found Jon at the stove. Ashley and Brenda were sitting at a nearby table, eating.

 

“Hi, Mom,” said Ashley.

 

Jon turned from the stove. With a broad smile and a Southern drawl, he said, “How about some fresh–squoze orange juice? I done squoze it myself.”

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Why isn’t Charlene eating breakfast, too? You’ll have to read the book and find out. Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring me to post this teaser with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. You can click here to participate and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website

 

 

The Heaven Express #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

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Realizing I was in a spot of trouble, as I frantically searched my pockets, I told the conductor, “I don’t have my ticket.”

“You don’t need a ticket to ride this train,” he said with a smile. “Just get on board, and enjoy your trip.”

Astonished, I found a seat next to a window and was amazed at the train’s speed, as I watched clouds whiz by.

Before I knew it, we arrived at our destination, and I shouldn’t have been surprised when I stepped off the train and saw him, wearing his shit-eating grin, just as I remembered him, sporting a cane and sunglasses, although he no longer needed them, realizing I wouldn’t recognize him otherwise. We embraced, reunited at last after many years.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above work of fiction with her six-sentence story prompt for this week, in which the given word is “express.” To participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations, click here.

This story was also inspired by a prompt I heard recently on the Writing Works Wonders podcast. You can click here to learn more.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website

 

 

Not Charmed by Jewelry  #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

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When I was a teenager, I got a charm bracelet for Christmas one year. It came with a few charms, and you could buy others to put on it. However, due to my lack of vision, I never could figure out how to put the bracelet on, let alone add charms.

Since I had to depend on my mother or someone else to help me, I finally gave up. As a matter of fact, I’ve never liked jewelry, except, of course, for my wedding ring, which I no longer wear because my husband of seven years has passed. I don’t even wear clip-on earrings or slip-on necklaces anymore.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence story prompt for this week, in which the given word is “charm.” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

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Now, I have one exciting event to announce, and I hope you’ll be able to take advantage of it. Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are now absolutely free as part of the Smashwords end-of-year sale, which will run until December 31st. You can click here for more information and to download these books.

I’m also pleased to announce that on Monday, January 3rd, I’ll be participating in a promotion sponsored by TELL-IT-TO-THE-WORLD Marketing. In this Zoom event, authors and businesses can strut their stuff, so to speak. If you’re a writer or business owner, you’re invited to do the same. See below for details.

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Are you an author with a new book on your publishing schedule or shelf?

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Whoever you are, and whatever you do, Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing asks, “What’s Up with You In 2022?”

If you’d like to know how to register to participate in this event, please email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com with “What’s Up With You In 2022?” in the subject line.

Please note, if you don’t use that subject line, you may not get a response before the deadline.

Registration is 10.00 dollars and includes a reservation for a live appearance as well as a spot in the recorded sponsor ads to be used in the podcast recording.

Registration closes at 5 PM Eastern on December 31, 2021.

 

What? Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Asks, “What’s Up with You In 2022?”

When? Live and In Person January 3RD 2022 4 PM Eastern.

Where? Zoom around the world.

Don’t delay, sign up today!

 

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website