A Marble Memory #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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My younger brother Andy loved marbles as a kid, growing up in the 1970’s. I don’t remember how he played with them, but I do know he enjoyed collecting them in different sizes and colors. At the time, our father sold and serviced coin-operated jukeboxes, games, and vending machines. One day, he gave Andy an old pin ball, larger than the average marble but still as smooth and the same shape. It was Andy’s favorite, and he called it a steely. Now, he’s lost all his marbles, but his family and teaching job keep him occupied.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring this post with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. The idea is to write a story or poem of no more and no less than six sentences, using the prompt word “marble,” at least once. If you’d like to participate in Girlie on the Edge’s blog hop, click here.

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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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Summer Noise #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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Years ago when I was single and lived in a complex of HUD-subsidized apartments for seniors citizens and the disabled, the maintenance man came to my apartment every year in May, changing the filter in the air conditioner and making sure it still worked. This signaled the start of summer with its warm days, cool nights, and the rumble of compressors of neighboring air conditioners that started and stopped every minute or so with a jarring clank, often keeping me awake at night. My own air conditioner was no better, although it drowned out the noise of the neighboring units. In my opinion, my sense of hearing compensates for my limited vision, and that’s why I’m more sensitive to certain sounds. I shouldn’t complain because the air conditioner kept my third-floor, south-facing apartment cool on hot summer days. Now, although I have fond memories of that building, I’m thankful to live in my own house, where the window unit I use in the summer isn’t nearly as annoying but still keeps the house cool with the help of strategically placed ceiling fans.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence story prompt for inspiring the above. Click here to learn how you can participate.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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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My Genre-Writing Preferences

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Growing up, I lost myself in Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins, and The Hardy Boys mysteries plus The Wizard of Oz and C. S. Lewis’s Narnia books. In high school, I studied western literature and enjoyed such classics as The Virginian and The Grapes of Wrath. I also took a science fiction course, where I read Brave New World, 1984, and others. As a college student, I got into some horror, suspense, and paranormal fiction.

Now, with my sixtieth birthday less than six months away, my reading preferences have mellowed out. I prefer memoirs and novels that focus on families and relationships with some humor. I also like some historical fiction. I no longer care for books with violence or explicit descriptions of sex. Some strong language is fine, but I recently started a promising novel where every other sentence contains an F bomb. No, thanks! Science fiction somewhat interests me, but mysteries, horror, and paranormal fiction are out. Since I don’t care for these genres, I wouldn’t write them.

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Thanks to Stevie Turner’s Open Book Blog Hop for inspiring this. If you’d like to participate, click here.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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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Staying Focused #Open Book Blog Hop, Wednesday Words

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Amid social media’s constant distractions, it can be hard to concentrate. Some say that in order for writers to promote their work, they should use every available form of social media. But if I were to do that, I’d spend more time marketing and less time writing material to be promoted. You need a good balance, and I’ve come up with one that works for me.

I only use two forms of social media: WordPress and Facebook. I don’t constantly check these platforms for notifications, especially since their apps on my iPhone are pretty good at letting me know when something’s up. When I receive notifications while working, I wait until I get to a good stopping point before dealing with them. With my phone, I can easily read, like, comment on, or simply clear a notification before returning to the task at hand.

Other writers may think my tactics are counterproductive, but here’s the thing. I’m the author of five books and hope to publish a sixth one in 2021. This blog has attracted over 800 followers. On Facebook, I’ve accumulated over 400 friends, and my author page has received plenty of hits. So, I must be doing something right. As a writer, it’s important to find a method that works for you and not worry about what others think.

How about you? How do you stay focused on whatever you do? Thanks to this week’s Open Book Blog Hop post from Stevie Turner for inspiring this. Click here to learn how you can participate.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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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First Words #Tuesday Tidbit, #Essay, #Poetry


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One of my earliest childhood memories was my dad yelling, “Son of a bitch!” I must have been about three, and at the time, I thought he said, “sun of a bench.” I knew about the sun, that bright orb that shone in the sky, and I knew what a bench was, but what was a sun of a bench? I don’t know why I didn’t ask, and that probably wouldn’t have been a good idea.

Of course, as I grew older, I learned the meaning of that awful term. I didn’t find out what a bitch was, though, until I was in college and reading a work of horror fiction about a pack of dogs threatening a town. Until then, I thought a bitch was just a woman someone didn’t like.

I must admit that now, when I’m alone, I’ll occasionally say nasty words when no one is around to hear them. But over the years, I’ve learned to curve my profane utterances for fear of offending someone. I’ve also realized that unless a character in a work of fiction is prone to uttering profanities, such language isn’t necessary in writing. In fact, I find common usage of strong language in books distracting. I believe there are better ways to express anger and frustration than the colorful words I learned from my daddy at the age of three.

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The above was inspired by a prompt from Ann Lauterbach in The Practice of Poetry, edited by Chase Twichell and Robin Behn, copyright 1992. Now, here’s a poem I wrote years ago about the first word my mother remembered me uttering when I was three. It was published in How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver and has since been revised. You can click the Play button below to hear me read it.

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ON BEING THREE

 

I barely remember that year.
Mother said my first word was “ashtray.”
My earliest memory is of Dad cursing a blue streak.
Could I have sent his ashtray crashing to the floor,
leaving him with a burning cigarette?
“Son of a…!”

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What about you? How has the language you heard when you were growing up influenced you?

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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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