Meadowlark Lake #TuesdayTidbit #Poetry #Inspiration

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

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Meadowlark Lake

By Abbie Johnson Taylor

Copyright 2021.

 

A hot summer Saturday,

I’m about thirteen, brother Andy seven years younger,

we set forth in the pick-up,

Andy and me in back, Mother and Dad in the cab,

drive thirty miles south from Sheridan, Wyoming, to Buffalo,

then west into the mountains,

arrive at our destination in mid-afternoon.

Once the truck comes to a complete stop,

Andy leaps out.

I, with my limited vision, wait for Dad to lower the tailgate and help me down.

 

We check in, find our cabin,

one room with three double beds and a cookstove,

restrooms and showers in a separate facility.

We rent a boat, row out to the middle of the lake.

Dad and Andy try unsuccessfully to fish

while Mother and I watch, enjoy the pristine lake’s beauty,

blue sky, and trees,

listen to the twitter of a meadowlark.

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The above poem appears in the summer quarterly issue of The Avocet, which can be downloaded here. It was inspired by a family vacation we took when I was a teenager. You can click the link below to hear me read it.

 

Meadowlark Lake

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

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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Honoring his Deceased Wife #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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Rose was her name, and the rose was her favorite flower. She also loved the sea. Mark stood alone on the pier, tossing her ashes into the ocean, then the rose petals he hoped would accompany her. He remembered many happy times with Rose on his boat. At first, she got seasick, but she kept trying and finally got used to the up-down motion. After the children were born, they all went out as a family, and he taught each of them how to sail the boat, but now, after cancer claimed Rose, all that was left were his boat, his grown children, and his memories.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence story prompt word for this week, “ocean.” Years ago while visiting relatives in Florida, I encountered a man on a pier, tossing rose petals into the sea to honor his deceased wife. I don’t know if he scattered her ashes there, but I added that to my story. You can participate in Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence story blog hop by clicking 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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TMI Tuesday June 2, 2020

Apparently, the TMI Tuesday Blog is back in business. So, here I am with another episode. After you read the questions and my answers, you can find out how to participate.

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  1. The best part of your job is _____ creating ideas with words on a page, or, in my case, a computer screen.
  2. My favorite quote is _____ “Your grandmother pretends not to know you on Halloween.” This comes from Erma Bombeck and is the inspiration for my novel-in-progress, Grandma Doesn’t Know Me.
  3. The best part of my day is _____ the end when I can relax with a good book, magazine, or podcast.
  4. What is the hardest part of your job? How do you deal with it? The most difficult task related to writing is marketing. However, I’ve hired a wonderful person to help me with that. Patty Fletcher lives in Kingsport, Tennessee, with her retired guide dog, Campbell. She has published two books of her own and is working on a trilogy. Her business, Tell It to the World Marketing, helps authors and businesses with public relations. Click here to learn more.
  5. You must write a “how to guide” about something for which you have expertise. What is this guide about or tell us the title? I don’t write how-to guides. Once in a while, I don’t mind sending instructions to friends on how to use certain technology, but I prefer to write fiction, poetry, and memoirs.

Bonus: What would you name your boat? Believe me. Because of my visual impairment, you wouldn’t want me piloting a boat.

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here to learn how you can participate. Alternatively, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comments field below. I look forward to reading your answers. Thank you for stopping by today.

 

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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