Tiny Tales #FridayFunReads #Fiction #Inspiration

Tell Me a Story: in 99 words

By Annette Rochelle Aben

Copyright 2022.

 

What the Author Says on Amazon

 

It has been a desire of mine since I was a young person to write stories. I had to start somewhere, so I chose to start by writing very short stories. That being said, I welcome you to a collection of short stories, very short stories as each of the stories is only 99 words in length. Meet memorable characters. See something of yourself in many of the scenarios. Experience a wide range of emotions. Be inspired to write stories of your own. Return to your favorites and enjoy them again and again.

 

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My Thoughts

 

I admire anyone who can tell a complete story in 99 words. That having been said, some of these tales left me wanting more. Others, in my opinion, have more satisfying endings.

“Determination” reminded me of my vow to stand by my late husband after he suffered two paralyzing strokes. “I Do” reminded me of the movie, Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts. At least I didn’t run away at my own wedding. If you like short, sweet stories that bring back memories and may leave you wondering, this book is for you.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. Her brown hair is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

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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Nifty Nancy’s Surprise Question #WednesdayWords #WeeklySmile #Inspiration

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

One thing that always makes me smile is sharing memories of younger years. This is something I encouraged nursing home residents to do when I was  a registered music therapist. Now, I enjoy participating in such discussions through the ACB Community Calls, which I mentioned here last week.

On Friday, I attended a program called Nancy’s Nook. The facilitator, who calls herself Nifty Nancy, asked us to think of a surprising moment in our lives.

In January of 2005, I’d been carrying on a long-distance relationship with my late husband Bill. He was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I here in Sheridan, Wyoming. We met in 2003 through Newsreel, an audio magazine for the blind and visually impaired and had been corresponding by phone and email regularly. Twice in those two years, my father and I had stopped in Fowler, Colorado, to see Bill on our way to visit relatives in New Mexico.

On a Saturday night in January of 2005, I opened, for the first time, a Braille letter from Bill and couldn’t believe what I was reading. It said something like this. “Dear Abbie, I’m writing to ask you to consider giving me your hand in marriage.”

All this time, I thought he just wanted to be friends. Months later, I learned that he’d been giving me subtle hints, which I hadn’t registered, the most crucial one being at Christmas when Dad and I were visiting him and he suggested we kiss under the mistletoe. He apparently wasn’t joking.

Long story short, after a couple of months, I agreed to marry him. The selling point was that he wanted to move here. He was tired of living in Fowler, where there wasn’t much to do. You can read our story in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

What made you smile this week? You can tell me in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s feature. Alternatively, if you can think of a surprising moment in your life, please feel free to share it below.

Speaking of shocking surprises, in my latest book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, sixteen-year-old Natalie learns a surprising, shocking secret from her grandmother. Want to know what that is? Read the book.

 

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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Writers continue to meet in Glenda’s Studio in 2022 #FridayFinds #Events #Reblogs

Fellow blogger Glenda Beall, who teaches in North Carolina, will be holding a writing class from April 5th to May 10th. The class, “Turn Your Memories into a Legacy,” taught through the Institute of Continuing Learning in Georgia, will take place on Zoom. I took a similar class from Glenda last fall and learned a lot. You can read one of the pieces I wrote for that class here.

Now, registration is open. If you’re interested in writing your life stories, this is the class for you. Click below to learn more and find out how to register.

 

Writers continue to meet in Glenda’s Studio in 2022

 

By the way, tomorrow is the last day of the Smashwords Read an eBook Sale. Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are available absolutely free until the end of the day tomorrow. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

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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A Nasty Roommate #OpenBookBlogHop #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “What character have you created that you despise/hate the most?”

In The Red Dress, my main character Eve has a self-centered college roommate. Unlike other characters, Charlene doesn’t change in the course of the book, or does she in the end? I’ll let you readers draw your own conclusions once you’ve finished reading the book. In the excerpt below, Charlene bullies Eve into giving her a red dress her mother made for her after hearing about an unpleasant memory associated with it.

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“You know, I can see why you put this dress off to one side. It’s only hurting you now. Let me take it off your hands. You don’t need it anymore.”

“But my mother made it. Of course I wanted a store–bought dress, but she wanted to save money and make me one. She worked long days at her job as director of the public library. There were only two weeks left until the prom when I told her I wanted a new dress, so she stayed up nights and scrambled to get it done.”

“Oh, you poor, homesick baby. Now you miss your mommy, who made this beautiful dress for you. Are you gonna cry now? Go ahead, crybaby. Cry.”

Eve was stunned but shouldn’t have been surprised. Her roommate cared little about others’ feelings. Her sympathy and curiosity were only a ploy, and she would stop at nothing to get what she wanted.

“Fine, take the damn dress. I don’t care,” Eve said before turning away in disgust.

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So, what happens after that? You’ll have to read the book to find out. You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

 

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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Milkshake Memories #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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When I was in the eighth grade, one of my favorite places to go after school was the soda fountain at Brown Drug, on Main Street here in Sheridan, Wyoming. Well, I don’t know if you could call it a soda fountain because food was also served there, and I don’t remember if they actually made sodas, but it was good enough for me. I sat at the counter and ordered a chocolate milk shake. Sometimes, I ran into classmates, and we hung out together. Those milk shakes were heavenly. They don’t make them like that anymore.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt for this week. If you’d like to participate in her hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence stories, click here.

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And now, here’s the announcement we’ve all been eagerly awaiting. My new novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, has been published and is now available in paperback and eBook formats from Amazon and Smashwords, thanks to David and Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books. Please see below and be sure to click my website link to learn more and get your copy.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by 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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