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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Thomas’s Birthday Gift #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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Welcome to another edition of Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up. The prompt word this week is “handle,” and the idea is to write a story, poem, or essay in no more and no less than six sentences, using the word at least once in any way, shape, or form.

In the following six-sentence excerpt from my novel, The Red Dress, thirteen-year-old Thomas has just received a bike for his birthday. At the beginning, his mother Eve is speaking.

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“There’s a card from Grandpa pinned to the handlebars. Why don’t you see what it says?”

 

Thomas unclipped the note and gazed at it for a moment. “Dear Thomas,” he finally read. “This was my bike a long time ago when I was your age… Happy Birthday, and Go, Rockies!”

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So, who are the Rockies, and what happens after that? Well, you’ll just have to read The Red Dress and find out. To participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ contributions, click here. ***

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.

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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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It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up! #WordPressWednesday

Have you ever wondered exactly where I get inspiration for the six-sentence stories I present each week? The link I include in my posts takes you directly to where you can enter the hop, but do you know anything about Girlie on the Edge, the blogger who facilitates this hop? Well, now you have a chance to not only learn more about her but also to think about creating your own six-sentence story, poem, or essay. The prompt word this week is “handle.” So, after reading the hop rules, open your word processer, and start writing. Stay tuned for my contribution, which will go live tomorrow.

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Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Another edition of a blog hop that has survived. Survived the insistent demands of daily life and its responsibilities; the megaphones of media, demanding we pay attention. We are special. We, who gather at the “Edge each week, possess words to transport us above and beyond our immediate reality, beyond the ever present present. We can go anywhere we want. Because we’re writers. Imagination is our currency. Six Sentence Stories offers the challenge to write and link a story comprised of 6, and only 6, sentences. Any genre. Flash fiction, science fiction, humor, memoir-ette or mystery, the next scene in an upcoming book or current serial story or perhaps a spot of poetry.
Write the words. Share the words. It’s what we do.

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Hunting and Pecking #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Excerpt

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This week’s six-sentence prompt word is “method.” Below, I’ve copied a passage of exactly six sentences from my memoir, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Here, I show my late husband Bill using his computer for the first time in months since his first stroke. After powering up the machine, I stood nearby in case he was unsure of what to do. But as you’ll note, there are some things you don’t forget, even after you’ve had a stroke.

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To my astonishment, after the Windows welcome screen and then the desktop came up, and the screen reader indicated it was ready, he went straight to his music folder and found “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You.”

I hugged him, and for the first time since his stroke, we snuggled while listening to the song, with him sitting in his wheelchair and me standing next to him. It wasn’t the same as cuddling on the couch together, but it was the closest we could come, and this time of loving each other was the first of many.

When the song ended, he said, “I’ll do email now.”

I left him and spent the next couple of hours in my office. As I worked, I was comforted by the distant sound of the synthetic text–to–speech voice on his computer, reading his email and saying the characters he typed. Even though he needed to use the hunt and peck method with his only good hand, this felt right.

This was in 2006. A couple of years later, we found software that allowed Bill to send email via voice recordings. If you’d like to know more, you can read My Ideal Partner.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring this. If you’d like to participate in this week’s hop and read other people’s six-sentence stories, click here.

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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.

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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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My First and Only Sailing Adventure #It’sSix-Sentence-StoryThursdayLinkUp

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In the summer of 1984, my dad, brother, and two uncles and I set sail in a rented thirty-foot sloop with a skipper for a three-hour cruise. Does this sound familiar? No, it’s not the story of Gilligan’s Island.

It’s our family’s story about how I spent three hours on the high seas, huddled over a white bucket. I was so intent on being sick that I forgot to put on sun screen. Needless to say, I was badly burned when we docked, but at least we didn’t end up on a deserted island with no way to get home or make a television show about it.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt word for this week. I wrote a poem about that sailing experience, which you can read here. It was recently published in The Weekly Avocet. To participate in this week’s blog hop and read what others have to say, click here.

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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.

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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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