Colonoscopy, a Pain in the Ass #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

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Because I don’t drive, I need to call our local transit service here in Sheridan, Wyoming, to reserve a ride in advance whenever I need to go anywhere that’s not within walking distance or when the weather is bad. Recently, I was notified that it was time to schedule my colonoscopy, which was recommended that I have done every ten years. I called and was told that I would need to see the nurse-practitioner before the procedure could be scheduled, and an appointment was made for December 9th at 8:20 a.m.

But when I called the transit service, I was told they couldn’t fit me in then. I called the gastroenterologist’s office, and because the only other available appointment in December conflicted with my lunchtime music livestream I’d scheduled at the senior center, I was told I would need to call back around the middle of December to schedule an appointment for January. Oh, well, I wasn’t looking forward to having that colonoscopy, anyway.

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

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This coming Saturday, December 4th, I’ll be signing copies of my new book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, from 1-3 p.m. at Sheridan Stationery Books and Gifts here in Sheridan, Wyoming. If you’re in my neck of the woods, please stop by. You can also visit the event’s Facebook page to learn more.

You’re also invited to attend my state poetry society’s monthly virtual reading on December 12th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You can share a poem or two or just listen. Click here for details.

 

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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Trying to Avoid Grandma #ItsSixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkup #Excerpts #Inspiration

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Welcome to another edition of Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link Up. This week’s word is “lost.” Here’s a six-sentence excerpt from my latest book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me.

It’s Halloween night, and the nursing home, where sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother lives, is having a party. Children are invited to trick-or-treat. Residents are given candy to hand out, and staff and volunteers facilitate games for the children. In this scene, Natalie is trying unsuccessfully to get out of taking her ten-year-old sister there, since their grandmother no longer recognizes Natalie. As the scene opens, the family is at the dinner table, and Natalie’s mother is talking to Sarah about the party.

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“I can’t guarantee they’ll have butterscotch, but I’m sure they’ll have other flavors you like.”

Sarah brightened, and Mom said, “Natalie, you promised yesterday. Please? After tonight, I promise you’ll never have to see your grandmother again.”

I looked to Dad for more help, but he only shrugged. “Whatever,” I said, turning my attention to my spaghetti, although I’d lost my appetite.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence prompt for this week. You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations. If you live in the United States, I hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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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.

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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Andy’s Security Blanket  #It’sSix-Sentence-StoryThursdayLinkUp #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

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When my younger brother was a toddler, he carried a blanket around with him and called it Bibo. I don’t know where he got it. Somebody probably bought it for him.

Anyway, like Linus in the Peanuts comic strip, he couldn’t be without it, even after the dog chewed it up. Now, he has a P.H.D. in physics, is married with children, and teaches at a private high school. Who knows what became of Bibo?

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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 “blanket.” So you’ll know the correct pronunciation of the name of my brother’s blanket, please click the link below to hear me read it.

andy’s security blanket

You can click here to participate in this week’s hop 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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Words of Hope #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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Poet Emily Dickenson says hope is the thing with feathers. To me, this doesn’t make sense, although I like Emily Dickenson’s work. Hope isn’t an object you hold in your hands. It’s a feeling. During uncertain times, it’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Being a poet, I say hope is armor against despair.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above reflection with her six-sentence prompt for this week, in which the given word is “armor.” I also incorporated a prompt from Writing Works Wonders into the above piece. You can check out their prompts, podcast, and more here. To participate in this week’s blog hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations, click this link.

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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The Elderly Gentleman in the Woods #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

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Beyond the orchard in the meadow lives a grumpy, snarky old man. For years, he lived with his family in the city, where he taught English at a local high school, providing a structured learning environment for eager students in which he shared his love of work by John Steinbeck and Owen Wister. After his children grew up and left home, he retired and moved with his wife to a house in the countryside.

Years later, his wife passed away after a long, difficult illness, leaving him alone and bitter. Now, his children rarely visit, and he only goes out when necessary, driving his old, battered station wagon to the nearby village for supplies. Otherwise, he sits in his country house, listening to the wind whisper in the trees and trying unsuccessfully to restore order to his life.

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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 “restore.” You can click here to participate and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations. I was also inspired by another prompt from a site called Writing Works Wonders. You’ll find exercises, resources, and more at this link..

 

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