Blocked Again #Six-SentenceStoryThursday-LinkUp

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This week’s prompt word is “scribe.” It’s not a word I’ve run across often or used regularly. After thinking about it for a couple of days, I decided to look it up, hoping a definition would inspire me.

According to dictionary.com, a scribe is either a copyist, court clerk, or other professional writer, no inspiration there. So, in the interest of time, I’m admitting defeat. If I were a scribe, I wouldn’t be wondering what to write, but I’ll stick to my current occupation.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence story prompt for this week, in which the given word is “scribe.” You can click here to participate 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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What’s Not Fair? #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

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I’ll tell you what’s not fair. You’re staring at a blank computer screen, where you must write no more and no less than six sentences, using the word “fair” at least once, and nothing comes to you. So, you just sit there, listening to Christmas music playing in the background on your smart speaker, which brings you no inspiration.

You make a trip to the bathroom, then get a drink of water and return to your desk, but still, no idea comes. You throw a pity party, asking why you and why this word. Then, you realize there are worse things than not knowing what to write and life isn’t always fair.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence prompt for this week, in which the given word is … you guessed it, “fair.” You can click here to participate and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

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In case you missed my interview on local radio station KROE that took place on Monday, you can click here to listen to a recording. My actual interview starts about four minutes and 18 seconds into it. Enjoy!

Now, I have two exciting events to announce, and I hope you’ll be able to take advantage of one or both of them. First of all, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are now absolutely free as part of the Smashwords end-of-year sale, which will run until December 31st. You can click here for more information and to download these books.

Also, I’ll be playing the piano and singing on Thursday, December 23rd, at noon mountain time at The Hub, here in Sheridan, Wyoming. If you live in my neck of the woods, you’re welcome to come and enjoy a delicious, nutritious lunch while listening to my music. If you’re unable to attend, you can view the event on Facebook, and a recording should be available later. You can click here to visit the event’s Facebook page. Again, I hope you can take advantage of these exciting events.

 

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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Holiday Writer’s Block

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Thanks to Neva Bodin for inspiring this. When I read her poem last week, for one split second, I was tempted to re-blog it but decided instead to write my own Christmas poem. The following is a mirror sonnet. I learned this form years ago from local poet Jane Wohl. It has fourteen lines, and each line has ten syllables. The first seven lines are repeated in reverse by the second seven lines. Click this link to hear me read it.

 

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HOLIDAY WRITER’s BLOCK

 

The weather is cold, yet sunny and bright.

I sit in my chair, look out the window.

With Christmas approaching, what shall I write?

I really don’t know. I really don’t know.

There’s so much to think of, so much to do.

Presents to wrap, parties galore, oh my!

I must think of something, think of it now.

I must think of something, think of it now.

Presents to wrap, parties galore, oh my,

there’s so much to think of, so much to do.

I really don’t know. I really don’t know.

With Christmas approaching, what shall I write?

I sit in my chair, look out the window.

The weather is cold, yet sunny and bright.

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Writer’s Block

I was inspired to post today’s poem by Robert Lee Brewer’s daily prompt at http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-april-pad-challenge-day-9 . This is a sonnet I wrote years ago in which the first seven lines and the second seven lines mirror each other. I needed to alter some of the lines in the second set for the poem to make sense, but according to local poet Jane Elkington Wohl, who taught this type of sonnet to my writers’ group, this is normal.

 

WRITER’S BLOCK

 

The weather is cold and cloudy and bleak

and I don’t know what to write except that

I’m suffering from writer’s block and that’s

a royal pain in the butt, don’t you know?

The pressure is on. I must finish this

so I can move on to some other things.

So what shall I write? So what shall I write?

So what shall I write? So what shall I write

so I can move on to some other things?

The pressure is on. I must finish this.

I’m suffering from writer’s block and that’s

a royal pain in the butt, don’t you know?

And I don’t know what to write except that

the weather is cold and cloudy and bleak.

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

 

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