The pandemic didn’t come with a manual. We didn’t get user instructions, handy troubleshooting tips, or a central support line for dealing with the havoc COVID-19 has wrought. Nor were any of us given an opportunity to ‘opt out’ of participating. Instead, each of us has been forced to manage this horrifying new reality in … Continue reading Left. Right. Repeat. (YeahWrite Super Challenge #19 Nonfiction Contest – Final Round Entry)
My husband’s birthday is approaching. As I’ve done for the entirety of our decades-long marriage, I order a cake. When it arrives, the cake is spectacular, its layers moist and its frosting even and smooth. The decorative candles and balloons are stunning. It almost seems a shame to cut into it, but cut we do. … Continue reading Layers (YeahWrite Super Challenge #19 Nonfiction Contest – Round One Entry)
After ten long years, Candace is still no closer to identifying who murdered her sister. Frustrated, Candace takes matters into her own hands, only to confront horrors she hadn’t imagined.
Traffic was sparse; we were making great time. “What an easy drive!” Naively, I didn’t realize uttering those words meant I was tempting fate. *** We were past the trip’s halfway mark. The windshield wipers kept time, although the music blaring from the stereo effectively drowned out their rhythmic swishing. “What time will we get … Continue reading Tempting Fate (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 Nonfiction Contest – Final Round Entry)
It’s nearly over. I hold onto this thought and will myself to breathe. The clock on the wall seems too loud, its ticks and tocks competing with my racing heartbeat. My palms are sweaty even now, hours after I first entered this office. The man across from me, about my own age and balding, nods … Continue reading Rising to the Challenge (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 – Nonfiction Contest Entry)
Dani is sore and nervous about leading her first solo wilderness excursion for a pair of newlyweds. Her resolve and strength will be put to the test in ways she never expected.
I entered the YeahWrite Super Challenge #14 (Fiction) last month. In round one, I was charged with crafting a story in 48 hours using no more than 1,000 words, incorporating a specific location (lost) and a specific object (a single sock.) This is my 999-word entry. Unfortunately, I didn't score highly enough to move on … Continue reading Freedom (YeahWrite Super Challenge #14 Round One Entry – Fiction)
A few weeks ago, I entered YeahWrite's quarterly writing contest - nonfiction this quarter. My task was to write a mostly-true personal essay in 1,000 or fewer words to the prompt "They told me so." In other words, I had to write an essay about a time when someone earned the right to say "I … Continue reading Finding Our Way (YeahWrite Super Challenge #13 Round 1 Entry)
The end, when it came, left me wanting and needing something none of my well-intentioned family or friends could make happen...
First non-fiction blog post in years, in which the blogger considers what to focus on in this next chapter of her life.