Layers (YeahWrite Super Challenge #19 Nonfiction Contest – Round One 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)

Tempting Fate (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 Nonfiction Contest – Final Round Entry)

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)

Rising to the Challenge (YeahWrite Super Challenge #15 – Nonfiction Contest 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)

Freedom (YeahWrite Super Challenge #14 Round One Entry – Fiction)

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)

Finding Our Way (YeahWrite Super Challenge #13 Round 1 Entry)

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)

(Fiction) The Stars Above Us [YeahWrite Super Challenge #8 Round 1 Entry]

Synopsis: A night of stargazing leads to a painful walk down memory lane. Most of the time, I try not to think about that night. Even now, 20 years later, it’s still painful. Tonight though, the memories beg to be heard. The moonlight and the stars beckon. I take a worn blanket and a flashlight … Continue reading (Fiction) The Stars Above Us [YeahWrite Super Challenge #8 Round 1 Entry]