Writer’s Block


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. 


Linda sat in front of her computer, contemplating the blinking cursor on the empty document.  Frustrated, she picked up her coffee mug.  Without looking, she tipped it up to drink and was rewarded with a mouthful of grainy sludge.  Bitter, it filled her mouth with an acrid flavor, even sticking between her teeth.



She rushed across the hall to the bathroom where she  spit out the mouthful of coffee grounds, brushed her teeth vigorously, rinsed with mouthwash.  Better, but she figured she’d be picking tiny bits of ground coffee  from her teeth for the rest of the day.

Okay.  Back to the computer.  Drat.  The document was still empty, the cursor still blinking at her maliciously.

Time to go make some more coffee.


Rejection Slips


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.


Brandon sighed as he pulled the familiar long white envelope out of his mail box.  “Every publisher must use the same envelope, the same form, the same biting words of rejection,” he thought as he slit the top of the envelope with his pocket knife. “You’d think they could come up with something better than they do. ‘We aren’t in the market for this genre. . . . . . this doesn’t fit our needs at this time. . . . .’ ”  Sometimes he wished someone would at least tell him it was good writing, but not what they were looking for.

Just one little crumb of encouragement would help.

He was tempted to just toss the envelope in the trash. He was so sure it was another rejection slip, and he just didn’t think he could  deal with another one. There had been three so far this week.  It was Tuesday.

But he had to look, so he pulled the single sheet of paper out of the envelope and unfolded it.  Good quality paper, he realized, and not just another form letter.  Huh.

His pulse picked up a little.  Maybe?  Maybe this time?

“Dear Mr. Paynter,

We were pleased to receive your manuscript.  We would like to meet with you to discuss the possibility of publishing your story.  We haven’t made a decision at this time, but we like your style and we like the fresh approach.  Of course, ————-“

“Oh boy, here it comes,” sighed Brandon to himself. “The inevitable turndown. Can’t get away from it.”  But he continued reading.

“Of course, our short story editor will have some suggestions.  We’re hoping we can work together toward getting your story in print.”

There were details, a number to call, an editor’s name.

Suddenly, the reality hit and Brandon’s knees gave out.  He slumped into his desk chair, hands shaking, as he realized someone was actually thinking of publishing his work!

Rejection is not always inevitable.


Blog Because You Can

Million-Dollar Question

Why do you blog?


At first, I blogged here because I had–still have–a mission.  I love teaching the Bible. The internet is a great place to do that, and I’ve met a lot of wonderful people  in the process.

Then, I opened this blog as a place to write about anything at all.

 I had discovered the Daily Prompts, which I always try to look at as an opportunity to stretch my brain and write something interesting even if the prompt is a dud–or a much-derided repeat.

I like to write. Always have, from the time I was learning to read.  Always thought it would be wonderful to write books all day every day.  I have infinite respect for those who do it.  I could never get those blocks of uninterrupted time while I was rearing little kids, then teaching, now counseling.  Maybe I just don’t try hard enough. Anyway, I’m hoping this journey into the blogosphere will lead to a more extended effort.

I blog because I’m addicted.

I blog because I would miss all the interesting, warm, supportive and gifted people I’ve met here.  That’s a benefit I didn’t understand or know about when I started.

I blog because I can. Land of the free, home of the brave.  I won’t be thrown into prison or beaten because of what I write. Not yet, anyway.

Which brings me to another topic.  Please, go vote in your local elections today. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.  Locals don’t have the flash and glam of nationals, but they are the pillars of our communities, and they have a lot to say about the direction our nation takes.

Vote. Because you can.


My Biography

If you could have any author –living or dead – write your biography, who would you choose?


Jane Austen, because her elegant use of the language appeals to the English teacher in me: because of her humor and insight into human nature.

Georgette Heyer, because of her delightful characters and her laugh-out-loud humor. The people in her stories get into the most ridiculous predicaments, yet almost everyone lives happily ever after.

Elizabeth Cadell, for her humor, grace, and gentleness.

Humor gets the prize.  Elegance comes in second. Impeccable research and understanding of human nature also get the nod. Any one of these three women would be just fine with me.