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Thanks for coming to the hop! This week’s challenge comes for the amazing Jenna Da Sie:

Create an A to Z post for writing. Ex: A= authors, what type of author are you? B=books, how many book have you published? C=cover photos, how do you choose your cover photos? Etc… (make up your own)

A –Author- What kind of author am I? Hopefully a good one.

B-Books? What kind do I write? Historical and Romantic Suspense.

C-Cover Artist – Jena Brignola – she is the best!

D-Delve deep. Feel it and then communicate it.

E-Editing. At least twice for every book. Sometimes up to four times.

F – Final draft and ready to go. Always get nervous over this!

G-Goofs – always try to avoid those.

H-Help. I get by with a little (or a lot) of help from my friends and editors.

I-as in me. I write therefore I am.

J-Just sit in the chair and write.

K-Know the characters. Very important.

L-Locations? England, Scotland, America and now, Morocco

M-Murder and mayhem. It does keep things interesting.

N-Novels published? So far 9. #10 is still being edited.

O-Over and over which is how many time I read a manuscript before turning it over to my editor

P-Proofreading. Essential. I hate errors in spelling and grammar.

Q-Quitting – Not an option!

R-Research – Always, constantly and as thoroughly as possible!

S – Stars. All 5’s all the time. Wouldn’t that be awesome!

T-Time period? Anywhere from present day to the 1500’s.

U-Under the gun when the book is due.

V-Vivid – what I try to evoke in descriptions

W- Why do I write? Because I have to. The characters make me.

X-Xerox – how I used to copy my manuscripts

Y-Yes! When I know it’s ready to go and I am ready to let it.

Z-Zone as in ‘in the zone’-which is where I need to go to clear my head and come up with plot ideas.

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Welcome to the hop and this week’s challenge. I came up with this Flash Fiction Challenge:

In 500 words or less using the words trapeze, oranges and sidewalk.

The oranges dropped from Julia’s grocery bag onto the sidewalk and exploded into a million little bits of sunlight. She watched the fruit for a moment and, sighing, bent to clean up the mess. It was then she noticed a pair of feet had stopped in front of her. She lifted her eyes up, up and up, past long, muscular legs, a flat abdomen, with a six-pack no doubt, and broad shoulders. Her gaze held on a very handsome face and the bluest eyes she had ever seen.

“Can I help?” he asked, and his voice was resonant.

She smiled. “Thanks, but I think I may have to leave most of it where it fell.” She stood and gathered the plastic bag close to her chest so that more of her food wouldn’t suffer the same fate.

“The birds will be happy.”

An optimist. How nice. “Yes, I suppose you’re right. I’m Julia.”

“Mark. Mark McAlister. Nice to meet you.”

“You, too. Do you live around here?”

He laughed. “No, just visiting.”

“Oh.” She wondered if he could hear the disappointment.

“I’m with the circus.”

Julia shook her head. “No, really?”

“I’m a catcher.”

“Like a trapeze catcher?”

“Yes. Just like that. And no, I never miss.”

“I’m so glad.” She hesitated for a minute. “I didn’t know the circus was in town.”

“It isn’t. My family is here and I come to town often. But clearly, not often enough.”

“I love the circus. I always wanted to do tricks on the fancy horses.”

“Well, we might have an opening.”

“Yes, well, I would need to be able to stay on and not fall and break my neck.”

“Well, that’s my specialty. Making sure my partner never gets hurt.”

She sighed. How long had she waited for a man to say that?

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Hello and welcome to the hop. This weeks’ challenge comes from the remarkable Jenna Da Sie:

 Write a poem about summer ending.

 Hot breath slips behind the veil

Of a cooling wind.

Fancy orange and red tempt away green

And blue canopies wrap around the show.

Fireflies and clinging little frogs

Retreat into secret places to wait for the warm to return.

All that is no more for another year is not missed.

There is no time.

New experiences keep us moving.

And yet, when the day ends,

You are with me.

And that is all that matters.

 

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This week’s challenge comes from the incredible Brenda Margriet:

It’s great to have good days, where everything goes exactly the way we planned. But the bad days make for the best stories. Tell us a real life story about something that went horribly awry, but now makes you laugh.

Oh, it was one of those days all right. First, the retirement community where my mother lived called to say I should come over because there had been “an incident”. They wouldn’t give me any more information over the phone. So, I raced over only to find out they had called the wrong person and that my mother was fine. But, when I was getting out of my car, I was stung by a wasp. On my head!

Then, my stepson called to say he’d gotten (another) speeding ticket. Yay. So up go the insurance rates. (Yes, he promised never to do it again and he’s kept his word so far).

Then, finally some good news – sort of. A contest coordinator called to congratulate me on willing a contest. Wait for it…  She emailed me about an hour later to say she’d made a mistake and I didn’t win after all.

That was a day when I said – move over coffee…this is a job for wine. And days like that, I much prefer my fantasy life!

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Welcome to our hop. I came up with this week’s question:

If someone handed you a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Wow. A million dollars. That a lot of money. A million possibilities danced through my head. But then, I actually thought about it. I don’t need anything. I am so blessed to have plenty to eat, more clothes than I need and so many shoes (okay, you can never have too many shoes, but I have enough). I live in a nice house that’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I can pay my bills.

But there are so many others who don’t have those things. And while there are many deserving causes, I think I would give all the money to ‘No Kid Hungry’. I have been hungry in my life and I can honestly say, when your stomach is empty, not much else matters. You can’t concentrate on learning and it is hard to motivate. Imagine if all the children had enough food every day. They could accomplish so much more. They could spend time on fulfilling their dreams rather than just filling that hole in their stomachs.

I have no idea how far that much money would go, but if it could feed some, it would certainly not be wasted. In the meantime, I am giving what I can to that cause. Because nourishment for the body nourishes the soul.

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Welcome to the hop! This week we have a Flash Fiction Challenge:

Your character just washed up on the shore of a deserted tropical island. How did they get there? What happens next?

At first Kara was in denial when the engine on the small boat sputtered. Oh, no. This can’t be happening. But it was. Perfect. The perfect ending to a fabulous few weeks.

First, she lost her dream job. Okay, so getting coffee and running errands for the top literary agent was exactly a ‘dream’ job, but it was getting her foot in the door. Until the woman’s niece decided she wanted the job.

And now, here Kara was in this gorgeous paradise all alone. She and ‘he who shall no longer be named’ planned this vacation to celebrate their anniversary. Kara had been sure he was going to propose. Oh, he proposed all right. Her boyfriend of three years announced they should see other people. Three days before they were supposed to leave on this trip. Which translated as he was sleeping with her ‘no longer’ best friend. But, the trip was paid for and it wasn’t as if she had other plans.

It seemed like a good idea this morning to rent a small craft and just explore some of the outer islands. Take some time to think about what to do with her life. It appeared her only option right now was drowning.

No! She refused to give up. She would not allow despair to turn her into driftwood. Someone would miss the boat and they would search for her. Wouldn’t they?

She dove into the clear, aquamarine water and swam to the brilliant white beach. She sank to the sun-kissed sand and stretched out her long legs, leaning back on her forearms. The heat caressed her skin and the tension oozed away.

She must have dozed. When she opened her eyes, she blinked against the glare of the sun, then blinked again. A god-man stood over her. His shoulder-length blond hair highlighted a square-jawed face and brilliant green eyes the color of a deep forest after a rain. His body was covered by nothing but a bit of cloth strung around his hips and his body was muscle and sinew.

“Well, look what the sea brought me.” He said it with a trace of a smile curving his perfect mouth.

Kara was too bedazzled to be frightened. “My…my boat died.” She pointed to the small vessel floating offshore. “Can you help me?”

He smiled more broadly. “Would you like to come to the house and get a drink? Some food?”

I’d like to take a bite out of you. “The house?”

He pointed behind them and to the left. Kara squinted and an impressive structure rose above the palms. “You live here?”

“I do. Sometimes. You know, you are beautiful.”

So maybe her luck was about to change after all.

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We’re back!!!! Welcome to the hop. We’re so glad you came! This week’s challenge comes from the incomparable Brenda Margriet:

Would You Rather? Here are three questions. Which option from each would you choose? Would you rather be invisible or read minds? Would you rather own a ski lodge or a surf camp? Would you rather be a dog named Killer or a cat named Fluffy?

Given the choice, I think I’d rather read minds. Being invisible does have its advantages, but I like the idea of looking someone in the eye and being able to tell what they’re really thinking. It would certainly save a lot of surprises, don’t you think?

Second: Oh, definitely a surf camp. I love the sun and the sand and the heat. I have skied and I do like it, but I really hate being cold. And ownership means I’d have to be there in the snow all the time. No, thanks.

And third: I used to have a dog named “Killer”. He was a terrier and not afraid of anything. He thought he was a Rottweiler – all twenty pounds of him. He was a great dog. I aspire to be like him, able to fearlessly take on any challenge, no matter how big.

Besides, a cat named Fluffy, if the name was apt, would have to be pretty passive and that’s just not me. (To say nothing of the shedding!)

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