Being this is Valentine’s Day, I figure I contribute a little something, even if it’s my first flash fiction piece.
Sheila sat at the bar, her magenta dress flowing down to the floor. The dew from her martini trickled down to the napkin, making a perfect ring. She glanced down at her Blackberry and let out a sigh. Nothing. Sheila stuffed the phone into her clutch. What was taking so long?
“Another one, ma’am?”
Sheila shook her head. She felt something vibrate. She fished out the phone. The ID read “Wiley.”
“Hey, baby. Are you on your way?”
“Bad news. The boss wants this presentation completed ASAP. I agreed to stay late to get this finished.”
“But this was supposed to be our night. You promised me.”
“I know I did. I’m sorry.”
Sheila hung up the phone. Her face turned sour. Tears welled up in her chocolate eyes. She waved for the bartender.
“Just a moment.”
A towering gentleman approached Sheila, dressed in an ash grey three-piece. She turned toward him. He placed his hand upon hers. Her body stiffened up. The only movement she managed was the blinking of her eyes.
“I believe the lady’s not done yet.”
Sheila and the gentleman sat down at the bar. He waved for the bartender.
“I’ll have what she’s having.”
“Excuse me, do I know you?” Sheila asked.
“Not yet, but you will.”
I’m quickly learning that WordPress plays the stat game. I’m not really sure what all of this means. It’s been some time since I last had a blog on WordPress. (I’m surprised it hasn’t gone away or something.) Anyway, as much as I appreciate them keeping up with traffic, I thought I would do my own little “review.” Continue reading “Month in Review: January”
Recently, our country celebrated the accomplishments of Dr. King and how his work changed how we view people of different races, genders, and so forth. A couple of days later, I watched a town hall meeting on local television discussing race relations in my city. The consensus is that these government-funded programs and changes in police policy will amount to nothing unless, first and foremost, we humans change how we perceive people outside of our race, culture, gender, creed, social status, profession, whatever is we use to judge and compare ourselves to others. I understand the events over the latter half of last year fractured the already fragile trust between the police and the citizens they’re “sworn to protect.” I’ve seen demonstrations on TV claiming “Black Lives Matter.” But–as people have asked, I’m sure–what about Latinos, Asians, homosexuals, transgenders, and so on? Yes, every life has meaning; every life is precious. Every life matters. My point is that things are not going to change on the grand scale if they’re not changing on the small scale. It starts with every last one of us. We don’t necessarily have to love one another, but there is an amount of respect we have to show for one another. That’s where it starts.
So, what’s this to do with writing, you ask? Continue reading “Diversity in Writing”
I shared in my first post that I would share some of my stories with my audience. Here’s the first of what I hope is many to come.
Natalie Talcott is the prettiest girl in my class. She has it all: sparkling green eyes, wavy copper hair that flowed down to her shoulders, an excellent softball player. She is perfect. I am way out of her league. So, imagine my surprise when I got an invitation to her birthday party. Continue reading “I Kissed a Girl”