Broken-Hearted and Broken Glasses

WIN_20150816_210532I wish I could say that this past weekend, I attended my first Atlanta Writers Club meeting, and that I learned a lot from the first meeting alone and met some new friends and participated in all the things writers do. But alas, that was not meant to be. Saturday morning, two hours before I was supposed to be leaving for the meeting, I broke my glasses while cleaning them. And this wasn’t a simple “the lens popped out of the frame” thing; the frame cracked. Continue reading “Broken-Hearted and Broken Glasses”

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Month in Review: February

Like most blogs I’ve read in the past two days, bloggers are glad February is over. I am, too. I’m tired of the cruelty of winter. Granted, where I live, the winter has not been as brutal, but I had my share of icy conditions, the threat of the city shutting down, again. I had to deal with no power for roughly about twelve hours and no internet for a little longer. But that’s nothing compared to what others dealt with on what seemed like a daily basis. So, enough about the weather.

I planned on having this post up sooner, but I’ve been reeling over a death in the family. I’m still gathering info on what happened. I haven’t heard anything on the arrangements. For those who follow me, I’ll have a post summarizing all that has happened.

For now, let’s assess and reflect on what I accomplished on my writing. Like most bloggers I follow, February felt way too short; like we skipped a month or something. I didn’t make any headway on any of my writing goals. I have a flash fiction piece on my blog for Valentine’s Day and a post on my thoughts on Black History Month. Outside of that, I didn’t do much writing. I wrote a few journal entries, but wasn’t consistent, if you can call two days worth of writing, consistent. I haven’t made any strides toward mapping out a novel. And I haven’t started reading any books from my reading list, which is continually growing.

Yeah, February was not a good month, writing-wise. But, life is about balance. It’s human nature to shoot off everything that is wrong and focus on the negative. But, you have to give equal attention to the good and the bad. Too much of one thing will drive you insane.

So, while it’s easy to feed on the negative, I am going to list a few things that did go well. For starters, I did add some books to my reading list. After some lively chats on Facebook and Twitter, I found some books worth reading; a few classics as well as some up-and-coming writers. And I have found a writing group in my town. Truth be told, I knew of this group for a while. Whenever there’s a book fair or a town festival, this group is out and about, seeking new members. They meet on the third Saturday every month at a local college I attended. The first meeting is free, and they encourage people to attend regularly. The membership fee is reasonable for the year. Like anything else, I just have to work the courage to take the plunge. I did get my new laptop. (It’s more of a treat than a goal.) I’m trying to get used to Windows 8 and all its capabilities. I may have to buy one of those “Dummies” books, as well as one for Scrivener, as soon as I download it.

Finally, I set a new goal for my writing. There is something called “The A to Z Challenge” that bloggers participate in during the month of April. I am going to accept this challenge. The idea is that you write every day on a different topic from A to Z. The good thing is that the posts do not have to be long, which is good because, quite frankly, I don’t know if I can write five hundred words or so on any given topic. This will be my first year (duh!) and the first time I will truly feel like I have deadlines to meet. My goal in this challenge is to set a time to write and be consistent. (There’s that word again.) I’m in the planning stages now, coming up with my A to Z topics. And I’ll make notes as I progress.

Well, that’s my February. I would like to know how yours was. Feel free to let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Until then, take care and happy writing.

The Heart Wants What It Wants

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.

“Check, please.”

“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.”