I entered the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge in January, and I will find when I'm moving on to the second round on March 10.
The challenge for my group was to write a 2500 words or less story with the following criteria:
Genre: Polical satireSubject: Child custodyCharacter: A speech writer
“The sub-committee will now vote on whether or not the ship is sinking.”
“Wait! We can’t have a vote without hearing both sides.”
“Do you think the
When I published my first book, I wondered what it would take for me to feel like I was a real author. I went through the motions of writing, editing, and cover selection, but I still didn’t feel like I was a real author. I have invited my friend Stacy to share her story about the first time she saw someone she didn’t know reading her book and how that helped her to embrace the title of author.
Christine – Thank you so much for allowing me to visit with your readers!&n
I've had a really fun year, so I wanted to share some of the highlights with you!
-I updated the covers of my books and they look amazing!
First SnowSpring Argyle
-I mixed my fist I.V. solution solo.-I started studying for my motorcycle endorsement.
March 2013-I went to the theater and saw the play Proof.-I saw Chris Titus perform at the Helium Comedy Club.
April 2013-Jury duty but my group stayed in the holding room ALL D
Every year I buy a new pair of pajama pants to wear on Christmas eve and usually through the balance of Christmas day. This year I went on the prowl with my mother. We went to Paws n' Claws (this is a thrift store which gives a portion of the proceeds to Humane Society). We found a variety of sleepwear, but nothing I could display for Christmas. Far from disheartened we drove to Spanky's and walked to the back of the store where all the great deals
We're closing in on the last few days of my advent calendar of giving and receiving. What have I been up to?
Advent Day 13Send Christmas Cards
I usually send Christmas cards at the start of December, but I put it off to enjoy receiving cards from others. I LOVE sending Christmas cards because it gives me a moment to reflect on how many wonderful relationships I am blessed with.
Advent day 14Attend an ugly sweater party & Christmas at the Fort
I doubled up on adv
I have faithfully added seven more days of giving and receiving to my December advent calendar. If you want to see what I did the first five days click here.
Advent day 6 Be a secret santa
This was the first day it snowed in Vancouver, so I decided to shovel the walkway and driveway for my sister and her family. I bundled up in boots, winter coat, a hat with ear flaps, and gloves. I gathered the tools I needed, a shovel and a bag of deicer and crossed the street to my sisters ho
For those who are following my advent activities of giving and receiving, here is a more indepth description of what happened this week:
Adevnt pre-season (the tail-end of November)November 29th Today I spent time with my siblings at the downtown tree lighting. We went on a free train bus ride, ooh'd and ah'd at the trees on display for The Festival of the Trees, and listened to a live school band. At the tree lighting we accepted a warm cup of hot chocolate and waited for the ceremon
As the days get colder and the chance for sickness raises significantly, my thoughts turn to tea. Truth be told I'm always thinking about my next cup of tea!
There are a few teas which I enjoy best and they are only available only in the winter months. My favorite seasonal teas are Nutcracker Sweet , Christmas blend Twinings, and the Stash tea holiday collection! Now don't think I only like my tea in a pre-packaged-bag, I love a good loose leaf tea from the farmer's market, org
I'm in the middle sitting on the infamous bean bag!
When I was growing up swear words weren't allowed in the house. That went for the adults too. My parents were both incredibly hard workers. My father worked twelve hour shifts without any days off and my mother kept a herd of children alive day in and day out. Needless to say when my parents went to sleep it was best to leave them alone. I learned this the hard way.
When I was about six or seven years old, I was running around
One question for you as we collectively stare down the barrel of holidays headed this way: How are you going to make your money stretch far enough to make sure everyone has a great holiday?
The answer may surprise you, crochet! Do you know the average household spent an average of $845 on gifts alone? That’s a disheartening figure if this year requires you to scale back on the Holly-jolly. This is when you get to cash in your wits and save Christmas with a few twirls of yarn and hook
11:31pm Realize the place doesn't open until 12:00pm
12:00pm Fill out the world's longest electronic waiver.
12:35pm Hand over money and get a ticket in return to give to my instructor before we board the plane. The cashier asks, "Couldn't convince anyone to come with you?" I laughed and said, "Maybe next time when they see that I don't die."
The long awaited volume three in my Willow Reed series is now available!!
Loneliness can make you desperate.
Her father's ailing health forces Camille and her son, Peter to move from the city lights of Chicago to the moonlight of small-town, Willow Reed. Nothing is familiar and nothing feels like home. Her new job in the town's bakery is harder than she expected and the strange chemistry between Camille and her boss, Émile is confusing to say the least.A surprising email from
Wednesday, July 19, 2013 I jumped off a bridge and lived! Okay, I was strapped into a harness and attached to a huge bungee cord, but I still survived. My friend Jewel invited me the week before to join her family in doing a bungee jump. I thought about it for a minute, I just turned thirty-five, I have no kids, and the last "dangerous" thing I did was get my motorcycle endorsement. Why not jump?
Just me and my dad!
Who pushes you to be more, threatens your life, and is secretly the reason you still have an inner child? For me, the answer is, my dad! My father successfully supported a family of SEVEN and has still maintained an upright position. How in the world did he manage it? He did it by working and working hard! One of my favorite memories is when I was about six. My mom would make a plate of food for my father, and we would drive to my dad's work and spend his dinner break t
I recently took an on-line course to improve my dating abilities. Okay, really it was an on-line questionnaire, but I’m still trying.
One of the questions is how do you know when you’re attracted to someone?
Well, usually I start to sweat; I blush, and if I’m really attracted to someone I’ll say or do something to prove how socially awkward I am. When I was about twelve, I went to a church camp out, and I was in the same car as my crush. Awesome, right? Well, we arrived at the
Have you ever had a rough week?This last weekend I took a motorcycle riding course. It. Was. Awesome! I was introduced to my bike, let’s say mini Harley and it was like my first crush, all smiles and flirting, taking the corners slow and speeding through the straight-ways. Good times.Sunday was the last day of the class and test time. I was confident, well cocky is a better word. Then it started to rain. Riding a motorcycle is different in the rain. It’s like trying to walk on the beach in heels
I performed at my first open mic! Yay for me!
I fully intend to perform again, with more of an edge next time. If you weren't there at Tiger Lily here is the set I performed:
"Good evening everyone! How are we tonight?"(crowd cheering)Good, good, is anyone in the audience single?(silence)Everyone's already hooked up?(The audience starts pointing out singles)Don't feel bad, I'm single too because religion has really messed up dating for me.You see, since I was a little
This is happening! I've decided to do an open mic at a little bar in Downtown Vancouver called Tiger Lily. The stage is small and the crowd is even smaller, but it's a great place to cut my comedic teeth. My angle, religion has screwed me up romantically, and then I plan to slide into how my father wished I had been a son rather than a daughter. I may end in a soft landing of life experienced through a diabetics eyes, but we'll see.
Which opening do you like best?-Good evening everyo
I went to a Burlesque show last night with my sister. Man, I thought I was edgy getting a leather jacket and a motorcycle, but those women/men are FEARLESS! They sing, and dance in 6 inch heels in precious little more than their b-day suits. Now I know what you're thinking, "How trashy and deviant from social norms." Okay, you might not be thinking that, but that's how I used to think. "It's just a bunch of folks who want to strip in a slightly classier environment.&qu
I adore my family, that is when we're not at each other's throats! Even when we are, there is so much I've learned from each one of them.
From my Mother, I learned:
Talk to strangers:
I used to hate grocery trips to the store with my mom. Inevitably, we would run into someone she knew or someone who looked interesting, and the next thirty minutes to an hour would be lost to the Time Gods. I totally understand the drive now and thank her for teaching me to give people we know an
This week I have the responsibility to report for jury duty. On Monday I spent the entire day in the Jury holding room looking out the window observing.
Things I'm learning while waiting in the jury hold tank:
1. If a man walking to the courthouse is bald, he has a woman with him with over-dyed hair. (I think most of the women were going for blond, but there's various shades of orange, yellow, and sometimes even Ronald McDonald red.)
I've noticed that there are a few types of comedians out there.
1. The self-deprecator: The life of this guy will make you feel better about yourself in about five seconds. He's the equivalent of taking a city bus ride to Walmart on a hot Saturday at 2pm in the afternoon. You're certain to to feel like the winner of the group.
2. The loather: The only thing she hates more than herself is you! She's the verbal equivalent to a dominatrix. You will take the pai
Interview with Sheri Fink
Sheri Fink is a #1 international best-selling, award-winning children’s author, the creator of “The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink” children’s brand, and an international speaker. She writes books that inspire and delight children while planting the seeds of self-esteem that can have lifelong benefit.
Describe your current release in two sentences?
The Little Firefly is a heartwarming story about a late-blooming firefly who wants to be all grown up