Dugout

Dugout

Dugout   It started with my first kiss. Jacob and I were sitting on my bed, playing RBI on my PS4, when he hit a grand slam off me and moved ahead by one run. “Big bad baseball star getting his ass kicked by a tennis player. That must sting!” he shouted as his last man rounded third. “Pure luck. I let you have that one because I felt sorry for you,” I replied, though I hadn’t really. I threw…

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Update on my Novel

Update on my Novel

Hello Everyone, A lot has been happening with my novel since my last update. I hired an editor to look it over because I really wanted to have an impartial person look it over. While I trust the friends who have read it and offered their feedback, I felt it was good to get the perspective of someone who had no ties to me. After mailing it off, I wanted ever-so-patiently for her to get back to me with her…

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Finding Time, Part 4 (from the Needle in the Hay contest, “Hindsight isn’t 20/20”)

Finding Time, Part 4 (from the Needle in the Hay contest, “Hindsight isn’t 20/20”)

This is the final installment of the series told in reverse order, so it takes place before Part 3. The brief for this section included: a dead end, a confession from the protagonist, and a proverb.   The overcast skies reflected the mood of the couple in the small London apartment. Grandma Hannah’s death had been a surprise to no one, as she had been ill for some time, but knowledge that it was imminent did nothing to soften the…

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Finding Time, Part 3 (from the Needle in the Hay contest, “Hindsight isn’t 20/20”)

Finding Time, Part 3 (from the Needle in the Hay contest, “Hindsight isn’t 20/20”)

This is Part 3 of the series told in reverse order, so it takes place before Part 2. The brief for this section included: a mirror, a conversation with a child, and an unforeseen consequence.   “Yes, Hannah. I promise I’ll bring you back a present from my trip to America,” Michael said, speaking into his laptop screen. The little girl on the other end of the Skype call grew excited. “What kind of gift, Daddy?” she said. “Well, that…

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Finding Time Part 2 (from the Needle in the Hay contest “Hindsight isn’t 20/20”)

Finding Time Part 2 (from the Needle in the Hay contest “Hindsight isn’t 20/20”)

Part 2 of the four part series told out of order. The brief for this piece included: a photograph, a brewing storm, and a closing door.   The crash of thunder jolted Michael awake.  Shit!  I didn’t mean to fall asleep!  He looked over at the mound on the other side of the bed.  No movement.  Good, he thought.  As gently as possible, he pushed back the blankets and eased out of the bed.  Of course, his clothes were scattered…

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