Presently Present: February 10, 2016

Ahh, Wednesday. Known to many as “Hump Day”, the middle of the working week. For us, it means my chef husband returns to work. It’s his last work week before his vacation time, so there is another ruffling of my typical flow upcoming. I’m OK with that. Unlike last year, when we traveled from upstate New York to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this year, we’re staying close to home. We haven’t made any concrete plans for the time; we just intend to enjoy (and I’m hoping to have the opportunity to make significant progress on my goals, while also indulging in lots of family time).

But, today, I’m working in sprints, and getting ready to help a friend pick up her new car. So blog posts will happen in between life. Fortunately, I set things up, for the most part, last night, so there isn’t nearly as much to be done as there might be. What I don’t finish before we leave can be wrapped up once I’m home again.

And then I hope to be able to settle in for the next few days, as the weather gets colder, then subzero, for the first time in this interesting non-winter that suddenly seems to remember what season it is. It’s a perfect time for drafting, revising, planning, plotting, reading, dreaming, hometending, listening to Welcome to Night Vale, and all those other bits and pieces that have been awaiting their turn while other, bigger projects took precedence…

But, for now, I have an update to post.

Writing:

Plotting:

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. First step; I know I’ll be playing in my Kifo Island Chronicles series this spring.

Revision:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite of Scene 8/16 complete. Yup, halfway to the goal!

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Beginning Wednesday, all posts on time. Experimenting with new schedule prior to announcing it.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly.. Goal change pending. Answered some on two occasions; still considering the nature of the goal change.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Back on track here.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Haven’t resumed yet; likely this week.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Some progress on the inbox.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering. 2/5.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Day out with Jeremiah. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in; submitted next installment of “Slow Jazz”for this week‘s submission.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes. Converation, play, documentaries.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling and meditation: 3/7. Bought a meditation coloring book; will explore soon.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Actually went back to class, and LOVED it!

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Good on the daily moving sprints: walks and hometending. Strenuous activity: 2/2 carrying firewood; tai chi. One health blogpost, which you can read here. 1 /2.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ progress here!

 

Gradual Presence: February 7, 2016

Happy Sunday to you! Here, the sun is making truth of the day, and, after 3 hours of PBS documentary indulgence (snub-nosed monkeys on Nature; bioluminescence on Nova; and the Western front of the Civil War), the house has settled into a quiet time, and I’m here to account for my last few days.

I’ve also had an epiphany or two, resulting in some new goals (offset in the list to differentiate them from existing goals), and more I’m contemplating and fine-tuning in my mind. Those will likely make an appearance by next Sunday, because, by then, I’ll have better settled back into a more typical flow after the intense marathon of preparing my short story for contest submission.

We’re not a football family, so the Super Bowl will happen without us. I’ll be going to my weekly write-in with our local NaNoWriMo group this evening, and my Accomplice, whose restaurant has no television, has an extra night off. He’s probably going to enjoy a few movies, or more documentaries.

But, before all that, comes an update. =)

Writing:

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 1/25 complete (A). Reread information for B post.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite of Scene 4/16 complete.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Beginning Wednesday, all posts on time. Experimenting with new schedule.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly.. Goal change pending. Answered some.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Back on track here.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Haven’t resumed yet; likely this week.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Better than it might have been; still room for improvement.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering, firewood.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Breakfast out with Annalise; plans with Jeremiah. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted beginning of “Slow Jazz”; completed crits for this week..
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 28/28 submitted to author. That’s a wrap – and I can’t wait to see the finished product! =)

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Yes. Outings; reading aloud; walks; conversation; canoodling.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews. Set aside for another week or so.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Finally got back to journaling and meditation on Thursday. 3/7. Getting back into this.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Good on the daily moving sprints: walks and hometending. Strenuous activity: 1 /2 carrying firewood.

 

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk.

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ goals here!

Whispering Strangles: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like leftover holiday memories….

And, if you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

I was away last week, busily finishing up a short story for a contest deadline. I’m happy with the results, and might even have good news to share in June. But that was last week; this week, I offer you the next eight sentences of A Splash of Red”, a surreal fantasy story, the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license…

More on the story after the snippet.

Context, such as it is…A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above…but just who are these two to one another? And what about those hawks?

When we left our woman and child two weeks back, the little girl had vanished into the woods, and the woman is realizing her power and the child’s vulnerability, and her belief that she was responsible for the hawks’ attacks….

Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative, so be warned!

Whispering Strangles

I know better now. I remember my t’ai chi practice. Yes.

I drop my fist, relax my stance. Not resistance.

Flow.

Flowing, I run, seeking a splash of red and long golden hair.

A new whispering strangles the air, and a heavy, crushing shadow dives down into the trees – it cries out with Mother’s voice, layered over those who had screamed at her. Her screams are tearing pain, beaks and talons stripping my blooded carcass…stripping me…stripping the little girl I was of meat and life –

Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets:

 Come back next week for another installment!

Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review,  which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.

That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer!

Want more #8Sunday?

A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals Update

About this year’s #oneword.

I update this goals list periodically throughout the year, but at least at the end of each quarter. I’ll adapt, change, add, or delete as my life and progress indicate.

Writing:

  • Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2016. Fan fiction and self-publishing are acceptable. January: Several fan fiction, and one fantasy, stories. Submitted the fantasy. On track with this goal.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Write 3 new novels in this series as April, June and July NaNo prokects. Write 31 new flash stories for #STaD May; these can be the basis of these or future Kifo stories.
  • The IDIC Romance: Write 26 stories for April’s A-Z Challenge; and 30 for #StaD September, using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts, 1/26 A-Z stories drafted (M).

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. https://algren.submittable.com/submit The deadline is January 31 – complete planning by January 10; plotting by January 15. Complete and submitted.

  • The IDIC Romance: Plot 25 April and 30 September stories. 1/25 April plot/pinch complete (A).

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series:Plan/plot Weft #3 Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough tinelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect,

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals.

Revision:

  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Until this week, when I’m running late due to my contest submission, I’ve submitted and critted every week. Expect this week’s post to be up today. On target.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” and its prequel story. The prequel is revised, polished, and submitted. On target.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories. “SJA” in revision planning. Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt” have been through the critique process. On target; 3/6 in progress.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete revisions for Sea Changes; first pass for Transitions; and revision plan for Generations. Currently sharing SC scene one as a WIPpet for initial feedback. On target.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).

Social Media:

  • Blog Maintenance: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Clear backlog of comments and spam folder. First steps to new schedule underway. Fell off toward end of month, when deadline loomed large.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Round One Sponsor post in progress; visits fell off due to deadline.
  • Make regular visitis to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. Some; not as many as I’d hoped.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience. Getting the hang of this….

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. All steps in various stages of progress. On target.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All started; none finished. On target.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. A little. Ideas for better organization simmering. On target.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Focus on improving salability and preparing for anticipated 2017 move to Oregon. Decluttering ongoing. On target.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup. This fizzled post-Oregon last year.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. This has become habit, but it’s a good habit to keep, so here it is again! On target.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. On target.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading. Off to a good start! On target.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers. This is important, and worthy of more focus. Finally moving through a beta I accepted last January. Crits each week. On target.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods.
  • Intuitive Eating: Finish reading and begin implementing.
  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes, twice daily. including one eating meditation daily. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Fell off at end of month, due to deadline.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. I can do the first few moves well. Car troubles, injury, and deadline have gotten in my way.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and more strenuous activities building to thrice weekly by year’s end. I’m doing moderately active hometending sprints and moving firewood as a starting point. On target.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. One in January.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Complete the Write1Sub1 monthly challenge Fan fiction and self-publishing count, for me. The challenge is no more; but I will do the same, on my own. On target.

  • Submit fan fiction to Ad Astra and/ or Triaxian Silk. I have one poem submitted to TriS; site issues are preventing posting. Three stories in the revision process. On target.

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. ASOR” is moving through my #8sunday postings, and has been through my crit group. Cover ideas simmering. On target.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. One poem, “Candlelight Commingled Kisses”, submitted to Triaxian Silk. A beginning….On target.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

 

Presently Not So Present: February 3, 2016

Yes, that title’s confusing – even to me, and I’m the one who wrote it! But then, it’s been two weeks (already?! Yes, indeed!) since I last posted a ROW80 update.

It’s not that I vanished, although it might seem like it. And I wasn’t pretending I had no writing goals, either.

I was simply so absorbed with creating the best short story I could, in a limited time frame, that there wasn’t much of me left over for anything else – and, as always, my family came first, in that regard.

So I fell out of touch. I’ve neglected my sponsor visits, but I will have them all caught up by this time tomorrow. I set aside pretty much all my other projects, too, so, for the beginning of February, I’m going to keep my remaining January goals. I’ll likely add some in on Sunday, depending on what I’ve managed to accomplish between now and then, and, from there, I’ll add if it looks like something I can make progress on, so long as other goals are going well.

But now, the update we’ve all (maybe) been waiting for!

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story (as yet only a glimmer in my mind) for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 – complete rough draft by January 20. Finished, later than I’d hoped.

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story – complete planning by EOD January 19; plotting by EOD January 20. Finished late.

Revisions:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. https://algren.submittable.com/submit The deadline is January 31 – complete first revisions and submit to crit group by January 25; final revisions complete by January 30. You know the drill, right?

  • The IDIC Romance: Reread “Slow Jazz Awakening” hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft – 16 short scenes. Draft 2.5 rewrite of Scene 2/16 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Revisions in progress, most posts up on time.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Got swept up in Revisionland…got to a few, and made more visits. Goal change pending for next monthI can’t keep up with all the comments at the moment, and need a better plan.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10. Dropped the ball on visits and updates as the contest deadline loomed.

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Skipped this the last week of the month; needed to focus on the contest entry.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; clear Archives folder. Better than it might have been; still room for improvement.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering, firewood.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week. Set aside until February.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me. Shopping for both kids; sleepover and thrift/pet stores for Annalise. Tentative plans to visit NJ friends in April.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! Attended write-in;submitted “Monday Morning Coffee”; completed crits for this week..
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read. Chapter 20/28 submitted to author.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews. Set aside till February.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Both suffered in the last days of the month. Dropped eating meditation for now.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Took the month off for Other Things.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Hometending; putting away groceries; firetending. 1 /2 health posts.. Moved firewood with my Accomplice, and on my own. Pushed a Cadillac! 6 /2 strenuous activities.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30. Sent this out just before 11pm on the 31st.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk.Registered at the site, and both stories are freshly revised and expanded, and went through my crit group. Although TriS isn’t able to post right now (site glitches), I have a poem submitted. Not exactly the leap I planned, but leap I did! =)

Kait Nolan’s  ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

See other participants’ progress here!

“Be Strong”: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday


Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt

Happy Wednesday!

I know, it’s been a bit since I appeared here. Two weeks ago, I posted, but never got around to everyone else. And last week…

Last week, I was rather single-mindedly trying to get a short story into shape for the Nelson Algren Literary Award contest. Pretty much everything else went by the wayside as I planned, plotted, drafted, revised, submitted to my crit group, revised again (taking away one character’s POV scenes, based on my group’s suggestions), got more feedback, revised again, polished and re-polished….

And finally submitted my dark fantasy story, “Beneath the Ice”, a little over two hours before the contest deadline.

What this has shown me is:

  • I can conceive, plan, plot, draft, revise, polish, and submit a 7,500 word story in a month.

  • I can be proud of what I’ve created.

  • I can’t do all that and still maintain my focus on life as usual…at least, as far as writing and blogging go.

I don’t have any magic bullets for that, just yet. Writing is a learning process; writing to potentially earn an income is even more so, and I have a lot of ground to cover before I’m there. I’ll happily accept any advice those further along the publication continuum might have to offer.

Until then, I’ll learn as I go, and, hopefully, before the next contest deadline comes at the end of April, I’ll be more on top of things.

For this week, I’m back with another snippet from Karina Karanova in Sea Changes, and the intention to visit each and every other WIPpeteer – before the weekend! Seems like a good way to pick up some of those dangling threads, and weave them back into my routine.

For those who’ve forgotten, or are new here, the premise:

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan this month or next. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is February 3, 2016.

  • Today, you get three new sentences (I know it’s not a lot, but it’s manageable after the onslaught, so that’s all for this week).

Context: Karina is in a pottery studio, working with clay and hating it, when an albino man sits near her, and begins a conversation. He’s just introduced himself as Donovan Nash, and they begin a tentative conversation as Karina’s frustration and distraction lead her to unintentionally destroy the project her mother has ordered her to make. Donovan asks if that was her intention, and their discussion brings Karina to tears she had been determined not to shed.

“Be Strong”

She hadn’t cried at Father’s bedside, or his funeral. “Be strong for your mother, your brothers, your sisters,” he had ordered, and so she had.

She hadn’t cried in all the years since.

Why did Karina think being strong meant not crying?

Will her tears help?

What will happen next?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more about Karina and her story.

Previous Karina WIPpets (chronologically):

Want more WIPpets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

 

Yes, I know it doesn’t technically fit…but, c’mon! Haunting song, Trip and T’Pol…what more do you need?!

Fueled By My Rage: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like little treasures….

And, if you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

This week, I offer you the next nine sentences of “A Splash of Red”, a surreal fantasy story, the child of my own life and my dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license…

More on the story after the snippet.

Context, such as it is…A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above…but just who are these two to one another? And what about those hawks?

When we left our woman and child last week, the hawks screamed, the little girl vanished into the woods, and the woman is paralyzed where she stands by her fear.

Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative, so be warned!

Fueled By My Rage

The shadow of a hawk passes over me, blocking the sun, making me shiver as though I’m naked beneath its glare –

“No!” I shake my fist, and the hawks drop lower, fueled by my rage. I am an adult now. I’m not defenseless anymore. I’ve learned things, and I have resources. I’m strong. Once, I was a child, powerless to stop them. Once, I thought too that I deserved the attacks, that I had earned them.

Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets (from beginning):


Will the woman be able to find the girl?

Will she even try?

Will she earn the little girl’s trust?

Exactly what are the hawks hunting?

Come on back next week to find out more!

Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review, Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.

That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer!

Want more #8Sunday?