You can start this new year with a new journal

A New Year begins and so do the resolutions.


I’m sure for a lot of people, not just writers, one of those resolutions is to write. To keep a diary or journal. However, putting your thoughts and feelings to paper can be daunting.

But there’s no need to feel overwhelmed or intimidated.

Writing is made easier with the right prompts and encouragement.

I’ve published a journal to empower and enable you to put those thoughts to words. This little journal provides a jumping off point for that diary you dreamed of keeping. Write daily, weekly or when the mood strikes.

There are two sizes to choose from, 6 x 9 and a pocket edition.

Please hop over to and it out.


Do you journal?

Have you thought about writing in a journal?

Inquiring minds want to know. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about keeping a journal or diary.

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Finding her courage

Her smiled wavered and her finger trembled as she pointed.

“You’re sure?” he asked.


One word was all she could manage, anymore might reveal the fear and doubt racing through her mind.

Before he could ask more questions, Casey stretched out on the cot. She closed her eyes and braced herself.

The ink darkened her skin and with this one little defiant act she began life anew. The butterfly freed of its cocoon settled on her hip. Fear lifted from her heart. Her hand no longer trembled. She was free.

Casey walked out into the bright sun a new skip in her step, and felt time roll back to the confident, strong woman she was before Trent. She vowed no one would control or abuse her again.

Butterfly Tattoo





This was my contribution to Prompt 88 – Ink

The Prompt

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What story mistakes are you making?

Understanding what an editor looks for is paramount.

Anne Leigh Parrish a fiction editor for Eclectica Magazine wrote an eye-opening post on how to avoid the same mistakes over and over. She also writes what she looks for in a story.

“… a story itself is a narrative where there must be a change in the reader’s understanding of the events, or in the protagonist’s understanding. You leave a story seeing something you didn’t see at the outset, something that makes sense of what’s come before….”

Mistakes to avoid in Short Story Writing

I hope her article helps you write your best story yet!

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A Writing Prompt Jump Start

Time for a writing prompt to shake out the cobwebs.

Sometimes all it takes to jump-start writing again is a good prompt.

Thanks to Lillie McFerrin Writes for today’s prompt : DIVERSIONS

No Time 

Charlie stared, shocked at what she saw through the rain streaked window.

Trees uprooted, tossed as if toys were strewn across once majestic lawns, and trash cans floated past her driveway down a river that was once Oak Drive.

She jumped, and grabbed the screaming, flashing cell phone, another weather alert.

Distracted by the sight outside, for a second, she’d forgotten the danger.

She uttered a silent prayer, God, stop this infernal rain, as she headed for the attic.

Hope you enjoyed my 5 sentences inspiration.

And for those who remember this era, sit back and smile.

And I wonder, yes I wonder, who’ll stop the rain…

If you’d like to play along do check out Five Sentence Fiction and take the challenge.

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