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Six Sentence Sunday #14




Sorry I’m posting this a few hours late. I was at Goat Fest. Yes, you read that correctly, Goat Fest. I had no idea what it was either. Yes, there were goats and live music and dancing children and food and friends and fun. Sounded like  perfect Starlight Cove event, so I had to check it out!!!

Now for this weeks snippet. Otis and Tori are sitting in the taxi. Tori is apprehensive about going into the house and Otis just mentioned he considered her family.

Family. Tears welled in her eyes. Wasn’t family dependable? Like picking you up from dance rehearsals or attending the science fair. Mom never remembered. Tori wiped her eyes. If she was going to survive the chaos mom created tonight with yet another vanishing act, tears had to be vanquished. 


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Six Sentence Sunday #13



Hope you are enjoying an amazing holiday weekend. Sorry for my absence last week! I’m back this week to pick up where the story left off…Satori drove up to her mom’s home but couldn’t get out of Otis’s taxi.

Otis popped open the glove box and pulled out a box of playing cards. He shuffled the cards and dealt them into seven piles. Solitaire. The solid rhythm of him flipping cards by the dim dash light soothed Tori’s nerves.

“Otis, thank you…” She glanced at his calm profile in the dark. “…for bringing me up the hill.”

He continued to flip over the cards in neat piles, “That’s what family does Satori.” 


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The ‘Look’ Challenge



 Cindy Nord tagged me in the LOOK Challenge and then Kathleen Rice Adams ‘encouraged’ me to post soon and share!  The Look Challenge reminds us to be aware of overused words and replace them with something more appropriate as well as a chance to share our current WIP.


The rules of the Challenge require the tagged authors to find the first occurrence of “look” in their work in progress. We then post that ‘look’ and the surrounding snippet of that scene. Next we have to tag an unspecified number of friends. Here’s a short snippet from my current WIP, Awaken.


This WIP is the one I have been posting in my Six Sentence Sunday posts the past few weeks. Satori Winters must return home to Starlight Cove to help find her missing mother. The first appearance of ‘look’ is in the prologue, the next in the 1st chapter/1st sentence! I’m posting both snippets since it took me so long to post for this challenge.




The night exhaled through the fresh leaves. Tori twirled through the tall elderberry hedges eager to play with her garden friends. The white petals of the jasmine stars fluttered open and awakened the moondrop fairies from their nests, their giggle glowing in the night sky.


A cool ethereal mist dropped down from the face of the full moon and swirled over the mirrored surface of the pond. It lingered, dancing in the moonbeams.


Mom’s golden light blinked off upstairs. Tori couldn’t wait to see what magical gifts were going to be offered to the garden tonight. Mama and she always looked forward to this special time together when they could share the full moon gifts. Tori couldn’t wait to sing to them. The window bellowed open.


A swarm of puffy blue dragons descended into the garden and hummed like fuzzy bumble bees all around her.



Chapter One:


The purple stained cells looked like spilled tears. Tori Winters eased back from the microscope and rubbed her eyes. Twelve-hour days were exhausting. Make that five twelve-hour days in a row.

Wouldn’t you know a five year old would offer the most challenging case to end the day? Lord knows they stick everything in their mouths. And then they refuse to talk about what they stuck in there, which means running a plethora of tests. And now, even his poop wasn’t talking about what was making him sick. Why couldn’t he have swallowed a quarter or eaten a bug? Five year olds and their darn imaginations. What was making this kid sick?


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Six Sentence Sunday




Last week Tori drove around the gazebo in the park, knowing there were milk and honey offerings to the fairies. You can catch up with the entire story with the links below.

Town dropped away as Tori drove further up the Main Street hill.  The town’s gas street lights gave way to the shadows and inky darkness of the old growth forest to the dead end of Main Street.

This drive into the forest sent pin prick shivers up and down Tori’s spine.  The forest choked out dazzling sunshine even on the brightest day. The limbs stretched out like spindly fingers clawing at the road. Moonlight somehow filtered through and danced like wispy ghosts up to Firefly Lane.

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Mythic Monday ~ Mother Nature




What image springs to mind when you picture Mother Nature? Would it surprise you that she gave birth to the Greek Gods and mythology? She’s been around a long, long, LONG time.

As I was world building, it was important for me to find a way to hide magic. Sure I could have pulled a reason out of my proverbial ‘hat’, but I like grounding my writing in history and mythology. I had a basic idea of the reasons, but I needed to familiarize myself with the lady that dropped the veil in the first place, Mother Nature.


The first Greek God was actually a Goddess, Mother Nature, or as they named her, Gaia. She sprang from chaos and gave birth to the flowers, trees, mountains and rivers. Our entire ecosystem is her child. She is a very nurturing Goddess. Her only desire is harmony. When an unbalance occurs, she will do anything within her natural powers to restore harmony. Earthquake, tornado, and even volcanic eruptions are her tools to restore her ‘child’ to its natural balance.


In Slavic traditions, she has a duality. Lada is the goddess of spring, love and beauty. She lives in the ‘otherworld’ and emerges every spring equinox to shower the land with her gifts. Marzanna is the goddess of death and winter, an old crone that lulls the earth and her children to sleep.


Mokosh, is the Russian Goddess of Earth, worshipped by the ancients. Mokosh spins the thread of life and became the patron of women as time progressed. She is widely known throughout Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine and the Czechoslovakia.


The Hindu culture’s divine mother is Maimatawhich literally means Mother Earth.

Mother Goddess (Matrika)


Ancient Egypt worshipped Hathor, who held the sky.

Dendera Temple, showing Hathor on the capitals...



The Inca’s had Pachamama.

English: Pachamama or Mama Pacha "Mother ...


The Neolithic settlement of Anatolia, which dates back to 7500 BC also worshipped a divine mother goddess. Figurines of a woman seated on a throne, flanked by two lions, have been excavated by archeologists. They are believed to be the goddess Chatal Huyuk.



Mother Nature has been worshipped by every culture around the globe for as long as time has been recorded.  She is exactly who I need to make the rules of magic work in my world.


What have you heard about Mother Nature? I’m interested in hearing your stories and beliefs

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Six Sentence Sunday #10



Last week Mayor Carver jumped out in front of Tori as she drove Otis’s taxi up Main Street to her mother’s house. Her missing mother has brought her back to Starlight Cove, a tiny island town in the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up.


Mayor Carver chased behind the family, lighting their path back to their coop. Why did the chickens cross the road? To see if the Mayor would follow. One summer when Tori was little, Mayor Carver pulled a little red wagon behind him for an entire month because Mu Shu, his pot belly pig, was sick. He was such a…mother hen.

Soon as the fuzzy family safely crossed, Tori proceeded round the Town Square which was actually a large circle with the giant gazebo in the center. Tori knew if she walked over there on any given day, she would find several offerings of milk and honey, perhaps even a few copper coins. The fairies liked sweet and shiny offerings. 

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Six Sentence Sunday #9




Last week Tori had just arrived home. Otis met her at the ferry in his taxi cab. As Tori was driving the taxi up Main Street, Mayor Carver jumped out in front of her wearing a miner’s hat.


Tori rolled down the window and heard chirping before she uttered a word.

“New peeps.” Otis said.

Not exactly certain why hearing those words out of Otis’s mouth felt uncomfortable, Tori giggled. “I don’t see any people Otis.” He really did need to wear his glasses.

“Not people, Satori. George and Gracie hatched a clutch of peeps just last week.”

A little line of fuzzy yellow balls stretched across the road following behind one of the wild chickens that called Starlight Cove home. Gracie’s copper feathers glowed in Janine’s headlights as she led her kids across the road. Other towns had stray alley cats, this place had stray chickens and the occasional stray egg. 


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Flash Fiction #4



The Guidelines Are Simple:

Look at the photo posted each Friday.

Remember this is flash fiction, so you  just need to post a scene or a character sketch. If it grows into something larger, that is fantastic!

You have the option of posting it here in the comments section or on your blog.

If you post on your blog, please leave a link here, in the comments, so everyone can check it out.


Hope you have fun!


And here is this Friday’s prompt ~



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Mythic Monday ~ Portal Days




Portals intrigue me. I tend to photograph doorways when I travel. I also write about doorways into other worlds. So I chose to explore them further for my Mythic Monday post.

A portal is just a doorway. A portal ‘day’ is a gateway…To another reality, another plane of existence, ‘heaven’, or perhaps a parallel world.

One of the most famous and celebrated portal days is All Hallows Eve (Samhain). The Celts believed this was a magical day when the spirits of the dead could return to our world. It’s a beautiful belief that your loved ones can return and make a connection on this day. So beautiful in fact, the following day was named All Soul’s Day or All Saint’s Day depending on your faith.

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that traces back three thousand years to their pre-Hispanic ancestors. It is a national holiday. (banks and government close for the day!) Families visit their dead family members in the cemetery.  Shrines are constructed and decorated with  their favorite foods, drink, flowers and trinkets.  All of this, in hopes that it draws their lost family member closer to them on this day.

Many cultures have a strong faith and belief in these days when the doorway opens between worlds. The Obon festival in Japan, Gai Jatra in Napal, and the Qingming in China.

The Mayans constructed an elaborate calendar system that incorporated portal days.  They strongly believed these portal days were doorways into a higher spiritual world. A day of strong spiritual energy exchange between worlds. Wouldn’t that be ‘heavenly’? The stars aligned for these scheduled spiritual days when the planet is showered with unconditional spiritual love.

July 17th and 18th are Mayan portal days this year.

Maybe, if you are open to it, you will have an inspired thought, breath of clarity, or perchance you will dream of a passed loved one.

What are your thoughts on portal days? Have you had amazing dreams or inspired thoughts that you believed were plucked from the heavens?

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Six Sentence Sunday #8




Last week, Otis got in the taxi with Tori, telling her that he was sorry to hear that her mother was missing.

This six picks up, where Tori is driving the taxi up main street, Otis is in the passenger seat.

(He is over 80 and can hardly see! Welcome to Starlight Cove!!)


An old man wearing a lighted miner’s cap rushed out into the foggy road and held up his palms. Come on, she was only going 12 mph and the only vehicle in the road.  He kept glancing down at his spread eagle feet while he held up his hand towards the taxi. Tori looked to the right and then to the left for a pedestrian wanting to cross the street. No sign of anyone.

Was that Mayor Carver?  What was he up to in that hat?



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