Random blogger and published short story writer-
Hey World! Its West Virginia Again!
The start of summer is recognized on June 21st; West Virginia's statehood is recognized on June 20th. My husband and I married at the end of April, so the early months of our newlywed life coincided with both of these events.
A Terribly Cheesy Love Story
A little context: this piece was inspired by a Writer's Digest writing prompt I found a decade ago: The love of your life is getting married to someone else. In a last-ditch attempt to win the love of your life back, you bust into the wedding and profess your love mid-ceremony. Start your story with the line, "Don't say yes!"
Geek Girl's Five Songs to Start Summer
Public pools have opened, school is dismissed for the next few months, outdoor temps should average in the eighties or higher for a while, the Fourth of July is coming up, maybe vacation is too for some people, and now the calendar officially supports the start of summer! If you need some jams for the season, add some of these to your Spotify rotations. Each capture the essence of the season in their own way:
Summer's End Songs
Summer is my favorite season, so the close of it is often bittersweet to me for some reason. Fall doesn’t start until mid-September, but August is practically an unofficial end to summertime when you think about it. Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the Fourth of July are behind us. Camps, vacations, and other summer traditions might be too. Heck, we’re halfway through the year after June! Then come mid- to late July, back-to-school season kicks off with supplies on sale and classes starting. And, pre-pandemic, public pools closed after Labor Day anyways.
Inspiration/context: Our subconscious minds combine items in unexpected, sometimes whimsical ways. Set a timer for twenty minutes and use at least three of these words in your draft. Write without stopping: a red scarf, windshield wiper, chrome, doily, blowtorch, spatula, CD-ROM, postage stamp, frittering, static cling, radio silence, kismet, calamity, heartburn, bandage.
Grounded on Christmas
A little context: Shortly after I first discovered the author service, Reedsy.com, I wrote this story in response to the following writing prompt they offered: You own a Christmas Tree stall. One evening, a young boy comes in and picks the smallest, scrawniest tree you have.
The Geek Girl's 110 Love Songs
I always thought it would be cool to be a radio DJ, a little bit of talking and playing music all day. Somewhere between my late childhood or early teens, I remember listening to the radio in the evenings and hearing Delilah. Does anybody else remember her? My local radio station must have quit airing her show, so I was surprised to learn that 1) she’s still around, and 2) she’s actually syndicated all throughout the country. If you don’t remember or don’t know Delilah, the radio personality, her show usually runs from 7pm to midnight. With romance as one of her themes throughout the night, she would take calls on air from listeners wanting to dedicate a song to a significant other.
The Geek Girl's Fifty Breakup Songs
Three or four years ago, a significant relationship I was in came to an end. Creating a themed playlist on Spotify, titled with the broken heart and skull-and-crossbones emojis, was one of my ways of coping with the loss and aftermath.
A Paid-Forward Breakfast
Monday, December 21nd 2020 "I forgot to put it in the calendar but I am off from today until January 4th. When you are in office, you need to make sure you do all the callbacks." It felt like just another day until I came by this short email from a cohort that followed a short conversation thread we had earlier where I asked for her second opinion on something I came across.