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I'm a published author of short fiction for kids and adults. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. I'm a former content writer for Spirit and Truth publishing on their Living the Word series. I've also worked as a paid book reviewer and as a student editor for The Louisville Review literary magazine. I'm a wife and mom to two great kids, three dogs, and a cat. I love books, movies, gardening, kids, and animals.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

This Week's Story Start

I like this story start enough to keep it going for another week. Read below in the comments section to see how it unfolds.  :)

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I was born right in the middle of a candy shop. Mama said the first thing I probably saw as I came out was the toy train rattling down its track through the store.

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  1. That's because, as the story goes, she was busy dusting the miniature village which surrounded the track when her water broke.

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  2. I made quite a sensation just being born. I must never have gotten over it.

    "You're a natural at performing," people always tell me. It makes that warm feeling I always get from being in front of an audience fill up my chest and glow out my eyes and shine through the tiny cracks in between my teeth.

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  3. And then I hear a "choo-choo" wailing from the back of my memory somewhere. That doesn't give me as warm a feeling. More like flashes of hot/cold, hot/cold.

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    1. The "choo-choo" brings me back to where I am right now. I hear one off in the distance.

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  4. So what happened? How did I get here? How did I go from being born in the middle of a candy shop to standing in the middle of a desert, with very little water left for my survival?

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    1. There is no one to perform to out here, unless you count the cacti. I think back to this morning in my bathroom. I smile at the memory and wince at my cracked lips. I did mention I'm a natural born performer didn't I?

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  5. This means I'm performing all the time, even when I'm alone in front of the bathroom mirror. I line up the lavender and lime green soaps my mother never seems to run out of next to the toothbrushes and dental floss. They are my audience.

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    1. If I hadn't been so desperate for an audience I wouldn't have been tricked into getting stranded here in the desert. I am in serious trouble. Survival skills aren't high on my list of accomplishments.

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  6. Where are the toothbrushes and dental floss when I need them?

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  7. I trudged toward the road. Maybe I could hitch a ride with someone back to town. Mama always told me not to get in the car with strangers. Well Mama wasn't stranded here waiting for a heat stroke.

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