What do you want with that Whine? – 100 Word Challenge – Whine – 6/11/17

There was really only one response to this when I found out what this week’s 100 Word Challenge word was. You can thank my child (in part) for my inspiration.

I want to stop for a minute and acknowledge, also, both of my children. Both of which I have had to listen to their whining over the course of their lifetimes.

My youngest (the immediate inspiration for this piece) just turned 12. Some days I stop and stare at him and wonder where the time has gone. He’s going to be taller than me one day all too soon. His voice is going to deepen, that’s going to be something to experience. I hear it with his boy cousins, haven’t having seen them in several months before my son’s birthday party. It made me stop and wonder if my son’s voice had deepened, I hear him every day so I wouldn’t necessarily notice.

Sunday, was my oldest child’s 21st birthday. We’ve had issues over time, trials and tribulations we had to go through. But for the most part, I’m very proud of the adult she has become. She’s not at that final place of completely understanding herself – we never really are, I have to believe, and anyone who says they are, you have to question. But she is doing work to discover who she is, take care of the issues she has, and deal with that which she can’t change in such a way that it’s a positive for her instead of a negative. I can’t express how proud I am of her.

Enough about all that, tho, onto the piece for this week:

“Want some cheese with that whine?”
“That’s so cliché.”
“Takes one to know one.”
Sophia raised an eyebrow.
Patrick’s smile failed to melt her heart.
“You’re opening that can of worms?”
“Now who’s being cliché?”
She threw her hands in the air and left the room.
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“You and god can help yourselves to biting my ass,” she yelled from the other room.
He chuckled and returned to his game.
She returned and flopped onto the sofa.
“I still don’t know what to do.”
His smile melted her heart this time.
“We’ll figure it out.”

I do believe we have yet another storyline developing. I’m excited to see how this storyline will develop, as well as Sophia and Patrick’s relationship (tho I have a good feeling about that 😉 ).

PG Content – 100 Word Challenge – Storm – 6/7/17

Just under the wire (I hope!)!

(Further editing – links, etc – to come.  It’s late and I wanted to get this in here in what I thought was a timely manner!  But it’s up!)

I love storms.  I love when the clouds gather at the edge of the sky and rain is in the air.  One thing I actually love about living in a trailer is hearing the rain on the roof (though not when it pours down the walls in my bedroom, over a window and in my closet.  Yes unfortunately I’ve had that, but it seems to be fixed!).  I don’t love that we live in Tornado Alley now, and it’s as if a trailer is made of matchsticks in a tornado.  But I have heard tornados are rare in the town proper, within the city limits, and we are inside them.  So far so good.

Things are starting to shape up around here. I’m happy. I have been wanting to get back to writing, as it is a goal for my boyfriend and I to get published (Him again, me for the first time). I’ve loved doing the 100 Word Challenge, you can find several examples of my previous work, when Velvet Verbosity was at the helm, by going to the Clifton Saga tab. I’ve even decided to take a story out from way back (my first good attempt at NaNoWriMo) and edit it to submit to Daily Science Fiction, a website my boyfriend has been actively submitting stories too (several, He has yet to get something published there, but before you know it…..). I’m going to branch out after that, and we’re talking about many different ideas for me to branch out. But I’m coming back to my roots, back to the format I started with way back when.

When was that? Back in college, actually. I took a series of Creative Writing classes, from the Intro to an Advanced one for Fiction Writing.
When I thought the storage unit my ex and I started renting when we first moved here might no longer be in our possession, my biggest worry was about the works I had stored – Why, AZ (as story from a college class and the catalyst for many things that came after, including my minor in college), the paper I wrote for my Critical Reading class, my books, etc….

But, one of the things the peaked my interest was flash fiction. I was excited when I found 100 Word Challenge, and to get my palette cleansed and things restarted, I always come back here. Even if everything is only in spurts. So, here’s another….uh……let’s leave that there…..

Sophia nuzzled his chest as lightning lit the room.
“Scared?” Patrick chuckled, thunder rattling the open window.
“Not at all.”
The rain-kissed wind cooled their skin.
“Maybe you should be,” he said, his mouth smothering her gasp as his fingers closed on her nipple.
When they heard a crash from the other end of the house, Sophia sat up.
Patrick pulled her down with him by her hair.
“Don’t worry, I’ll keep you safe.” He kissed her again, fingers of one hand still laced in her hair.
She was too distracted to notice as the sound of rain got louder.

I thought about this being another installment in the Clifton Saga. But Patrick and Sophia insisted this was their story. And trust me, it is. I hope you enjoyed, and I hope to see you again next week!

Grandma’s Yarn – 100 Word Challenge 07/13/2016

I did actually sit down last night and start this post. I ended up not feeling well and nearly passing out sitting here at the laptop working on it. I’m thinking the culprit was a certain piece of carrot cake that was omg so sweet! I have to admit, I really didn’t like it much, especially after I pretty much had to sleep it off, and it didn’t feel like my pill was working at all 😦 Too bad, carrot cake is my FaVoRiTe!

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but yarn is a big thing with me. I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was 11. That means I’ve been doing it for almost a third of my life, and it’s something which is automatic with me, working the yarn and making a pattern. People – at work, when they come to visit me, or when I’m working on it pretty much anywhere I’ll bring it – will sit and watch me and marvel at how fast my hands work, and how half of the time I don’t even have to look at what I’m doing half the time. I just go. I have to remind them of the fact that I’ve been doing it for so long, so it’s something that’s been trained into my brain.

So, in some ways this post is almost a no-brainer. It’s quite obvious I’m going to have SOMETHING to say about the subject, I should have no problem writing something about yarn, right?

Of course I did, but not necessarily what you would expect.

As I said, I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was 11, when I asked my Grandma to teach me how to knit. She taught me to knit, alright, but never how to cast on. I had to teach myself that later in life, when I got over it and had finally at least taught myself how to read a crochet pattern. Shortly after my Grandma taught me the knit stitch, I picked up a hook and taught myself how to crochet, and the real love affair with yarn started then. For years, my Grandma was what I got to call after a while my “yarn dealer” – she’s the only one I got yarn from for years, and even today if she finds some she thinks I might like, or she finds some that she no longer wants, she’ll still give it to me. Albeit, it’s a whole lot more difficult now.

So, this piece came out of the years that I would sit and watch her knit – not quite marveling in the same way co-workers and others might with me – and just be amazed. Until I was used to doing it, too, and then I knew how it felt to be that automatic when my fingers hit the yarn and hook or needles. Grandma and Grandpa’s relationship wasn’t quite like this – but that’s why they call it poetic license, eh?

This week’s entry for 100 Word Challenge (a little bit late, oops!):

Grandpa could spin quite the yarn about anything – the size of the fish he caught on his fishing trip or about doing donuts in the fields in his father’s truck at 11.

My cousins would be mesmerized for hours. But as I got older, I watched grandma rocking in her chair. Her hands worked her yarn with a life of their own as she watched grandpa.

He’d look at her and a look would pass between them.

I see that look again in this hushed room.

Then I meet eyes with my husband, my heart swelling, knowing what she always felt.

Check In – I’m hoping to keep this progress.

I think I did pretty good for these last couple days, it being just a start. Oh, something I didn’t mention here and that I made it a point of doing because they had started to collect up and my daughter and her wife had done for the most part since they got here except for the couple days their traveling companion took care of them – I put our dirty dishes in the dishwasher! It felt good to do it all by myself! LOL, such simple things….now to get people to clean up the house during the rest of the weekend!

I’ll do a link dump – I’ll have to look up what I used to call that – with every interesting thing in my tabs on here tomorrow. Link Lovin’ I think it was.

1. Writing Prompts:
– Daily: I wrote in my journal again today. Not very much, but it was something at least. I also worked on…..
– Weekly: The prompt for this week at 100 Word Challenge is already on it’s second draft. The word is yarn. It was unbelievably easy for me, as should almost be expected – but it’s not quite what you’d expect, either. I’ll have the explanation when I post.
2. Networking: baby steps. I’d put BS (because really in a way it is), but that would just be too funny. from now on, baby steps is what I’ll put for those things I haven’t gotten to yet.
3. Getting my work out there: baby steps.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list. These are going to be worked into my life:

4. Read something: I read an article about the Dallas shootings. This is the only kind of mention you’ll get on current events, unless I’m really moved for some reason. I read a few pages in the book I’m working on, Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. So sue me, it’s the kind of book I like to read.
5. Research some interest: baby steps. I’m thinking about coming up with a specific list for this, tho.
6. Crafting: I just finished a basic crocheted hat, worked on it while sitting at my computer and in between calls at work. I’ll get back to the baby blanket I was working on before my daughter asked for a hat with this yarn color (figure I’ll finish up what I have and put it on Etsy), after I use up this color. I’ve got several project to weave the ends in on, and some will go to their rightful owners (co-workers) and some will go up on Etsy if need be. I think I’ll hold on to baby blankets tho, give them to people or sell them to people here at home. It’s always nice to get a nice handmade baby blanket, and even better if you can get it for a decent price from someone – just the cost of yarn, usually. Not trying to make a fortune yet.
7. Tarot: baby steps (gotta take a deck out to have at hand, instead of in my bag). I’d like to collaborate with someone one day on a deck of my own devise.
8. Budget: baby steps (gotta write next week’s budget).
9. Prep for other changes in life: baby steps.
10. Health:
– Sleep: Today is going to be a bust (I’ll probably get in and go to bed at 1 tonight, I’ve felt good enough I didn’t even take a nap today!), but the last couple nights have gone well. And then tomorrow night is Saturday, so…..bar night!
– Water: At least 1 during the work day. I think it was 2 overall today.
– Exercise: So far, I’ve walked to the pool and back. And for the half an hour or so I was in the pool both last night and tonight, I was always moving – swimming (as best I can without putting my ears under the water, I so have to bring ear plugs), pulling my son through the water, just walking around the perimeter of the pool, swimming or walking on the edge in the deep end.

Round of Words Goal List – July 2016

Guess I’d better get this over with.

I haven’t been feeling well on and off.

I’m not sure what it is, it could be my teeth finally retaliating against me (my front ones do hurt right now, it’s a very scary prospect to get something done with them because I’m pretty certain it will end up being very involved.) I do sit and worry about them some, what’s going to happen with them when I finally get them taken care of, etc, but right now I’m pretty much just suffering with what is going on. I’m not really going to bore you with the details, but I’m managing the pain and that’s all I can really ask for right now. No, I haven’t always brushed my teeth daily or more so, but yes I’m working hard at keeping it going right now, because it does make them feel better for a while. It’s my teeth in front, that’s about all the more information I’m going to give you.

There are loads of other things it could be. It could be the emotional toll I put myself through every day: dealing with the members, something that isn’t always sunshine and roses. I don’t think anyone stopped for longer than a breath between calls today, other than making notes about the call in After Call. That’s what happens the day after such a major holiday with the weekend at the beginning of the month. Same happened with Memorial Day. It happens. It could be energy fluctuations in the universe. It could be my body getting used to my new medications, most specifically my diabetic medication.

I’m blushing some after the bit of praise for my new entry for the 100 Word Challenge. I thought it was a simple, fairly lackluster entry, the point of view of someone I know, or at least my assumption of their view considering the current situation. But I am going to keep up my entries to the 100 Word Challenge, because I do love writing so much.

It’s time to come up with my goals for the Round of Words in 80 Days. The biggest thing I want to set a goal for is to write. I need to express things, I need to express a LOT of things, and I need to do it with writing. I’ve got many things to go through – I don’t think I have a short amount of time to do it in or anything, but I want to get working on it. It’s really just easiest to go back to the list I used before, with some specific editing.

1. Writing Prompts:
– Daily: journal writing. I will move to specific daily prompts when I have managed to work writing into my routine every day. Right now I have been taking my journal to work every day and dedicating my last break to writing in it.
– Weekly: 100 Word Challenge; Round of Words in 80 Days (not a specific prompt, but a good check up on where I am).
2. Networking: Join Springfield Writers Guild. This is still a goal. No, I haven’t done it yet.
3. Getting my work out there: Participate in challenges, find contests to submit to. I intend increase the number of challenges I participate in a week.

I’ve got so many other interests and things that need done, so this is that part of the list. These are going to be worked into my life:

4. Read something: Read 1/2 hour of a book. Read others blogs, read and clear out email, read interesting things.
5. Research some interest: I have many interests. In order to grow, I need to learn more, and this includes all interests. 1/2 an hour for SOMETHING every day.
6. Crafting: Keep working on some project or another. Post progress on WIPs. Place items on Etsy.
7. Tarot: Do daily 3 card readings, to get used to doing them and the decks again. I tried to do a year one – I drew it, I just never finished interpreting it.
8. Budget: Write out budget each month. Find 1 bill to pay off, all or in part, each paycheck.
9. Prep for other changes in life: Sort bills; fill out paperwork, discuss.
10. Health:
– Sleep: Get good amounts of sleep at night. Generally don’t go to bed later than midnight. I have a bad habit of staying up late on my nights off and I go to the bar every weekend to listen to karaoke. I like it.
– Water: I intend to start consuming 2 full water bottles during working hours.
– Exercise: 1/2 hour of walking a day, somehow. It’s way too damn hot out though. Guess I have to use the pool more, huh?

Nothing has to be started/done right away. Baby steps.

I like to watch YouTube videos. This is an example, but I also like the Facts. channel very much because Irish people.

There’s no wrong time for this –

Never forget, it’s just a ride:

I told you I’m coming back, make ROOM for me! – 100 Word Challenge

I admit, I haven’t been doing much writing since February, and any real writing (read: fiction) since November, when I did about 20 Thousand for NaNoWriMo. I realize, I need to find a theme/story for this year’s NaNoWriMo, I’m not going to let it fall by the wayside, I love writing, and I love participating in that, even if none of my other books have yet to come to any real fruition.

I still have to come up with this round’s Round of Words in 80 Days, maybe I’ll hit on that before I go to bed, but I have worked out my first 100 Word Challenge entry in many many months, probably a couple years. To be frank, it does come from a personal place, I have to be able to see other’s point of views in what I do, even tho I have the question of the validity of my interpretation of their point of view. Who, then, is the unreliable narrator?

But, enjoy. I don’t know that it rounds out a real story in these 100 words, but it’s what the entry was refined to after some time and consideration. The first draft was put down Friday afternoon at work, and this is what I finished up with this evening, after coming home from the fireworks.

Worst fireworks display – the one given by the town I watched them in – ever. It’s a good thing that many people surrounding the park were setting off their own fireworks.

Entry for the current 100 Word Challenge:

Even with the clean room process he goes through every day, the feeling of filth was so palpable he could smell it. No amount of scrubbing removes it. Others may just smell old cigarettes and sweat, but he was worried everyone else could smell the filth, too.

The only thing that made him feel clean and whole was now gone, off doing who knows what with who knows who.

Thinking about it just made things worse. She claims to feel fresh and new, but he’s left behind to clean and pick up the pieces.

What will he do without her?

I’ll be back soon with my entry for Round of Words. Have a good week! I intend to be back with other things, too.

Day 5 and doing well.

It’s day 5 of a NaNoWriMo, and right now I feel like I’m doing really well. I’ve come up with something of a routine for my daily writing, where I get myself out of the house and go elsewhere to write. I go where my best friend works, even though she hasn’t been working while I’ve been there. My best friend works at the local Dunkin Donuts, and I buy myself a cheddar cheese twist bagel and medium hot chocolate with pumpkin. Besides liking them, (loving, in the case of the bagel) the bill also comes to $3.21, which is the major thread running through my story – it’s got details having to do with the main character’s dad, her abusive significant other, possibly when she woke up at the beginning of the novel, the accident she was in that sent her to the hospital….

I get here, order my little bit, then set myself up with my laptop, my notebook with notes, my phone close by, and a project for the moments when I have a lull in the typing. I pull up a playlist of Blue October, which is my soundtrack for this novel, and I’m on my way. I play around on Facebook and that too, but I’m working, and it feels good! I truly need to do this more often.

My daughter and I had a discussion last night about the creative process. You work and you work on it, sometimes you put working off though because there are times and many reasons you don’t want to do it – it’s great working, it’s great creating, it feels great when you’re done, but also kinda bad because you know, that high is gone, but then you also are never sure you can do as good the next time……so that’s why I’ve been putting it off for a while. The high and instant gratification is easier to achieve when knitting or crocheting than it is with writing. Then there’s the let down of knowing not everyone is going to enjoy what you write. Heck, not everyone is going to enjoy a piece of fine crafted needle work, either, but there’s a whole lot more people that enjoy those than there are that enjoy a good piece of writing. Plus there’s a ton more editing with the writing – really, all I have to do with a scarf or hat is cut off and weave in a few ends, ya know?

By the way, this week’s accompanying piece is a baby blanket in Baby Ombre, a custom piece, done in my favorite pattern, Gentle Breeze. This is the reason I will be up LATE the next couple nights, as I have to get it done by Friday, and I’d like to wash it before I bring it over to the store.

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Last bit of happy news – my current total is 9,039, which is roughly 700 more than today’s predetermined goal (8,330 is today’s suggested total goal), and I’ve done much more than the daily suggested goal of 1,667 over the last 2 days – I think yesterday I wrote almost 3,000 words, between my visit in the morning to Dunkin Donuts and last night when I sat down for a bit to write. There are many more things I need to write, for instance I need to get back into doing the 100 Word Challenge with Velvet Verbosity…but I have SO MANY things to do, I need to pace myself a little bit! And I’m chronically up late, so I sleep in late chronically in the morning.

Whatcha gonna do?

Well, right now I’m going to go home and tackle some cleaning.

So I hope the rest of you have a good day. Happy writing!

Absence – A to Z Blog Challenge – Day 1

Thanks to my good friend Cindy, over at Here, There Be a Writer, I’m taking part in the A to Z Blog Challenge. This is where I post during April, except on Sundays, which gives me 26 days to blog. On those days, we blog with the letter of the day. Today is the first day, so of course it’s A (my favorite letter, btw 😉 ).

You think this might be easy for me. Frankly I’m tired and so this is going to be a small one. I’ve really got nothing at the moment, which is why essentially, today’s topic is Absence. Because my A topic is Absent.

There are a lot of A topics I could write about.

I could write about me – either as Angelgal, or as Allison….nah, that’s no fun.

I could write about Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio – but really it would be better if you would go over there and visit Miguel at The God Above God. And no, I’m NOT Agnostic – I’m Gnostic, which is entirely different, and probably what I will use for G. Or F and G – explaining my faith, and why I identify as Gnostic….

I could write about how Amazing my life will be when I have built my business. For starters, you could check out shop.com – earn cashback on any online purchases, and improve your life in so many ways. The possibilities with that site are endless – I haven’t found all of them yet, and have even forgot some of them!!! We usually have such a small amount of time to catch someone’s attention with the business, it’s hard to know (early on at least) what will catch people’s attention the quickest. This will be an exciting bit of education. I love all kinds of education (even the sucky parts, when I go back and examine them 🙂 ).

I could write about…..see? Today I’m at a loss.

I had started to Apologize, because I sat down without much of an idea of what to write about. But I guess, instead of having an Absence of a subject to write about, I came up with things. So, I guess the lesson you can take from that is that even where there seems to be an Absence of something, you can actually find out A lot About stuff or someone, even yourself. I’ve found that to be true in my life, as I’ve seen some friends come and go – I had 2 best friends at the end of last year (well, just at the beginning of November), but as time has gone on, it seems I no longer do – the one I kicked to the curb, the other….it’s just kinda petered out… :-\

While you’re here, take a look around. There are many different subjects that I write about – you can check out my entries for Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge (which I also have to get back into, and maybe here and there I can work that into this – and it seems now, I’d send you to her site, but it seems to be done D: ), specifically my Clifton Saga (tab at top or here) story line. I write about knitting and crocheting – most of my posts on Instagram (at right) are projects and/or pictures of me. I’m also selling things I make on Etsy – I have to post more items for sale. I have a plethora of scrunchies that I’ve been making, I’ve got so much scrap yarn it’s great for making those!

See you tomorrow, for B….

Focus on Writing – Link Lovin’ 09/09/2013

Today’s installment of Link Lovin’ does just as the title says, and focuses on writing. It’s what I plan on focusing on – not just for the next 2 months, but for the rest of my life. I write in spurts. I don’t like that. It feels good to write, I know that deep down – and if that’s the primary way I intend to make my way, then I have to do it, right?

So, what tabs are open in my browser, and what have I been doing today? Today I was actually rather productive. It boggles my mind that I would be productive at all today – more so than most of the time – because I got maybe 4 hours of sleep last night. I got to bed late. Nothing bad, just helping someone and then winding down. But I surprised myself at how productive I was. Housework was a big accomplishment, but you don’t want to hear about that. You want to hear about the writing. I also managed to get some work done with the other projects I’ve got on my burners – the newsletter for church and the auction for church. Those were intertwined.

I thought, for a moment, about why it was that I was so productive. It occurred to me, I didn’t ponder long on what I wanted to do or how I wanted to do it, something I often get wound up in – yeah, that thinking and ego thing again. No, I didn’t think about the stuff long – I just did. I just went and did the laundry, I just went and did the bedroom floor, I just went and made more laundry detergent. The critic (ego) that usually resides in my head (and, to be honest, was having a small fit this morning, but was defeated at one point) was so tired, it just gave up the fight for a while. I’m not going to stay that tired – but it is interesting to understand that. Now to keep it at bay so I can get more work done tomorrow!

What will I be tackling tomorrow? Well, during the day I have some things planned – more housework of course, but things I will be sharing with you now as well. Intermittently, there will be work on the auction and the newsletter, there will be knitting, and there will be writing…

For one, there will be writing for the Mini-Nano Challenge at Toasted Cheese. This is in serious preparation for NaNoWriMo (as always – angelgal3376) in November. I don’t know if they have anything set up for October (though I will be looking), but I think it would be a great idea to take the month of October, and increase my efforts 5-fold. Actually, and I know I can do this, if I keep up the count I did today – it will be easy to do 1000 words a day. I’ve done it before, I will do it again. Today’s word count? 959…

The next step, of course, is what will the novel be in November? I’m thinking it has something to do with 3…2…1….

Next is VV’s most recent blog post, introducing the next word – Faith. Interesting choice (didn’t read the whole post, I will go back and do so in a minute, tho), because isn’t that something that’s an integral part of one’s spiritual journey, of which we are all constantly on? I’m sure I can work fine with this one – the stirrings in my head say Clifton Saga is possible, but right now I want to branch out into other stories!

Next to last is Trifecta, and the post talking about what the current word is. If you haven’t been over to Trifecta, it’s a great community that has 2 challenges each week – one with a word, of which your entry in reaction to it is to be 33 – 333 words based on the 3 standard definition of the chosen word for that week; the other is a weekend one, posted on Friday. This week it’s Mask….hmm….I see something fun and….maybe an early Halloween theme. Definitely a coy woman looking from behind a mask – but I doubt she’s as coy as we think! 😉

Finally, what is in the last tab that I find so interesting? A series from a favorite YouTube channel, Spirit Science. This series is called Pair O’Dime Shift, taken from (and probably read by the writer of) this blog (not mine, the one in the link). My favorite so far? Not the one about Words (which happens to be the first), but the one “About ‘Time'”.

Now, after I am done here, I will be off to slumber land, as I’ve got a full day anticipated tomorrow – with not only everything I’ve listed here, but some training to become a literacy volunteer, and my son signing up for Cub Scouts (although, that’s his dad’s job this time around, I’m going to be at that training 😀 ).

Until next time….

Running Away Doesn’t Solve Your Problems – 100 Word Challenge – Road 9/8/2013

As the title implies – I’ve learned that running away from your problems doesn’t solve a thing. Then again, I never really considered myself the type to run, I never ran away as a kid, and I don’t really think I ran away as an adult at any time. I’m pretty sure that my problem was perspective, and I think I’m facing that. I have no real choice – some may think I’m not, that I put myself behind a wall – of electronics, of yarn (as in projects) and quite possibly that of body mass and definitely isolation from the rest of the world. But that has never truly been who I am – I may be an introvert, but I’m not completely a loner. I like people. In small doses – but contact with people is good. I’ll let you in more on what I’ve been doing and what I plan to do, but right now it’s more about the characters that are developing in the Clifton Saga.

Because, happily, this is yet another Clifton Saga installment. I like this one – I think it stands on it’s own quite well – though I’ll have to ask you, the reader, if that is true, because for me these installments are very much linked in my head. So, please enjoy this next one, the response to the prompt Road over at Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge. I celebrate VV – who has recently also taken a life changing road trip – delving into her new adventure in Vermont. Sadly, it is very much not the case for Sheila, the character in this story – she feels she has a great deal to run away from.

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Listening as the hum of the wheels became a hiss when the rain started, the wet asphalt’s smell curling up to her nostrils, Sheila realized she couldn’t escape the loneliness.

She was done with her cycles – sleeping and working for two weeks, then cleaning the house top to bottom while the boys were in school during her days off, some rooms multiple times a day, until she was exhausted.

Ready for a change, she packed her van full and set off across the country.

She had the promise of a number in her pocket, but worry still emptied her heart.