My Name was Supposed to be Elizabeth Ann

— Stories from the Roads (Not) Taken

Richard Norris Brooke’s 1881 painting “A Pastoral Visit” depicts an African American family at table with their pastor and is, according to the National Gallery of Art website, his “most celebrated [rendering of] everyday life.” It was also the subject of a Story A Day May prompt and the inspiration for my short story, “Ask …

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With a little more than a week to go of the September Challenge, I’m happy to report I’m still in it: Except for one weekend travelling and the morning after a very long Back-to-School Night day, I’ve written every day. So that’s nineteen (nearly) consecutive days–woo hoo! That writing on my phone thing comes in …

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The first week of StoryADay September was also the first week of the new school year, so I knew going in I would have to create a workable daily schedule that would not only include writing time but prioritize it. First off, a confession–I did NOT write to the prompt every day. Some days, I …

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Earlier this year I signed up for May’s Story A Day Challenge, wherein writers receive a daily prompt from its creator, Julie Duffy, and commit to writing a story every day throughout the month. Yee-up. That’s THIRTY-ONE stories. I was excited, nervous, intimidated–and determined. No matter what, I was NOT going to quit. I’d given …

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