Clean Cut: Part I


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“Good morning, Pam!” I wave, pushing my newly purple bangs out of my face with the other hand.

After a hot second, she finally looks up from her phone her forehead creasing. “Emma, you’re late.”

“Just wanted to give you a few extra minutes with your dating app. Goodness knows you haven’t had a date in a month.”

“Keep your voice down!” She hisses.

I laugh her off and unlock the door to the salon, my salon, I should say. The one year anniversary of opening the Harry Mary was coming up in a week and I still hadn’t figured out how to celebrate. I need to get to it while the getting is still good. Who knows? One anniversary might be the only one I get.   Continue reading

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Hi, everyone! My usual blog writing day of Sunday was taken up by prep for my trip to NY, which I’m currently on my way to. I do, however have a story idea and plan to post it ASAP. Fear not, dear readers, I have not forgotten you…. or perhaps that’s, do fear, dear readers because another story is on the way. 😉 

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A Peek Behind the Curtain: Beauty and the Books

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Hi, everyone. I’ve been wanting to do another Behind the Curtains post for a couple of weeks, but it wasn’t until today that I had a semi-solid something in mind to write about. (Also, my brain juice for new short stories is a bit low at the moment. (If anyone has any stories they’d like to see continued, please let me know.)

Yesterday, after a year of growing my hair out with the intention of cutting it off again when it got just so long, I had eight inches (or 20.32 centimeters according to Google) lopped off. Short hair isn’t new for me. So, one would logically conclude that changing back would be easy, right? I didn’t have any sort of “separation anxiety” the first go around when I chopped off what was probably 10-12 inches, but this time I’ve been hit with a panic attack over it! Continue reading

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Ten Questions for a Fictional Character: Isabelle of Taking Chances



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***Attention!!!*** This is a follow up to my story Taking Chances. For Part I of this story, click here. For Part II, click here.

Isabelle props herself up in bed, Justin hovering over her like a helicopter while Heather looks on from a couple of feet away.

“You don’t have to do this, Issy,” Heather says.

“I want to, honestly. Please, take a seat.” She motions to me and I silently perch at the foot of the mattress, my notepad and pen at the ready. “Any more attention brought to epilepsy is good, right?” She fidgets with the bedspread, twisting it around her left index finger. “And if I didn’t want anyone to know, that train is well and truly a mile out of the station.” Continue reading

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Taking Chances: Part II



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  ***Attention!!!*** If you haven’t read the first half of this story, click here, please.

My heart skips and I think of my promise to Heather, but I push the thought away. Not every headache brings a seizure with it.

Once we all have our skates we make our way to benches around the ice. I can practically feel Heather’s eyes following me, but I sit down on one of the benches nearest to the door in the rink’s wall, a little away from where Jasmine and Erin have her cornered asking all sorts of questions about her makeup, and begin untying my shoes.

“This seat taken?”

I blink dumbly at Justin, smiling after a split second too long. Continue reading

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Hi, everyone. 

Due to the serious nature of my current story’s topic I’m sending the second half to a friend who has had epilepsy touch her life in a very serious way. I want to make sure I’ve handled the story in a realistic, responsible, and respectful manner.

 Due to this, the post may take a bit longer to be posted. I thank you so much for your saintly patience in what seems to be a never ending swamp of delays I appear to be putting myself into lately. 

I’m so sorry! I thank you all for reading and choosing to spend some of your valuable time in my imagination. 

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Taking Chances: Part I



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January 16, 2:30 p.m.

“Are you sure you want to do this, Isabelle?” Heather says, buckling herself into the driver’s seat.

I rub the tweed pattern on my coat and nod. “I’ve always wanted to try ice skating. Today is my 26’th birthday and if I’m not going to start trying things now, then when will I?” I try to give her a convincing smile, but I’m not sure it works. I do want to do this, but the knots in my stomach would call me a liar if I tried to say I wasn’t scared.

“If you feel one coming on, you have to tell me. Don’t worry about what anyone else will say. Don’t think about anything but yourself. Promise me you will tell me.”

“What are you, my mom?”

“No, I’m your friend. However, she does pay me to make sure you don’t do things like crack your head on the ice.”

I buckle my seatbelt. “Let’s go.”

“Promise first, drive second.” Folding her arms, she scowls at me.

Why does she treat me like I’m five? I sigh, seeing her eyebrows practically shake hands over her nose. We’re not going anywhere if she doesn’t get her way. “Fine.” Continue reading

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