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Helpless: #StaD Kifo Project for May 5

Welcome, friends! Come in, and let me tell you a Story A Day, all May long…or let me get so wrapped up in other things that I forget to post what I write, and then scramble madly to catch up! =/

In June and July, I’ll be drafting two new Kifo Island novels. I know something about 5 of the 6 point of view characters, and I’ve got a sketchy idea of the plots – but I need to learn more about these people and their stories.

So, in May, I explore. Every day, I’ll follow the prompts in A Month of Writing Prompts 2016. I’ll play while moving through my planning efforts. Some of these stories may become part of the eventual novels, but my goal is to invite these characters to show me who they are and what they want – and how their lives fit together to make a novel.

I’ve been writing my story each day, but I slipped behind in my posting. I’m hoping to catch up by the 20th, and finish the month out on time.

I continue with May 5, following the daily prompt, A character like you”  and the guest prompt, writing in a different time period  from Stuart Horwitz.

 My character is the middle-aged mom of a pre-teen, curvy daughter – a lot like me, except that my girl is generally happy about her blossoming self, and we don’t live in the 60s.

Week One’s theme is Limits.


You have beautiful curves, sweetheart, and they’re only going to become more beautiful.”

Gymnastics is my bag. Nothing else. These aren’t curves, Mama, they’re FAT!” She used to wear miniskirts and cute little halter tops. Now it was peasant blouses and broomstick skirts. No more ‘groovy paisleys’ and Day-Glo. Now she only wanted dark, plain colors, and always two sizes bigger than she needed.

I wanted to wipe away the tears streaking her face, the way I could when she was little. So much pain there, and it made me helpless. Wasn’t a mother supposed to fix things?


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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