Friday, February 10, 2012

A Blossoming Dream

Magnolia's aren't supposed to bloom in February but obviously no one told my little magnolia tree this small fact.  With warm winter weather its nature told it Spring had sprung and so it blossomed.

More importantly than this bit of trivial trivia is the fact that for the past few months I've been deep in contemplation.  I've been reevaluating myself, my life, my priorities ... what I want to do, what I want to accomplish.  Though I've come up with a few answers many questions still remain.

Perhaps in my heart, I knew all along I had to follow my dream no matter where it led me.  Perhaps I will simply find myself faced with a dead end street, but I'll never know unless I try.

For the past several days I've been working on a story ... a wanna be novel.    At times the story pours out of me so fast and furious I can scarcely keep up with it.  At other times I pause and wonder in what direction it will go next.

My story is far from finish and is yet in stages of rough draft.  It will need lots of fine tuning and rewriting.

Below ... for those of you who enjoy reading ... is a very small excerpt from one page of one chapter and admittedly not the most noteworthy.  I would love to hear your opinions so your comments are truly welcomed and encouraged :


Lora Leigh stared at the face in the mirror.  It hadn't changed much, perhaps more tired  with signs of discontent but it was still an attractive face.  Youthful enough for a 32 year old, smooth firm skin no visible wrinkles.  A pretty face graced with large turquoise blue eyes, a well defined lip and high cheek bones all framed by dark, chocolate brown hair.  She ran her fingers through her hair.  No signs of gray ... yet.  "Two years" she told herself " hard to believe it's been that long".  Today was her 32nd birthday  and the two year anniversary of her divorce from Matthew Tabor. 

It had been an amicable divorce based upon a terminology called incompatibility.  Who had initiated the divorce was debatable.  Perhaps it was Lora Leigh who had become bored with being home alone most of the time, while her CEO husband jetted off to corporate meetings in faraway lands.  Maybe Matthew had grown tired of the silence with little to discuss between them.  Dividing their assets seemed as simple as children dividing their haul of Halloween treats ... I'll let you have the Reese's peanut butter cups if I can have the Butterfingers bars.  So it was; you can have the BMW, I'll take the Mercedes. 

Lora Leigh wondered if they had ever had anything in common.  Maybe ... at the start ... at least it seemed that they had.  Had they somehow, over the years, changed... one of them ... both of them ... became different ?   

She took a last swipe of mascara across her lashes, applied a small amount of lip gloss and looked again at that familiar yet vaguely strange face peering back at her.   Today was a new day, a new beginning.  It had taken almost 2 years but the large house that she and Matthew owned had been sold,  much of the furniture had been auctioned off as neither she nor Matthew had any desire to keep any of it.  The furniture had been another matter of contention.   Lora Leigh had never liked it, it felt  too grand and pretentious for her taste.   It was Matthew's style, or so she had thought but then Matthew said there was none of it that he wanted.  Perhaps they never truly knew one another after all?   

 Matthew had collected his personal effects almost 2 years earlier,  all that remained now were a few cardboard boxes scattered throughout the house in neat little piles.  These belonged to Lora Leigh, the remnants of her life of having been Mrs. Matthew Tabor.  Soon these too would be gone, picked up by the movers and taken to her small condo.  Only the house, a shell of what used to be their home, would remain behind. Empty rooms filled with broken promises, dashed hopes and dreams unfulfilled.


  1. I'm so excited that you're writing! Writing fiction was a hobby of mine before my shoulder injury, and I keep saying I'll get back to it.

    The only advice I have is to keep going! When the words won't stop flowing, stay in that moment for as long as you can, because it's a magical thing. :)

  2. It is coming along fine. Keep it up, I want to know what happens then. And when you are ready, let me know.

    Take care. Dita

  3. Hi Anna,

    That is awesome you are writing again and following your passion once more :)

    I ditto the comment above, 'coz when the words flow you have to get them down and the editing can wait. :)

    BTW, the giveaway I mentioned on my blog has been extended 'til next week, so there is still time to enter if you haven't had chance to pop over yet :)

    Hope Baby is well and I'm sure she is "growing like a weed" :)

    Have a lovely weekend, regards, T. :)

  4. What happens next?
    It sounds like a great story. Keep writing, I look forward to reading more!
    Everyday Inspired

  5. It is a good start, a strong character.

    I wish you well as you pursue your dreams.

  6. I would love to give you some feedback my friend! First impression on the story is...

    Ooh, I love that you introduced tension right away in the main character's description - divorced. I immediately get the sense something big is coming because you made a point to mention the anniversary of the event too. Ominous but not scary. Since you introduced the FMC by full name at the beginning of the story I don't think you need to use it again in the couple paragraphs down. Unless Leigh is her middle name? In that case then add the last name at the start. It's a really relatable story, many married people can connect with having troubles at times. Perhaps not divorce but the realistic description of the main characters means more people can see bits of themselves in there, and that keeps you reading (at least for me, I like to feel the connection to the characters). How long is the book so far? What genre is it? I'm guessing either Women's or Mystery?? I think this would make a really solid opening to a novel truthfully. If this is mid story somewhere though I want to know what happened before...and what comes next! Keep at it my friend, you've got fantastic character bones here & I want to read more!

  7. Love it!! I love it when people follow their usually ends up finishing with something very this case a great story to read...I want to know more!!!

    btw...the magnolia blossom is gorgeous!!

  8. I'm hooked on the story and want to read more!
    I believe in following your heart or your passion. You don't want to come to the end of your life and wonder "what if". I hope you find the answers you're seeking! :)

  9. I posted a link on my blog today to a post by Sara Rosso, when I was reading her post I thought of you (and a few other people.) My blog title is Need Motivation.

  10. Lovely magnolia.. and awesome start to the novel.. very captivating so far, for sure. Can't wait to read more. ;)


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