#WeWriWa: We Will All Die

Hey there! It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8sentencesunday!

It’s been a full-rich couple of weeks. I finished dog-sitting a week ago, when I drove my friends home from the bus. While I was mostly away from home, I had a few revelations and epiphanies along the way. Not quite ready to talk about them yet – I want to let them simmer and see where they carry me. I had a low-key, happy birthday, too.

Within hours of getting home, I received a rush resume job from on of my biz coaching program sisters. So, the quiet Sunday of puttering and readjusting I’d planned was mostly about the deeply gratifying work of getting her well-set-up and using my words for direct good in the world.

But now, back to WeWriWa!

I’m loving all of your feedback! A reminder that if anyone is willing to allow me to use their comments as testimonials when the book is published, please just drop me a line and let me know. It’s a fantastic way to help a fledgling self-publisher along – for free!

And, on that topic, a special thank-you to Teresa Cypher for granting me permission to use yours!

No further progress yet on getting the book details up on KDP (dog-sitting, client care, and re-acclimation were rather consuming, these last couple of weeks. Here’s the book description:

Yearning for delicious reading that scatters tiny treasures through your busy life? Add light shines; shadow falls to your collection and enter new realities today!

Five breathtaking bite-sized journeys into other lives. Ten autobiographical poems that sample author Shan Jeniah Burton’s life – from the child of volatile parents to the journey of married life, through joy and grief and beyond, interwoven with five lyrical short stories that range from the fantastical to the almost-like-real-life-but-not-quite: 

 A woman, two hawks, and her child self…
 A graffiti artist’s lilac-scented shame…
 A life history told in stained glass…
 A life-changing cup of coffee…
 A most unusual engagement…

You’ll learn why red is a tricky color, follow the ongoing path of a marriage, and feel the deceptive power of the word, “Yes.”

Each story and poem is a treasure of imagery and sensory delights. Each explores light and shadow in its own unique way. 

Savor them one at a time, or feast on them all in one sitting – the choice is all yours. Scroll up and treat yourself today!

And now it’s time for the next installment of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin.” As we left our narrator, she was remembering a conversation with her son about her just-destroyed stained-glass piece, The Balance of Life, and he’d asked her if she was planning to die or something. Now, her response…

Photo credit: Jeri Minick.

“Planning? No, dear. But we will all die, and –”

“That’s morbid!”

“No, Sean. It’s a fact. Also, there is more than one possible meaning for the title. Maybe shifting your perspective would help?”

Photo credit: Jeri Minick.

“Storm at Song Glass Cabin” first appeared in Exploits of the Adirondacks, an anthology published by 518 Publishing Company.

It will be included in my upcoming first collection of short stories and poetry, light shines; shadow falls. Stay tuned for details as I wend my way through Amazon’s self-publishing maze. =)



    • Indeed. And Sean’s comment about the morbidity of discussing this simple fact comes directly from a long-ago conversation I had with someone where I was accused of the same sentiment.

      But in my case, knowing my time here is finite is actually very useful in assessing how I want to spend it!

    • Perspective matters so much (at least to me; it’s really been important for thriving in widowhood – a very different life than I thought I was going to be living, but rich in other gifts that I never expected….

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Veronica!

    • Isn’t it always about perspective? It certainly seems that way to me (but I guess that’s just my perspective, lol!). And thank you!

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