#WeWriWa: Abyss of a Heart

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

Had a lovely weekend full of great conversation, great food, pool time, and just being with some of my favorite people in the world. Restorative and nurturing.

And it shows…

I’ve made great progress on the book details page! As in, it’s finished! I’ve even picked a pub date and set it up for preorder (though there’s no content yet, and I haven’t launched it).

My book will go live on Small Business Saturday, which seems fitting.

Next up is beginning to enter and format my content. Not sure how long this will take, but I have time, since I’ll need to have everything ready by November 22.


I am doing it, a little at a time – the best way for me to eat a Jeep. =)

Here’s the description for light shines; shadow falls short story/poetry collection (subject to tweaking in the coming weeks):

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.” Last week, our narrator was thinking about surviving holes and missing harmonies, We pick up from her acceptance of a shattered stained-glass work.

Photo credit: Jeri Minick

Behind me, but always pressing on me, Rivalry stands in the transom above my studio door. Rage-reds, mourning blacks, my younger self as the green-eyed monster, and the gaping, nothing-filled abyss of a heart in the center.

“Nurse to room 2432. Stat! Code blue!”

The words must be a trick of the wind that sings and wails past me, as though it’s come for a cuppa and a chat. If not for the danger to my art, I’d let it have its way with both me and the cabin.

Instead, I close the bottom of the Dutch door, leaving the top open so the storm can poke its head in to tell me stories, freshening the air and clearing out the gathering cobwebs.

Photo Image: 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. =)



  1. Wonderful juxtapositions of present and memory tease through this scene, giving it power. Nicely done!!

  2. This is marvelous! These aren’t just words, they are art. The writing here is visually striking.
    ~Ornery Owl~

    • Not so much coming together this week, at least not yet. The yard needed more of my attention. =)

      I love storms, too – though I will confess I loved them more before living through a few incredibly dramatic ones in a travel trailer in Montana and Wyoming!

  3. Yep! I’m so pleased it took the comment that I thought I’d leave another. 😉 When I sign in with Google Gmail, that’s when the problems arise. When I sign into Google with Yahoo email, I can comment without a problem.

    • I can see both of them!

      But Google won’t let me comment on yours! Here’s what I wanted to say:

      Wow… I don’t want to change places with Marissa! Just curious, though…. is it drool, or droll? Is there a difference in this reality?

  4. Your writing is simply beautiful, Shan. And bravo for forging ahead! You’re making great progress. 🙂

    I’m not sure, but I think my comment problems are related to how I sign in.

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