#WeWriWa: I Come to Sacrifice

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

Look at me! Two weeks in a row, and I’m here (and I’m writing this on a Wednesday afternoon, even!).

What’s my secret to success? I’ve recently started taking the idea of MITs (Most Important Tasks) seriously. I now choose three for each day and do them right after my getting-up routine, which means I’m addressing them early in the day (even though I’m NOT an early riser by any means).

I’ve also simplified my weekly, monthly, and quarter goals to five for each. That makes it a lot easier to know what to put my focus on first.

And right now, that’s getting this post wrapped up and moved to WordPress, so I can finish the client project that’s also one of today’s MITs.

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 being called back from her memories to the reality of “machines, medicine, and pain” by her desperate son…

We’ll pick up from there, with a rare nine-sentence week.

Photo credit: Jeri Minick

Rain and pine needles whirl in through the empty place the shattered Balance of Life left behind. They wail in Sean’s whisper, “I know you’re hurting, Mama, and I know you have to go, but not yet. Please, not just yet.”

I come to Sacrifice. The gaunt woman stands alone in her stark landscape of twisted, gnarled trees, with the gaping canyon below. On the other side stands the man who had once been her little boy, waving goodbye.

Sean never liked this one either. “It’s so dark and defeatist, Mom. All I did was grow up.”

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. =)



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