#WeWriWa: The Lotus of Isness

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

If I get this post scheduled, that will be two weeks in a row! I wanted to do it on  Monday, but I’m currently doing some emergency dog-sitting for a friend, and the day got away from me in all the preparations.

Still, Tuesday isn’t so bad a time to be getting here…

In the “forward progress” arena, I’m getting close to the end of this story here. I opened Kindle Create last week – then realized I’m not sure where I put the file so I could import it. So my intentions were good, but I didn’t move very far ahead.

This week, I plan to locate the doc and actually work on the formatting.
But now, let’s get to the matter at hand…

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!

Photo credit: Jeri Minick

And now it’s time for the next installment of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin.” Last week, our narrator was musing on the nature of mothers’ sacrifices for their children…
We’ll pick up from there, as she contemplates the conflict between her grown son’s desires and her own.

I step back to the door. There, in the still-open top panel, is the Lotus of Isness, and beyond, the storm. I don’t want its power and chaos now; I want the safety of Song Glass Cabin. I want the colors to dim cozily with the shutters behind them. I want to light a fire, and doze, one last time.

“Mama, I love you. I’m not ready. Just a little while more…”

I want to hold on to the cabin, but it’s fading, becoming indistinct and hard to remember.

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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