#WeWriWa: Incomplete Spaces

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

I wanted to have the book published before I reached the end of the excerpts. But this week is the final one. It snuck up on me, and my mind is resisting.

It’s a combination of imposter syndrome (who am I to publish a book of lyrical prose and poetry, anyway?) and many, many other things on my plate, all vying for my attention.

But maybe that’s the wrong way to look at it.

Maybe, by thinking of all the things and the time/energy/focus I “don’t” have, I’m still clinging to a scarcity mindset I’m trying to release.

So… by the end of this month, I am going to have this book out and ready for the world.

There is enough time, focus, and energy to give myself this dream – and add a bit of beauty to the world (which seems as though it can really use it).

That said….

I’m  at the point of asking for review readers. If you’ve enjoyed this story and would love to offer an honest review in return for an ARC, please let me know! I’d like to have at least five reviewers ready by the time I publish (which, at this point, will likely be mid-May).

Here’s the description for my 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 dying narrator was realized that no matter how much she might want to, she can no longer deliver wisdom or revelation – to her son or to anyone else. We’ll pick up from there with the final nine sentences.

It will always remain unfinished, my message unspoken.

For me, the storm of life is past. Sean is still alive, and for him, it rages on. I can’t ease it any more than I have.

I close the top of the Dutch door and seal myself inside, alone except for the stained-glass testament to my life. I want to remain here, just so, forever.

I can’t. My own voice is a whisper in the open, incomplete spaces.

“No one can finish Infinity.”

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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