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Finish the news article #challenge89

Finish the news article #challenge89

Writing challenge #89. Finish the news article


You just read a news article about a woman you happen to know. The article begins: “That was the last time I saw her.”  Finish the article, writing as much or as little as you’d like.

Leave your article here in the comment box, on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #challenge89. (And jimeny! I may miss it if you’ve posted it on a blog or on FB where I can’t find it. If that’s so, help me cause I’d like to post them all here at the end of a week.)

How to find a whopper of a story

How to find a whopper of a story

What short story does this photo make you want to write?

Want an idea for a great story?  Read on . . .

I’m an avid iphoneographer and I love driving around town taking shots. This one was taken with the iPhone 6S and the Hipstamatic app. (Sergio Lens, Maximus LXIX film). It’s a picture of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of the California missions.

Looking at the picture, I’m drawn into a story of my own making. Native Californians, Jesuits, Spanish soldiers . . . religion, tradition, superstition.

If you’d like to have some fun with me, in a sentence, tell me what your picture-inspired short story is about.

Mine: Spanish soldier deserts the priests and the military to seek gold in the local hills, gets lost in the desert and is saved by . . . ?

[Writer’s Life] My Morning Routine

[Writer’s Life] My Morning Routine

Readers have told me they love hearing about different author routines so here’s mine.

I’m usually up by 6, sometimes 5. I flip on the coffee pot, which I prepped the night before. I get dressed while two cups of my absolute favorite blend: New Mexico Pinon is brewing. Next, I plop down with cup #1 and skim through emails on my iPad. Then I start curating articles for my two Flipboard magazines my Facebook Writer’s Life page, and three Twitter accounts (links below).

Once I’m done curating I spend about 15 minutes catching up on the news (still on my iPad) and answering any urgent emails. Since I live on the West Coast and deal with clients who are three hours ahead of me in the East, I often get have-to emails early in my morning.I also check my calendar because there are days I go blank on the fact that I have a meeting later that day!

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