My Greatest Fear

Post updated from last year on the last night I spent with my mother in 1996 before she passed away from cancer. The daily prompt, at that time, was to write about what you fear the most.

This post is dedicated to my mother and to all the people who have suffered a loss from cancer and those suffering the horrible ailment.

So much love and blessings to you all.

~S. Reed

Focal Breeze

You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.


The door is ragged with a worn out knob. A knob that will not let me escape – no matter how bad I want to leave. I don’t want to face what’s behind me. I don’t want to turn around.

God, I don’t want to turn around to see what I fear the most.

You would think it’s a clown or a spider. No, those things aren’t what frighten me. I don’t like them but this is much worse than that.

I hear the sounds. Gasping for breath, stifled moans.  They send cold shivers down my spine and I turn the golden device frantically to open the door but it won’t open.

The room is dark save one single lamp.

I know what the room looks like inside my head and I don’t even have to look to…

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“Love Just Is” will be my reading for today by Kate Murray. Thank you for making your work free today – Looking forward to reading your stories.  🙂

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Getting Real: What it’s like to be an indie author

As I am working on my books, I completely concur with Amber Garza in this post. Three main myths she busts are spot on.
1.) You’re not a real author if you’re not with a publisher.
2.) Being an indie author is easy money.
3.) Indie authors sit around the house all day doing nothing.
The truth is if you want to do something, if you have a passion for something, you work hard at it. You think about it constantly and give it your all. It doesn’t matter if you want to be a writer, author, photographer, artist…..ANYTHING at all. If you want it bad enough and if you work hard enough, it will happen. It might take weeks, months, or years, but don’t give up.
In fact, I’ve not been incredibly sociable as of late. I haven’t even updated my ‘social networking sites’ properly in over two weeks now because I’m writing out my chapters, reading over them, then editing that – changing this.
As Moody says in Harry Potter, constant vigilance !
I’ll try to come out of my writer’s den more often but until then, check out this particular blog. 🙂
Have a great week and much love!
~S. Reed

Amber Garza

I love the reaction I get when I tell people what I do. The avid readers are always fascinated with my job and ask lots of questions including where to find my books. Usually they will be looking me up on Amazon by the end of the conversation. The aspiring writers want to know all about the business – how much I make, how did I get started, what a typical day looks like, how do I come up with ideas, etc. Then there are the people who don’t read, don’t want to write and are clearly uncomfortable with the idea that someone chooses to sit at home and make up stories all day. They usually smile tensely and then find the nearest exit route. But inevitably one question will be asked almost every time I share my profession – “Who is your publisher?”  When I answer with “Me,” I…

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Fighting PTSD

We had our first access issue on 19 October, 2012. My husband and I had gone out for a date to one of our favorite restaurants. We had been there before with Chauncey without issue. It started when my husband and I entered through the patio and a waitress stopped us and said ‘no pets’. I calmly told her that Chauncey was not a pet, he was a service dog and by federal law he is allowed to accompany me. She obviously didn’t believe me, but told us we could take a seat anywhere. Our waitress brought us menus and got our drink orders just before one of the managers came out to our table with the same line “I’m sorry, we don’t allow pets”. Once again, I explained that Chauncey is not a pet; he is a service dog and tried to explain that he was allowed by federal…

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The Daily Post

Ah, the elusive comment. All bloggers know the joy of the comment notification, the disappointment of those posts where the “Leave a Comment” prompt never changes to a number. A good comment thread can elevate a lackluster post, and a bad one – one that’s full of in-fighting or self-promotion – can turn off new readers. I read some blogs for the comments alone. Certain bloggers have built communities of loyal commenters whose insightful and entertaining conversations are almost more fun than the posts themselves.

So how do you encourage good commenting on your site, and discourage bad behavior (or silence)? Here are some ideas:

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