The Threshold


*A favorite Blast From the Past for you. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Penny Wilson Writes

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I saw it just on the other side of the meadow.  The sun was in the east, yet it did not shine here.

Carefully, I made my way across the dew laden grass.  I didn’t dare blink, lest it disappear.  Ignoring the chill of my bare feet, I approached as quietly as I could.

Was this it?  It had been so long since I’d seen it, I wasn’t sure.  Sometimes it would appear just on the edge of my peripheral vision, vanishing when I looked directly at it.  Other times it was like a warm hug, enveloping my entire being.

There has been a time when The Threshold was within me, barely restrained, bursting at the seams to get out and into the light of day.

Standing before it, I reached out a tentative, trembling hand.  What would it hold this time?  What magic lay on the other side?

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What’s In A Name?


If you haven’t seen this, then you are about to learn something new about me. Do you like your name? Does your name have a story?

Penny Wilson Writes

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Here a Penny, there a Penny…..

I was born with the name of Penny Nichols.  Not an easy name to live up to.  When I was in my teens and 20’s, I went by “Six Cents”.

The name Penny (NOT Penelope) was hard enough.  I heard all the usual taunts as a kid.  Henny Penny, Bad Penny.  My brothers bastardized the name Penelope and called me that, making the “o” long and the last “e” silent.  I hated it.  Then there was that stupid cartoon on when I was a kid called “Penelope PitStop”.  Kids called me that sometimes too.

Then there are those that try to be cute.  “A Penny for your thoughts!”  or “Penny’s from heaven!”

I always wanted to be called something pretty; something exotic.  I tried for a long time to get my childhood friends to call me Eva.  But it didn’t stick.

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Footprints-Something Fishy #writephoto


Looking behind her, she saw her footprints.  She cocked her head, studying them.  They looked so odd to her.  She smiled and bent over to pull her shoes off.  “At least that’s a little better!”  She thought to herself.

Continuing toward the water, she inhaled the sea air.  She felt invigorated.  She shucked off her shorts and top and jogged the last few yards to the water’s edge.  With a giggle of wild glee, she plunged into the surf.

About a quarter mile off shore, she finally surfaced.  She was looking back at the beach.  After a moment of contemplation, she thought “It was fun for a little while, but it’s good to be going home again.” and with a flip of her tail, she dove toward the depths to begin the journey home.

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

This was in response to Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt.  You can find out all about the fun HERE.

Day 18 of my 30 day post-a-day challenge.  🙂

 

 

 

Playing It Safe


I’ve been going through the tedious process of making sure that I have every single post from my WordPress account backed up.  This is all Michael’s fault.  🙂  He posted a very good piece on this very subject.  If you head over to Afterwards, you can see his post there.  Be sure to browse his site.  You’ll be glad you did!

I’ve made a very interesting discovery while going through the process of backing up these files.  That discovery is that I’ve written a LOT of stories about my life.  I had no idea.  I don’t have a final count yet.  I’ve not finished the process of backing everything up yet.

What surprises me about this is that these stories have just…happened.  They were nothing that I TRIED to write.  I would just sit down at the keyboard, much like I am doing tonight, needing to post something (day 16 of my 30 day post-a-day challenge) and boom!  There it is, another story!

It’s going to be interesting to see what the final outcome is!

Ok, I am waaaaay off topic.  WordPress is not fool proof, as many of us have painfully discovered at one time or another.  Back it up, back it up, back it up, my friends!

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

 

 

The Real Threat


Since I’ve taken my writing more seriously, I’ve started paying more attention to everything around me.  For instance, the writing on TV shows or movies has some wonderful lines, if you are looking for them.   I also pay more attention to song lyrics now.

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Be My Guest-Walt’s Writings


Today I would like to welcome Walt, from Walt’s Writings.  If you are not following this man’s blog, you are really missing out.  He’s incredibly talented.  Please enjoy Walt’s story here and be sure to stop in at Walt’s Writings and give his blog a look.  You will not be disappointed!

What Am I Doing Out On This Limb?

What an odd dream I had last night. For some reason I was alone, standing on a tree limb high above the ground. “How did I get here?”, I asked a little chipmunk just ahead of me, his cheeks puffed out from the acorns he held inside.

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Just Write the Damned Story!


I understand now why Authors doubt themselves.  I’m making some real progress to my WIP.  But the further I get into it, the more the doubt creeps in.

“Should I have more back-story?  Is this too far-fetched?  Should I eliminate this character?  How about this detail, that detail… etc., etc.”

The continual dialog in my head will not Shut Up!  I constantly have to remind myself to “Just Write the Damned Story!  Just Write the Damned Story!”

Do you have these kind of battles when you are writing? 

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson

Be My Guest-Everyone Else Has the Best Titles!


Please welcome my First Ever Guest Blogger!  I’m thinking of making this a regular event on my blog.  So if you have an interest in doing a Guest Post for this blog, please contact me using the Contact Form here and we will see if we can put something together.

Linda over at Everyone Else Has the Best Titles has graciously offered to do my First Ever Guest Post!  She is sharing a touching story here about a family pet.  I’ve closed the comments here.  Please visit Linda’s blog to leave your comments.  Please enjoy:

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Bill was driving the truck along a dirt road when he spotted him.  He whistled and the kitten came to meet him.  He went to all of the nearby homes to see who might be missing a kitten. No one claimed him. The poor thing was abandoned in the woods and was hungry and thin, but he wasn’t scared.  All I knew was that Bill drove into the driveway with a kitten.  Little did I know that this was the be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

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Drafts, Worthy or Crap?


This is a follow up to my last post.  It’s not that I’m not writing.  I am!  It’s just that what I’m writing is crap!  I get this great inspiration to start something, I go at it and then… I fizzle out.

Here’s what I’ve got going:

  1. A short story about a limo driver that drives for a Mafia boss.  He falls in love with the boss’s wife and begins an affair.

2. A post about my many name changes. – Kind of a follow up to me changing the name of my blog.

3. A post about Introverts and how the word “Introvert” is misinterpreted.

4. “No good deed goes unpunished.”  A short story about good intentions that go wrong.

5. A prompt I saw-“a 60 year old photo”.

6. Another prompt I saw-“someone that should be in jail”.

All of these things are in various stages of draft.  So I AM writing.  Each one of these things have the potential to be good, but I’ve run into problems with every stinkin’ one of them!

I’ve never had this happen to me before.  Yes, once on a while something I start doesn’t work out.  But this is just crazy!

Suggestions?  Ideas?

 

 

Opening Chapter


I’ve not allowed anyone other than a few very close family & friends to see what I’ve been working on with this novel.  But I would Really appreciate any feedback, good, bad or otherwise, that you could give me.  Is it enough to hook the reader?  Below is part of the opening chapter of my novel.  

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Sarah’s first thought was “Did I nap that long?”  It was almost dark.  Then the pain hit.  It was an excruciating, blinding, pain in the back of her head.  She reached up to put her hand on the back of her head.  It felt wet and sticky there.

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