Mothers Are Born in Love

This is the second story from the 1000 word short story competition. It’s one that deals with an issue that has hit so close to home for many of my loved ones and friends. Mothers Are Born In Love Amy staggered to the rocking chair, her strength spent. The worst of the cramps were past, the bleeding slowed, but nothing could staunch the flow of despair at the loss of her fourth pregnancy. None made it past 20 weeks despite fervent prayers, fasts, and priesthood blessings. Now she sat rocking and wondering why God refused to grant her deepest desire – to be a mother. After sobbing herself hoarse in the shower, Amy crawled into bed. The intensity of her despair kept her from kneeling. She needed to pray now more than ever, but her heart was shattered and the...

A Spy for Helaman

Here is the first of the stories submitted for the contest. I enjoyed writing these stories and look forward to sharing them with you! Let me know what you think: A Spy for Helaman   “Aw, Grandma, do I have to read my scriptures?” Adam moaned. “What’s the trouble?” Grandma sank down on the bed. “They’re so boring!” he leaned forward to share his secret, “At home I put a book inside and read that instead.” “Ah, crafty,” Grandma tussled her 9 year old grandson’s hair affectionately. “How about a chapter in exchange for chocolate milk?” “Okay,” Adam sighed. He chose the shortest chapter he could and raced through it. “Done already?” Grandma appeared at the door with a cup in her hand. “I’m a fast reader.” “Well, here you go. Chocolate milk with just...

Meeting in Venice

As promised, here is the story I wrote for the Mormon Lit Blitz Contest that I didn’t submit (sent in three others). All these had to be 1000 words or less. I wrote this thinking of all my friends who enjoy a good adventure with a little spice of romance. Let me know what you think! Enjoy! Meeting in Venice Graham hurried inside the diner, tossing a hasty glance over his shoulder and fingering the microchip in his pocket. He had a matter of seconds before he would need to disappear. Scanning the room, a young waitress with her hands full of drinks caught his eye. Moving toward the kitchen he bumped into her, sloshing cola onto the floor. “I’m so sorry,” he apologized quickly. But the chip already rested in her apron pocket. She caught a fleeting glimpse as...

Keeping it Short

For the Mormon Artist Lit Blitz contest, the real trick for me was packing all the juicy leading-in details to the 120 word HOOK they required. It had to be good enough to get them to read further in 120 words! Coming from a girl who just finished a 120,000+ word novel, being SHORT and SWEET may not be my leading strength, but I was up for the challenge. I wrote four short stories with an LDS slant to them and had my husband and Mom help me choose the three that should be submitted. On Monday I will post the story that wasn’t submitted…..until then, here’s the first 120 word HOOK to give you a taste of what’s to come…. Meeting inVenice Graham hurried inside the diner, tossing a hasty glance over his shoulder and fingering the...

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