A is for the woman with Almond-shaped eyes

The woman's almond eyes gazed across the table toward a playground opposite. Her eyes melted into wistful puddles as her would-be daughter skipped across the grass of her imagination.. Refocusing again upon the appearance of a towheaded boy chasing a ball. "Some day." she thought, "Some day it will be my turn." A drop slid down the side of her glass as she stood, forcing a smile, at the sound of her sister's voice. "Just not today. Just not yet, not yet."

Welcome! This month I am participating in the April A-Z Challenge (sorry to start it off on a kind-of sad note..). My theme for the month is ‘character development.’ Some days will be exercises from John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction, others will be profiles of characters from my book Armageddon: Pick Your Plot, and some will just be random people I make up. I hope you enjoy!


  1. Tina Downey7:07 AM

    Love the new look of your blog - all dressed up for the A-Z! Great theme. I'm looking forward to this. As someone whose journey to having children was a long and hard road, I can relate to the woman with the almond shaped eyes.

  2. Angeline Trevena7:37 AM

    Love this line: 'skipped across the grass of her imagination'. I can really visualise it.


  3. Katie Eggeman8:49 AM

    I got your book on Amazon last month and have been following you since then. I am going to try some fiction with my A-Z's later in the month.

    Katie atBankerchick

  4. Heather Mattsen5:45 PM

    Haunting and powerful. Nice start to the challenge! Looking forward to more!

  5. Thanks, Heather! :)

  6. Awesome, Katie! I hope you enjoy the book :)

  7. Thanks, Angeline of the name that is very similar to mine :)

  8. Thanks, Tina! Hey can you tell me if you get an email or other notification of this response? Am still figuring out the Disqus thing..

  9. Jemima Pett5:30 AM

    Lovely phrasing - very moving.

    Happy AtoZing

    Jemima at Jemima's Blog

  10. Adriana Dascalu12:28 PM

    beautifully penned! you put such emotion, sadness and hope in such a short pice! Lovely!


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