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    Part 4: LA by Jerri Sparks

    The 4th installment in Mrs.Johnson's Home for Broken Boys. The morning after Randy Brown and I broke up, I drove to my parents’ home in the countryside and cried my eyes out in the living room while my mother sat there in her robe and listened. I was quite a wreck, with smeared mascara, wild hair, and snot covering half…

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    Daughter Dawn by Michael Lee Johnson

    Daughter Dawn Christine wakes under gray cracked South Bend, Indiana skies. Date is November 3, 1965, Memorial Hospital. The moon moves back, shelters this infant. Dawn shows her face for the first time. God is a deliveryman, right on time. Young parents, we sweep hallways with my mother Edith, reduce rent, we survive, train me as a typewriter repairman. Basinet…

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    Are You Ready for NaNoWriMo?

    Hey, Germs! Another congratulations to everyone who participated in Camp NaNoWriMo.  It’s always awesome to try that sort of thing, and Camp NaNoWriMo is perfect because you can set your own goal!  But now July’s over and done with, and the next camp isn’t until April. However, the full National Novel Writing Month is approaching much faster than most people…

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    Broken Boy #2: Randy by Jerri Sparks

    The 3rd installment in Mrs.Johnson's Home for Broken Boys. High school was over. How did this happen? I was standing there on the school’s front lawn, hugging and kissing and crying with all of my friends, our graduation caps randomly tossed into the air, and suddenly time just stood still for a moment. I remember gazing up into the air,…

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    Broken Boy #1: Jimmy by Jerri Sparks

    The 2nd installment in Mrs.Johnson's Home for Broken Boys. Various girls in elementary school: Have you seen the new boy? Me: Um, no, what new boy? Girls: Some new absolute dream boat just walked into school. They say he is a bad boy, like the baddest of the bad, some kind of foster kid that nobody wants. He’s sooooo dreamy……

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up

    Hey, Germs!  Camp NaNoWriMo is finished!  If any of you were participating, I hope you completed your goal.  I finished with a few hours to spare and 200 extra words, for a month-long total of 40,200.  The actual project I was working on has over 80,000 words, though. I really enjoyed working within the confines of Camp NaNoWriMo.  The flexible…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Check In

      Hey, Germs!  We’re at the halfway point for camp now, and I’m just about halfway through my writing goal.  Usually I’m a pretty regular writer for Nation Novel Writing Month things, but this month I’m having spurts.  I wrote 5,000 words the other day but haven’t managed anything hugely significant since then. The camp experience is quite nice!  My…

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    The Rosebush by Lauren Drop

    The rosebush outside Annabelle’s window was in full bloom again. This, however, was not a cause for celebration; while most would delight at breathing in the intoxicating perfume of the flowers, Annabelle hated it. In fact, she was thoroughly, completely, and utterly disgusted at the roses, which really was putting it mildly. You see, the roses were a gift from…