#NaBloPoMo - A Life Well Lived

#NaBloPoMo – A Life Well Lived

Today’s a bit more serious topic…have you ever wondered what would be said about you after you died? I would hope that if someone was reading my eulogy, they would have known me well. And I hope that some of what I say below is what they would say: Liv was a woman with a Read More

Nighttime Snack

Nighttime Snack

The prompt today is fears and phobias. And Wednesdays are Haiku days on Live By Surprise for the entire month of November. So I’ve added the two together—because one of my phobias relates to the urban legend that suggests that you eat eight spiders every year while you’re sleeping. The Backstory When we were in Holland Read More

I'm Lucky: My Friends are Inspirational Women Authors

I’m Lucky: My Friends are Inspirational Women Authors

I bought a new notebook today. I’m usually very comfortable typing when I write, but I got a nostalgic yearning to put pen to paper. I don’t know if it’s just a summer mood – but I really needed to feel the nib of my pen digging into a virgin sheet of paper. It’s quite Read More

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Check Your Dignity at the Door

It’s been a long three years since I was last pregnant (I’m not pregnant again…just to be clear, and I never will be), but this week’s haikuhorizons prompt “waves” got me thinking about the last time I was. How often do you get a chance to write a pregnancy haiku anyway? Although my other pregnancies Read More

My To-Do List

My To-Do List

The prompt for this week on haikuhorizons is “remember”. As a mom, I’m always finding that there are long lists of things I need to remember to do. I’d like to think I can recall them all, but sometimes I need a little help. Things to remember Milk, butter, eggs – pick up kids. To-do Read More

Time for Rest

Time for Rest

Well…the haikuhorizons prompt this week–“rest”–begged me to jump in.  Although it’s been a lovely and finally warm weekend, my mother’s family has, in the space of four days, lost two men still in the prime of their lives.  My mother’s cousin lost her (STBX) husband and the father of her three children to a heart Read More

Twice the Blessing?  Twice the Curse...

Twice the Blessing? Twice the Curse…

The haikuhorizons prompt this week is “match”.  Of course…I went a bit dark. The twins clothing matched Mother insisted on it They weren’t very pleased. It was cute in youth But they aged – mom got them bows. The neighbors would stare. When she disappeared Mom’s absence was notable – They no longer matched. Want Read More

The Circle Continues

The Circle Continues

I’ll bet you were expecting a microstory weren’t you?  YeahWriteMe has decided to move in another direction and won’t be providing weekly prompts for my 42-word microstories any more. So, while I look for another project, I’ll jump in with a haiku this week using the haikuhorizons prompt “spring”. Nature’s cycle spins. Winter winds become Read More

Cut to Pieces

Cut to Pieces

His spit hit her cheek as he breathed, “You’re fat. Worthless. I don’t know why I keep you around.” She cringed internally as the last pieces of her self-esteem shattered.  The wounds would never fully heal; even after they found his body. Want Live By Surprise in your inbox?  Click here to join our mailing list or Read More