The Resolution

January is a time for resolutions, a time to wipe the prior year's slate clean and work toward new goals. So, before January slipped away, it seemed appropriate to ask my Facebook fans to name a resolution they'd like to see fictionalized. Though I only received one reply, I couldn't have hoped for a better topic: "more love time with your spouse," courtesy of Amy Davies-High. Personally, this resolution conjures some hilarious imagery, which sparked my imagination. Read on for the resulting short story.

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Machination. Christmas. Toast.

As a writer, you never know what will inspire your next story. For me, a single word can spark the creative process. So, just after Christmas, I asked my Facebook fans to "give me a noun." I received three responses, which I've woven into the following short story. Thanks Kelly Pixton (machination), Judy Reiser (Christmas), and Jane McDaniel (toast) for your suggestions!

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Nonpareils. Trending.

Suffice it to say that I'm suffering from “Holiday” brain. My inner kid is taking over, leaving my reasoning skills impaired, causing me to crave treats that would likely glitch my fructose-intolerant system. So, it seems appropriate that I use one of the candy-verb combinations solicited on one of my recent Facebook posts. Thanks to Priscilla Haynes, who offered up the nonpareils-trending combo.

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Money. Unfortunate. Oscillating.

Can three words spark something creative? For me, absolutely! That's why I asked my Facebook fans for some noun-adjective-verb combinations. Thanks to Priscilla Haynes for the money-unfortunate-oscillating combo (you had me at oscillating--the rest of the words were a bonus!). Read on for the resulting short story.

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