Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Works

The other evening, my family met up with some friends at an open mike night hosted by Coffee Works. Ariana and I had planned to sing a duet called Unforgettable by Nat King Cole. We didn’t expect a huge reaction, just a friendly smile here and there and possibly a smattering of applause. We got a little more than we bargained for…

I peered out the misty car window, eyes gleaming with anticipation. I shifted in my seat, positioning myself to bolt as soon as our car trundled to a stop. At long last, the car slowed, and I shoved open the door as fast as humanly possible. There it was,  as soon as you stepped foot into the parking lot; Coffee Works. In a vain effort to keep myself from squealing, I clapped a handover my mouth. I glanced to my sister, Ariana. Like me, she was having trouble containing her excitement .  We had the prospect of  a whole night with family and friends ahead of us. And then, of course, there was singing at the open mike!  That was the most appealing thing of all! I giddily pondered this as I trotted up to Coffee Works, arm in arm with my twin.

Although I was as eager to start, I had no idea what I was really in for. So, you can imagine my surprise when I walked into the coffee shop and saw an enormous mob of people! Some were sitting and leisurely sipping their coffee. Others were strumming guitars absently  and still others were standing in line, tapping their feet impatiently for their turn at the front of the line. Scanning the crowd, I could see my friend and her family, so I made a beeline for her. As I approached my friend, she caught sight of me, and ran to wrap me in a bear hug.”Hi!” I greeted jovially. Stepping back, I could see that she was wearing a stunning, patterned sun dress and natural colored sandals. “You look good,”I commented with a smile. “Thanks,” she replied, returning my smile.

unfinished post…too busy!

Getting Started; Secret Arrows

Now, before we dive headfirst into this, we just want to clear up what we’re doing. Remember that book we mentioned in our About page? ( Hint, hint, if you don’t remember, go back to our About page and do your research. Don’t be lazy. We’ll still be here tomorrow.) Okay, now that everyone’s caught up, we can finally explain what this post will be about. As you’ve probably guessed by now, we’re going to give you a sneak peak at our book, which we’ve finally started. And (here comes the good part) if you’re good, we just might let you read the entire book as we write it.  Just do us one favor. IF you read this, give us honest feedback in the comments section. We won’t be offended. This book is a work in progress, and we need your help to make it the best it can be. Here we go…

I’m Val. Or, as my mother used to insist calling me, Valerie. But she’s gone now. As much as her death pains me, it set me free in a way. She no longer pines me to live up to her standards. Once upon a time, we both worked as maids in the Medieval castles of Rensovia*. I still do. While my mother excelled and rose through the ranks, I stayed firmly put. After just a few moons, Mother was the Head Maid, an honorable rank. But, I still lacked, an outcast amongst the other maids. While they dreamed of reaching the levels of accomplishment my mother had, I had my sights set elsewhere. My mother pestered me to behave like the others, but I just couldn’t see it. Now that she has died of chemical poisoning, at least she won’t be there to see me fail.