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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Twenty-Four Hours
By Delores McCarter


I picked up my journal and gently got out of bed, hoping that I wouldn’t wake my husband Bill, but as I stood up, he rolled over and lifted his sleepy head in my direction.

“You ok, baby?” He asked.

“Yeah, I just need to write. I didn’t mean to wake you.”

“I’m not really awake.”

“Ok, then. Roll back over, sleepyhead.”

I walked out of the bedroom as he drifted back to sleep.

I turned on the lamp in the living room and took a seat at my writing table. I opened my journal, turned on my laptop and wrote until the sun came up. The beautiful sunrise was my signal that it was time to get ready for work.

I had several back-to-back meetings that day and the morning flew by. I walked back to my desk in time to hear my cell phone ringing.

“Hi, mom,” I said.

“Hi, baby. Did you tell Gertrude about your book?” She asked.

“No. It’s not finished yet,” I said.

“Well she claimed that the story is based on her life.”

“Mom, how did she even know I was writing a book?”

“Well, I may have mentioned that, but I didn’t give her any specific details. I bet you didn’t know that she. . .”

“Mom, I’m meeting Janet for lunch in ten minutes. Can I call you later?”

“Your father and I are heading up to the lake . . . as soon as he gets out the bathroom . . . have mercy! Why don’t you and Bill stop by the house on Sunday and I’ll cook dinner?”


“Speaking of Sunday, you should give a copy of your book to Pastor . . .”

“Mom . . .”

“Ok, I’m going. I love you baby.”

“I love you too. Bye.”


Janet was seated at a booth when I arrived. Thankfully, I gave her my lunch order before I left the office.

“How’s the book coming along?” She asked.

“I’m almost finished,” I said.

“Girl, I really can’t wait to read it. Sounds like you’ll be busy this weekend.”

“You’re right about that. Let’s eat.”

We had a great lunch and I headed back to work. I was out the door at five o’clock and thirty minutes later, I was back home. I checked the answering service and heard a message from my fantastic editor, Pamela Jones.

“Lisa, I love this story! I have some questions on the dialogue. Please call me tonight,” she said.

Bill arrived shortly after I hung up the phone.

“Hi honey,” I said giving him a big hug.

“What’s up, buttercup?” He asked.

“Pamela had a few questions on the book so I need to make a few more changes tonight.”

“Great. That’s why I got dinner.”

After dinner, I went back to work in the living room. I sent my revisions to Pamela and a few minutes later, I received an email response.

“Pam loves the book. She knows an agent from college and wants to send her a copy of the book when we have a final manuscript.”

My husband walked in from the kitchen with a large smile that gave me tingles all the way down my back.

“That’s great. You’re a wonderful writer. You deserve it . . . and now you deserve a back massage.”

I’m so glad that I married this man.

“No more writing tonight,” I said.

I flipped the laptop closed and followed him into the bedroom.

About three in the morning, I crept out of bed with my journal. As usual, Bill turned over and faced my direction.

“I’m just going to write for a little while. I’ll be back in a few hours,” I whispered.

“Umm-Hmm,” he moaned.

I wrote for two hours and after a few yawns, I didn’t want to write another word. When I returned to bed, Bill held me in his arms. I felt loved, safe, and downright sexy as we dozed into a blissful sleep.

I am completely in love with my husband, and as a bonus, he gives me the inspiration to write those romantic stories.

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AnneRene' Capp05/21/10
Wow...this made me all warm and fuzzy inside! Adored the gentle and loving relationship between husband and wife. Very well written in my book :)
Kate Oliver Webb 05/22/10
Except for the fact that I love my own life, I'd be quite jealous. Well written and so nice to read.
Brenda Shipman 05/23/10
You have a wonderful source for inspiration...and need very little sleep, obiously! Nice story, well-written.
Carole Robishaw 05/24/10
Very real, I could easily see it happening this way, or is that wishful thinking.....
Amanda Brogan05/25/10
Aww, what a sweet husband! :D I love it when he says, "I'm not really awake." That just catches me as funny. :)

Fast-paced and great for the topic. Good job!