Monday, March 17, 2014

SJ Maylee Week 91: A Fresh Start

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SJ Maylee’s’ Choice: Both

Title: A Fresh Start

Colleen reclined in her plastic lawn chair and raised her chin, the sun’s rays swept across her face. She closed her eyes against the brightness and tried to imagine herself on a vacation far away from the crap and loss that surrounded her. A deep breath filled her with smells of wet dirt, nothing like clean sandy beaches.

For once in her life, she wished she could be writing about something she experienced, rather than pulling inspiration from events she’d read about or seen on TV. She bent over her journals and searched through each one for a spark of inspiration.

She considered making the hero in her next manuscript a mortician or a pest inspector. She was at least on a first name bases with the two men in her small town that had these jobs. She scrapped both attempts once her heroine became obsessed with scrubbing her hands clean and plugging in air fresheners.

After adding two more ditched stories into her trash can of rejects, she lowered her head and closed her eyes. She wished the world away and quieted her mind for a sweet midday nap.

“Excuse me?”

Colleen sat up straight and focused on the deep southern voice in front of her.

“Sorry, I didn’t want to have to wake you, but I haven’t been able to find anybody else on this road.” The soles of his cowboy boats had a fresh coat of muck from her driveway. His jeans however looked perfect as they stretched over his hard looking thighs.

“That’s okay.” She dragged her gaze up and over his pristine white t-shirt, chiseled chin, and past him to his bright red truck. She cleared her throat and pushed up from her seat. “Where did you come from?”

“I think I’m your new neighbor.” He took a step towards her and extended his hand. “Hi. I’m Dylan.”


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SJ Maylee believes hearts are meant to come together and find love. As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together. You can follow her at @SJMaylee,



  1. I share Colleen's frustration. I can't seem to get any plot lines to roll...

  2. Wouldn't it be nice if whole stories would just fall in your lap. :)