Short Story- Moss Side Lane- And A Gazillion Computer Issues

 This cartoon is a perfect example of how I looked last night. I have been working on a children's manuscript, articles for a local magazine, and this short story all night, due to my computers seriously flawed attitude. But, I did manage to get the children's manuscripts ready to be mailed, and the other articles. So, I thought okay, it's working, now I can get back to work on the next page of Moss Side Lane the short story I planned on posting today. Then, as if it could read my mind, my computer had some kind of breakdown and interupted my work for hours. It was and is aggravating the daylights out of me.  

So, this is how I feel now... 


Tuesday's Question: Have You Ever Had...


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Alright, here's Tuesday's Question: Have You Ever Had An Awful Grocery Shopping Experience? But, If You Haven't Had A Awful Grocery Shopping Experience, Tell Us About A Nice one.

I'll answer first,


Moss Side Lane

        Yesterday, I mentioned sharing the first page of a short story I'm writing for a writing contest because sometime ago I posted a video of the movie, The Help, which is a film adapted from a novel based on a true story about a woman's close relationship with her families maid during the turbulent 1960's.

After the video, I mentioned a similar experience and the love I had for "Edna," a woman who worked for my family for two generations. Well, Sandee of Comedy Plus suggested I write about Edna and since then the idea has been tossing about in my mind.

I have often thought about writing a story online for my readers to experience the writing process, but I thought it might be boring because it's a rough draft and I will be posting a page a week, which really is not that long for a short story, but you still have to wait to see what happens next. In addition to possible changes.

So, please bare with me, especially since I might not be able to continue to post it if the contests guidelines will not accept stories that have been published, even online. But you will still have been there from the beginning of the story and once the contest is over, I will post it in it's entirety.  Sound good? Well, you guys are going to have to let me know...:)

And by the way, huge hat tip to Sandee of Comedy Plus. :) who I consider a co-author on here, although she is a silent co-author. :)

This is the first time I have ever posted a story online, especially a rough draft, so be truthful, but gentle, okay? I will post the next page next Thursday, so stay "tuned"or rather online. :)

          Story below-                                          


Readers Answers to Tuesday's Question...What Is...

Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's/Wednesday's Question. Actually, it's Tuesday's Question, but it is so late in the day, I added a slash. My apologies for the lapses between posts on ANPITS.

I've been working hard lately and before I know it, I've run out of day, and one of my New Years Resolutions was to post as often as possible on the sunny side of the internet, which is A Nice Place In The Sun.

Okay, I will stop being corny and move on to Tuesday's Question. Tuesday's Question is a weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly, or monthly, - Just kidding, it's weekly-  post in which I ask a question and if you wish to answer it, I will post a link back to your blog, and if you do not have a blog, I will publish your answer along with your name.

Warning: If I really like your answer, I may publish it in a post which will be published on Google Plus and other websites that are linked to ANPITS. So, let me know if you would rather I didn't publish your answer in comments, okay? I promise I will respect your wishes.

Today's question is...

Hey! It's Thursday and here are some great answers to Tuesday's Question. Be sure and visit these blogs because they are among the best on the internet. Just click on the name of the blog for the link.

The first answer is from Grace, of Dragon's Alley: 

As much as I love words, I'll choose a picture. Words have layers of meanings aside from the dictionary meaning so the same word could elicit different emotional responses. And if you need to clarify then either the original wasn't written well or you start to beat a dead horse. Of course pictures elicit different responses from different people. While essential meanings might be obvious that's not how humans seem to operate. We bring ourselves to everything.
March 7, 2017 at 10:53 PM
 Then, Sandee,  of  Comedy Plus, said, 

I think visual people would need the picture or painting. I'm an avid reader so I don't need the picture of the painting. A well written book and I can visualize whatever they want me too. Perhaps even more. I'll go with the words.

Have a fabulous day, Ann. Big hug to you and lots of scritches to Simon. ♥♥♥
March 8, 2017 at 8:47 AM
 And read this one from Jan, of The Poodle And Dog Blog 

I have yet to see that picture that is supposed to be worth 1000 words so I'll choose words.
March 8, 2017 at 12:30 PM

And Cheri of Badon's Employment cracked me up,

Here's her answer,  

Well, damn, I can't up load the picture! So I guess I have to go with words.

March 8, 2017 at 11:19 PM
Thanks to all of you who participated and remember you can answer Tuesday's Question all week and I will publish your answers. :)

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