No Tomorrow, Part 15

4:00 a.m. - continued In response, though, she just lifted a shoulder, trying to appear as casual and nonchalant as possible. “I guess I've just been too busy for that. Anyways, where are you from?” They learned they were actually from the same suburb, having grown up just a few streets away from each other. … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 15

No Tomorrow, Part 14

4:00 a.m. - continued Valentine spent the next half hour squirming around, trying desperately to make herself comfortable for a nap. She had her head, ear down, facing the aisle when she felt a tap on her shoulder. Startled, she jerked upright and turned to the apologetic looking guy next to her. “Sorry,” he said, … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 14

No Tomorrow, Part 13

Song inspiration: There's a song about riding on a train. A midnight train? Honestly, I wrote this so long ago and lost the music list years ago that this is one where I know there was a song inspiration, but I can't quite grasp what it was. 4:00 a.m. She wrapped her mint green sweater … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 13

No Tomorrow, Part 12

3:00 a.m. - continued The apartment building was nice. It wasn't shabby, but it wasn't a palace, either. He liked to think of it as homey. Between him and paralegal Rob, they could afford it comfortably and still have money left over for baseball tickets in the nosebleed sections. Not that they were baseball fans … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 12

No Tomorrow, Part 11

3:00 a.m. - continued “Thank you, Grant,” Olivia said in her husky voice. She’d been a lounge singer in her youth, and her voice still carried traces of it. “You’re a wonderful young man. I just wish there had been enough time for you to find someone special.” Grant smiled at her and gently squeezed … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 11

First, Middle, and Last Impressions – June 15, 2022

I love taking a look at a book cover and description and then coming up with my own idea of what the book will be about. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm so wrong it's almost funny. So I've decided to launch myself off of WWW Wednesday, a bookish meme run by Sam@Taking on a World … Continue reading First, Middle, and Last Impressions – June 15, 2022

Book Highlight: Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

Title: Neruda on the Park Author: Cleyvis Natera Publisher: Ballantine Books Publication Date: May 24, 2022 Genre: Fiction, Multicultural The Guerreros have lived in Nothar Park, a predominantly Dominican part of New York City, for twenty years. When demolition begins on a neighboring tenement, Eusebia, an elder of the community, takes matters into her own … Continue reading Book Highlight: Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

No Tomorrow, Part 10

3:00 a.m. He was barely able to stifle the yawn as his fingers tinkered with the piano keys, finishing up the last piece of the night, barely hitting the right keys. Not that anyone cared, or even noticed, for that matter. He was glad this was his last piece, even though it was the last … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 10

No Tomorrow, Part 9

2:00 a.m. - continued He stared at the phone staring back at him, shining where the street light hit it, and was glad it was two in the morning. That meant there was no one around to witness his nearly half hour of pacing and muttering to himself. “Just do it,” he whispered to himself, … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 9

No Tomorrow, Part 8

2:00 a.m. - continued And now here he was, two years later and some three hundred miles away with the world ending in less than twenty-four hours. He had no job, no girlfriend, and almost no money. His parents had been right. The world was no place for non-college grads. He’d had a few decent … Continue reading No Tomorrow, Part 8