Dear Toni…

Dear Toni,

They say I’m dark. My writing is too sad. Yet you found a way to create beautiful art from ugly reality. You’re not afraid to discuss all the grotesque fragments of humanity and imagine the results. You remind us that being a parent is an honor as well as a responsibility. God controls the falling action of our children’s story . We control the rising action together. They gave you awards for your vision, your eye, your creative mind but I think it is mostly for your boldness. Your writing is bold, confident, and authentic. Thank you for loving your subject matter, US. Thank you for creating stories where we win after we lose. Where we rebuild after we’re destroyed. Thank you for not being afraid to make us cringe. Thank you for making us appreciate every second of being parents and guardians. Thank you Toni.

-Shaun L

Swindled (32 Word Challenge)

Happy day.  Her special day. Naked as the day she was born.  Tears of joy. Booty smackin’.  There’s always a clown in the room, right?Watching the balloons lift off. To her planet.

By Shaun L.


Thank you to my readers for  following me on this journey.  Thank you for the emails and text messages of encouragement.  The 32 word count challenge was a a content commitment and a creative build up to today…my 32nd birthday!  Thank you! You give me wings. xoxo

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Thank you!