Sending my Work to a Beta

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Tomorrow, I’m going to be sending my favorite of the manuscripts I’ve written to my first beta reader. I’ve spent the last few days editing Things I Meant to Tell You (which was originally titled Fantastic Feats of Self-Destruction, but I felt that sounded too awkward and young adult-y) and my mom has been kind enough to pay for the beta reader for me. I’m going to try to save up enough money to pay for another one in the not-too-distant future, so I can get two people’s opinions.


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Daycare: A Short Story

What Is The Original Boogeyman? This Is Why Looking Under Your Bed As A Kid  Was So Dang Terrifying

This story is based on one of the very first dreams I can remember having, a nightmare from when I was probably about four. I replaced myself as a toddler with a little boy named Jonathan, but the I tried to capture the feeling of helplessness and of being ignored by adults who dismissed my fear (which in the nightmare, was obviously warranted) as being a child’s ridiculous antics. The story is a bit horror-ish, but it’s more about the fears and insecurities of childhood.


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Excerpt from Manuscript; Hazel #3

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As always, you can read this story without reading #1 or #2 and still get the gist. In this short excerpt from the latest manuscript I finished, a woman struggles with the day-to-day dramas of raising her two kids with little to no help from her abusive husband. Her son is probably mildly on the autistic spectrum, but he grew up before kids started getting diagnosed like crazy so he’s merely considered to be ‘odd.’-


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