#NaNoWriMo Day Ten of a new challenge I have called #AFirstDraft to write a haibun/haiku or other poetic form novel or prose novel over the month. Please join Gayle J. Greenlea, Anjum Wasim Dar and myself in writing first draft of a novel over the next Thirty Days. I will feature your first, or how many more drafts of your novel day by day until the end of November.

Trigger Warning

PEOPLE OF A SENSITIVE NATURE ARE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS EXPLORE FAMILY DYSFUNCTION AND ABUSE ISSUES

Zero Gravity

Gayle J. Greenlea

Excerpt for 10 November, 2021

<chapter> Two continued

Half an hour later, Siobhan was smoking a cigarette and nursing a gin and tonic in the umbrellaed outdoor seating area of a pub on Oxford Street, mobile phone in hand. “Hilary? It’s me. Will you meet me at Interlude in Newtown in an hour? And Hilary. I’m sorry. Let’s talk.” She snapped the phone shut and managed a smile for the bartender who was collecting empty glasses and glancing appreciatively at her cleavage, snugly framed in a low-cut emerald green top. Just as well she was only at the first stop of her pub run for the evening. Better to avoid further complications, she thought, sighing over the man from behind as he headed back to the bar with a leaning tower of chinking bar glass.

-Gayle J. Greenlea

YOU’RE THE DEAD TO ME

Second week – Growing – Day Ten

Day Three

Earth says to Dead Leaf.
“What takes you into itself.”
“Someone take me in”

Bios And Links

-Gayle J. Greenlea

is an American-Australian poet and counselor for survivors of sexual and gender-related violence. Her poem, Wonderland”, received the Australian Poetry Prod Award in 2011. She shortlisted and longlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize in 2013, and debuted her first novel, Zero Gravity, at the KGB Literary Bar in Manhattan in 2016. Her work has been published in St. Julian Press, Rebelle Society, A Time to Speak, Headline Poetry and Press, The Wombwell Rainbow, Fevers of the Mind, Kalonopia and The Australian Health Review.

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