#NaNoWriMo Day Fifteen 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.

DSCF0644 Trigger Warning PEOPLE OF A SENSITIVE NATURE ARE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS EXPLORE FAMILY DYSFUNCTION AND ABUSE ISSUES Zero Gravity Excerpt for 15 November, 2021 Two continued “Come on, Veronica. This is me you’re talking to.” Hilary put her hand on the other woman’s arm. “Eva won’t hear anything from me about who talked. Isn’t this man the one who’s bad for business? I know you don’t want any other girls to get hurt.” Veronica paused, took a deep breath. “Yes, there’s a man who only started coming ‘round recently. He raped one of the girls with a champagne bottle. He bit another one’s lip clean through and she had to get stitches.” Her fur cuffs flew upwards as she gestured for emphasis. “Penelope’s got the story you’re going to want to hear. I don’t know much else, but I’ll keep an eye out like always, sista.” She squeezed Hilary’s hand, worry creasing her forehead. “I gotta get back to work. Penelope’s room is just there, number 27.” And Veronica was gone, descending the stairs with the speed and grace of the big cat whose spots she wore. -Gayle J. Greenlea. <strong>YOU’RE THE DEAD TO ME</strong> <!– wp:paragraph –> Third week – <strong>Flourishing</strong> – Day One -Paul Brookes 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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