#NaNoWriMo Day Sixteen 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 16 November, 2021 <chapter> Two continued Hilary continued to Penelope’s room where she was expected. She’d organised this interview through one of the working girls who knew Penelope. She knocked, Penelope opened, peeked down the hall and pulled her into the room. Penelope’s room was elegant, with a king-sized bed, black leather chaise lounge, the themed chandeliers, and a spa tub. A private bath with a shower was also attached. There was a tinge of gaudiness, too, with ornate antique gold mirrors and loud, mismatched paintings on the wall. Candles burned on built-in wall shelves in nooks around the room. -Gayle J. Greenlea. <strong>YOU’RE THE DEAD TO ME</strong> <!– wp:paragraph –> Third week – <strong>Flourishing</strong> – Day Two -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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