#NaNoWriMo Day Twenty 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 20 November, 2021 <chapter> Two continued Owen suppressed a convulsive urge to laugh, and instead moved to the kitchenette to deposit groceries on the bench top. “Nice of you to drop in, Ryan. How did you get in, by the way?” “Hilary’s keys,” Ryan choked between curses. “That cat should be guarding the Gates of Hades.” “Looked like he was,” Owen observed mildly. “Though, in actuality, the only thing he’s up to guarding is his stomach.” Addressing the cat: “Tuna flakes with whole prawns, brave one?” Banjo leapt with unencumbered elegance from bookcase to coffee table to bench top to oversee the opening of a tin of Fancy Feast. “That cat should be drawn and quartered.” “Oh, Ryan, you’re only put out because I caught you with your pants down. Now, why exactly did you have your pants down?” The bloom deepened in Ryan’s face and he turned to busy himself at the bar. “Drink?” -Gayle J. Greenlea. YOU’RE THE DEAD TO ME 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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