#NaNoWriMo Day Twenty-Five 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.

blue lotus obscureTrigger Warning PEOPLE OF A SENSITIVE NATURE ARE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS EXPLORE FAMILY DYSFUNCTION AND ABUSE ISSUES Zero Gravity Excerpt for 25 November, 2021 <chapter> Two continued Owen set the table, poured two glasses of Barossa Valley Shiraz and met Ryan’s gaze. “Okay. What’s happened?” “How much do you know about Hilary’s childhood?” Ryan asked. Owen opted for caution. “Enough. What do you know?” “You know there’s another sister? I mean, besides Siobhan.” Owen waited a moment before nodding. “Yes,” he said carefully. This was treacherous ground. Hilary almost never spoke of the third sister and he felt uncertain about how much Ryan actually knew and what he, himself, might inadvertently reveal. “You know she disappeared.” -Gayle J. Greenlea YOU’RE THE DEAD TO ME Fourth week -A Waning –

Day Four

I’m Ashley Jackson

landscape, McMillan stanza,

Ibbeson sculpture.

-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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