Teens On Fire

  “It’s Anne, not Andrea,” I correct him.  I don’t smile, but Brad’s flashy grin remains unstoppable.

“Right—Anne.  Sorry. I’ve always been bad with names.  Anyway, you’re going to have such an authentic, life-changing experience at the Teens on Fire retreat.  There’ll be paint ball, capture the flag, and all kinds of crazy games.  Plus, the speaker is the bomb.  And I can’t even tell you how super-cool the worship band is.  We were lucky, I mean, blessed, they were even available.  They’re a Dove award-winning group!  Of course, that was a few years ago…”


On The Outward Appearance by D. Marie Prokop

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Focused On The Bump

Nate follows Jaycee’s gaze. She’s focused on the bump lying on a bench that’s shadowed by the longest branch of a huge oak. Their breath forms clouds. Nate aches to ask what they’re waiting for, but Jaycee looks angry.

Tigress, a short story by D. Marie Prokop

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People For Lunch

  Alyssa doesn’t eat lunch.  Instead, she uses the time to show off her latest shopping spree finds or text voraciously.  One text by Alyssa could ruin you socially for the rest of your high school career—and maybe your life.  You could say Alyssa ate people for lunch.

On The Outward Appearance by D. Marie Prokop


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Finding Liberty

“Don’t let an E.C.C.O. agent hear you say that! ‘Seek freedom and become captive to your desires’, remember? We finished that lesson yesterday. That’s why the people led all those riots and even murdered the President. Freedom is very dangerous,” she replied fearfully.

“Maybe. But what if it’s worth it?

The inspiration for this conversation from Chapter 5 of The Red String, Vol. 1 of the Days of the Guardian series,  comes from Frank Herbert, the author of the classic science fiction novel, Dune.  Of course, the quote is not complete and taken out of context by the warped educational system of the Days of the Guardian world. Here’s the original quote . . .

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”

Frank Herbert

On September 11, Americans think a bit more about freedom and liberty. We feel dependent on a government to initiate this, but I suggest we look inside. After all, we must live our beliefs from the inside out.

Freedom and discipline in balance is a worthy goal.

“’…I am not to…

“’…I am not to speak to you,
I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone,
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.’”

This poem is quoted in The Red String, Chapter 18, aptly named, “The Stranger.” 

I love, love, love this poem. The background of Whitman’s writing of it is a bit risque, but it doesn’t have the same connotation here. That’s the beauty of poetry, of writing. It doesn’t end with the writer, but with the reader. 

Hear the full poem- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOuSASiEzSE

What’s the book…

What’s the book about?”
“My book is a young adult action/adventure that takes place in the year 2053. Two teenagers meet at a Clinic for patients with epilepsy. One is a patient and one is a nurse. The doctor at the Clinic has a secret nefarious plan for the patient. Throughout the story, the two teens, (you know, the patient and the nurse?), well, they learn lessons of faith, fate, and free will. Plus, there’s kissing!”

 The Red String is a mish-mash of genres- YA, science fiction, dystopian, romance, visionary-metaphysical, you name it! When I meet people, we sometimes get around to the whole “I wrote a book” thing. Then they inevitably ask, “Oh! What’s your book about?” I think… and think… and think…and look like someone who can’t tie their own shoes, not someone who just spent 3 years of their life slaving away over a story and then had the audacity to publish it!

Instead of an instant answer, I wish I could give them a quiz first. 

1. Do you like adventures, science-fiction,romance or dystopian books best?

2. Do you love to read?

3. Do you have a spare hour for us to discuss everything from toothpaste to the intricacies of the universe? 

Once upon a time, I promised myself I would write out a very short summary (I’ve written them for publishing purposes, after all) and memorize it.  So I did. And…on paper, it’s okay, but out loud? Well…I sound like an infomercial announcer. Ugh! So, now I just try to decide quickly which aspect of the story they may be most drawn to and go from there. 

It’s a bit like sharing your faith, describing your new boyfriend to your parents, or explaining your day in detail to a complete stranger. I believe this must be a common irritation for writers. We write. (which is accompanied by editing, editing, editing) We don’t necessarily verbalize well. We need a script, right? Hey, I admit- I do! 

So, I still plan to memorize that summary…and work on my British accent… ‘Cause, let’s face it- everything sounds better if you say it with a British accent! Wish me luck!