Sunday Post: #beachwaves, #winning, and #retirement practice

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post

This is our view this week as we are staying in beautiful Holden Beach, NC. I left my work phone at home for the first time ever as I indulge in a little “retirement practice.” Here’s to resting, relaxing, and eating crab legs!

Some Cool News: I won a flash fiction contest sponsored by Cinnabar Moth Publishing. It’s the first time I ever wrote flash fiction. It’s called “After,” and very loosely based on a sonnet I wrote in college, which I have shared on here. It is also called “After.” Both have the scene of a girl’s first moments after life. I won $25 and the honor of putting an author bio on their site. It’s more of a blogger bio right now, and I will update it with the Bonnie Douglas bio, including both Doug and I, after we publish our book on Amazon.

The theme for the flash fiction story on a Twitter post was “Now, where to start?” Here’s my story, the length of a Twitter post:

There wasn’t much left of the car I’d been in. I could hear crying, and somebody lifted a limp girl wearing my sweater as I watched from above. My dad called my name “Meg! Meg!” Unable to go to him, I felt my cares slip away as a skyful of stars beckoned. Now, where to start?

Winning a contest is so cool. My husband Doug and I are writing a book of short Appalachian folklore stories which will include the folklore stories we’ve been sharing on here. Since we haven’t published it yet, I haven’t really felt like an author until today. Thanks so much to Cinnabar Moth Publishing!


I’m reviewing Our Stolen Child by Melissa Wiesner as part of a blog tour for Bookouture.

I’m posting a review of the audiobook Relatively Normal Secrets by C.W. Allen. I will also be doing a Q&A with the author.

I’m finishing up several reviews for Historical Novels Review, the magazine of The Historical Novel Society, which are due on September 15th. I’ll post those after the magazine is published on November 1st. I still have one or two from the August issue I haven’t shared and I will put one of those up this week if I have time.

Have a wonderful week! I’m about to hit the pool!

24 thoughts on “Sunday Post: #beachwaves, #winning, and #retirement practice”

  1. Oh wow Bonnie! Congratulations! That is wonderful and I love your opening. I can just hear how happy and excited you are about it.

    Just to let you know – you talked about Songbird a couple of weeks ago, I got it on Kindle and hope to get to it soon. It does sound delightful.

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Elza Reads

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  2. Wow, Bonnie! That is. such cool news about the contest! And enjoy your retirement practice.! :). I’ve been retired for 2.5 years and I highly recommend it. 🙂

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