99 word short story: A Reminder. Updates #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #microstories #nature #newsletter

I’m still focusing on doing things I want or need to do. This has included many Christmas movies I taped in July, getting to those little projects that have been sitting or sometimes just listening to the cricket’s song on a starry summer night.

Right before my body decided it needed a bit of rest, I spent some time on the front deck writing poetry and short stories. Here is one short story written in 99 words that offers a gentle reminder of what is essential.


Stella sat on the old wooden porch swing and gently rocked. Birds sang their sweet song while the forest swayed to the music: nothing to do and no place to go. The clouds formed shapes that summer afternoon. Day faded into the pink and purple splendor where the day caressed the night. That moment birthed the first joy she’d felt since her days of busyness and usefulness when the world respected her worth. Today, she was reminded of her quiet love of nature. Nature loved back Stella by awakening her wonder and opening her poetic door—a new beginning.


Are you subcribed to my monthly newsletter? I have been doing a book of the month to further promote some good books read. Here is the list of books so far with many more to come! I’ve scheduled out to late 2023, so far.

August Book: Terra’s Call: TetraSphere – Book 1 

July Book: The Ferryman and the Sea Witch

June Book: Life and Soul

May Book:  Things old and Forgotten

April Book: HYPE

March Book: Grinders

Febuary Book: Cold Dark Night

January Book: No Such Luck


December Book: The Reckoning Squad

November Book: Keeper Tyree

October Book: The Contract

September Book: Ghostly Interference

I have and will be doing giveways with these books. This is a new feature I’m enjoying! Thanks Jan Sikes and all others involved for the great idea 🙂

16 thoughts on “99 word short story: A Reminder. Updates #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #microstories #nature #newsletter”

  1. Lovely story, Denise! Great list of books. Thanks so much for sharing Life & Soul! I’m impressed that you’re scheduled late into 2023 … I need to get organised, lols. Have a lovely week 💕🙂

    1. Thanks, Harmony 🙂 Its one of the very few times I’ve been organized, usually I’m winging it….lol. Have a great week too. Xo

  2. Hi,
    I like this story because it rings many bells of truth. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to take in the beauty of nature or people or moments that really count.
    Shalom aleichem

    1. Thank you, Pat 🙂 That is so true that we get too busy and forget what is important or necessary.

  3. This is a very interest piece of writing, Denise. I was talking to my mom this past week about how so many peoples feelings of self worth are wrapped up in their jobs and designations which, ultimately, do not define you in the longer term.

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