Monthly Archives: May 2023

Guest Post: Poetry by Kelly Grettler

It’s graduation season and a time to reflect about our children growing up and moving on. Kelly Grettler shares her feelings on this emotional milestone.

Kelly Grettler lives in Cibolo, TX with her tolerant husband, their 2 dogs, and 2 cats. (Their 2 boys went off to college.) She is the author of several books for children including: Maisie McGillicuddy’s Sheep Got Muddy, Sweet Tea by the Live Oak Tree, Underneath the Mimosa Tree, and her newest, a goodbye story, Forever Mine. You can find her on Instagram @kelly.grettler or on her website,


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Writing Prompt Wednesday

If you’re looking for a little bit of mid-week motivation, welcome to Writing Prompt Wednesday!

Your prompt: Write a short story (or a long one!) using these three words: pest, bleed, gallery.

If you’re feeling inspired, I’d love to see where this idea leads you. Feel free to leave me a comment! You can also check out my Writers’ Resources page for more help and motivation! I also accept guest post submissions, so if this exercise leads you into a great short story or piece of flash fiction, consider sending it in. Thanks for stopping by!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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