The Ultimate Party Crasher

The Ultimate Party Crasher

All impurities swept and mopped,
Tables ornamented with
Praying napkins in
Coordinating colors to
Match blue vases borrowed
From her sister’s summer wedding,
Now filled with flowers from
Miss Shelly’s stand at
Famers market.

Doorbells ring, guests arrive,
Stacking gifts, munching chips and dips,
And exchanging home renovation tips, concerning
Outdoor patios, stainless steel appliances,
And the latest candle scents.

Until he arrives,
The ultimate party crasher.
He’s never invited and never notices
How you’ve prepped and planned.
He sneaks in to suck and scavenge,
Slighting every party guest,
From person to person he
Indiscriminately pests, stealing
a taste from everyone’s plate.

And there’s nothing you can do
But wish you could,
Like him—fly.

Upcoming Collab!

Hi ya’ll,

I have been MIA but for good reason! Currently, I am frantically revising my master’s thesis so that I can graduate May 3rd! After meeting with my committee, they believe it is 100% possible for me to finish on time. I can’t tell you how relieved (and stressed) I feel that I will be done with school in less than a month!

In other news, I want to announce that I will shortly be posting an exciting collaboration initiated by Denny from The Ceaseless Reader Writes and Em from Earthly Brain.

After Denny posted a compelling short story on his blog (which you can read here), Denny’s readers voiced their desire for a sequel. Instead of writing the sequel himself, Denny challenged his readers to write their own sequels. Em from Earthly Brain was one of many who decided to give it go! (Read her sequel here)

This mini collaboration inspired Denny and Em to create an even bigger collab that would involve eight other bloggers. I’m here to reveal that I am one of those lucky eight bloggers!

I can’t express how thrilling it was to work with such amazing and creative writers. I also can’t wait for you all to see the finished product.

Today, I give you a delectable tease!
Here is the cover for our project designed by Liz Charnes, a fellow contributor.


Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming short story!

– T. Shaw