New Chapter of Five Mornings, a Cambio Springs #free short

Every now and then, there’s a chapter that is painful to write. Gio and Beatrice’s argument under the oak trees in This Same Earth was one. Her break-up with Mano was another. Ava’s chapters at the end of THE SCRIBE put me in a bad mood for days. As much as it hurts to read angst, writing it is also really, genuinely painful.

I can’t explain why, because these are pretend people, right? Their pain is not real. And yet, it is. For the time that they live in your mind and your heart, they’re real. And their pain is yours. Partly because, as the writer, you’re the one causing it. But some things have to happen exactly the way they happen.

With that in mind, here’s the third morning in Ted and Alex’s story.


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  1. When I was younger, I used to think I would be a writer. I loved everything about it, the worlds created the way that words fit and moved together, if that makes any sense. Now I use charcoal and pencils for creativity. I did not have what it takes to put characters through pain and upset. I couldn’t give them what they needed to be great characters. I so admire people who can do it. That’s a big lotta something to be good at and you are. 😀

  2. Awesome as always. The argument under the Oak trees is actually one of my favorite parts of the series 🙂

  3. Reading the Scribe at the end when Ava cried out for Mal….MAn….Massive tear jerker not gonna lie…I was heart broken when I read that… 🙁 So glad the Singer is on and Poppin can’t wait to read it…Hopefully I’ll have my phone back by then so I can read it at work 🙂

  4. I rarely cry when I’m reading, but The Scribe slayed me. I seriously SOBBED when Malachi was killed. I normally like a little bittersweet reality mixed with my romance, but if you hadn’t given us that little bit of Hollywood at the end, I might have been too depressed to look forward to The Singer. So thanks for that. 😉

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