In Vicki Ableson’s second 30 Day Writing Challenge, we are supposed to write about what scares us.  This is going to be an interesting 30 days.  Dr. Kay is back on speed-dial.


Day 9 of Vicki’s WC2…

Woke up at 3 a.m…. no words… tried to go back to sleep but couldn’t… Tina is in Seattle… bedroom is dark and silent… miss the sound of her breathing… close my eyes.

The words come…. reaching for pen and notebook…

** to post or not to post? **

Man lived in darkness.

Man discovered fire… man learned to fear fire.

Man discovered religion… man learned to fear religion.

Man discovered different tribes… man learned to fear difference.

Man learned to reason… reason took away much of man’s fears.

The universe blinked.

Man began to fear the loss of fear… fear kept man alive.

Man began to forsake reason for fear.

Man returned to darkness.


Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw

19 April 2013

(Writing under a large mushroom, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest)

About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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  1. deelaytful says:

    Oh lordy. That’s a wonderful writing challenge! If I weren’t in the middle of mine and I’d hop in on this one!

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