Vicki Abelson’s 30 Day Writing Challenge #7 – Secrets – Day 8

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Day 8 of Vicki’s WC7 – Secrets…

Morning pages… letter to Nana (“email” is a four-letter word to Nana)… work on my noir escuro… and about an hour working on some notes for this year’s NaNoWriMo.

I was going to reveal another secret today, but as I mentioned earlier… I don’t have that many secrets… I have to pace them out.  So today… a few words about secrets and power.

Humans need power… in some form… to some degree – some crave it to the point of bringing harm to others – we all need a little power.  Women especially, because it was denied us for so long.  But now… we know how to get power and we know how to keep it… unlike men, who only seem to piss it away.  But that is a story for another day.  We were talking about secrets and their need for power, weren’t we….

Secrets hold power… secrets are power.  A secret will use its power to keep its owner from revealing it… because it knows that once the person reveals the secret… once the secret is brought out into the light of day… and seen for what it really is… the power of that secret is gone.  The secret can no longer hurt the person or hold them down… hold them back… hold them under… hold them to another whose time has come and gone.

Secrets, like their human hosts, need power.  Without power, a secret cannot survive.  Not all secrets are meant to survive… some play their role and then exit stage left.

But some secrets… some secrets will do whatever they must to survive… to keep their power.  They will, if necessary, turn their host into an addict… or worse…

And then, there are other secrets that were never meant to be revealed.

Fight the power.


Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw

14 September 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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