The Real Neat Blog Award




A delightful end to a crappy week! Dronstad who blogs over at the Dronstad Writing Blog has graciously nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you dronstad!


Now, I must answer the seven questions he’s asked.

  1. What got you to writing?

It all started when I was in the sixth grade.  My teacher gave us a creative writing assignment of maybe two or three paragraphs. I write several pages…just couldn’t help myself! From then on, I knew I would be a writer someday.

  1. Who is your favorite author and genre?

I have a lot of favorites. Franz Kafka tops the list, but I also love Flannery O’Connor,  Mitch Albom, Isaac Bashevis Singer, oh and Anton Chekov. It is easier to explain the genres and types of writing I don’t like. Romance/Sci-Fi (to me they are one and the same), gratuitous violence,  contrived, too-good-to-be-true happy endings. I like stuff that kind of kicks you in the gut; writing with surprising yet believable twists.

  1. What is the main reason as to why you started the blog?

I began blogging to get my name put there as a freelance writer & editor. Plus, I like to write & wanted to meet like-minded people.
4. What motivates you to write?

Where freelancing is concerned, money is an effective motivator :-). Otherwise, I’ll have an idea floating around in my head and eventually something happens or someone says something will bring the idea full-circle. When that happens, I have no choice but to write. If I don’t, I will implode.

  1. What’s the meaning of writing to you?

To me, the written word is a legacy. It has an energy all its own and will be here long after I am gone.

  1. List your goals for writing?

I’ve attained a few of my writing goals:

  • becoming a freelance writer
  • published a book of short stories (Gutter Ball)
  • helped other writers get published
  • Someday, I hope to be a household name, to be really well-known for my writing
  1. What is your advice for beginning writers?

Write what hurts you in your heart and soul. Write what’s difficult for you. Be fearless. Take writing classes. Never give up!


Susan Marie Shuman/ SusanWritesPrecise

In My Room


The Daily Post

The air is hot, dense, and toxic,
I feel my lungs boiling then shriveling.
The lace curtains my grandmother made sparkle

and flash like fireflies, then
A smoldering pillowcase
Scorches the bedspread as
the flames take over, buckling
the door and wrinkling the walls.

Everything is screaming.


Susan Marie Shuman

Room For Rent


The Daily Post

Last month’s editorial page lay rumpled on my floor. Its letters graying and damp-wrinkled, edges curling upward.

Broken shells that once held sunflower seeds piled in one corner and a plastic mirror with a silenced bell in the other. How that bell drove me crazy with its incessant, cheap-metal jingle!
In retrospect, it wasn’t really that bad.
Who would have thought I’d miss the annoying tickle-poke of tiny claws scratching up and down my wires, across and every which-way? But I do.
And the musty fragrance of pastel feathers, some of which are still stuck to me, fluffy reminders of the chirps and tweets that used to be —

when I was someone’s home.