Fortunately, Story #5 presented itself to me with ease, thanks to Dominick Navarra's beautiful piece of folk art. This lovely hummingbird, along with a number of other beautiful pieces can be appreciated here. I would like to point out that this story brings my word count up to EXACTLY where I need to be on day 7 to reach 50,000 words by day 30. That is a happy coincidence! Now if I can just somehow manage to squeeze out two more stories today. Not holding my breath, but I am pleased with the amount of writing I got done this weekend nonetheless.
Muse: Dominick Navarra
Story Word Count: 2645
Total Word Count: 11665
Summary: When Olivia finds herself unexpectedly living with the father she didn't even know she had, she is full of doubts about whether or not this man is really her father. The two struggle to find a balance in their now upturned lives, and Hank tries to bond with Olivia by showing her the hummingbirds that come through his yard every summer.
What I Like About This Story: I know without a doubt that my writing group would tell me this is not a short story but instead a beginning to a novel. And I wouldn't be able to argue with them. I am a sucker for complicated relationships and love packing tons of back story into just a few pages. But what I really like about this story is the last line and all the emotions Olivia feels when she sees a hummingbird for the first time.
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