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The Odd Mind

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I'm proud to tell everyone that my story, Her Promise, will be in the January issue of The Odd Mind! Gloria When I was a little red-haired girl I used to live in what was to become known as "The Zone", a place never to hear the voice of Rod Serling, see the profile of Alfred Hitchcock, or feel the jet-stream of a passing super hero, but a blend of all of the above. In "The Zone" I sang with Alvin and the other Chipmunks, rode with the Lone Ranger on my trusty stick horse, and wore my mother's voluminous half slip on my head, visualizing it as long golden tresses sure to capture the eye and heart of my prince. I was born in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains into the most wondrous, crazy family ever to bless a child. My family told me that my imagination could be my best friend. I've never had any reason to dispute that since it's helped me to cope with life's bumps and bruises. It's even boosted my checking account a few times. I've had over four dozen short stories published in national magazines, as well as serial and holiday stories published in regional newspapers. I have a short story published in the anthology Shades of Tulsa and I'm a contributing author to Book Marketing A to Z. In 2004 I won first place for a short story submitted to the OWFI conference contest in the confession category. I won first place in the America Nostalgia Prose category at the OWFI conference in May, 2005 for a short story created from a chapter in Saturday Night Cocoa Fudge. I won prizes for poetry and a Sci-Fi book in OWFI writing contest in 2008. It is my pleasure to be a member of Tulsa Nightwriters and have the honor of being the editor of NightScripts, the organization's newsletter. I'm also a member of Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. (OWFI). Synop: SATURDAY NIGHT COCOA FUDGE is a coming-of-age story of not only a freckled-faced girl of the 1950s in east Tennessee but the maturation of the women of my family. This book isn't about a sugar-sweet mother and grandm