Monday, November 19, 2018

Still Here and Still Writing: The View Looks Good

I’m amazed and I don’t believe it! Four years ago I created this writing space on Thanksgiving Day and I’m still here and still writing. 

It only seems fitting on this upcoming Thanksgiving Day to give thanks to the people that regularly visit A Square Of Chocolate.  I’m hoping you have found inspiration, had many giggles or simply enjoyed reading my stories on some level.

To you, dear readers, I’m extremely grateful for sticking with me for 4 years!

I’ll be honest; there were times I thought about shutting it down.  Then I realized this is the only space where I’m the boss, can take true ownership and have complete writing and creative freedom

I’ve put a lot of time and effort into this blog site, so it’s very hard for me to pack it up and store it away.  However, as I grow and find my way through this writing process, it may transition into something else. I’m just not sure what that is, yet.




Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Short Fiction: Recaptured Charm

It's a story of anguish, judgement and chance – Molly comes in contact with someone from her past in unexpected circumstances.  She must uncover his motives of re-entering her life. She battles with the truth and deciding whether to trust her instincts or believe it may have been a crime against her.

Inside the Writer’s Corner ~ 
When I first started writing this story it was going to lean on the creepy horror side with a Halloween theme in mind. I only had a few paragraphs written when I got stuck and my imagination developed a wrinkle. Writing something sinister or gruesome was not my thing. I soon realized I’m no Stephen King - there’s a reason he’s an accomplished horror and suspense author.  Writing horror stretches the imagination further than I felt capable of doing.

After a day or two of thinking about where to take the story next, I realized I had to soften the story while still incorporating some emotional darkness and twists along the way. My plot, as always, is generally overruled by hope and promise. 

Writing is a journey and I’m happy to share it. 

Story is approximately a 20 minute read. No time? Bookmark for later and come back when you have some down time to engage in the story. 

Hope you “feel” this story and the characters come to life for you. ~Laurie



Recaptured Charm

By: Laurie Oien

The excruciating pain awakened him from his unconscious slump and spit stretched thin from his lip as he tried to forge through the weeds of his last memory. It hovered like dark clouds in his head. 

Pain was tormenting his left arm and, instinctively, he reached with his right hand to soothe the wound, only to have it stopped short. Something constrained and pinched his wrist leaving him helpless and immobile. A bundle of thoughts cinched at his brain and it was unmistakable. He was caught in the crosshairs of hell again.  It seared evident like this morning’s fried bacon. 

Anger, fear and misery spilled over his aching body right down to the cold hard concrete slab he sat on. The corners of his eyes had collected dried droplets that clung like crusted toast crumbs to his lashes. He mustered to open his eyes and survey his surroundings. 


Monday, October 1, 2018

Reasons to Reflect On Your Summer and Sharing New Stories


Summers go by quickly, particularly here in Minnesota, and it’s incredibly challenging to cram everything we want to do in a short summer season. 

Some people plan their summer calendar three months out, while others will take each moment as it comes. No plans – no problem. 

Whatever your summer planning or lack of planning style may be, now is a great time to reflect and make a list of the highlights. Making a list or even a mental list is a great way to appreciate the full value of your summer experiences. Before you know it, the season has slipped away and you're left wondering what did I even do this summer?


Leif Erikson Park at Duluth, MN (overlooking Lake Superior)

Friday, June 22, 2018

Would It Help to Put On Your Rose-Colored Glasses?


I’m writing this today on the beginning of Summer Solstice with sunshine on the horizon and what will be the longest day of the year.  I don’t know about you, but it’s inspired me to put on my rose-colored glasses and see things from a different point of view. 



Image Credit: Pixabay.com

Sometimes we all need to take a break from the world’s troubles and our own troubles to see things from a more cheerful and positive viewpoint...as they say, through rose-colored glasses. Or, “happy glasses” as my mom would say.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Being a Badass: Is It Really All Bad?


I recently was reminded when things get tough the tough get going and to add to that, I found writing inspiration from Thelma and Louise.  They are the characters from the 1991 movie of the same namesake. Actresses Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis played two women leaving their “somewhat” normal lives behind to hit the road for adventure. 

Things go all Badass when their journey turns into trouble, which is punctuated by their unexpected criminal activity. Things literally go south as they find themselves running for the Mexican border while outrunning the police. 

When this movie first came out every married, single, hard-working, fed-up, and victimized woman cheered for its badass attitude. But, it was the ending that made EVERYONE say, “That’s BADASS!”

So, what does it mean to be a badass?




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