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Reflecting on 2013

7 Jan

Gaylord Palms_Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog

2013 flew by! Where did it go? It’s been 10 months since I started this blog. Yesterday was ‘Epiphany’ Day and I was thinking about the stories and articles I’ve written, as well as the awesome guests I’ve featured and decided to do a re-cap of my most popular 2013 posts. Take a look and enjoy!

 

 

My most popular articles:

This is my most popular post to date. It is a chapter from my novel ‘The Basement’. If you have not read it and you’d like to, click on the illustration below.

It’s Only Water? Tell That To A Drowning Boy.

The Basement by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Illustration for The Basement by Denise Spencer

 

 

In this next piece, I wrote about an experience I had while at the Supermarket. Many people seemed to relate to my experience and it became one of my most popular posts. (Click on picture if you’d like to read it)

Am I A Sucker?

Sad-man-via-Shutterstock

 

 

 

This is an article I wrote after contemplating all the weird weather phenomena happening around the world.

How Will The World End?

How will the world end?

 

 

 

I wrote this next article after looking around on Tumblr and noticing the underlying sadness in many of the teens’ comments.

Why So Sad?

depressed teenagers

 

 

 

I wrote this piece after a very stressful and frustrating experience packing up my house and moving. It turned out to be funny.

Hello Stress!

Moving

 

 

I posted the following article in November and it turned out to be the most popular of my recipe posts.

One Of My Favorite Words: Scrumptious.

Table settings

 

 

 

 

 

My Short Stories:

This short story is one of my most popular and it was my first attempt at writing a Romance.

It Happened In An Elevator

It Happened In An Elevator

This next Romance short story followed.

When A Stranger Leaves An Imprint

Taylor Kitsch

 

 

 

For the month of October I promised some creepy stories (my specialty-Horror) and the next two short stories were born.

TERROR

Resin_Enchanted_Doll_by_Marina_B

Raven’s Masterpiece

Raven's Masterpiece

 

 

 

Of course I had to write at least one Christmas story for the month of December. Let’s just say it is a different kind of Christmas story.

A Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

Muscle Santa Claus

 

 

 

I’ve been blessed to have had many talented and interesting guest bloggers and spotlights on my blog. I will list the most popular, but please take a look around and enjoy all the writers, poets, bloggers and artists I’ve featured and interviewed because they are all truly awesome.

 

 

Reading Glendon’s story made me cry like a baby (again). I couldn’t help thinking of my father who’s not feeling great these days. It’s a lovely short story.

Disconnected by Glendon Perkins

feel_pain_2_______by_mehmeturgut

Photograph by Mehmeturgut

Check out Glendon Perkins’ Blog here.

 

 

Jackson Baer talks about an issue close to my heart–bullying.

Bullies – Broken People by Jackson Baer

Bullies

Check out Jackson Baer’s Blog here.

 

 

Alana exposes the truth about female friendships in her book ‘Women Behaving Badly’.

Women Behaving Badly by Alana Munro

Women Behaving Badly

Check out Alana Munro’s Blog here.

 

 

This touching poem will cause an earthquake in your heart.

Man Without A Name by Kay Leez

Man Without A Name

Connect with Kay Leez’ here.

 

 

Read about the fascinating (and opinionated) Miss Jazz

Q & A With Non-Fiction Writer Jasveena Prabhagaran

Jasveena Prabhagaran

Visit Jasveena’s Blog here.

 

 

I challenged Dyane Forde to write a Christmas story using certain prompts. Well, she blew me away with her short story! Check it out! Not your ordinary Christmas story.

Dyane Forde’s Christmas Challenge

The Purple Morrow

Visit Dyane Forde’s Blog here.

 

 

One of my ‘New Year’ resolutions is to focus more on my writing. I would like to write more short stories for this blog and finish my works in progress ‘Lilith’ and ‘Dracul’ (tentative titles). I hope to continue receiving in 2014 all the love, support and encouragement I’ve received in 2013. I truly appreciate you all and I promise to give you my best efforts and hope that’s enough to keep you entertained. Love you all!

What are some of your New Year resolutions?

New Year resolutions for 2014