Big Things Are Afoot #WeekendCoffeeShare

Welcome! It’s been awhile since you stopped in for coffee and tea. I’m thrilled to have you here today. Big things are afoot at The Honeyed Quill. Like yesterday’s guest post from veteran, feminist and survivor Drew Sheldon. And several more guest posts I have lined up for you.

What’s biggest on my mind today is the looming end of the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Competition. This contest falls under the Four Paws for Noah banner and is a fundraiser for the service dog my son needs. I hope you’ll enter! You have until Jan. 31st to flash us. You didn’t expect to read it here, but please, please flash us.


Need more motivation than setting a child up for success? I’ve got that covered. All Four Paws for Noah contests have cash prizes and publication opportunities attached, not to mention a chance at the grand prize #Write2TheEnd workshop valued at $495. You don’t have to win to win, ya ken?

Other news to share at my table is my writing retreat was wonderful. I wish you’d been there. I hope you’ll join for the next one. I’m looking into dates for Spring. Workshops, retreats, coaching and ghost writing are my soul work. Nothing gives me greater joy than helping individuals release trauma on the page.

I’ve got Vanna Diana back. She’s still struggling a bit. It appears the new door installed has a faulty motor, and the mechanic who installed it has some faulty thinking when it comes to gender equality. My eldest son got to witness sexism in action. It was highly educational. He also got to see my claws come out and learn the ways words can be wielded as very considerate weapons. He fears for Sexist Mechanic as his superior will receive a carefully worded letter from me if this matter isn’t resolved this week. Toyota’s corporate office will as well.

But there is much positive news. Namely, the repairs in our office and laundry room are complete. Interim homeschooling is going well. We have a new-to-us couch that is enormously comfortable. I finally resolved my issue with Pfaltzgraff and received a new set of dishes that have yet to chip. Hooray! Dishes that don’t cut you as you eat off of them!

Back to the writing competitions–when they come to a close I will be shifting full force into my achieving my career goals, hopefully finding a way to raise whatever is left of the $13,000 on my own. Item One on my career list is the completion of my Writing Through Trauma workbook. I also have some delightful surprises in store that are currently being co-created with other artists. I love giving gifts!

Thank you for joining me. Next time we will have Arabic coffee, yes? Let’s plan to get together soon.

#WeekendCoffeeShare is hosted by Diana at Part-Time Monster. Diana is also a judge for the (De)Caffeinated Confessions Writing Competition. Click here for more information.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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  1. Norah says:

    Thanks for the coffee and letting me know what you are up to. I wish you all the best with your new endeavours and with achieving your goal of a service dog for Noah.

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