Libby moved her easel closer to the window, but she still couldn’t settle into the moment. Frustrated, she put her paintbrush down and stepped to the window overlooking the cul-de-sac. Cookie cutter yards surrounding cookie cutter houses. Libby could almost imagine the cookie cutter lives of the people hiding behind those cookie cutter walls.

There used to be a time when she danced along the edges of life. Star gazing and dream catching used to be her anthem. Scaling new mountains became her swan song and she didn’t even realize it before it was too late.

Because of Brad.

He tore through her life like a tornado and she was swept up on a tide of emotion. Before she knew it, Libby was walking down the aisle and now her paint by number life was draining the life right out of her.

How can she manage to sell so many beautiful paintings when all the color was being sucked out of her own world?

Libby took one more look at those cookie cutter houses before picking up her paintbrush and diping the tip into a deep cerulean blue. Using broad strokes, the canvas came alive with color as different hues splashed on the canvas. Even a paint by number life should have some meaning. Now if only she could figure out what that meaning was…




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International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

2 thoughts on “FLASH FICTION TUESDAY : A Paint By Number Life…

  • June 12, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Many a dreamer has had their wings clipped. Many have had the will to soar, even with shortened feathers. Libby must realize that and bring the stargazing adventurer out of hibernation. It’s time to teach others to recognize and realize their own once forgotten dreams.

  • June 13, 2019 at 8:59 am

    You are wise beyond your years, Janet. Maybe Libby should take your advice…?

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