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K is for Kate


A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Kate:
Kate, 65, is a retired therapist who moved her practice to the community more than twenty-five years ago when she married Cottonwood Creek's mayor. 

Jeanette had done her best to console Erica and reassure her that her new assignment as director of the Christmas Choir Concert was not a demotion but she wasn't really successful, so as soon as she got home she texted Fran to fill her in.

Realizing that the situation was escalating, Fran called on Kate for expert help in dealing with Erica; and after some thought, Kate came up with a plan that she thought might be the key to resolving the situation.

Kate arranged a meeting with Alyssa, and clued her in about Erica's feelings, proposing that Alyssa make an attempt to befriend Erica and solicit some advice as to what had worked and not worked with Christmas programs in the past, offering her the opportunity to be a mentor for this transition year.

Alyssa liked the idea, realizing that it was important to restore harmony among the ladies of Hope Christian Fellowship, and acknowledging that there were probably things she could learn from Erica about directing the Christmas Program. 

Erica was floored to receive a call from Alyssa asking if they could get together, and even more surprised when Alyssa requested her input and advice; she felt ashamed of  the way she'd acted.

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Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
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 I'm also joining Zoe at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "key"

28 comments:

  1. how are you keeping all of these names straight?

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    1. LOL, it's not easy! I have a cheat sheet with all the names, ages, and their roles and relationships in the community. If you live in a small town, everyone knows everyone else, and I'm writing from that premise, but for readers following along in pieces, it's more confusing I'm sure!

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  2. I'm sure everything will work out OK in the end. Kate sounds like a good peacemaker.

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    1. Yes, it was time for someone to put an end to this ruckus!

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  4. I got a happy ending to my suppositions about Erica. The cooperation of women is so amazing, especially when they work together to empower one another. I do like reading your characters and seeing how the story grows through them. Cottonwood Creek could be any town USA, with a multitude of personalities and ideas.

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    1. I like to think that people can learn from their mistakes and grow, Val. I always hope for the best. One person can cause such division in a community, but one person can effect healing too! Yes all towns are like this, everyone different and a little push and pull going on behind the scenes. :-)

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  5. I was just thinking I need to read this all over again in one sitting to keep everything straight.
    Finding Eliza

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    1. It truly is a lot to keep the characters sorted out, the main focus will be on Alyssa who has recently returned to Cottonwood Creek and Erica who tends to keep things stirred up in the community.

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  6. You do catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

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    1. Always, it's important for both sides to save face if possible.

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  7. Great compromise. Glad to see that Erica was up to cooperating!
    Janet
    K is for Kihncert

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    1. Erica may try to manipulate the situation, but at least this way she can appear to still have a say in how things go, it is a good way to restore peace.

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  8. Asking Erica for advice is a very good idea.

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    1. I think it was a very good way to resolve this, Romi. Her feelings were hurt because she felt like she was pushed aside, this way she still has an important role as a mentor. Let's hope she does that wisely.

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  9. A good example of how, when the ego does not get in the way, helping people by bringing together others (in the circle) can produce more (and assumedly longer term) change in others.

    (on the writing side: I caught one of the comments talking about challenge in keeping multiple characters straight, I perked up. I also tend to write descriptions of characters separate from the story, adding to the 'biography as the story develops. Surprisingly (or not) I find time/age to be much more difficult to manage. Determining the age a character needs to be in order to have certain qualities at certain time... very tough. I end up writing timelines out on paper. I've yet to find an app that allows easy tracking of age).

    a bit off topic ...lol I do enjoy picking up whatever tips and insights I can on Thursday, thanks

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    1. You are right, Clark, sometimes it really does take some outside assistance to help put situations in perspective. It's never wrong to look to those older with a bit more wisdom and experience in relationships.

      When I initially started this series for the A to Z my intent was to write 26 free-standing stories, but it evolved into a serial tale that I'm enjoying. I think it's working, but it can be a little messy to introduce so many characters so quickly. I've posted a link to the list of names/ages and will be adding some bio info to each one in the next few days for easy reference. I do have some storyline notes, but I'm winging it to some extent too. :-)

      I really believe that we all learn and grow in our writing from our shared SSS efforts, it's a really fun and very supportive group!

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    1. Thank you, Jo'Anne! I'm having fun with the writing.

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  11. Hope the A to Z is going well for you - love your theme idea this year. Good luck in the second half!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I am enjoying my theme, it's an easy write each day, and I'm loving checking out what others do. The A-Z is time-consuming in April, but fun! Great way to meet new bloggers.

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  12. I for one am glad she felt ashamed. She should. And without repentance, there is no remission of sin.

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    1. i agree Barbara, I would worry about her more if she didn't feel shame and remorse. What she was doing was very wrong, regardless of her rationale for such behavior. Hopefully she will learn from this.

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  13. The politics of small towns are worse than the politics of governments, sometimes! This is an elegant solution.

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  14. Now that's a nice way to be supportive and inclusive and resolve a situation that could have ended badly. :)

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  15. Killing em with kindness - ha! Wise of Aylssa to heed the advice and follow through. This is a great group of ladies.

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  16. Nicely done, Josie! I suspect this group will have plenty of lessons to teach us :)

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)