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The second of THREE 4th PLACE WINNERs in the March 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest: Normal Things by Barbara Anne Helberg

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img_2351-11It is my pleasure to present to you the second of three 4th place winners from the March 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest, “Normal Things” by Barbara Anne Helberg.

This was a very good story, as you will see.

Another story that really fit the theme well and was outside of the writer’s usual style, but she really delivered.


Word Weaver Writing Contest Winner

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Barbara Anne Helberg


I could envision the locals surrounding the cabin in the Vermont woods. They used the usual perfunctory call-outs: “Police!” — “Open up!” — “Come out with your hands high!” — “No weapons!”

It made me chuckle. There was no one at the cabin.

I had come back to the old Ohio Penneynickel Canals instead, bringing Mother as my — shall I say, captive audience? She was tied to the bow seat of my ouboarded rowboat, immobilized, terrified, captively readied to pay for…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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