Boom Town: Introduction

10 January 2016: Marietta Street, Atlanta, Georgia. “Associated Press, Atlanta, Georgia, March 15, 2013: Officials with the Cairo Foundation will neither confirm nor deny reports concerning the disappearance of founder David Cairo and several associates during the recent uprising in the Congo. Sources report contact was lost on Saturday when rebels overran the compound the … Continue reading Boom Town: Introduction

Author’s Intent: Writing Prompts

I very rarely use writing prompts. This is usually because I don’t have much trouble initiating a writing project. I can almost always think of something to write. It’s converting it to meaningful output that’s the challenge. My method is to start writing, regardless of how it sounds, then once I have something on the … Continue reading Author’s Intent: Writing Prompts

Characters: Leonard Stringer

Leonard Stringer Leonard Stringer is a features writer and reporter, mainly employed by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution but syndicated to hundreds of papers throughout the country at the height of his career. Leonard Stringer With the decline of newspapers in the Internet era, Lenny chose not to become a commentator in network news, so he’s semi-retired, … Continue reading Characters: Leonard Stringer

Delilah Barber: Miss Georgia

Copyright 2011, G. M. Lupo While she’s a sophomore at Georgia State University, Delilah competes in the Miss Georgia Pageant. She gets the opportunity by winning a local contest in Canton where she’s still listed in her aunt Wanda’s household, despite living in an apartment in Doraville most of the year. Delilah views it as … Continue reading Delilah Barber: Miss Georgia

Worthy, Abigail & Jillian

Late Thursday morning, Abigail goes to the Hyatt, where Jillian's conference is being held. Numerous participants are milling around the lobby in groups of varying size. An attractive, dark-haired woman in a light silk top and dark slacks takes note of Abigail and heads toward her. “Abigail?” “Yes. You must be Jillian.” Jillian scrutinizes her … Continue reading Worthy, Abigail & Jillian

Worthy, Zelda Burch

Early in Abigail’s sophomore year, a local church starts distributing anti-gay literature and holding protests near campus. Her friend Delores is very angry and insists their LGBTQ group organize counterprotests and confront the parishioners head-on. Abigail is among those who want to take a less confrontational stand against the church. After several discussions among their … Continue reading Worthy, Zelda Burch