The ‘Memoir Challenge’: Out From the Darkness

Two Drops of Ink is much more than a literary blog! It’s a community where writers let their hair down, share and encourage. Compelling #shortstories, #memoir, #poetry and much more.

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By Lydia Oyetunji

The sun is shining brightly through the window. It welcomes me to come out and enjoy all that it has to offer. Unmoved, the invitation goes unanswered. Instead, I give into my mental and emotional incarceration. I am in a dark place, and it is where I feel comfortable. My valley of lavender lilies and beautiful butterflies no longer exists. No matter how it may seem this dungeon is not where I choose to take up residence but where my mind and emotions force me to live. This is merely the effects of depression.


I was not always this person on a forever emotional roller coaster ride. I was once this consistently bubbly, outgoing, and happy person. Compliments about my permanent smile and optimism followed me for as long as I can remember. No one knew what lay dormant behind those gleaming brown eyes and contagious laugh…

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A note from the Editor

Seeking to have your story published? Submit your #memoir to Two Drops of Ink.

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Good morning Two Drops followers, readers, and contributors. I wanted to drop a quick note to thank you all for the massive response we received to the “Memoir Challenge,” which, by-the-way, is still not complete. I still have a couple of submissions to edit and publish. It appears that memoir is one of the favorite genres here on the blog. This comes as no surprise to those of us that love this genre; it’s still a hot genre in the publishing world. I would encourage those of you that are writing memoirs to go back and look at some of our Literary Agent updates where you will find a list of agents looking for memoir queries.

I want to take a moment to thank all of our loyal readers, followers, and contributors. We have created a unique “animal” here at Two Drops of Ink. We have managed to create a…

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A Father’s Love

John C. Gyorki is the author of the #memoir “Sitting Ovation: Coming Full Circle” that was truly a touching story. Well, once again he steals your heart with this next piece. It is a must read. If you did not become a fan of John reading his last composition this one will definitely change your mind.

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By John C. Gyorki

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Where do I start?

The sun rose to greet me with another beautiful morning on Cope Island, South Carolina, August 2015. I felt the warmth from the rays upon my face. The light peeked its way through the narrow opening of the blind which came into the bedroom I occupied. My eyes reluctantly wanted to open, but the shimmer of the sunlight light continued to dance on my face for attention. I felt such a sense of peace and relished in the moment of calmness. Sadly, my moment of bliss quickly faded into tension; I was thinking about the work I had to complete, before making my way back to Michigan. My thoughts raced to no end. I finally sprang up out of bed to start the day. My stepmom, wife, and I, sat down for breakfast and sipped some coffee. We chit-chatted for a time before…

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Image Prompt Writing Challenge

An informative note from Two Drops of Ink editor Scott Biddulph regarding the Image Writing Prompt.

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A Note from the Editor:

A couple of days ago, Marilyn, our wonderful assistant editor, put forth a challenge to all the writers in our audience. She asked writers, who wish to participate, to use the old chimney in the above photo as a writing prompt. Your story can be either fiction or nonfiction. We have already received submissions for this writing challenge; however, I want to take a moment and reiterate Marilyn’s call for writers to join this challenge. Why should you do so?

First, as writers, it’s always a great idea to practice using the five senses in our writing. In this case, the writing prompt is visual; however, I would add to the challenge that each writer try and incorporate using the five senses in their stories. You’ll find that using the senses as you write, creating metaphors, simile, and concrete descriptiveness, you’re writing will be much richer and hold a…

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Historical Essay: African American Heroes and why they fought for a country that abused them

Read this outstanding essay on “Two Drops of Ink”.

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The British Colonies in North America became the new home of colored men and women from all over the globe because of the slave trade. While it is true that The U.S. has a diverse population filled with a multicultural citizenship not seen in any other nation, the African American slaves were forced to fight harder and longer for freedom. Of all the peoples that inhabit America, and whose ancestors endured forms of persecution in American society, the African American people have paid dearly and fought relentlessly for the rights, liberties, and freedoms promised in The Declaration of Independence. While many of America`s cultures have experienced bigotry and racism, none have endured the same fight for rights as African Americans. This begs the question of why African Americans fought in the Revolutionary War for the very nation that had enslaved them. The answer lies in the new language of…

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