Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women...Now Available

Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women...Now Available

Wednesday October 26, 2011


Friends,

I am excited to share with you some good news. I have written and published my very first book! It’s called, “Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women.” I have enjoyed writing and putting together five short stories about different obstacles that forces each character to try to understand life, themselves, and others. This book is a work of fiction.

Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women is available now. You can order from my BLOGSPOT and I will be able to autograph it for you or you can also order it from CREATESPACE.COM.

If you'd like to read an excerpt from Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women I have attached some links.
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Excerpt from "Every Moment Counts."

Excerpt from "Life is a Journey."

I thank you in advance for your support and the purchase of the book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Sincerely,
Sophie Heng

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"Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women" Now Available.

"Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women" Now Available.



Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women takes a journey with five different women as they struggle to understand life and themselves.

Dana struggles with her identity as a mother and a wife. She fears that she is losing herself and in her search for self discovery will she lose her family?

A woman regrets the lost of a childhood friend. She finds herself writing letters as a means of therapy. Can she fix years of estranged relationship?

Angie turns to her friend Connie for support and understanding through her separation, but first she must admit the lies involved in her relationship that she dared not admit before.

Alayshia finds herself drawn to a local prostitute who was admitted to the hospital for injuries. Somehow she feels obligated to help her walk the straight and narrow path. With so many naysayers in both of their lives will the relationship work?

Kim seeks her mother's support and blessing as she chooses to raise a child on her own. Her mother is determined to change Kim's mind.






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Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women/Every Moment Counts.

Life Unscripted: Short Stories of Everyday Women/Every Moment Counts.



Excerpt from "Every Moment Counts."

“I hope you know what you are doing?” Jennifer said to her daughter. She couldn’t mask the disappointment she was feeling about Kim’s decision. “Use your head Kim! Is this really what you want to do right now?”
Kim instinctively reached for her belly. She already felt over protective of the life growing inside of her. She was seeking her mother’s blessings and approval of this unborn child but her mother was making her feel terrible for her decision to go ahead with the pregnancy.

She understood that her mother disagreed with her decision based on her religious beliefs. Kim has those same beliefs too. She understood that her mother may worry about what the congregation will think of her daughter, but she is a 28 year old woman who is capable of making adult decisions. She has made a lot of good decisions in her life. She is where she needs to be and is capable of caring for a child on her own. She believed that God has chosen to bless her with the miracle of life. God has entrusted her with a beautiful gift and there’s no mistakes about her child.

Out of respect for her mother, Kim could not bring herself to argue with her. She respected her mother’s opinions but she wanted her mother to respect her decision. She did not want her mother to try to change her mind. She wanted her mother to prepare for a grandchild. It was hurting her deeply that her mother was rejecting her child. It was also irritating that her mother was trying to force her to change her mind.

“You are still young. Why are you rushing to have a baby? There is plenty of time left to have a baby. Where is the father now? Is he going to marry you? If he marries you, this would save you a lot of embarrassment!”

Kim felt her mother’s words lashing at her. The words seemed to cut deep into her flesh and every cut hurt. The pain seemed to reach deep into her soul and she began to cry.

“This is not the time for you to start breaking down!” Jennifer stated coldly.







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Excerpt from "Life is a Journey."


I have seen Chanelle around plenty of times before I knew her as Chanelle. As I drove to the hospital before the start of my shift I would see Chanelle walking the streets. She cat walked up and down Chestnut Street with provocative attire, the allure of sex and forbidden fantasies to men and maybe even women. Occasionally I would see her ass sticking out of a car window before I would actually see her face. She got pretty up close and personal with the Johns before their exchange of money that was going to allow them a few moments of pleasure. What a dangerous way to live, I would think to myself each time she disappeared into another vehicle. She was a normal face in my daily route to work and I often wondered about my own sister.



11:00 p.m. Friday Night


The third shift nurse due to relieve me was running late and I was asked to stay and help out. The patient that night in Triage C was Chanelle. That pretty face of hers now resembled that of a horror movie. She was badly beaten and her left eye was the size of a golf ball. A big knot on her forehead made her seem a bit alien. Her short hair hung wildly around her face. An inch long gash across her eyebrows exposed pink and white flesh underneath dried blood. Still the same fearless soul stared at me unphased by the punishment just handed to her. I became curious of the person in front of me. What circumstances in her life made her turn tricks for a living? But the matter at hand was, who did this to her and does she want to press any charges? We were one of the first witnesses for the police and to victims of violent crimes. It was my duty to make sure the victim and law enforcement got what they needed.

Chanelle gave one word answers throughout the entire interview. She was uninterested, bored, and even a little anxious to leave. I still neglected to see the signs of anger. I can only judge someone by my own actions and emotions and I would be extremely pissed off at that point if I was beaten and had to wear that battle scar. I can tell she was a different breed. She seemed to be numb to her circumstances. I wondered at that point does she know what normalcy feels like. I want to understand her. I am pretty sure that there’s someone out there who cares for her well being, safety, and happiness? It must be a lonely world without any caring soul.

Throughout the night she rejected my friendly talks. I tried to direct her to a safe shelter just in case she was worried about returning to her home or if there is a home at all? I suggested resources for her and even offered my assistance if she needed it. She gave me an icy blank stare but she was never disrespectful or verbally argumentative. After the doctor stitched her up and the police left, I went to issue her discharge instructions. Chanelle had her eyes closed. It was the first sign of vulnerability she displayed all night. She adjusted herself as quickly as possible as she heard me entering the room. The weariness of the night has finally shown on her face. She looked a lot older than her eighteen years of life. At eighteen I was busting my butt at a third shift waitressing job to pay for college and yet Chanelle was walking the dangerous streets and dealing with the most perverted of all life forms. A sudden sadness came over me when I realized that she will be heading back to that life.

I thought of my sister.






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Milestone Birthday!

Milestone Birthday!



Cam celebrated his big 50 and his girlfriend threw him a surprise party! The look on his face is priceless. I hope I look as young as him when I turn 50.
However old you are. Make each day a productive and wonderful one. Before you know it that age will creep up on you. Regret is a mutha!

Peace and Love.
My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding


I wanted to say so much about their nuptials but the cat got my tongue. What an embarrassing moment, the Maid of Honor couldn't even toast the Bride and the Groom correctly. Thankfully, I know half the people there and the other half, I could care less what they think of me. Hopefully no one else asks me to be the Maid of Honor. This experience is enough for this lifetime.

The wedding itself was a beautiful event. I have never seen two people more meant for each other than these two. I can honestly say that they married for love. I hope that God continues to bless this unity forever!

I hope true love finds you too. Peace and Love.
Self Portrait 1

Self Portrait 1


I haven't taken a self portrait in a while. I don't even want to brag about starting a weekly self portrait challenge because I rarely finish a photography challenge. The passion is there but I never have enough time. Hopefully this unofficial self portrait is the official start of my Self Portrait challenge.
I like this photo taken with my IPhone and edited in Photoshop. It shows motion with my head. I was just bragging about how much I loved my brain, well I think this illustrates the constant motion?
Are you starting a weekly self portrait? Send me a link? It's always cool to be inspired by other artists. Keep the creativity alive!
Peace and Love,

Sophie
Nothing but fresh air and nature!

Nothing but fresh air and nature!



My perspective of the world changed a little after visiting Connecticut and Massachusetts. What a breath of fresh air it was compared to Philly and other States that I have visited. Everyone seemed so happy and pleasant. The houses were well cared for and the streets were clean! Strangely I thought of the movie, The Stepford Wives. I distrust all things too good to be true so this visit felt like a dream. My stay was comfortable, peaceful, and relaxing. No one came to abduct me and turn me into a Stepford wife. I am still me and I missed home like crazy! There's definitely no place like home. It was great Connecticut and Massachusetts but I wouldn't trade in my City for any other.

Don't mind my rambling, enjoy the nature shots and remember to take time out to smell the flowers. Peace and Love.




More Photos: CLICK HERE for my Flickr Account
Move Up Days and Graduations

Move Up Days and Graduations


It is the end of another school year. Seniors Graduate, 8th Graders move on to high school and most Kindergarten students are prepared for the 1st grade. It's the month of transition. I don't believe in graduating from the Kindergarten and 8th Grade classes but I do believe that if you dress a child up for success they'll feel it and want it. But this also needs constant encouragement from everyone in the child's life. Hopefully the students that wear these caps and gowns grow up to want to graduate from High School and College.
Please encourage a child today. Peace and Love.
Website

Website

I am currently working on my website. Those who have followed my career path knows that I used to own Sophieheng.com but somebody took my name when I dropped the ball. The new website now (drum roll please) is http://sophie-heng.com. I am working really hard to create my personal style for this site and hopefully I can launch it pretty soon!

Thanks for reading!
Peace and love,

Sophie
Inspired by Art

Inspired by Art






I noticed these statues in my friend's office. I don't know who the artist is and forgot to find out. I am inspired by these work of art. I have always wanted to create a sculpture but never really have the time to do so. Hopefully one day soon I will be creating a couple of masterpieces of my own and about my heritage.

Peace and Love,
Sophie






Politics can be fun

Politics can be fun



The race for the City Council District 2 is on. Damon K. Roberts stands up for his final 2 minutes. Addressing why South Philly and SouthWest Philly should vote for him. His opponent Kenyatta Johnson couldn't contain his amusement. I too was entertained by Damon K. Roberts. :)

Vote May 17, 2011. KENNYATTA JOHNSON #194
My most inspirational playlist single

My most inspirational playlist single

Have you ever really listened to the lyrics of a song? I mean really listen to it? You can't if the artist isn't passionately displaying it.

Mos Def has really entered my soul with this masterpiece. "Shine your light for the world to see." The lyrics truley reflect a mental state that I go into at times. It's a reflection of that quiet and peaceful life I seek, but that passion to help the world and heal the problems in it won't allow for rest. Those who are still fighting for others, "Shine your light for the world to see." Peace shall follow.

Harrisburg

Harrisburg



I am back and I am beginning my first blog of the year with the State capital. I want the journey of my blogs this year to be as powerful as what this building symbolizes. So, stay tuned to my photography journal. Hopefully I can keep up with myself.

Peace and Love.
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