I threw my manuscript

on the fire

and it burned

glowing red along the edges

even inhaling at one point

like a chest expanding

It hissed and smoke

came out the sides

Paper lips

spitting out something

it hated.

Robert Cormack is a novelist, children’s book author and blogger. His first novel “You Can Lead a Horse to Water (But You Can’t Make It Scuba Dive)” is available online and at most major bookstores. Check out Yucca Publishing or Skyhorse Press for more details.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.