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The Stars Are All Aligned

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This year, Allie resolved to be more sociable. It was hard to put yourself out there, but necessary if you wanted to have a life that was more than your job. She was an Aquarius—friendly, but also private—and cherished weekends when she could sleep late, crochet, and chat on the phone. That was her restorative reward after a killer work-week. But she was tired of being alone. Maybe she needed a little less privacy and a little more friendship.

Wearing her favorite pink sweater and skinny jeans, Allie strolled the few blocks from her apartment to the Java Library. With the comfy seating and alluring bookshelves, the Java Library invited you to relax. She usually spent no more than five minutes there, always satisfied with buying her morning coffee and leaving.

Zodiac Scarf Variation with Bobbles.To see our other zodiac scarfs click here.

After buying a cappuccino, she found an empty armchair near the glowing
fireplace. Others sat nearby, absorbed in their laptops—including a man about her age with dark curly hair and glasses. Allie picked up her almost finished scarf from inside the tote Mom had needlepointed. She thought again about how when you worked on a project, it became part of you. This Zodiac scarf looked intricate, with its wedges of subtle color and adorable bobbles, but was really quite easy to figure out. She felt utterly serene as she crocheted and listened to soft background jazz.

"That looks hard,” he said, leaning forward from the opposite sofa. “I’ve been watching what you do. It’s impressive."

"It's a scarf," said Allie, stretching it to display the full effect.

"For yourself?"

She nodded. "Crochet is kind of my creative outlet."

"Like writing is for me," he said. "I'm an office slave Monday through Friday, and a weekend poet."

Allie’s heart skipped a beat.

“My name’s Doug, by the way.”

“I’m Allie,” she said, smiling.

“I’m going to get a refill,” Doug said. “Should I get one for you?”

She held out her cup. He took it. And so it began.


All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward is a freelance writer who combines her love of writing and of knitting in her columns, stories, and blog posts. Selma is also an active classical musician and the caretaker of five wonderful pets. She lives with them and her husband in Rhode Island.

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  • Laura Alboiu

    I'm ashamed to say until today I never even knew you existed. After stumbling over the mention of this article and reading it (along with several others) I felt I had to know more. So I Googled your name. I expected and wanted to find an "author site" with the names of your books. Because I liked what I read above and wanted more. Also I find it unbelievable that I am the only one to comment this article. Not the only one to say I would buy and read and reread if and when you decide to publish a book, am I? So, here it is: Please consider writing fiction!
    My name is Laura, a future fan, a 26yo English-Spanish-Romanian translator from an obscure country in Europe (Romania), a compulsive reader and a (hopefully) future writer.
    Thank you for reading my comment.

  • Kit

    Laura Alboiu - Please consider yourself an unpublished writer, not a future writer. Do what all writers have to do at some point. Set aside time every week, perhaps every day, and just start writing the type of work that you eventually want to publish. Being a writer is a lot like being a knitter. You are one from the day you start. You may have started out spending more time ripping out knitting than adding stitches at first, but from the first cast on or the first stitch or the first word, you are a knitter and you are a writer. And someday if you keep practicing, you will be a published writer. Not all writers make a living from writing, or get a novel published. But if you are persistant, you can get an item published in a local paper or self publish a short story that you have polished until all your friends want a copy. If you are both good and lucky, you will someday reach your goals as a writer. But only if you keep working at writing. No one becomes a writer overnight. You have to love writing enough to write and write and write anyhow.