Elizabeth Patterson || Whidbey Writes December 2015

Posted in Literary, Whidbey Writes

Dec. 2, 2015

Congratulations to Elizabeth Patterson, our “Whidbey Writes” featured writer for December. We’re pleased to be able to share her work of short fiction with you.

Whidbey Writes is a collaboration between the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) and Whidbey Life Magazine (WLM). Its purpose is to give WLM readers an opportunity to enjoy short fiction and poetry by writers who have a connection to Whidbey Island.

We look forward to publishing the original work of selected winners at the beginning of each month as part of Whidbey Writes. NILA and WLM congratulate Elizabeth and thank volunteer editors Heather Anderson, Mureall Hebert and Chris Spencer, who review submissions on solstices and equinoxes and pass on the work they enjoy most to Whidbey Life Magazine for publication online and in print.

To find out more about Whidbey Writes and the submission criteria, visit the NILA website. To make a submission, use this page.

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One Hundred Last Words

By Elizabeth Patterson

I am weathered. Along with my soul, this body stands tested. Blessed with a long life, I tasted moments worthy of entertaining angels. Mementos of survival remain etched in living tissue. They’re reminders of my adventures and sorrows. Small and large pieces were broken and, in time, mended. All evidence of a rough and precious ride.

Returned to the void are worries that once inhabited me. I still feel the happy weight of seashells and agates in my pocket, and the sandy, cool water between my toes. Laughter lingers, like a child’s kiss upon my check. Love carries me home.


Elizabeth Ann Patterson is an author living on Whidbey Island, a book enthusiast, and currently owned by two adorable dogs. She enjoys writing a variety of genres, including: children’s books, cozy mysteries, romance, cookbooks, and some that defy classification. Her latest hobby is kayaking along the Whidbey Island coast. Visit elizabethannpatterson.com to hear about new and free books.

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