The Eye

This story originally posted in participation with August McLaughlin’s Blog the Beauty of a Woman Blogfest in 2013.


It has now, as of March 2019, been accepted by Z Publishing House to be published with their next Emerging Writers 2019 Anthology. I’ll post a link as soon as it’s available.


25 thoughts on “The Eye

  1. Great lesson about beauty using a fictional story. I think many women could relate to Alina’s struggles with beauty. I also think that we as women don’t give ourselves enough credit – we are worthy of happiness and being loved. Love it!

    • My husband’s constantly telling me women don’t realize how beautiful they are. I’m starting to see what he means. We really don’t give ourselves enough credit. Thanks for stopping by=)

  2. Fabulous! I loved Alina’s journey of discovering her own beauty, and the confidence it brought her. Would that there was a perception mirror of that sort in our world. Then again, I suppose there is – my own mirror, and my own change of perspective. A beautiful story.

    • Yes, I try this every morning. To see the beauty instead of the flaws in the mirror. Some mornings it works, sometimes I have to work at it. Thanks for reading, Ellen. May you see the beauty when you look in your own mirror=)

  3. Jackie Stein says:

    I loved that I could relate to this story. Can’t wait to read more so keep them coming.

  4. Sue says:

    So much awesome! Love this!

  5. Misty Dietz says:

    How many reading your short story will see themselves in Alina? Beautiful message, Jennifer! 🙂

  6. I love that you took a fiction take on the blog theme, and this bit—LOVE: “I’m beautiful, flaws and all. She’d spent the last month seeing it through other’s eyes and knew it was true.”

    Thanks so much for participating in the fest!

  7. Jess Witkins says:

    What a fun way to celebrate BOAW blog fest! Felt like I was reading a Jane Austen short! Tell me at the next ball she dances with Mr. Darcy!!!

  8. How cool! I love that she is actually so resistant to the idea that she could (maybe) be beautiful (possibly). I think that it very believable. I’m so glad she danced. So very, very glad.

  9. Chelsea says:

    Beautiful, Jen! It took me way too long to accept that I am beautiful, and I have always tried to instill that truth in my kids (boys too!). I love this!!

  10. Jessica says:

    That was a beautiful story and so well written. Your sister told me to read your blog and I’m pretty sure I am going to get hooked.

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