• Writing

    Beginnings

    I’ve decided to do a post of first lines from my numerous stories/story beginnings/story stuff. A few warnings before we start… When I first began writing, I had a “thing” for fairy tale endings, beginnings, and everything in between. “Once upon a time”, “they lived happily ever after”, etc. Later, I had an obsession with high fantasy (C.S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, etc.) and heavy accents that I knew nothing about (mostly influenced by¬†Redwall books). Also, I was heavily under the influence of a… um… a writing program that was… less than desirable? And it told me to use lots of modifiers! Lots and lots and lots! And never use the…

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    What I Think Of Emma Woodhouse

    A poem in the style of Doctor Suess // Expressing my righteous indignation at Emma Woodhouse from Jane Austen’s Emma   I do not like her in a book I do not like her in a nook I do not like her personality She would not win Miss Congeniality.   I do not like her here and there I do not like her in her lair If people heard the things she said Behind their backs, they’d flush red.   Perhaps I’d like¬†her with some kindness Her biggest fault might be her blindness Her prejudice could be much less She’s worse than Miss Elizabeth*.   I do not like her…

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    When Inspiration Fails…

    When I first get a spark of an idea for a story, it’s wonderful. The characters are fantastic. The plot is flawless. I write in a frenzy, trying to get it all down. But when I look at it a few days later, suddenly this alien Cinderella story doesn’t sound so good. (Spoiler: I am not writing, nor do I plan to write, anything like this.) Every word I put down is an effort. Every scene I put down is a nightmare. And guess what? My perfect plot is full of holes. And I find that, suddenly, I’m not inspired to write this story anymore. What I do when I…