Tag: writing

Nana Was Here. From 4-Letter Words to Acts of Vandalism

Nana Was Here. From 4-Letter Words to Acts of Vandalism
Learning the alphabet launched me into my writing career. I started small. One word at a time at first. I spent hours with my box of crayons drawing simple block letters and putting them together into words. I started with three-letter words: cat, dog, hat—the usual Dick and Jane vocabulary. It didn’t take long to... Read more »

Giving in to the Need to Get Outside of Myself, On a Snowy Day in April

Giving in to the Need to Get Outside of Myself, On a Snowy Day in April
Post written by Laura Vasilion  Wearing no coat, no hat, a young girl passed by my house the other day. I watched her walk down the sidewalk, trailed by her little black dog. Overhead, an April snow drifted down upon them. It clung to the girl’s long brown hair. Dusted the small dog’s dark fur.... Read more »

What Dick Van Dyke Taught Me About Writers Block

What Dick Van Dyke Taught Me About Writers Block
I had my first introduction to writers block when I watched The Dick Van Dyke show. Dick played television comedy writer Rob Petrie, but deep in his soul, he wanted to write the great American novel. (Don’t we all?) A Farewell to Writing In one of the episodes—A Farewell to Writing—he receives a copy of... Read more »
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The Internet, Shoes, and Other Obstacles on the Way to Enlightenment

My mind is like a tourist without an itinerary or a map, incapable of traveling from point A to point B without visiting several scenic outlooks on the way. This does make the trip longer, but it isn’t always a bad thing. Usually these stops of fancy are along the lines of the longest wiener... Read more »

7th Grade Noir

When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Long, announced to the class that we would all be participating in a district-wide short story contest. There were some groans, but I was thrilled. I spent most of my classes making up stories in my head anyway; now I would get to do it... Read more »

Beginning A Novel: A Dramatization

Beginning A Novel: A Dramatization
I’m voicing an idea for a novel. It’s the first time I’ve talked about it, and I depend on Susan and Laura to ask questions. To react. Even if that means they have to tell me, ever so gently, that I should lie down until the urge to write this passes. “Okay.” I take a... Read more »
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