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The history lesson of my life begins with typewriters. The kind with keys you pushed down about an inch and only had one font. Then electric typewriters came along with more sensitive keys that you barely touched. The keys on … Continue reading
My mom said his name was Seth, but we always called him Mr. Moustache. We liked to peek at him when he walked down the sidewalk each morning and evening. That stache was as big as a rat! It curled … Continue reading
We could hear him – a woodpecker – each time he stopped in the neighbor’s back yard to peck at their wooden play structure. Janelle would jump up from where she was playing and run to the yard. She would … Continue reading
Airtight. Airtight. Her mind raced. Airtight. She didn’t know why, but she was sure the container needed to be airtight. She raced to the kitchen, pawed through plastic bags, aluminum foil, old mayonnaise jars. Finally she grabbed a plastic bag … Continue reading
Large cities are simply cobbled together small towns. People stay in their own neighborhoods most of the time. They go to the same walking path, the same grocery store, the same drug store week after week. People begin to recognize … Continue reading
The lowly adverb lingered, ignored – spurned. Why did he even show up for class when this teacher was around? This unimaginative moron of a teacher who told students that adverbs – the most gracefully charming descriptors available – were … Continue reading
“Okay, so a noun is a person, place or thing.” The teacher wrote noun on the white board. “Now,” she asked, “what is a verb?” Beyoncé, the class brain, raised her hand. “I’m a verb,” she said. Before the teacher … Continue reading
“All right, folks, listen up.” The editor mounted the rolling stairs leading to the magic pencil ride. “Just a few reminders before you strap in for the ride. First, there are no guarantees about what you will write after your … Continue reading
New rule: no more driving the car in a creative trance. No more writing scenes in your head about fictional people while behind the wheel. That means, when inspiration hits, I have to pull over somewhere, stop the car, type … Continue reading