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Five Sentence Fiction #2

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I really like this 5Sentence Fiction writing. Lillie McFerrin posts a word, and we write whatever comes to mind, using the word or not. I tend to use it, or have both times now. Also, I don’t know how everyone else does it, but I’m writing them pretty fast, off the top of my head. I’m curious as to what emerges.

This week’s word is “whimsical” and here’s my little ditty:

What Was

A whimsical girl in a whimsical tree with whimsical chimes above her. She swings on a tire and throws back her head for the dizzy sensation she loves. Her heart is light and her smile is gay; she’s young and she lives for today. The sun is out and the sky is blue and it’s only 1952. Smog has not yet smothered the planet.

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For all Writers and Wanna-Be’s

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I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but Susie Bright has written two make-believe letters that all writers will love and all wanna-be writers should learn from. Read them.

Writers Survey

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Calling all Writers:

I’ve created a ten-question survey to determine something about the status of writers working online, and I hope a lot of you will participate.

With print markets in constant decline, many of us have turned to the digital market for work — only to find the pay rate a miniscule proportion of what we were paid by newspapers and magazines (which was never that great to begin with–now we count our blessings). That’s been my experience, at least, and I’ve heard it echoed anecdotally.

Whenever I think something is happening to me alone, I usually discover it’s happening to a lot of other people as well. In other words, rather than being “my problem,”  it’s actually a social phenomenon. Since there’s great value in the simple discovery you aren’t alone,  I decided to find out more about what’s going on out there.

Everyone knows what I’m talking about, so I don’t need to go on and on about this. I’m hoping I’ll have a lot more to say once people respond to the survey. It’s only ten questions, completely anonymous, and as usual you can get there with a click.

Thanks in advance. I’ll probably run it for a month or so.

On Writing: Poems

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~Bless Her Heart~

These two poems are probably posted elsewhere on my blog, but I’m inspired to re-post them today by another writer who asks on WordPress if we write in cafés. Her post got 412 responses — to which I attribute the loneliness of the long-distance writer.

While the second poem here is my signature poem, published in so many places I’ve lost track, I’m posting the more relevant one first.  

I Write In Cafes (For Tillie Olsen)

They ended, those years:
trudging bags of groceries through the snow
mounds of laundry from car to front door,
boots & mittens & sleds & longjohns.

They ended.

Now I write in cafes.
With a pack on my back
I meander through streets,
find a friendly table
and write.

There’s no snow in San Francisco
and laundry day comes once a month.
I haven’t made a salad in weeks.
My days are filled with writing.

But which is the better poem, Tillie?
Which is the better poem?

I write in the Laundromat

I write in the laundromat.
I am a woman
and between wash & dry cycles
I write.

I write while the beans soak
and with children’s voices
in my ear. I spell out words
for scrabble while I am writing.

I write as I drive to the office
where I type a man’s letters
and when he goes to lunch
I write.

When the kids go out the door
on Saturday I write
and while the frozen dinners thaw
I write.

I write on the toilet
and in the bathtub
and when I appear
to be talking
I am often writing.

I write in the laundromat
while the kids soak
with scrabbled ears
and beans in the office
and frozen toilets
and in the car
between wash & dry.

And your words
and my words
and her words
and their words
and I am a woman
and I write in the laundromat.

Writing Quotes II

I just updated my Writers’ Quotes list; click here to see the latest.