Gawdawful Creepy

Is it more frightening to hear something you cannot identify or to see something—a threat— you hadn’t realized existed? Would you rather be confronted by: A pack of Dire-wolves or grizzly bears? Angry Sasquatches or armed intruders? A huge Star-ship blasting beams of light towards earth in search of unwary humans or standing within a forest of brittle trees during a major windstorm? Yes, those are all threats you can see. But what about those sounds heard in the dead of night and in daylight hours that you cannot readily identify ? I’ve experienced a few of those and here are a couple of the … Continue reading Gawdawful Creepy

The Rosie Dog Story

This story is dedicated to a teacher (of Spanish,) traveler, and blogger, Deirdre, of Amble On Tours. Although I took two years of Spanish in high school, I never was able to grasp the language for everyday use. I respect not only her skills, but her ability to pass them on to her students. The ability to communicate is paramount. Yet, sometimes rudimentary skills and our sense of community are all we have. June 6, 2003; revised July 20, 2015 We live in the country directly across the street from a main logging road. Every weekend many people like us … Continue reading The Rosie Dog Story

Writing 101 Day 18: Bad Days and Good People

Writing 101 Day 18: Misses Pauley Today’s prompt: write this story in first person, told by the twelve-year-old sitting on the stoop across the street. Today’s twist: For those of you who want an extra challenge, think about more than simply writing in first-person point of view — build this twelve-year-old as a character. Reveal at least one personality quirk, for example, either through spoken dialogue or inner monologue. Refer to some of the exercises we’ve done on character, dialogue, and even sentence length to help craft this person. All of these storytelling elements can combine to create a strong … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 18: Bad Days and Good People