New story published – I didn’t even know it was on the publisher site until now! Advertisements
First version: Boring. Contains the passive verb ‘are’ and the negative ‘no’. Does not contain imagery. No cars are coming from either direction. Second version: Imagery. No passive verbs, no negatives. The drowsy road stretches for empty miles in each direction.
Midterm vacation. Helping a neighbor mark papers: he volunteers at a GED evening program. The question: Is it worth spending time in the evening, after one’s job, to study for a GED? One 19 or 20 year old student went to a school called JTA. His friends are spending the evening playing poker. He is… Read More Spending Time
Penny’s dad has marched off to answer President Lincoln’s call for soldiers. Penny doesn’t dare be sad about that, because Mama is clearly holding herself back from crying, and so is Big Sister Belle. But Penny’s flute teacher has also marched off to war, so Penny will be sad about him instead. 😢 So she will… Read More The sound of Not Sad
Editing my own short story, and trying to figure out what I meant when I typed: He had very little time to finish his self-appointed task anyway. Why would I use the word ‘anyway’ in this situation, it doesn’t make any sense for the character or the scene! Read it once, read it twice, and… Read More Dear Dyslexia, quit already.
Filling the bathtub from the pump is time consuming and back-breaking. From the well, even worse. In 1864, where did water come from? Did Civil War Yankees have tap-water at home, or not? Yes, but finding this information was ridiculously time consuming. *grumble* TOO much time for something that might be just a paragraph or… Read More Civil War Philadelphia: Baths?
The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin – a perennial favorite. My own perennial favorite: Commelina communis, or the Asiatic Dayflower. Happily, Student has most excellent ideas to write about – we will work together to tidy up the grammar so the ideas get the most excellent grade they deserve. “The Story on… Read More Abandon All Commas, Ye Who Enter Here