Friday, December 18, 2009

Remembering Elementary School

I had a memory come back to me that I hadn't recalled for years. I was thinking of a new novel idea and I was reminded of something that I did as a young guy in about 5th grade. My teacher, Mrs. really-hard-to-pronounce-German-name, gave us a spelling word assignment. She told us that we had to use about 10 different spelling words from our list and write a short story which included all of those words.

I don't remember what the words were, but I do remember how much of a wise ass I was and so I decided to use all my brain power to cheat through the assignment without getting in trouble. So, I ended up writing a story about a young man who was in class one day and given an assignment by his teacher much like my own. He was to include the following words. Then I put my spelling list words down. The story ended by stating that the young man didn't quite now how to use them, so he just didn't do the assignment.

When I turned it in, my teacher read it aloud and realized what I had done and smiled. She told me that I was supposed to use them in a story and I explained that I had. My story did in fact include every word she gave me and so I should get a passing grade. She thought it was funny and gave me a passing A, but then the next time she gave a similar assignment, you bet your sweet biscuits that she gave a disclaimer: No writing stories like the one that voidwalker did. (insert my real name for voidwalker).

Any of you have any funny writing stories from your childhood years that bring a smile to your face?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Are You Up For the Challenge?

I'd like to propose a challenge to my fellow writers. We all have words that we've come across which roll off the tongue about as well as a mudslide rolls off a mountain. Ugly words. Words which, if it were up to us would be removed from the language.

So, here's the challenge. Peruse your dictionary, find such a word and see if you can work it into your novel or work in progress'. The challenge though is not to just use the word, but to use it in such a way as to make it sound so good that the reader would desire to use that word in their own writing (if they write).

I'm interested to know what words you all would like to try to use and maybe if you work it in, you'd be willing to share how it was woven into your masterpieces! :)

Happy Writing.

P.S. Thanks everyone for the warm wishes on getting better. I'm still a little under the weather, but I see little rays of light in the near future.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Sorry for the missing posts. I've just gotten hit with a little bug of some kind. Possibly a flu or something. I will try to be back for posts by Thursday.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bad Day

I don't think the phrase "Bad Day" is enough to express my frustration.

More to come when I pull myself down from Anger Mountain.