Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Contest Stuff

Announcement number one: the Objéct was…drum roll…An ANT, of course. A red one, I believe. Tsk, sigh…gol, you guys!   As far as what its function was—I’m convinced it is merely to add joy to my life!

Announcement number two, which should really be one: I won Sioux’s blog prompt contest! Hooray!!! I normally don’t enter contests, but Becky Povich’s was so much fun last month that I decided to just take a peek. And Sioux’s wonderful blog has some great stuff on writing, teaching, and the teaching of writing.

As soon as I saw that picture, I knew I had to enter because I had a true story that just went with it. Last year I subbed as a middle school P.E. teacher on a very warm spring day, and the kids were outside playing soccer. At the far end of the field was one lone chair smack dab in the middle of nothing. Toward the end of the day, curiosity got the best of me and I finally wandered down there. The cool, fragrant breeze that hit that chair was pure heaven. It really did feel like being on the beach with an ocean of grass in front of me. When it was time to take the kids inside for the day, I truly hated to part with that chair and that field!

All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation. ~Steven King, On Writing


  1. Congrats on your win. Loved your story.

    An ant, huh? I still think it looks like a Celtic thingamabobber. :D

  2. An ANT?!?!... Hmmm...is your son taking sculpting classes this year?? LOL
    And Congrats on winning the contest!! I have to still jump over to Sioux's and read it! And gee...you didn't have to mention me or my contest!! Awww, shucks..now I'm embarrassed! :)

  3. Thanks Jules!

    Lisa, loved your story, too. Once again I was struck by your creativity. And I still love the Celtic whatzit! If I only knew how to pronounce it, that would be what I tell people from now on!

    Becky, you'll be happy to hear he's not an art major!

  4. Congratulations on your win! Very nice.
    It sounds like you found the perfect place to relax...and on a perfect day, too!



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