NOT OUR FIRST DATE

IT’S OUR BLOGAVERSARY!

Let's leave out the part that people skip.

Let’s leave out the parts that people skip.

that being said, HERE’S OUR FIRST POST ~ 4/20/2010  ~:)

Today we’re starting our blog. For years we’ve sipped great coffee, nibbled tasty treats, talked through the life dramas, and read our writing to each other. Frequently we’ve had a silent partner in all this: Ted Kooser, Jane Yolen, Lary Bloom, Art Plotnik, Anne Lamott. We’ve read their books about writing and let their wise words inspire us. This blog is going to be another silent partner we think, but right now getting going with it is a bit like trying to get clear, cool water from the faucet. We need to run the water for a while to swish out whatever’s been lodging along the old pipes. Sometimes those pipes clank and the water sputters. Sometimes we curse and talk about whether or not the plumbing’s ever going to be right. And then it happens. Luscious, clean, boy-is-this-well-good-or-what water. That’s the way it will be with our fussing with a writing blog. Just keep the tap on we’ve decided. It’ll come.

AND COME IT HAS.

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Words We Women Write was born out of, well, unbridled curiosity and wonder.

The adventure of uncertainty lured us in.  (That, and there was nowhere else we needed to be.)

Now, four years later, we’ve birthed two more ~

Click here to read Patty’s middle-grade novel blog, Isabel the Storyteller.

Click here to read Toni’s poetry blog, mental crumbs ~ in love with carbs and poetry.

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We still fuss with the plumbing.  The Apple geniuses help us tinker, WordPress Happiness Engineers make the irreversible reversible.

And Readers, you are why we’re still having a good time, all the time. Thanks for coming.

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DAILY PROMPT: HEAR NO EVIL

WP Krista saysTell us about a conversation you couldn’t help but overhear and wish you hadn’t.

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I’m in Target, with hordes of shoppers, when I overhear yet another cell phone conversation.  The teenager in the next aisle begins to talk Louder.  And Higher.  And Faster.  Every few words are punctuated with Nope-No Way-Not Happenin’-That’s So Lame.  Oh, and the ever-so-demure I Don’t Give A Rat’s @## !

Seems this sweet young thing is a bridesmaid and her Bridezilla is demanding the unthinkable.

“I DON’T CARE, I WILL NOT WALK DOWN THE AISLE WITH YOUR DAMN DOG!”

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I’m told that it’s not unusual to have a dog in the wedding party these days. WP Blogger Krista suggests it’s ideal fodder for a post/story. She’s probably right. But as it stands, this ‘story’ is just an anecdote, something to tell at parties or in waiting rooms full of strangers talking on their cell phones. To become a full-fledged story, it needs characters, motivation, and specific details ~ and that’s just for starters.  Jane Yolen says that anecdotes are not fiction by themselves. They need the sandpaper touch of art.

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Jean Parker Shepard knew that.  He sandpapered a ton of anecdotes from his childhood and artfully polished them into my favorite holiday flick, A Christmas Story. And my all-time favorite Christmas Broadway play of the same name.  I love it ~ a young boy’s longing for a Daisy Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action BB Air Rifle…

You’ll poke your eye out, Ralphie!

Shepard combined fact and fiction with skill. The childhood friends in his stories were people he claimed to have invented, yet high school yearbooks show that many of them did exist. Shepherd always referred to his father as “my old man.” And, in the movie, the distinctive voice of the narrator — the grown-up Ralphie — is none other than the story’s author, Jean Shepherd.

Jane Yolen and Jean Shepard ~  stories just leak out of their fingertips.  I’m thinking the lesson here is to be on the lookout for that ordinary stuff that shows up while you lead your ordinary life.

What happens next, Bridesmaids?

If/when you help me answer that question, I might just find my story.

Toni  12/3/13

 

TWO YEARS AND A TITANIC TUB OF WORDS

And in the beginning was the Word……

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Flash Back : April 2010

Today we start our blog. For years we’ve met as a group, sipped coffee, nibbled tasty treats, talked through life’s dramas, and read our writing to each other. Frequently we have a silent partner in all this: Ted Kooser, Jane Yolen, Lary Bloom, Art Plotnik, Wordnik of The Day. We read their books about writing and let their wise words inspire us. This blog is going to be another silent partner, we think, but right now getting it going is a bit like trying to get clear, cool water from the faucet. We need to run the water for a while to swish out whatever’s been lodging along the old pipes. Sometimes those pipes clank and the water sputters. Sometimes we curse and talk about whether or not the plumbing’s ever going to be right. And then it happens. Luscious, clean, boy-is-this-well-good-or-what water. That’s the way it will be, this fussing with a writing blog. Just keep the tap on we’ve decided. It’ll come.

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Patty and I sit at a table in the Apple store, and various Mac Geniuses tutor us in how to set up the blog. For several hours we get pointers, run with them, hit a speed bump, sink into that uh-oh-we’ll-never-get-this funk, and then plow ahead ~ again ~ after another quick tip from a passing Genius. There are tons of things the Geniuses can teach us, but they zero in on That One Exact Skill we need next.

 
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Flash forward.  April 2012.

 
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It’s almost time to celebrate our Second Blogaversary. We’ve come a long way, baby.  Actually, we’ve come a dirty huge way.  And still, we go to the Apple store, sit at the the happy-go-larky project table and schmooze with the drive-by Genius who continues to feed us what we need next. There’s a continental-shelf-sized Skills-We-Need list, an infinite goozle of things to learn and, lucky us, a mother lode of time for us to learn it all.

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So, the tap is on. The water flows. The words come.

Readers, we’re glad you’re here.  Second Mad-Glamorous Blogaversary ahead ~ our cup-runneth over-ish, do celebrate with us.  But how?  Send us your Superbissimo Idea.  Who knows where it might lead.  Wink. Wink.

Toni 3/6/12