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The New Beginning in 2021. I kind of took the same path as M.J. and started taking notes back in 2011 and have 150,000 words I finished in 2014. I found M.J.'s book and put it aside because I needed to go the rest of the way of going through a lot of different elements of the process to finish this book from a women's perspective of a writer. I remember when I started the forum M.J. kind of challenged me since he knew I needed to learn a lot more then what my "Ego" claimed to know at the time in thinking I could just be the "Babe Ruth" and not go through the process. He's a smart guy!

I do have to kind of chuckle because if M.J. didn't challenge me in 2014 to go through the process, I probably would have not wrote this novel the way it was intended to be written in 2021. Some people believe you just write a book. And some people do just write a book. I just feel now, I was meant to go through the process first to write a better quality book. I am a prolific writer and could write all day long, but I've learned you can just write all you want, but it has to have some value, quality, substance, structure, form, organization, and improvement every year.

I bought some books I've been reading. Right now I'm on page 274 Revising Your Novel, by Janice Hardy. There's three books in one. Amazingly there's a lot of stuff to remember and I didn't know. Ah, but the process I went through is in there as well.


I do love the book Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers And Gamers. Absolutely love how it talks in depth about building your society, culture, economics, races, and gets into detail the full dynamics of creating just about everything we do in our own world, but transforming it into fiction or fantasy. I'm on page 82, and is written by Trent Hergenrader. It's very technical though so not like your average writers book.

I also have three books, Creative Writing Student's Handbook by Catherine Hartigan Margaret James
The Short Story Writers Workbook.
The Novelists Workbook
These are all from the U.K.
I have read them, and found them to be quite useful and informative. They even give some references and resources to sell your writing.


Creating Short-Fiction ~ Damon Knight. I would recommend this one as well. Quite detailed.

How to Write Dialogue That Sparkles ~ Jim Driver. Something to be worked on is dialogue, since it is important to make the voice stand out for characters. Although Screen Writing and Scripts gives you a lot of detail with dialogue. I know to read these already.

Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot. ~ J.K. Cleland. I really love this one as well, it is very detailed.

The not read yet list pile sitting next to me.

Stephen King On Writing.
Save the Cat Writes a Novel, Jessica Brody
Writing a Killer Thriller, Jodie Renner
Understanding Conflict, Janice Hardy
The RPG Character Backstory Guide
Plotting Your Novel Workbook, Janice Hardy.

I read fast, but I know to slow down, because there's so much information there. Obviously, I need to apply it, practice it, and hone the skills. Which probably will be quite transforming getting into a different niche, writing style, and applying the Psychology skills I already have.

A new process for 2021. I'm sure there will be some growth. I'm sure I need to learn copy writing as well as M.J. says.

Challenges may be switching from non-fiction psychology writing into show and not tell. I'm very descriptive, visual, colorful, and may want to describe too much.

I do need to sharpen up on my grammar and editing. I do have enough to read here first.
 

Mattie

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The New Beginning in 2021. I kind of took the same path as M.J. and started taking notes back in 2011 and have 150,000 words I finished in 2014. I found M.J.'s book and put it aside because I needed to go the rest of the way of going through a lot of different elements of the process to finish this book from a women's perspective of a writer. I remember when I started the forum M.J. kind of challenged me since he knew I needed to learn a lot more then what my "Ego" claimed to know at the time in thinking I could just be the "Babe Ruth" and not go through the process. He's a smart guy!

I do have to kind of chuckle because if M.J. didn't challenge me in 2014 to go through the process, I probably would have not wrote this novel the way it was intended to be written in 2021. Some people believe you just write a book. And some people do just write a book. I just feel now, I was meant to go through the process first to write a better quality book. I am a prolific writer and could write all day long, but I've learned you can just write all you want, but it has to have some value, quality, substance, structure, form, organization, and improvement every year.

I bought some books I've been reading. Right now I'm on page 274 Revising Your Novel, by Janice Hardy. There's three books in one. Amazingly there's a lot of stuff to remember and I didn't know. Ah, but the process I went through is in there as well.


I do love the book Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers And Gamers. Absolutely love how it talks in depth about building your society, culture, economics, races, and gets into detail the full dynamics of creating just about everything we do in our own world, but transforming it into fiction or fantasy. I'm on page 82, and is written by Trent Hergenrader. It's very technical though so not like your average writers book.

I also have three books, Creative Writing Student's Handbook by Catherine Hartigan Margaret James
The Short Story Writers Workbook.
The Novelists Workbook
These are all from the U.K.
I have read them, and found them to be quite useful and informative. They even give some references and resources to sell your writing.


Creating Short-Fiction ~ Damon Knight. I would recommend this one as well. Quite detailed.

How to Write Dialogue That Sparkles ~ Jim Driver. Something to be worked on is dialogue, since it is important to make the voice stand out for characters. Although Screen Writing and Scripts gives you a lot of detail with dialogue. I know to read these already.

Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot. ~ J.K. Cleland. I really love this one as well, it is very detailed.

The not read yet list pile sitting next to me.

Stephen King On Writing.
Save the Cat Writes a Novel, Jessica Brody
Writing a Killer Thriller, Jodie Renner
Understanding Conflict, Janice Hardy
The RPG Character Backstory Guide
Plotting Your Novel Workbook, Janice Hardy.

I read fast, but I know to slow down, because there's so much information there. Obviously, I need to apply it, practice it, and hone the skills. Which probably will be quite transforming getting into a different niche, writing style, and applying the Psychology skills I already have.

A new process for 2021. I'm sure there will be some growth. I'm sure I need to learn copy writing as well as M.J. says.

Challenges may be switching from non-fiction psychology writing into show and not tell. I'm very descriptive, visual, colorful, and may want to describe too much.

I do need to sharpen up on my grammar and editing. I do have enough to read here first.
The Pivot is essential in writing this novel since in 2011 when I started the vision, I did not have all the facts about the main focal point of what I wanted to express.

This is probably where I'm different then most writers I see because you can start out with an idea, vision, but all the answers might not be right in front of you. You might have the skeleton, the bare bones.

There is short-term gains in writing poetry every day or short stories as I have piles of poems, prose, but there's a process in creativity, change, how you define what you are painting on the canvas with words.

You can get stuck in a certain way of writing. And even in writing, the focus deals a lot with your own progress in your emotional patterns, mental patterns, physical patterns, financial patterns, relationship patterns, and communication patterns since you're mirroring the audience where they may be in their personal "Real" story.

The heroine or hero's journey is something we all go through in life in our own way.

When people escape into that movie, that video game, that music lyric, it has a cause and effect on the outcome of their own personal life since it is connected with their emotional patterns, mental patterns, and spiritual patterns.

As I stated, I put my Novel to the side, because I had to go through the process. This meant to pivot along the way. I was going in different directions from being able to step into the characters themselves and possibly seeing from those point of views in the experience. While you don't always see the big picture while you're going through it, 2020 was perfect vision of my "Why" and it validated my Vision for this book was accurate in 2011.

My focal point was creating a product that impacted humanity and to move the world forward long-term. This was for me to break the chains of past generations. You have to look back in time why people wrote fiction the way they did back through the era's.

Today in 2021, individuals create content every day, but is it "Quality over Quantity" content that lasts long-term, or just goes by so fast, it ends up forgotten forever?

Short-term gains may last for a minute. Long-term gains last for generations.

One example: Gone with the Wind was blasted in 2020 for the Movie on "Slavery". Now, I have to say this was part of the process, because this book was mentioned to me in 2011 and I did read it and watched the movie. And this was not the "Focal Point" of what I got out of the book. I wasn't even paying that close attention. This book was long-term profits for a few generations.

In 2020, we have the Cancellation and Censorship of Generation Z. As we can see between Generation X and Generation Z with Eminem.

Which if I finished this book earlier, it would not have lasted long-term because I needed to hear the voice of Generation Z and Millennial's, because I had the Baby Boomer perspective and the Generation X perspective.

I do have to chuckle, because I have already ran into the same problem the last year with the battle between Gen X and Gen Z with content and censorship and cancellation.

Eminem's response:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qleJpzB4q7A


Then you had the Lil Nas X, Call Me By Your Name Episode was a hot topic.

There's a battle time to time with how we write content, what words we use, and new words being invented as we can see even with politics with labels, niches, and categories.

Social norms of what we find acceptable and not acceptable to society are changing how we define certain parts of our experience.

Three of my male friends passed away from Generation X this year and it brought back the younger days 30 years ago or more when I lived in the middle of the Punk Rock Culture, Grunge, and Heavy Metal.

This was part of the process as well, since we are all about communications, words, and often we wore t-shirts with explicit words, labels, brands, and even ended up in the News a few times.

While back then I let go of my writing since I knew from English classes that I had a huge impact on them in away that other writers did not. I could see it on their facial expressions, body language, and at the time I thought I was doing something wrong. In actuality, the way I write is far deeper and transformational in the audience.

I had won awards when I was younger in my writing, but I had to learn later in life to not be attached to the the reaction or response of the audience and just trust the process. Which comes back to M.J. 's challenge I mentioned before.

What is hard for others is quite natural for me when it comes to writing. The whole process from 2011 until 2021 was stepping out as the INFJ and using my voice and allowing myself to shine bright.

This comes to the feminine journey of standing in my full personal power. Those three masculine who passed away this year was a reminder to be eccentric, out of the box, be a rebel, be a revolutionist, and stand out from the crowd. Break out of the mold of what a "Novel" should look like at face value. Perhaps even breaking the rules somewhat and breaking out of the trail of formula's, and patterns of other writers.

Part of the process was breaking out of the prejudices, discrimination, the false belief systems I might have been conditioned in the first part of my life. As Millennial's and Generation Z crack open a whole new perspective, new creativity, and push you out of those "Old World" dynamics.

2021 is all about blazing a new trail and shutting the door to the "Old Life". Pivot in a new direction with my writing and let go of the old habits of writing and communication. I still have the same vision and the skeleton, but it needs to adapt, adjust, problem shoot, and problem solve in the format it began in 2011.

There's a death in the process of being a writer time to time. If you do things the same way, you've always done, you'll get the same result and outcome.

Margaret Mitchell did take her time writing "Gone With the Wind." At the time in 2011, I didn't understand why. Although, I do understand now. Now it is just taking everything I learned from 2011-2021 and sifting through the notes and weeding out what doesn't work and what applies now in 2021.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hTI4z2ijc4
 

Mattie

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The Pivot is essential in writing this novel since in 2011 when I started the vision, I did not have all the facts about the main focal point of what I wanted to express.

This is probably where I'm different then most writers I see because you can start out with an idea, vision, but all the answers might not be right in front of you. You might have the skeleton, the bare bones.

There is short-term gains in writing poetry every day or short stories as I have piles of poems, prose, but there's a process in creativity, change, how you define what you are painting on the canvas with words.

You can get stuck in a certain way of writing. And even in writing, the focus deals a lot with your own progress in your emotional patterns, mental patterns, physical patterns, financial patterns, relationship patterns, and communication patterns since you're mirroring the audience where they may be in their personal "Real" story.

The heroine or hero's journey is something we all go through in life in our own way.

When people escape into that movie, that video game, that music lyric, it has a cause and effect on the outcome of their own personal life since it is connected with their emotional patterns, mental patterns, and spiritual patterns.

As I stated, I put my Novel to the side, because I had to go through the process. This meant to pivot along the way. I was going in different directions from being able to step into the characters themselves and possibly seeing from those point of views in the experience. While you don't always see the big picture while you're going through it, 2020 was perfect vision of my "Why" and it validated my Vision for this book was accurate in 2011.

My focal point was creating a product that impacted humanity and to move the world forward long-term. This was for me to break the chains of past generations. You have to look back in time why people wrote fiction the way they did back through the era's.

Today in 2021, individuals create content every day, but is it "Quality over Quantity" content that lasts long-term, or just goes by so fast, it ends up forgotten forever?

Short-term gains may last for a minute. Long-term gains last for generations.

One example: Gone with the Wind was blasted in 2020 for the Movie on "Slavery". Now, I have to say this was part of the process, because this book was mentioned to me in 2011 and I did read it and watched the movie. And this was not the "Focal Point" of what I got out of the book. I wasn't even paying that close attention. This book was long-term profits for a few generations.

In 2020, we have the Cancellation and Censorship of Generation Z. As we can see between Generation X and Generation Z with Eminem.

Which if I finished this book earlier, it would not have lasted long-term because I needed to hear the voice of Generation Z and Millennial's, because I had the Baby Boomer perspective and the Generation X perspective.

I do have to chuckle, because I have already ran into the same problem the last year with the battle between Gen X and Gen Z with content and censorship and cancellation.

Eminem's response:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qleJpzB4q7A


Then you had the Lil Nas X, Call Me By Your Name Episode was a hot topic.

There's a battle time to time with how we write content, what words we use, and new words being invented as we can see even with politics with labels, niches, and categories.

Social norms of what we find acceptable and not acceptable to society are changing how we define certain parts of our experience.

Three of my male friends passed away from Generation X this year and it brought back the younger days 30 years ago or more when I lived in the middle of the Punk Rock Culture, Grunge, and Heavy Metal.

This was part of the process as well, since we are all about communications, words, and often we wore t-shirts with explicit words, labels, brands, and even ended up in the News a few times.

While back then I let go of my writing since I knew from English classes that I had a huge impact on them in away that other writers did not. I could see it on their facial expressions, body language, and at the time I thought I was doing something wrong. In actuality, the way I write is far deeper and transformational in the audience.

I had won awards when I was younger in my writing, but I had to learn later in life to not be attached to the the reaction or response of the audience and just trust the process. Which comes back to M.J. 's challenge I mentioned before.

What is hard for others is quite natural for me when it comes to writing. The whole process from 2011 until 2021 was stepping out as the INFJ and using my voice and allowing myself to shine bright.

This comes to the feminine journey of standing in my full personal power. Those three masculine who passed away this year was a reminder to be eccentric, out of the box, be a rebel, be a revolutionist, and stand out from the crowd. Break out of the mold of what a "Novel" should look like at face value. Perhaps even breaking the rules somewhat and breaking out of the trail of formula's, and patterns of other writers.

Part of the process was breaking out of the prejudices, discrimination, the false belief systems I might have been conditioned in the first part of my life. As Millennial's and Generation Z crack open a whole new perspective, new creativity, and push you out of those "Old World" dynamics.

2021 is all about blazing a new trail and shutting the door to the "Old Life". Pivot in a new direction with my writing and let go of the old habits of writing and communication. I still have the same vision and the skeleton, but it needs to adapt, adjust, problem shoot, and problem solve in the format it began in 2011.

There's a death in the process of being a writer time to time. If you do things the same way, you've always done, you'll get the same result and outcome.

Margaret Mitchell did take her time writing "Gone With the Wind." At the time in 2011, I didn't understand why. Although, I do understand now. Now it is just taking everything I learned from 2011-2021 and sifting through the notes and weeding out what doesn't work and what applies now in 2021.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hTI4z2ijc4
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO5ttpuIuvg
 

Mattie

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Mattie

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The New Beginning in 2021. I kind of took the same path as M.J. and started taking notes back in 2011 and have 150,000 words I finished in 2014. I found M.J.'s book and put it aside because I needed to go the rest of the way of going through a lot of different elements of the process to finish this book from a women's perspective of a writer. I remember when I started the forum M.J. kind of challenged me since he knew I needed to learn a lot more then what my "Ego" claimed to know at the time in thinking I could just be the "Babe Ruth" and not go through the process. He's a smart guy!

I do have to kind of chuckle because if M.J. didn't challenge me in 2014 to go through the process, I probably would have not wrote this novel the way it was intended to be written in 2021. Some people believe you just write a book. And some people do just write a book. I just feel now, I was meant to go through the process first to write a better quality book. I am a prolific writer and could write all day long, but I've learned you can just write all you want, but it has to have some value, quality, substance, structure, form, organization, and improvement every year.

I bought some books I've been reading. Right now I'm on page 274 Revising Your Novel, by Janice Hardy. There's three books in one. Amazingly there's a lot of stuff to remember and I didn't know. Ah, but the process I went through is in there as well.


I do love the book Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers And Gamers. Absolutely love how it talks in depth about building your society, culture, economics, races, and gets into detail the full dynamics of creating just about everything we do in our own world, but transforming it into fiction or fantasy. I'm on page 82, and is written by Trent Hergenrader. It's very technical though so not like your average writers book.

I also have three books, Creative Writing Student's Handbook by Catherine Hartigan Margaret James
The Short Story Writers Workbook.
The Novelists Workbook
These are all from the U.K.
I have read them, and found them to be quite useful and informative. They even give some references and resources to sell your writing.


Creating Short-Fiction ~ Damon Knight. I would recommend this one as well. Quite detailed.

How to Write Dialogue That Sparkles ~ Jim Driver. Something to be worked on is dialogue, since it is important to make the voice stand out for characters. Although Screen Writing and Scripts gives you a lot of detail with dialogue. I know to read these already.

Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot. ~ J.K. Cleland. I really love this one as well, it is very detailed.

The not read yet list pile sitting next to me.

Stephen King On Writing.
Save the Cat Writes a Novel, Jessica Brody
Writing a Killer Thriller, Jodie Renner
Understanding Conflict, Janice Hardy
The RPG Character Backstory Guide
Plotting Your Novel Workbook, Janice Hardy.

I read fast, but I know to slow down, because there's so much information there. Obviously, I need to apply it, practice it, and hone the skills. Which probably will be quite transforming getting into a different niche, writing style, and applying the Psychology skills I already have.

A new process for 2021. I'm sure there will be some growth. I'm sure I need to learn copy writing as well as M.J. says.

Challenges may be switching from non-fiction psychology writing into show and not tell. I'm very descriptive, visual, colorful, and may want to describe too much.

I do need to sharpen up on my grammar and editing. I do have enough to read here first.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pebAgX13bRIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pebAgX13bRI
 

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I finished reading the Revising your Novel., by Hardy today. My thought this is a book I need to read again since it contains so much information that is relevant. Perhaps, a a book that is one to return to often and write notes here and there for future reference.

I am not on to the next book Understanding Conflict, Janice Hardy.
 

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I finished reading the Revising your Novel., by Hardy today. My thought this is a book I need to read again since it contains so much information that is relevant. Perhaps, a a book that is one to return to often and write notes here and there for future reference.

I am not on to the next book Understanding Conflict, Janice Hardy.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6HOdHEeosc
 

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I did finish the conflict book. My impression is from all my previous work with my degree and experience, it may be quite easy and natural to bring this conflict out in characters, but may just be applying and practicing the techniques and suggestions that are listed.

I am reading, Writing a Killer Thriller, right now and seems to bring out the Mental Toughness and Adversity stuff, so again may be quite in my favor to bring out that psychological dynamic in my writing. I am on chapter 6 right now.

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I did finish the conflict book. My impression is from all my previous work with my degree and experience, it may be quite easy and natural to bring this conflict out in characters, but may just be applying and practicing the techniques and suggestions that are listed.

I am reading, Writing a Killer Thriller, right now and seems to bring out the Mental Toughness and Adversity stuff, so again may be quite in my favor to bring out that psychological dynamic in my writing. I am on chapter 6 right now.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb2pXSH8TnU

Mattie, are you writing or just reading and watching videos about writing?

I mean, it's important to learn about structure, conflict, etc.

But this progress thread looks like action-faking from here. I know b/c I'm a master action-faker.

Maybe you're spending a lot of time writing but you don't mention it here. If so, kudos to you.

But maybe you're worried about that quality vs quantity that you mentioned. If that's you, you should read this:


If you're spending a lot of time writing, you may add another book to your library. At least this is a short one:

Chris Fox's Write to Market: Deliver a Book that Sells
 

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It's already written. I just did not read all these books before I wrote it, and obviously, it's helped me to read these books to go back to it scene by scene and re-write it correctly. Obviously, I have learned you have to have this knowledge to turn it into and Editor and Pitch it to Publishers or they will reject it and throw it in the trash.

For the short-stories, I have not written any before other then poetry. And I plan on writing them every day and make short-reads when I am finished with the books. And obviously, they have to be written correctly.
 

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Mattie, are you writing or just reading and watching videos about writing?

I mean, it's important to learn about structure, conflict, etc.

But this progress thread looks like action-faking from here. I know b/c I'm a master action-faker.

Maybe you're spending a lot of time writing but you don't mention it here. If so, kudos to you.

But maybe you're worried about that quality vs quantity that you mentioned. If that's you, you should read this:


If you're spending a lot of time writing, you may add another book to your library. At least this is a short one:

Chris Fox's Write to Market: Deliver a Book that Sel
Thank you for the article. This is very true. I usually do just write quantity with poetry. I just have to do with short-stories now. That is the best way for me to learn to just let it all come out at a fast pace.

Fortunately, as the Editor from Michigan pointed out, I tend write too fast paced for readers. Which is slowing down the pace. Then of course, I need to slow down a bit and pay attention to what these books are pointing out and make sense of the structure, plot, etc.

Otherwise, I tend to ramble on with stuff that needs to be cut out from what I can already tell you from reading these books. What I'm meant to be focusing on with the writing. I am very descriptive in writing and describe everything that just isn't always important to the reader.
 

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Thank

Thank you for the article. This is very true. I usually do just write quantity with poetry. I just have to do with short-stories now. That is the best way for me to learn to just let it all come out at a fast pace.

Fortunately, as the Editor from Michigan pointed out, I tend write too fast paced for readers. Which is slowing down the pace. Then of course, I need to slow down a bit and pay attention to what these books are pointing out and make sense of the structure, plot, etc.

Otherwise, I tend to ramble on with stuff that needs to be cut out from what I can already tell you from reading these books. What I'm meant to be focusing on with the writing. I am very descriptive in writing and describe everything that just isn't always important to the reader.
6 minute fiction. I thought, I would try it since back in 2013, I had a friend that was a professor and encouraged me to try out. He's passed away since then, but his goal was for me to learn to write literary fiction. It's different to write that way. Since you said take action. Here you go.

Grandfather Sanders is a pharmacist in the local community. Luck is not the question. He inherited the store from his father, Jared. Born into the family, it was just natural to take over the family small business back in the day.

Five of his buddies sit at the ice cream bar every afternoon for a cheeseburger, fries, and soda. He was 26 years old when he inherited the store. There is one photograph of him and his father on the wall. They stand shoulder to shoulder eating and ice cream cone. Both are fixed in their pin stripe suits and ties, dark hair, and light eyes, tall, and handsome. This was his 26th birthday. The customers today often ask if their twin brothers. I remind them they are father and son.

The morning my great grandfather met my grandfather was the day he was born out the back door. He always laughed he was a true medicine man since he was born in the back of the pharmacy. His latest delivery. Grandfather Sanders came so fast my grandmother never had a chance to get inside and up the stairs to the second-floor apartment. Born right in the dirt and dust. Grandmother Jenelle was so furious.

Grandfather Sanders was wrapped up in a towel and soon was rushed to the neighbors for safe keeping with Mrs. Jensen.

Curly red locks, the Irish curls stick to Mrs. Jensen’s forehead, pinned back to the side, she carried Grandfather Sanders around town as if he was her own boy. Stern to the bone, Mrs. Jensen seemed determined to make sure he never had one bit of ice cream all the days of his life while she was in charge. Never would he be influenced by his father’s sweet tooth.

“Here’s a jar of your teeth.” Mrs. Jensen used to say. My Grandfather Sanders believed if he ate the ice cream, he would lose his teeth. “You don’t want to wear dentures like your father, do you? Your Grandmother Jenelle, already thinks you’re a mess.”

Grandmother Jenelle thought my Grandfather Sanders was her biggest mistake. The local newspaper wrote about the incident in the gossip column. The latest celebrity of the day, my Grandmother Jenelle, did not want anything do with my Grandfather Sanders ever again. Ever since that day, Grandfather Sanders became famous in the local community for being exiled. Grandmother Jenelle banished him from the pharmacy and was not allowed to enter without her consent. If he was allowed, he had to sit on a stool and and wash dishes.

Grandfather Sanders finally decided to sneak in one day on his own when Mrs. Jensen slept in the rocking chair on the front porch of the old pharmacy store. Scared stiff, he tipped toed behind the counter, grabbed one lemon scoop, and ran out the back door as fast as he could. He took his first bite. His front tooth fell out instantly. He threw the rest of the ice cream to the ground. Picked up his tooth off the ground and hollered a huge cry. Mrs. Jensen grabbed him right away by the arm the instant he came around the corner. She knocked the tooth from his hand. “I told you if you followed your father’s footsteps, you’d have no teeth left. You never listen. “
 

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6 minute fiction. I thought, I would try it since back in 2013, I had a friend that was a professor and encouraged me to try out. He's passed away since then, but his goal was for me to learn to write literary fiction. It's different to write that way. Since you said take action. Here you go.

Grandfather Sanders is a pharmacist in the local community. Luck is not the question. He inherited the store from his father, Jared. Born into the family, it was just natural to take over the family small business back in the day.

Five of his buddies sit at the ice cream bar every afternoon for a cheeseburger, fries, and soda. He was 26 years old when he inherited the store. There is one photograph of him and his father on the wall. They stand shoulder to shoulder eating and ice cream cone. Both are fixed in their pin stripe suits and ties, dark hair, and light eyes, tall, and handsome. This was his 26th birthday. The customers today often ask if their twin brothers. I remind them they are father and son.

The morning my great grandfather met my grandfather was the day he was born out the back door. He always laughed he was a true medicine man since he was born in the back of the pharmacy. His latest delivery. Grandfather Sanders came so fast my grandmother never had a chance to get inside and up the stairs to the second-floor apartment. Born right in the dirt and dust. Grandmother Jenelle was so furious.

Grandfather Sanders was wrapped up in a towel and soon was rushed to the neighbors for safe keeping with Mrs. Jensen.


Curly red locks, the Irish curls stick to Mrs. Jensen’s forehead, pinned back to the side, she carried Grandfather Sanders around town as if he was her own boy. Stern to the bone, Mrs. Jensen seemed determined to make sure he never had one bit of ice cream all the days of his life while she was in charge. Never would he be influenced by his father’s sweet tooth.

“Here’s a jar of your teeth.” Mrs. Jensen used to say. My Grandfather Sanders believed if he ate the ice cream, he would lose his teeth. “You don’t want to wear dentures like your father, do you? Your Grandmother Jenelle, already thinks you’re a mess.”

Grandmother Jenelle thought my Grandfather Sanders was her biggest mistake. The local newspaper wrote about the incident in the gossip column. The latest celebrity of the day, my Grandmother Jenelle, did not want anything do with my Grandfather Sanders ever again. Ever since that day, Grandfather Sanders became famous in the local community for being exiled. Grandmother Jenelle banished him from the pharmacy and was not allowed to enter without her consent. If he was allowed, he had to sit on a stool and and wash dishes.

Grandfather Sanders finally decided to sneak in one day on his own when Mrs. Jensen slept in the rocking chair on the front porch of the old pharmacy store. Scared stiff, he tipped toed behind the counter, grabbed one lemon scoop, and ran out the back door as fast as he could. He took his first bite. His front tooth fell out instantly. He threw the rest of the ice cream to the ground. Picked up his tooth off the ground and hollered a huge cry. Mrs. Jensen grabbed him right away by the arm the instant he came around the corner. She knocked the tooth from his hand. “I told you if you followed your father’s footsteps, you’d have no teeth left. You never listen. “
I intruded upon your daily planner. A thick, leather, weathered cover, fringed edges, singed pages with cigarette butts used for markers, it is easy to remember the details.

By the engraved signature, the quality of the content, suggests perhaps it enlists the highest caliber of fine businessmen and women.

Scribbled out lines. Doodles in the margins. Highlighted surnames of important officials in the community. Black ink stains the page with a blotted tear of disappointment. Coffee stains dripped on the middle page from woman who sat next to you on the airplane, June 1, 2021, on the way to Chicago, just so you would remember her name and number.

The planner slipped out of your jacket this morning in my taxi. Absent minded, you were unaware of the dilemma as you rushed to exit in desperation to make your next meeting with a dash of cologne, swiped to your face, a pull of your tie, a quick glance of your client, perked with a professional smile. One flash of your business card alerted them with one tap on the shoulder, you guided them into the building without hesitation.

The planner’s pages are brittle falling out of the book binding. Did I purposely forget to remind you, you dropped it? My selfish private curiosity showed opportunity to stay in contact with you for a slight brief minute until you realize it is missing.

For a slight interruption in your busy day the inspection of a prized possession is exposed unveiling the mystery of your thoughts, the private inclination of what makes you angry, what makes you disappointed, what you believe brightens you up with colorful highlights.

Two singed fiery dragons on the last few pages are etched into the thick Ivory grained paper, an idea for a logo of your future business. A tiny fold at the top of the right margin spells out ~ Margaret~ written out in blue~ not black` ink. Who could she be?
 

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