Alan Baxter and Joanna Penn Talk Short Stories

Whether you’re writing short stories, or planning to try your hand at them — you’ll find this helpful. 

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“live a thousand summers”

Summer in the Air

Time is so strange and life is twice as strange
You’re only you, here, now — the present you
Some people turn sad awfully young
Old people never were children
You do things and don’t watch
Shadows running around in the air
Why not let nature show you a few things?
But you got to look at grapes as well as watermelons
Cutting grass and pulling weeds can be a way of life, son
You’ve time to seek and find. No person ever died that had a family
This fine first cool white snow would never melt,
But live a thousand summers

The title and lines are from Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” — a book for all times. 

“The words were summer on the tongue.  The wine was summer caught and stoppered.”

Learning Not To Write

“My goal has not been reached; but I am practicing. I don’t yet know when I shall succeed in learning not to write; the obsession, the obligation are half a century old. My right little finger is slightly bent; that is because the weight of my hand always rested on it as I wrote, like a kangaroo leaning back on its tail. There is a tired spirit deep inside of me that still continues its gourmet’s quest for a better word, and then for a better one still.”

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (January 28, 1873–August 3, 1954)

Commercial-Free Memories?

“When I watched the thirty-second commercial for the G.I. Joe Mobile Command Center or a promo for “The Fall Guy,” everything came rushing back: the way light flooded the living room before the extension was added to the house and the mango trees sprouted; the rabbit ears perched on top of the old Hitachi, which barely hauled in two channels on the good days; my grandfather and the cats sitting on the couch, scratching the sides in unison.”

Matthew St. Ville Hunte on ads in our lives.