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Fifth Tuesday Stories

Fifth Tuesday stories
October 30, 2012

The challenge: Write a short short story, poem, essay or a mighty short film script about the supernatural, which must include a ghost, a vampire, a werewolf, a witch, or any combination, or some other unreal critter. (more…)

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Fifth Tuesday stories
July 31, 2012

The challenge: A wish. Write a short short story, poem, essay or a mighty short film script about a wish made or a wish granted . . . your wish, somebody’s else’s wish, your dog’s wish. You’re the writer. You pick, you write, then polish.

“A fish on a dish, is that what you wish?”
(lyrics from The Incredible String Band)
Brandy Larson, second-and-fourth

Wish, noun, desire or longing for a specific thing
inclination, petition, invoke (upon), entreat, expression (of desire)
ME wisshen – OE wyscan

“Be careful of what you wish for,” Mom said, and “don’t wish your life away.”
I think this is mainly said to children.
“Your wish is my command,” the genie said.
“When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true,” Jimminy Cricket said (“Pinocchio”).
“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” Proverb
“Dreams are wish fulfillment,” Freud said.
One can mistake wishes with reality – an example of wishful (magical?) thinking.
And how about “wishy-washy?”
What is a wish, really? For me it is a form of manifesting. Wishing has an element of intent. And intent has the power to make something happen.
Children wish to grow up. Teenagers wish for romance. Young people might wish for glamor or fame. Middle-agers wish for excitement, or maybe retirement. And elders might occasionally wish for youth! Full circle.
Who has not wished on a star, wished for luck or wished for change? We’ve all wished for time to speed up – or to slow down. Or wished we’d done things differently?
What have you wished for?
I’ve mainly wished for romance, but not recently…
Wishing has the flavor of hope and, if not angling directly toward happiness, at least hoping to perhaps gain help in some circumstance or other.
Animals also must have wishes. I know my cat, Aslan, meows a certain way when night is coming and he wishes to be let out. Horses enclosed in a stall wish to run. Dogs in the house wish to get out. Foxes wish they could jump high enough to nibble at the tempting grapes.
I guess there’s no end to wishing.
My wish for you? May all your wishes come true.

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Fifth Tuesday Submissions
January 31, 2012

The challenge: Write a short short story, poem, film scene or essay with a two-word title. One of the words must be either heart or hearts . . . Burning Heart, Busted Hearts, Mending Hearts, you get the idea. Hey, Valentine’s Day is coming. No more than 500 words. Winner receives a critique of her/his first 50 pages from Chris DeSmet plus dinner on the town with Chris.

Here is a link to the submissions. https://tuesdayswithstory.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/5th-tuesday-2012.doc

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Some of the “old” members of the group will remember me. I wanted to let everyone know that my book, The Journey Takers, comes out this summer.  It is the same book once called Generations: A Journey Through History that the group once edited many moons ago – and many versions ago, too. The writing group there in Madison is in my acknowledgments!!

I am driving from Massachusetts to California this July to promote the book – and I have a stop in Madison. I am speaking at the Sequoya branch of  the Madison library on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. I would love to see some members of the group. – Leslie Huber

Leslie also has a website at www.understandingyourancestors.com

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