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Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Flashback - The Writing Bug

Friday Flashback will be a randomly recurring blog post where I will flashback to various times in my life. Today I'm flashing back to when I began writing...

I surrendered to the writing bug back when I was a wee-little-one way before the era of TiVo, reality shows, and Britney Spears shaving her head. After reading A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC by Shel Silverstein fifty million times, I became addicted to writing funny poetry in first grade. I progressed to writing longer, more dramatic works in second grade when I penned a tear-jerker about a boy who was saved from quicksand by his pet donkey. No joke. Apparently it wasn't worth saving though because I can't find it. So, although I'd like to share the donkey/quicksand story, I've found the next best thing to share for my first Friday Flashback post: THE CAT WHO WORE GLASSES, by the second grade version of myself.

*Click on each page for a larger view*

Rising action...

Climax and falling action...

Surprise climax #2 (mean girl twist), falling action and conclusion...

Nelly (the "mean girl" cat in this story) is a bit like Britney Taylor in my book, THE LIPSTICK LAWS. Of course, Britney's not a cat nor does she break someone's glasses...but she's mean and she has manicured finger-claws. Case closed.

Happy Friday!

*Best Wishes & Lipstick Kisses*

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Blogger Kathy McCullough said...

You were obviously a savant, considering your innate grasp of story structure. Brilliant! If only you could go back and tell the younger you that one day this book would be published for the WHOLE WORLD to see...I think she would be pretty psyched! :)

February 26, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww these are so cute! I used to write stuff like this as well when I was younger and always with pictures too. It's always fun to look back at them from time to time. :)

February 27, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Amy Holder said...

Kathy - You are too sweet! And yes, I'm sure my younger self would have been thrilled if she knew. :)

Michelle - It's so fun to look back! I happened to come across a bunch of my old writing stuff(including this) the last time I was at my parents' house... and it was like traveling back in time! I'd love to see some of your old writing/pictures!

February 27, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Alissa said...

It is so much fun to find the things we wrote as kids. Sometimes I surprise myself with the stuff I managed to write as a kid, but mostly it's just laugh out loud bad.

February 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Christine Danek said...

Love your cute book:) It is fun to look back and see some our earlier work. So cute:)

March 1, 2010 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Amy Holder said...

Alissa - Laugh-out-loud bad is right! I get a kick out of all my various misspellings back then. I'm pretty sure I spelled "excited" as "eggsited" for the better half of my elementary career.

Christine - Thanks so much! I agree, it's definitely fun to look back! I'm glad my parents saved most of it!

March 1, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

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