Link: “The Overturned Tricycle”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

poemThe Overturned Tricycle, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 25 April 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

Think up a setting for a story then click on over and share it as succinctly as possible.

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“Portable magic” – a quote from Stephen King

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

Stephen King may be the Master of Horror, but this quote holds true for fans of all genres.  If the books you’re reading aren’t sucking you in and letting you “escape” for minutes or hours, you should try another book, or maybe a different genre.

A Few of My Favorite Things…err, Teachers, that is

Today, Heidelberg High School Lions are mourning the loss of one of our beloved teachers, Mrs. Wanda McCollar.  Not only did she teach us writing and visual arts, but she had a way of wrapping lessons on life up into what she taught, as well.  She was funny and charming and had a way of drawing even the shy folks out of their shells for one period of the day.  She was the first teacher to get my interested in poetry.  I remember analyzing The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot.  I remember having to write a one hundred word sentence that wasn’t a run on.  And I remember the stories she’d tell us.  She was a nut.  And we loved her.  Thankfully, through Facebook, lots of Lions were able to friend her and enjoy her humor and friendship as adults.  She will be missed.

As I thought about Mrs. McCollar today, I also started thinking about the vast number of teachers I’ve had over the years and how many really stand out…and while there were some things I liked about a lot more of the teachers or some of the things I did in their classes that were memorable, the only ones who really stand out positively for me, other than Mrs. McCollar, are:

“Your head is hard, it is difficult.”  – Mr. Moore, HHS – My eleventh grade honors English teacher.  He was a trip.  I learned more about speaking correctly in his class because that seemed to be what we did the most…talk.  He’d come in and we’d talk and he’d call us names or make little insults in ways that made us remember the corrections he made to our speech.

“Hazlo!” – Senor Pappas – My fourth year Spanish teacher, HHS.  He had a way of teaching class that made it seem like we weren’t really working although I know we worked the whole period.  One of his favorite things to do was, when going over command forms, to open his door and then make sure the German teacher, Mr. Berg, had his door open.  “Hazlo!” sounds quite a bit like the German word for a-hole…especially when heard from across the hall.

Mr. “Slam” Graham – Lawrence North High School, Indiana – I can’t freehand draw a thing, but give me a drafting table and some Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits, and I can whip out your drawing in no time.  Mr. Graham looked more like he belonged on a construction site than in the classroom, but he had an engaging personality and cool, approachable manner that made asking questions easy.  But don’t let his college sports jock manner fool you, he knew his subject and always got the line weight perfect the first time when drawing.

I’m sure that many of the other teachers I had were great and that they reached other students, but for some reason they just didn’t make a strong impression on me…positively, at least, and this post isn’t about the ones I didn’t like.

I’m going to close with a quote by Stephen King, which comes from the pages of “Lisey’s Story“:

“You want to be good for the ones you love, because you know that your time with them will end up being too short, no matter how long it is.”

If you have/have had a great teacher, let them know what an impression they had on your life before they are gone.  R.I.P., Mrs. McCollar.

Book Review: Under The Dome

Under the Dome

by Stephen King

This is a great story about monsters –not the killer clown-type monsters hiding in storm drains, but the kind of power-hungry type of people who take advantage of bad situations to elevate themselves while sinking deeper into depravity.  And Mr. King does a bang-up job, as usual, of setting the stage for the unleashing of the beast.  Along the course of the story, we meet some lesser evils, as well as a number of good, or, at least, salvageable people.  There is murder and mayhem a-plenty and the story careers ahead with a relentless acceleration into an inevitable inferno.

The page-count, over one thousand, may seem daunting, but the story really clips along.  The character development is top-notch and there are just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting without losing focus.  In short, Under The Dome is everything I’ve come to expect and love about Stephen King’s stories.

Visit Stephen King’s website: StephenKing.com

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