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March 20, 2010

Pithy Prose – The Honored Dead

Filed under: Pithy Prose — Stephen L. Thompson @ 4:02 pm

At our last meeting, a member stated we needed more content on our blog.  I agree.  So what could I do?

A couple years ago, a friend of mine was looking for people to write columns on religion, politics, society, etc. for his website.  I’m not much for writing columns, and I wrote stories instead.  Why not do the same here?  So I’m announcing the beginning of “Pithy Prose.” Each month I’ll write a short (few hundred word) story dealing with some aspect of writing.  Here is my first story:

THE HONORED DEAD

The end was coming – thin, faint, unsteady – but Eric pressed on.  He was almost finished.

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Eric couldn’t remember a time not writing.  His high school and college classes were spent jotting down scenes or random bits of dialogue.  He kept a small notebook with him to write down ideas while waiting at the dentist or to kill time before a movie.  Once while stopped at a red light, he wrote a haiku.

About ninety percent of his writing was done with pen and paper.  He felt an almost primal connection to the words while using a pen.  Plus, growing up in an age where phones were only used to make phone calls – and the vast majority of them were attached to walls – carrying a pen and notebook was his only option for convenient 24/7 writing.  Not that he had anything against computers, but with a pen his only distractions were doodles.

Eric was on the last five pages of his first novel when his pen died.  He clicked it closed for the last time, then – opening the bottom drawer of his desk – he laid it to rest with all its predecessors.  From the top drawer he took a new pen.  Clicking it open for the first time, he continued where the last had left off.

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1 Comment »

  1. I can really relate to doing most of my writing with pen and paper. So, this person is a dead pen hoarder? Sounds like an idea for another story…

    Comment by Chris Shaughness — March 21, 2010 @ 3:08 pm


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