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Once upon a time, there were two trees. They shared the earth and spread their roots into the dark, rich earth. Each spring filled their branches with green foliage. With the coming of summer, the trees would display bountiful bunches of beautiful yellow flowers. These flowers would remain until the fall when they would produce many clouds of seeds and a friendly breeze would spread these seeds throughout the region.
The years passed. One of the trees grew tall and continued to produce fine-looking leaves, beautiful flowers and bountiful seed. The second tree did not grow as tall but also continued to display fine-looking leaves and beautiful yellow blossoms.
More years passed. The shorter tree struggled to match the taller tree but caught only fleeting moments in the sunshine when breezes moved the branches of the taller tree and allowed rays to pass through its branches. Even so, the shorter tree continued to produce foliage and flowers albeit the size, number, and quality diminished with each passing year. It twisted its trunk and grew uneven branches in an attempt to reach the joys of the sun but it remained in the shadow of the taller, larger tree.
In time, the smaller tree produced only meager foliage and its blossoms were small and pale. Some years the blossoms displayed petals of pink instead of yellow. As more years passed, the smaller tree grew only foliage and these leaves were sparse in numbers, uneven in shape and no more than a pale green in color, hanging lethargically from the twisted misshapen branches.
The two trees continued to share the rich, dark earth, entwining their roots and sharing the waters of the soil. Since the smaller tree needed less food and water, its roots had no need to grow as large or to extend to the farther reaches of the earth.
The years passed. Storms ravaged the region. Winds took their toll. Trees succumbed.
One spring, the smaller, sheltered tree no longer stood in a shadow. It no longer was reduced to fleeting glimpses of the generous rays of the sun. The smaller tree had no need to share the riches of the earth and the moisture from the rains.
The years passed. However, regardless of its need to no longer share its resources, the smaller tree continued to be small, to produce sparse foliage. It produced no blossoms and no seeds.

I was motivated to write this mini-story after watching two little girls who were sisters. One sister was quite assertive, a trait that, no doubt, stood her in good stead as an adult. However, the shy, smaller girl would show a flair at something only to be outdone by her sister. The actions of her sister didn't seem to be on purpose, just a different personality. Watching them, I wondered how different that little girl would be as an adult if she were developing in a different setting. I vascillated on the ending and then decided that Cinderellas don't always become princesses...

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Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on March 23, 2011 at 5:15pm

I'll try posting the URL again. One person said it didn't work. This one does.


It's the same! Don't understand some of these tech glitches.

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Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on March 15, 2011 at 11:32pm
cacoethes \kak-oh-EE-theez\, noun:

An irresistible urge; mania.

We must talk, think, and live up to the spirit of the times, and write up to it too, if that cacoethes be upon us, or else we are nought.
-- Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers

A cacoethes for travel seemed suddenly to have possessed the old gentleman, and an airy allusion to Damascus had struck her dumb.
-- Leonard Merrick, The worldlings

Cacoethes stems from the Greek kakoethes, a combination of the roots kakos, "bad," and ethes, "character." The word occurs famously in Juvenal's Latin phrase insanabile scribendi cacoethes, "incurable passion for writing."

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on February 8, 2011 at 8:55pm
A budding author comes home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks.
“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in seconds. Everything is gone including the big bag of cash you stashed under the mattress. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Both our pets are--”
“Wait, wait. Back up a minute,” The man says. “My agent called?”
Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on January 12, 2011 at 3:05pm
I have a chapter of my memoir for critique. 2500 words. Is that too large a file to post here? Is anyone interested in reading it? I would like some feedback on it.
Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on January 11, 2011 at 10:42am
Thank you for that info. I checked the page for Mac OSX Automator. Sounds interesting. I will forward that link on to my son, who may find it useful in his business.
Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on December 14, 2010 at 11:18am

I have a Bahamian vacation package, paid for, if aomeone would join me, or would like to buy the package from me - everything for C$682.49. I cannot go alone and need someone to drive the free rental car. We could write about it.

Comment by MarilynLou Fraser on December 10, 2010 at 4:49pm

Kevin, The Writers Book of Days is available on

The first version (that I have) and an updated version.

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Comment by Kevin Baker on December 10, 2010 at 4:25pm

Marilyn, I havent found those books yet, but I got two others from my town library. "Write where you live " by Elaine Fantile Shimberg, and "The writers Idea Book" by Jack Heffron. No w to do some reading and practicing. 

Comment by Kevin Baker on December 9, 2010 at 2:17pm
Marilyn, Thanks for the great tips and ideas, I'll start looking up the articles . Also, on the use of street names, I have seen it used well to let you lnow that thw author knows his locales, but have also used to excwss and got turned off.

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