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The Legendary, 2009   Leave a comment

Grandma's underwear

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http://www.downdirtyword.com/authors/helenpeterson.html#tp

The Legendary loves me, and I love the Legendary.  In 2009, they published three flash by me, “The Cheating Kind”, “Goin’ Commando”, and “Missy Lee’s Enlightenment”.

The Cheating Kind, well. It’s four sentences, mostly of dialogue, but I think, I hope, it packs a punch when you read it, similar to the shock to the system the protagonist gets when she realizes she is, indeed, married to the cheating kind.

Goin Commando is a Baby Girl story, but instead of the younger, sassy, middle aged Baby Girl, we get to meet the Grandma Baby Girl. It was fun, trying to imagine this character I had created initially in her twenties, then wrote about again in her forties, turn sixty and become Maw-Maw. The story I adapted from something my sister did at the age of five, not me. Honest. I swear.

And Missy Lee owes her name to a good friend of mine with the last name of Lee. Sassy, Southern, and comfortable in her skin. Her actions, however, stem from autobiographical frustration I had with a previous relationship. The beauty of being a writer is, you can write out the things in your life you don’t understand until they begin to make sense.  You can harness your anger and create with it, birthing characters that may reach out to others in your position, give them hope and allow them to see the beauty in themselves.

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Poetic Diversity   Leave a comment

http://www.poeticdiversity.org/main/poems-fea.php?nameCode=helenpeterson&date=2010-08-01

Poetic Diversity is an online poetry journal from Los Angeles California that published two short poems of mine this month. Both poems, “This Car Climbed Mount Washington” and “Window-Framed” were written during flash sessions with fellow writers on an online workshop. Flash occurs twice a week on this specific site, when a member posts words and images, and other members write for a set amount of time inspired by those words and images. The flash could be an hour-long, or 24 hours long, depending upon the person who posts the prompts. It’s a fun way to get your creativity going. There are days when I look at the screen, or my journal, and nothing comes. When you’ve been given the gift of three or four little words, you can mold them any way you want to. I encourage everyone to have a Flash session with friends, or randomly open the dictionary, close your eyes, point to a few words, and fly Flash solo. I would even encourage you, if you feel like sharing, to post your own Flash experiences here in the comments section.

In fact, allow me to share the prompts that inspired these two poems, and see what you can do with them on your own. The word prompts for Window Framed were velvet, hammock, and indecision. The prompts for This Car Climbed Mt. Washington were cotton, speedometer, and mountain. Enjoy a little brain exercise on me. I look forward to seeing your results.