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Lesson 4: Opt. Exercise: Conflict scene

I saw his silhouette coming into view as he approached the door and my stomach began to churn. He quickly entered looking disheveled and distracted but looked around in dissatisfaction at the dishes piled in the sink and clothes strewn … Continue reading

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Power of Thought – MW 4 Ex 2

Power of Thought In my brother’s senior year, we were transplanted from Calgary to Richmond. I was one grade behind him.  We suffered severe culture shock and a huge upheaval in our once stable social lives.  Making new friends was … Continue reading

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Lesson 4 Conflicts lesson 4

Careless planning Dick and I grabbed our backpacks and headed to the cabin to give the pilot space to load the hunters gear. As we’re walking away, I tug on Dick’s jacket sleeve, “did you see those two hunters giving … Continue reading

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Hiking with Hunger

It had been two days since we had last seen a shop. Acutely aware of the need to compromise between having enough to eat and keeping our pack weight down, we had bought sparingly for the five days ahead; a … Continue reading

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Creative Writing : Lesson 4

Exercise 1: List of Memoir Conflicts. “Being the last born child in a family Desire to be successful Do not follow my father – alcohol Survive two serious motor car accidents and their ramifications Understanding responsibility:Marriage vs Career and the … Continue reading

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The Enigma of Arrival

After the novelty of flying in a Boeing 747 had worn off and Stevie Wonder’s looped singing of ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ on the piped music channel, I was rapidly losing the will to live. An infant two seats away yelled … Continue reading

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Aunt Rose

This year I going to spend my summer vacation at my Aunt Roses in Bristol New Hampshire. Bristol is a small town but to get to Aunt Rose’s home, I had to go down past the Mica factory, continue on … Continue reading

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They Eat Fish Don’t They?

“I think something is eating the fish,” I mentioned to my husband. “You know, I was wondering about that.” Jim mused.  “Last few times I checked on them there didn’t seem to be nearly as many and I haven’t been … Continue reading

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Through the Old Milk Box

The inner conflict before the story… Here are some thoughts I had as I began today’s lesson:“I don’t want to make a list of conflicts, as instructed in lesson 4 of the memoir course I’m taking. Maybe it is closer … Continue reading

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Lesson 4: Wasting Away – A Memoir

Wasting Away A desperately ill child’s reflections of sounds and smells from the confines of his bedroom as he struggles with the fear of dying. I lay on the floor on my back staring blankly at the ceiling. The threadbare … Continue reading

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