Insecure Writers Support Group Post

Oh, good golly!  It’s the first Wednesday of the month again and time for and IWSG post.  This month’s optional question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

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I started to work on an old story–part of it is on this blog–Samuel, the Magical Horse, parts 1 and 2 (the illustration for part 2 is one of my more successful pieces of digital art, for what that’s worth).

samuel-the-magical-horse I’m not sure if it was successful–too soon to say.  I think it would be an early chapter book if it got published.  I got through the first couple chapters and then stopped working on it.

The story was complete when I wrote it in the early 90’s–wow! that was a long time ago!!  When I found the manuscript in a box of papers  when I emptied my storage space after almost 10 years, I was surprised at how much I liked the story.  I had ‘t thought about it for a long time.

Here’s something else I’ve worked on over the years–it’s a poem that popped into my head in the mid-80’s–with the first three verses complete and the last has been re-written many times.  I have no plans to do anything with it, but it still inspires me from time to time.

I built myself a little house
To live away my life in;
But when I tried to step inside,
I found I didn’t fit in.

So I took a little hammer
And I pounded on my head,
To see if I could cubify,
To fit my little bed.

I pounded and I pounded,
But still I didn’t fit,
I needed a place to live in,
But I knew this wasn’t it.

So I threw away the hammer,
And the box melted away;
Then I stepped into the world of color and light,
And that’s where I live today.

So that’s it for old writing–not much to report, but I’ll keep you posted!

Oh, and by the way, IWSG is having a twitter pitch party in July–check it out, should be fun and there’s lots of time to get ready!

Thanks for stopping by.

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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