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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
5:48 am
[orbadviser]
My Contest Entries
I've submitted some pieces for the Hillsborough County Teachers of English writing contest, so I'll let you know if I win anything. I submitted the poem I wrote, "In Exposition" (http://orbadviser.livejournal.com/188009.html), even though so few people responded to it here that I figure it must not be any good (I still think it's good). I also submitted a slightly revised version of "Apaethetic Epidemic" (http://orbadviser.livejournal.com/179793.html) as my non-fiction piece.

I was stuck for fiction, though, because the only new thing I've written this year was my NaNoWriMo effort which is unpolished (at best!) and is mostly unacceptable due to its subject matter for this contest. Then I decided to break out a book I haven't worked on in a few years - If This Were a Novel - and to see if I couldn't excerpt one of the chapters as a short story entry. I did this a couple years ago when I won with a short story called "Excpectations" which was actually just chapter two.

This short story then is from the end of chapter three, and I call it Too Little, Too LateCollapse )

I do value feedback, positive or negative, so please let me know what you think. What have I done well? What could I do better?
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
10:34 pm
[orbadviser]
Poem: "In Exposition"
You can read this after you read the poem, if you're interested...Collapse )

In Exposition
by Ryk Stanton

We live our lives in exposition

Always waiting for the initial incident
To jump-start our narrative
To set off a chain of complications
To develop conflict
To present insurmountable obstacles
To build suspense

Until we reach a climax
Where we either succeed
Or fail

Either way, this ends in a resolution
That ties up many loose ends
But often suggests the possibility of sequels

And thus
We live our lives
In exposition
Waiting for whatever comes next.


Honest feedback appreciated...
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
3:28 pm
[ogreart]
I have been working on teaching pieces. Here are a couple of poems written from the point of view of long-term veteran teachers on the new teacher in the school. Feel free to give any thoughts on it that you want. I am not sure whether they are done or if I want to put more into them. Your input will help.

Thoughts of a 35 year veteran teacher as the new guy joins the staff:

Who is this kid?

I have been teaching English
for longer than he has been alive!
Who is he to say he doesn’t like the textbook?
It took me a long time to pick that book out.
And he is just going to dismiss it?

No way.

I think I will just let him sink.
I could drop a few hints his way.
I could give him a few suggestions,
show him a few tricks.
But why should I?

Mr. Fresh Out of College thinks it’s so easy,
let’s see how he survives.

He can just come and ask me for help
if he wants any.
Seems to think teaching is easy.
That the kids are not that bad.
He’ll learn. He’ll learn.

After reality has had a chance
to knock him down a peg or two
off of his high horse,
he’ll be ready to give me my props.

Then I might just give him a hand.

Maybe.

Thoughts of a 35 year veteran teacher as the new guy joins the staff:

Who is this kid?

I have been teaching English
for longer than he has been alive!
He says he doesn’t like the textbook?
It took Mr. X a long time to pick that book out.
And he is just going to dismiss it?

I wonder why.

I think I will just ask him about it.
I could drop a few hints his way.
I could give him a few suggestions,
show him a few tricks.
And maybe learn some new ones from him, too.

Mr. New Guy seems so confident,
I hope he survives.

He can just come and ask me for help
if he wants any.
Seems to think teaching is fun.
That the kids are not that bad.
Maybe he’s right..

After reality has had a chance
to knock him him around a little
I’ll stop by and offer
a chance to let him vent.

Then we can talk.

And learn from each other.


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