Category: Barbara Pattee

The Trip of a Lifetime: Australia and New Zealand Part 3

Thursday, March 24: After a hot breakfast and a short coach ride, our tour group boarded the Great Adventures Catamaran for a ride to the Great Barrier Reef. Several of us chose not to snorkel at the reef and disembarked at Green Island. We rode in a glass bottom boat and took the Island Rainforest …

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Happy Anniversary, M & M’s®

There was complete silence in my classroom. All eyes were on me. The look of disappointment on the faces of the students was heartbreaking. “I’m sorry, children,” I said. “The principal is in charge.” The week before a planned party, our principal made an unexpected announcement over the PA system. “There will be no Christmas …

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Story Starters, Part 3

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”–Graham Greene Have you ever found yourself with the wrong friends? A fur hunter in the 1800s was severely …

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Frustration

“Writing: Somewhere between torture and fun.” – The Write Practice “I just sit at my typewriter and curse a bit.” — P.G. Wodehouse Frustration My current project, an historical novel, started as a short story written during a creative writing class. The sudden death of an important, but minor, character propelled the scenes to a …

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Resolutions

This week, I helped clean out and organize the family garage and thought about my 2015 resolutions. I have two lists – one for chores and the second is “My 2015 Non-Commitments for My Writing Growth.” The first three items were submitted to Deadwood Writers. 1) Enter the Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest. I did …

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