Robin Hawke


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April 7, 2012, 1:23 PM
Filed under: Three Sentence Stories

A spiderweb tent, gray as sky, settled in the crook of a lower branch. Rob pulled the branch down in two quick steps. The hand torch drew like a gun and ignited offending squirms.

Squirms is not a noun, but—with dictionary and thesaurus in place,  home in front of my roomy monitor—I indulged my writing. (Tent worms are capable of eating through tall trees and have shown up on the apple tree, the one that looks like a cribbage board, the one that looks like it will die any year, the one that is almost as tall as the telephone lines, the one that I climb to prune.)

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Tent worms gross me out. We used to get a lot of them where I grew up and often burnt them. Your story brings back memories.

Comment by Janet

They frighten me! So quick to appear, so hungry. Thanks for stopping by so regularly while I was away!

Comment by Robin Hawke

One of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes is when Calvin talks about verbing nouns, or is it nouning verbs? Anyway, I think Squirm should be a noun. I can so easily see what a squirm looks like. The joys of fiction writing, in a fictional world squirms are nouns.

Comment by Lisa Wields Words

The sandbox is huge: words and words and words. And still I want more! Love your comment, Robin

Comment by Robin Hawke

I agree with Lisa’s comment on squirms as a noun. It is really a good visual for what you’re describing. English is a great language for allowing new words and new uses for old ones. So keep playing and twisting!

Comment by jmmcdowell

Thanks, and a deeper thank you for coming by so often while I was basically incommunicado, Robin

Comment by Robin Hawke

What you considered “rough” works while on the road were still very good. And most people wouldn’t have even tried to do anything creative at that time. I admire the dedication and effort—which are reflected in the quality of your writing!

Comment by jmmcdowell

Very rough! I’m still trying to understand the point of a post-a-day challenge when the product is undesired. To let it go? I did, but it didn’t teach me anything new!

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