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Fresh Words

by Allison Renner

My wife used to talk to me while I wrote, before she understood that my pen moving meant my ears weren’t listening. Once she caught on, she would sit in the armchair in the living room, staring into the open door of the study, eyes boring holes into my back. When I peeked, under the guise of stretching, she was busily knitting, but I know, I definitely know, that she was watching me. She learned not to ask me what I was writing, that I couldn’t share a story until it was told. She’s catching on quick, I convinced myself, taking a break to mix a drink. When I returned to my desk, I found her standing over the typewriter, touching the words I had just written.

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Allison Renner is a wannabe-writer who tries to be really funny in her blog.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really love this, vivid and so true. There's only so many times I can pass off my agreeing noises as me listening...

Laurita said...

This was funny, and also sadly true. What I really loved was the very last line. I'm a sucker for a great last line - and this was one.

Jessica said...

I love this piece. The last line is great.

Jessica

Joe said...

The entire six was great and every one of us can feel exactly like this writer. Beautiful line at the end, I agree.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much, guys!

quin browne said...

first lines need to hold my attention, since there are only six to read... if you can't get me there, forget it.

last lines leave me something to mull over.

i had both here.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feedback, Quin. I'll try to make the intro pack more punch to draw the reader in.

Anonymous said...

touching the words...

JS

maureen said...

Haunting and elegant. I love this work.

Editor said...

Nice writing. I know this feeling so well.

-Raquel