Firsts

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This is a great way of getting going/self-generating in a spontaneous, stress-free way. STEP ONE: Give yourself one minute to explore each of the following “firsts” . . .  My first memory . . .  The first time I ever tasted a favourite food . . .  My first day of school . . .  The first time I remember crying . . .  The first time I was ever really truly scared . . .  The first time I felt really truly loved . . .  My first crush/date . . .  My first sexual feeling or experience . . .  The first time I ever lost something (or someone) that I loved . . .  The first time I ever hurt somebody (intentionally or unintentionally) . . .  The first time I was ever hurt by somebody . . .  The first time I ever had a gigantic fight with someone . . .  The first time I remember feeling totally misunderstood . . .  The first time I lied or cheated or stole . . .  The first time I had to make a big decision for myself . . .  The first time I was left in charge of something important . . .  The first time I was ever away from home/traveled somewhere by myself . . .  The first time I experienced illness (directly, or a loved-one) . . .  The first time I received a gift that I absolutely loved . . .  The first time I met someone who I would know for a good long time . . .  TIPS: Challenge yourself to not take your pencil off the page . . .

Sister Scene

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Introduction: Karen and Stephanie are sisters. Karen is 12 and in grade 7 and Stephanie is 9 and in grade 4. Even though the two sisters are pretty close in age, they don’t act like sisters . . .

Moth

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She was a moth Silver and ivory. The smells of recipes filled my nose. That’s how I knew she was home That’s how I knew she was well. I’d get out of bed No hesitation And fly like her, to where she was . . .

On Seeing My Last Name

the landlady asks if I’m Slavic and I say yes, at least the last name is. And she says Slavic women are the best— at what exactly, I can only guess. But I’m not really. Slavic, I mean . . .