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Disappointing Story: This is a short piece about losing your gift to write.
Posted by Julie, Nov 9, 2008. 1239 views. ID = 1997

Disappointing Story

Posted by Julie, Nov 9, 2008. 1239 views. ID = 1997
This post was written in 17 minutes.
This post is a Grab Bag which uses the following words: geese, professor, admiration, fingernail, buck
This post has been awarded 19 stars by 5 readers.

"Geese?!" Professor Saunders half-asked, half-yelled at me, "You have my admiration only for your remarkable talent of making crappy stories." I knew he was truly angry. Hearing such a distinguished man say "crappy" would be funny in another circumstance.

I opened my mouth, but before I could speak he started again. It didn't matter. I didn't really know what to say. As he continued to yell, I picked at my fingernails. I knew he had a point.

Our symmester project was to write a short story. It was a pretty easy assignment. Especially for me. In high school, I'd won tons of literary awards. When I came into Professor Saunder's class, he'd had very high expections for me. He'd heard "great things about me" and was "expecting something even better."
It's not his fault. My story was pretty lame. With a whole symmester to write a story, I should have had something Austin-worthy. Instead, I came up with a stupid story about a family of geese.

Normally, I would have had something great. It's just that, well, with the recent incident, I lost all of my inspiration and passion. I feel like the living dead.
I kept thinking I would suddenly gain it back. One day, I would wake up and write a masterpiece. When there was only one week left until my story was due, I found some lame book about geese I had bought at a yard sale for a buck and used it for "inspiration." That is, if you could even call it inspiration.

I zoned back into the conversation as I could feel my professor coming to an end. I told him how sorry I was and how this was just a small slip-up. The truth is, I doubt it.

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Nov 9, 2008
Hi Julie! Welcome to the site! :) Nice use of the Grab Bag - though I'm left curious to find out what the "recent incident" was.

By the way, just a helpful hint: it makes it easier to read if you put an extra line break between each paragraph.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Nov 9, 2008

Nov 13, 2008
Good. What's the recent incident?! :P I'm so curious. :P
   ~Posted by Hannah, Nov 13, 2008

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