Sunday 11/05/2006 11:23:00 PM

When I was a little girl I'd refer to myself as a writer. Because of this my older brother once challenged me to write a story.

So it was on.

I started with a castle. Quickly added in the requisite princess. Then I stopped.

I didn't want to write about those things. But with fairy tales being my only life experience to draw on, I was stymied for plot. For characters. For the substance I inherently wanted.

It's a true story.

And to this day I still struggle to reconcile the limits of what I've experienced in life with the vastness that writing demands of its disciples.

I hear the doorbell chime. In asthmatic gasps. And hurry my way down the stairs. But by the time I get there.

It's gone.

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