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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: The Publicists Polka
By Nanci Rubin
05/18/10


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I wait for that moment in time when the house is arrested, my dog is at my feet and the only sound is my fingers typing to the beat of a mental foxtrot on the computer’s keyboard. Images are created in my head and words dance the most daring tango, coming close and dipping down, always teasing me with their action, their description, their order and explanation. There are some very succulent words that entice and seduce the writer, and one can never dance long enough with them. There are also words that comfort, words that strengthen and words that encourage us to become more than we are and to dance longer than we ever dreamed we could!

I waltz a lot with letters; I especially enjoy spinning around with the ‘e’s’, ‘o’s’ and holding tight to the ‘t’s, swinging and swaying with serpentine ‘s’s’, because ‘s’s’ never disappoint. The dance is the same, but the steps vary with the rhythm’s beat.

The writer listens to the warm, to the echoes of children’s laughter, to the thrill of the nightingale and to the buzz of the hummingbird’s wings. Sights, sounds, and smells are the Texas two-step that gets the writer moving. Each session at the computer presents a different dance partner, some partners have no rhythm and they provoke the words to fall over themselves, and sometimes if you’re lucky, there are those partners who can lead you around resembling the most glorious cotillion. These are the productive times, forming letters that connect, letters that dance in unison, forming a conga line of words.
I love the words that wrap themselves together to form paragraphs, partners in a rumba, swaying to the music of writing.

The writer’s dance never ceases, there is always an ear to hear, a window from which to gaze, and the melody of letters and words resounding in the heart of the writer. To write is to dance forever…


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AnneRene' Capp 05/20/10
Absolutely love your "dancing" analogy! Especially, liked: words dance the most daring tango, coming close and dipping down, always teasing me with their action. This is at the top of my list for originality! Good Job!!!
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/21/10
Such vivid imagery! Superb! I keep reading all these beginner entries and keep thinking, "These are BEGINNERS? Surely not!" You all keep blowing me away. Great job.
Yvonne Blake 05/24/10
Very poetic! I could feel the swing and the beat of the dance.
Mildred Sheldon05/24/10
WHOA! WOW! and the title was perfect. I loved your imagination and you did an outstanding job covering the subject. Thank you for a very well written article. Good job and God bless.
Mary Knoll Santos05/26/10
I see that you immensely enjoyed writing this piece. Tell you what, it's contagious! Enjoying every writing moment, time just slips by...despite hard the work. :) Thank you.