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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)

TITLE: Tribute to Harold Bell Wright
By Misti Chancellor


I lean forward in anticipation as the master picks up his pen and begins his work. Lightly, with quick, even strokes he begins. Under his hand, I begin to see a flat, dusty place, devoid of life, silent, eerie.

As I watch, rolling hills emerge covered in sagebrush and cacti. The wind swirls dust plumes across the desert dunes. In the distance, a horse and rider begin to emerge.

He moves his pen with swift determination, sketching the scene with steady hand. A house of adobe with a wooden swing on the covered porch emerges. Slowing, he stops to contemplate, and then carefully molds the figures under the porch’s shade. Indolent, lazy, self-satisfied persons come into view.

He stops and checks the flow of ink in the pen, considers a moment, and begins again. The horse and rider emerge from the dusty landscape, and surprise those watching with the lithe beauty and grace of their movements.

As the words flow from his pen, I am drawn into the story and his characters become real and living individuals grappling with real problems and overcoming to grow stronger in strength and character, leaving me in awe of his handiwork.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
What a great tribute to well-written works. Being able to see a picture as vividly as you described takes great talent and dedication. Well done.
Sarah Elisabeth 04/29/10
I loved your descriptions in this, wish it was little longer :-)
Joan Campbell05/02/10
Beautifully written - I, too, felt drawn into the scene.
AnneRene' Capp 05/03/10
For me...this is excellent and lengthened or not, you accomplished your goal to perfection.
Jan Ackerson 05/03/10
Very good character study!

I'd never heard of this author, and had to look him up. Maybe a note at the end to introduce your readers to him?

I think this was just the right length--a little glimpse at a master at work.
Carol Slider 05/03/10
Beautiful... I love the descriptions of how an author creates. And I'm glad you chose this rather obscure author... I enjoyed reading "The Shepherd of the Hills"!
Marilyn Schnepp 05/05/10
Beautifully illustrated and short, brief and to the point! Loved it! (I commented on another entry that was about a sculpture, stating that it wasn't exactly a Writer's Craft - however, another commenter pointed out to me that scupting IS indeed a way with words). So now, after reading your entry, I realize that I was indeed Wrong with a capital "W". Your story proves that sketching a picture DOES tell a story - and you wrote it like a Pro! Kudos!
Eliza Evans 05/05/10
Thank you for this tribute. What a lovely idea.

I have a quote of his in my mind that has stuck with me for years.

"Eyes blinded by the fog of Things cannot see Truth.

Ears deafened by the din of Things cannot hear Truth.

Brains bewildered by the whirl of Things cannot think Truth.

Hearts deadened by the weight of Things cannot feel Truth.

Throats choked by the dust of Things cannot speak Truth."
Beth LaBuff 05/05/10
Your second paragraph describes the scene outside my window (except for the horse and rider.) :) I need to research this author. Very nice descriptive work here!
Ruth Stromquist05/06/10
Excellently written, great for the topic and very engaging. I enjoyed this much.