Thursday, October 6, 2011

It Takes Flair and a Young Mind

Due to the Insecure Group meeting, I am late with my Sensational Wednesday Haiku! Sorry, Jenn. It's got Flair!

Mandatory flair
To wait upon her tables
Bennigans waitress

Customers demand
She runs ragged to please them
They tip her poorly

Wearily heads home
To get refueled by loved ones
Smothered with kisses.

Thanks to Julie at Rosewood Pencilbox for putting together the "Oh, the Early Days" blogfest! It runs thru 10/14. It's short and sweet and fun to eat consume the early works of everyone. Here is the documentary of my youthful writing history.

As a kid, I was loud and bossy. So I became a teacher =)
Reading and writing didn't motivate me until much later. I loved to sing and did musicals and stuff. I didn't know I would become a writer, though I did write many things...

I wrote scripts for me and my friends in grade school (we were Charlie's Angels!) And I remember one fun assignment where the teacher asked us to use Personification - I wrote a story about a gumball's journey from machine, to mouth, to street, to stuck on a shoe, to the dump =) In junior high I wrote a series of non-fiction books called "Sign In Please" - surveys of data that got passed around to boys and girls to see who liked who, what and what not. "What's your favorite sport?" "Boys, rate these girls; Girls, rate these boys" I got a lot of 7's (nice friend). And in high school my friend and I were the queens of notes - we were very creative in word and folding. I also found out that BS was an artform I could master and English teachers loved it.

How did you get into writing? Join the fest =)


Crystal Collier said...

I wish I had time for another blogfest. *sigh*

Glad to find another musical performer! Those of us who have turned to writing are so few and far between. I love that you wrote scripts for you and your friends. I wrote short scary stories and skits in elementary that my friends and I intended to collaboratively publish one day. Ah the good old days.

Angela Brown said...

Too cute. Enjoyed the haiku and especially liked that story premise for the gumball's journey.

Angie Cothran said...

"Sign in Please" sounds like a fantastic idea for a YA or MG book :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Like the story about the gumball. I wrote some when I was a teen. Didn't pick it back up again until a few years ago.

The Golden Eagle said...

Great haiku! :)

Jeigh said...

That gumball story sounds way cute! What a creative kid you were :)

Heather M. Gardner said...


I like that you wrote scripts for your friends! We did that too!
Thanks for sharing this with us!

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

I bet you'll find that is a common denominator for most writers; being queens/kings of notes, writing stories (and screenplays!) and all the rest. I still have a lot of the notes my friends and I wrote to each other, and even the skeleton and first few chapters of a book I started writing in high school. Almost 30 years ago now...!

A lot of us were waitresses at one point too ;) Great haiku!

Tara Tyler said...

crystal, yay for music! and your adventure fest sounds fun!

angela, thank you =)

angie, hmm. i will make a note of it! thx!

alex, hmm, gum ball goes to space. your sci-fi -ness put that into my head =) new childrens series!

the ge, thanks!

jeigh, you are sweet!

heather, we were destined for greatness =)

jenn, so true! thanks!

Juliemybird said...

Tara, I love that button!
"BS was an art form," haha. I relished in that discovery, too. And I think "Sign in Please" sounds like so much fun.

I'm so glad you've joined the fun! Thank you, again. :)

Abby said...

What a fun fest and I love the haiku's - as usual. I should write more of them. They are fun. I think I must go check out this fest. If my kids will allow my 1 more minute to do so. lol

julie fedderson said...

Love the haiku. God bless waitresses and waiters--it's a thankless, difficult job.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm glad that poor Bennigan's waitress has a loving family to go home to.

It's funny to look back and see where the first inklings we were writers came from. I'm too embarrassed to share mine.

Hazel said...

The second haiku appeals to me. I'm in the Art/Humanities, work my butt 10 hours on Sundays and I'm still penniless.

P.S. I love your blog background. Halloween here we come! :-)

Maeve Frazier said...

Love the haiku! Have a great weekend.

Donna K. Weaver said...

My friends and I used to write classic Star Trek fanfic. We didn't call it that. I wish I still had some of that early stuff. I also wrote a play once for my junior high school class using our haunted house spelling words. Teacher loved it so much she printed them all out and we read it as a class. lol Everyone died.

Amy said...

Love the Haiku! :)

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Lovely haiku. And I particularly liked "mandatory flair."

Heather Henry said...

Tara, I love the haiku, it definitely has flair. :)
Also, your Gumball journey story sounds a bit sticky..haha. My girlfriend and I wrote lots of notes too, we finally got smart and came up with nicknames, so people wouldn't know who we were if they found our notes somehow. That was probably the most writing I ever did.