January 20th, 2011



Today's guest is Wren Boudreau, author of the popular titles Ice Cream on the Side and Back to Normal.

She's talking today about the pleasure of owning something of beauty.
As I often say - it's not always an issue of "need", but "want" :).

Visit Wren at her Blog: http://wrenboudreau.blogspot.com/

Enjoys: Reading, Writing, Surfing (the web), Massages (getting them), Chocolate and Hot Bubble Baths.


I haz a Drum:

With Christmas season so recently ended, I’ve been thinking about gifts. In particular, gifts that we want but don’t know why.

Case in point:

A number of years ago, maybe ten or so, I attended a class having to do with teaching methods. One of the young soon-to-be-teachers did a show-and-tell with an African drum as the basis for a poetry lesson. I was impressed, but more than that I was enchanted. I wanted a drum!

I had daydreams of having my own private drum circle (well, maybe that would be an arc), of elevating my soul with primitive beats, of loosening the constraints on my creativity by calling up the wild woman inside of me.

After a bit of wheedling and some judicious pointing and, I admit it, caressing various toms, djembes and bongos, I convinced my husband to consider this. I found a drum under the Christmas tree.

It was beautiful. Exquisitely designed. Waiting to be played.

And I was suddenly too shy to touch it.

Even when I was all alone, I just walked around it, looked at it, brushed my fingers lovingly along its smooth surface. But I didn’t make one sound with it.

Still haven’t. But I’ll be damned if I give that drum away. I’m going to need it someday, I know it.

There are a few other things in my life like this. Things I’ve wanted to have not for any actual reason other than simple want. I’d like to think it’s not a greed issue, but I’ve been known to be pretty shallow, so maybe that’s it. Lucky I’m not a millionaire, because I think I’d have a few too many “things” in my life.

I’m curious if anyone else has had a similar experience - longing for something, finally getting it, then just not knowing what to do with it, or being pleased to simply own it. Or maybe it’s just me?



Like to stretch your writing fingers after Christmas' excesses? Take the prompt "A NEW RESOLUTION" and write something for the visitors this month. It can be anything from a flashfic 3 sentences to a drabble of 100 or so, or even more. Any genre, any theme, any rating, any character(s). Maybe ones you already love, maybe the chance to try on a new character for size.

I'm holding a FREE FICTION DAY on the 28th, so send me new fiction - links to your existing work also welcome! - to clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll post it all then :).


Follow this month with Clare - and the goodies so far:

JAN 15: Favourite worldwide travel with cdn_tam.
JAN 16: 10 cautionary tales from ZA Maxfield! zamaxfield.
JAN 17: The business/pleasure balance of writing from libby_drew.
JAN 18: Why M/M? And who wants to know? from jordan_c_price.
JAN 19: What makes fiction short and sweet for jenre.

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Check up on the original post and the Guest Schedule for January HERE.

Want to join in but missed the original call? Email me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily find you a space ♥

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