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Action/Adventure: September 27, 2017 Issue [#8527]

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 This week: Dig Into Ancestory
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Ancestor Appreciation

In my ongoing quest for newsletter topics, I once again turn to the calendar for inspiration. This time it was September 27th, Ancestor Appreciation Day. Certainly, I'm not condoning digging up your great grandfather to thank him for those superbly shaped ears. But, looking into your genealogy, listening to your family anecdotes and learning the history of where your family came from, how they traveled and where they ended up in the world can inspire a lot of fine ideas for stories.

Ask questions of your family members, ask the elders for your stories. I know, not everyone has time to delve deeply into their background and discover every detail of their family history, but surely you know a little bit about your ethnic background or a little history. There are even DNA kits you can buy and swab your mouth to collect a sample and have your DNA checked. That right there sparks a lot of ideas in my head.

Obviously a lot less history and details were recorded in earlier times but I feel like that leaves a lot open for interpretation and storytelling. Starting out with some researched historical evidence and embellishing with plausible events can be a whole lot of fun while learning and writing about your family history. Give it a shot, and let me know where those ears came from. As always, Write On!

This month's question: Have you researched your family background? Did it spark a story?
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Editor's Picks

 Kleine-Levin Syndrome  (13+)
The journal of a young girl suffering from a death-like condition and her experience.
#2134728 by TheMidget

Excerpt: I think it's been about... I don't know maybe two months now? I honestly I have no idea. It's like I've lost all sense of time since all this shit first started happening. I literally check what time it is every chance I get, yeah I've become one of those people

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#2131044 by Not Available.

Excerpt: My sister moans. I turn to see if she is awake. No. The bed creaks wearily as she tosses and turns. Caught up in some horrible dream about a one-eyed man with evil on his mind. I know, because I have the same dream, every night it seems. Which is why I sit at the window, watching the dim figures of storm-tossed trees dancing outside.

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#2133351 by Not Available.

Excerpt: Or, not a fight really. That wasn’t their way. Actually, they rarely fought at all, if ever. There were no screaming, raging shout-fests. Doors were never slammed, insults were never hurled, and words were never wielded as weapons. Their relationship had always been as smooth and easy as undisturbed lake water on a lazy summer day.

 The Beast  (E)
A short fantasy jaunt.
#2134987 by textual

Excerpt: The dragon circled! Jane watched terrified, but she gauged it's flight. The slow graceful way it seemed to float on the air after every almost casual flap of its wings. The beast was playing psychological games with her. She held her sword, it's long skinny blade pointing out from her right thigh, her fingers wrapped tightly around the handle, the hilt like a cross her hand's only protection.

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker  (18+)
A lonely recluse has plans for the Lily Scouts on their annual fundraising drive.
#2135362 by John Yossarian

Excerpt: “Well, good afternoon, young lady,” Gerald Cates held up a hand to guard his eyes and blinked against the morning glare. Standing on his front stoop was the little blonde girl, her clipboard held tight against her chest. “I see the Lily Scouts are right on time for their fall sales crusade.” He clapped his hands together with a meaty pop. “What do we have on the menu this year?”

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#2035490 by Not Available.

Excerpt: It was just after 2:30am when Anatole realised he could no longer endure Amaryllis’s snoring. She had been snoring solidly for more than four hours, while poor Anatole had slept fitfully, covering his ears with a pillow to block out the noise. It had done him no good; he couldn’t sleep that way.

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This month's question: Have you researched your family background? Did it spark a story?
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Last month's question: Do you like to use unusual words or foods in your writing?
How do you convey what it actually is?

Fyn replied: Stouffers has Welsh Rarebit you can buy! While awesome over plain toast, it is also used in creating a 'Hot Brown" (yes, google-able) which is a layered open sandwich of toast, turkey, bacon, tomatoes and the cheese sauce and it is flat out amazing!

Quick-Quill answered: In our family we have taken it a step further. We call it squeezed rabbit. It's tuna mixed with mayo, spread over toast topped with a slice of cheese and placed under the broiler until the cheese is melted. A real treat when my kids were growing.

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