Have You Seen My


alphabet soup

alphabet soup (Photo credit: bark)

Not those, I want the good ones.  The ones that make sense, build a story.  With feelings and a plot and characters you want to climb inside.  Words you can smell, sentences you can hear, paragraphs you can taste.

Workin’ on ’em.  Story of my life.  Summer is ending, and I’m in a panic.  I haven’t written enough words!  Too many words of suckage!  And who keeps slipping these exclamation points into the blog?  Pfft, lazy, lazy writing.

Sometimes the perfect words are few.

Nerd Child:  “Mom, I saw an interesting movie the other night.”

Mrs F:  “Mm hmm, what?”

Nerd Child:  “This is Spinal Tap.”

My work is done.


**One of the Fringelings tells me she was unable to leave a comment on this post.  If anyone else experiences the same, please drop me an email to let me know.  Thanks!


  1. I can leave a comment but it means that the spamification is happening to them as it did to yours truly a while back. The comments just disappear. You will probably find them in your spam folder.


  2. If I see your words about I will give them a good scolding and send them to you! Hang in there, when the time is ripe, you’ll have so many words, you won’t know what to do with them all. ❤


  3. In my experience, sometimes there are words – lots of them – and they are all golden (not the soup variety). And then sometimes, they are frail and thin. The most important thing is to let them come whenever, however. If we start to judge them too soon, then they will begin to grow shy and appear less and less. Happy writing 😉


    1. Very true, very true.
      I always know there will be another draft, more revisions…but I find when I’m working on certain types of manuscripts (tending to the lit fic side, if you can stand the pretentiousness of the term), the words have to be close to the right ones in order to go further.

      And welcome to Mrs Fringe, thanks for taking the time to comment, I hope you’ll join us again here in Fringeland!



  4. “The most important thing is to let them come whenever, however. If we start to judge them too soon, then they will begin to grow shy and appear less and less.”

    I find reading a favorite author has a way of luring the shy words back … They like to be surrounded by other words of high merit 🙂


    1. Absolutely agree! I have certain go-to novels that are like comfort food with a modern twist, always appropriate with enough oomph to get me going again.

      And welcome to Mrs Fringe, saradobiebauer! 🙂


  5. Well, if you find yours, see if mine are somewhere in there with them cause I am in the same boat. Lately, words seem to dissolve and disperse soon as I think them, frothing off somewhere into the void.

    Must be something in the air.



  6. well now mrs fringe, you preset a vexing conundrum. . . professing a loss for words whilst writing a thoughtful blog? How can that be?

    Then again, I am not surprised. Even frustrated and angst-ridden, our mrs fringe writes eloquently. Her words skip and dance across the page, or float by as gently as. . . wait, let me find what I wrote that time. . .

    Or float as gently as petals on a zephyr, mrs fringe.

    xoxo kk


  7. It’s cool when the shorter ones discover there was culture before vampire and rehashed superhero movies. Get her into 1970s stuff like Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy, Cool Hand Luke, and Dog Day Afternoon…es[ecially NYC before Kotch…that will get her going…Attica, Attica, Attica !


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