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  • March 31st, 2008 | 8:12 AM
Letters to characters

Dear Author Who Isn't Really Empty,
I know how you feel. I know, people say that all the time but really, I know just how you feel. I remember when my CFI had me try a stall for the first time. It was a good flying day, clear sky, no wind. The 152 was humming along. Okay, humming is too nice a word. Flying in the 152 is like being locked in a metal shed with a lawnmower going full blast. But that's okay. I liked the noise. I liked that I had to concentrate on the voice in the headset for any directions from my CFI in the seat next to me. I liked feeling the power of plane vibrate all around me. With my hands on the yoke and my feet on the rudders I could feel the airplane hum up from my fingertips and down to my toes. It made my whole body come alive. It made me FEEL alive. 

Stall practice was the only time I've been flying that I felt like I might need a barf bag. 

First we were drifting then all at once the stall horn blared and the right wing dropped. I thought for sure we were going to go into a spin and I was praying my CFI would be able to yank us out of it before we crashed. 

Maybe you think my CFI was crazy to have me do something that sounds so dangerous but the way he explained it to me made sense. He said you do stalls in practice so you can avoid them in real life. 

So maybe writing my story is like stall practice for you. 

What do you think?


Dear Author With Too Many Ideas,

No problem, I understand. I'm composting right now. 

Plant kid

Dear Author Putting 2 + 2 Together, 

The answer is yes.
But please don't ask me to talk about my sister yet. I'm not ready.


There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


( 5 comments — Leave comment )
March 31st, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Okay, so here's my question for Flyboy. Why do you like the noise? What is the noise letting you NOT listen to?

He's right, I think. If you take on the Stall when you choose (like writing this story!), you have SOME control and are less likely to truly crash. Go for it.
April 1st, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
That's a good question Becky. I don't know the answer to it yet but I know it's important.

March 31st, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
When I saw CFI, I wondered where I'd seen those initials before...
My Dad (stepfather) was a CFI in the Marines during WWII. He told my mother--many years later--he somewhat resented being stuck stateside having to only train fighter pilots rather than be one himself.

Anyhow, that was a little "mind-flight" I took reading your post.
April 1st, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: When I saw CFI, I wondered where I'd seen those initials before...
Oh man, I bet that stuck in his craw (another one of my grandmother's sayings) for a long time. I love seeing where my post took you.
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April 1st, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
I know, Plant Kid just keeps surprising me. Every time I think I can push him to the background a little, boom, he gives me compost.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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