I Stayed Up All Night Writing This

I posted this on Writing Wranglers on the 19th. It was supposed to be 500 words but just kept getting longer and longer. So I really did stay up all night writing it.

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

Posted by M. K. Waller

[Forgive me. This post is longer than I intended, but once I got started, I couldn’t stop. I had no idea I’m so enlightened. If you stop reading before the end, I’ll forgive you. But you’ll miss the good part.]

My husband once told me that when I tell stories, I should start with the headline. So here it is.


My CT scan twelve months after completing radiation treatments was clear.

The first time I posted about having cancer, I said I would write about the experience. I am a writer, I said, soI will write, or words to that effect.

The statement dripped with drama. You can practically hear the rolling r‘s: I will wr-r-r-r-r-r-ite.

Such overstatement is normal. We newbie writers are always trying to reassure ourselves. We’re just starting out, we haven’t published much (or anything at all), we…

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Cats ‘n’ Grammar

You may say a cat uses good grammar.
Well, a cat does —
but you let a cat get excited once;
you let a cat get to pulling fur with another cat on a shed, nights,
and you’ll hear grammar that will give you the lockjaw.
Ignorant people think it’s the noise which fighting cats make
that is so aggravating,

but it ain’t so;
it’s the sickening grammar they use.
                                                            ~ Mark Twain,  A Tramp Abroad



Directory of Mark Twain’s maxims, quotations, and various opinions


Creativity and Imagination

Creativity and imagination, unlike faith,
is constantly replenished
by our need to question the universe,

to give it form and purpose…
That’s why it is so dangerous
to marry the power of the church to that of government.
Only corruption can result.
                                                                ~ Meredith Lee, Shrouded