Daily Telegraph Short Story Competition

I only become aware of this yesterday. You will need to be quick if you wish to enter, for the competition ends on the 14th January 2011.

They are after short stories of no more than 1500 words and only one entry per person.  (no children stories.) I sent in my entry last night… praying I shall be one of the lucky five prize winners.

I have thoughts of pulling my own tooth out.

Last night my lower left wisdom tooth decided to pop up and let me know it was there. Talk about pain. Have you ever thought about pulling your own teeth?

I have! In 1989 this same tooth played up on me during a public holiday weekend. There were no dentists available to see and the pain was so bad that I tried to yank the tooth with a pair of pliers. Lucky for me I wasn’t able to get a grip on it.

For various reasons the dentist wouldn’t take it out and I have learnt what to do to ease the pain when it has played up time to time. This normally involves seeing a dentist for antibiotics and or salt water gargles, chewing on cloves and dabs of vanilla essence.

This time round; after gingerly prodding and feeling my tooth, I have come to find it is also loose. I have visions of tying one end of a  string around it and the other to a door and fling the door shut…I also have a mini pair of pliers on a pocket knife which are just about the right size to fit into my mouth….

However…as much as I enjoy being a do it yourself handy man… I think a trip to the dentist just might be in order…but then again….

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

The quote “The pen is mightier than the sword” is a famous line from the 1839 play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy. Though it’s well known today; its meaning is not new and there were many others who wrote of the power of the written word.  Take Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) who said he feared hostile newspapers more than he did a thousand bayonets, as an example.

Words have the metamorphic ability to build up or to destroy. They can help transform those who are weak, discouraged and cowardly to become strong, encouraged and courageous. They can also tear down a person; causing a person to become weak, cowardly and discouraged.

Words have the ability to transport us in time. There are a few specific incidences in the past where I received a compliment for something I did. I can easily go back in the memory of my mind to those events. I can also just as easily remember words that I would much rather forget.

The power of words is limitless. Their ability to tell a story is only as limited as the persons ability to tell it. With words we can describe places, communities, creation, worlds and universes that have been, are yet to and perhaps never will be discovered; apart from the adventure that takes place within the imagination of our minds.

For where ever our imagination takes hold; words have the ability to capture that place and to paint the picture of the scenery of life in the ways that only we can see it; so that others also may see, what it is that we see.

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