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As predicted, Artur Winston-Regold was not happy with his only daughter.
“You might have told me you would be visiting friends.” His tone was peevish. “I might have used the time I wasted trying to reach you.”
By Dad’s lights, any time spent doing anything other than communing with the muse was to be endured, rather than lived, a sentiment he’d put into several of his poems.
Write what you know, I guess.
First ♦ Second ♦ Third ♦ Fourth ♦ Fifth ♦ Sixth
Seventh ♦ Eighth ♦ Ninth ♦ Tenth ♦ Eleventh ♦ Twelfth ♦ Thirteenth
Fourteenth ♦ Fifteenth ♦ Sixteenth ♦ Seventeenth
Eighteenth ♦ Nineteenth ♦ Twentieth ♦ Twenty-first ♦ Twenty-second
Twenty-third ♦ Twenty-fourth ♦ Twenty-fifth ♦ Twenty-sixth
Twenty-seventh ♦ Twenty-eighth ♦ Twenty-ninth ♦ Thirtieth
Thirty-first ♦ Thirty-second ♦ Thirty-third ♦ Thirty-fourth ♦ Thirty-fifth
Thirty-sixth ♦Thirty-seventh ♦ Thirty-eighth ♦ Thirty-ninth
25 thoughts on “Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian XL (Dear Old Dad)”
At least he cared enough to try to reach her! Sounds like she’s going to end up in poem.
He does care, but there’s a time and a place, you see. . .
I totally get how he feels about his writing–like you said, “write what you know,” LOL! This is such a powerful snippet. A lot of information about both characters, as well as the dynamic of their relationship, is revealed in very few words. Excellent six!
Thanks! As difficult as writing is, I think it must be just as tough to love a writer, sometimes…
Enjoyed your six Sarah. I love that he tried hard to reach her and had not trouble letting her know that his time was just as important as hers. You packed a lot of info in these few lines!
Her dad gets under my skin. Everyone’s time is valuable, but so is consideration. Not just of his time, but of what’s going with her–which is pretty heavy. And he’s clueless, or at least doesn’t care. Grr.
In his defense, she is keeping it all from him.
Then again, there are reasons she thinks she can’t count on his support . . . I hope.
Nice conflict going on between daughter and dad. It’s troubling and beautiful at same time.
Thanks, Carrie. Neither of them are easy people . . .
This says a lot about her dad. Sounds like he’s a hard character to get along with.
Yep. Based him on an old poetry prof of mine . . . I think, on the whole, he’d be flattered, if he thought genre prose was worth anything. 🙂
Very interesting dynamic between father and daughter, and depicted beautifully. One imagines that he does care for her, but cannot express it in a way that she can receive.
Thank you. Rae—I think you’re right, though I’d never thought of it like that.
And his inability to express it is just a tad ironic, considering he’s a poet. Cool. 🙂
Nice. I’m read to read another six.
*ready to read
Thanks, Evelyn. 🙂
How sad her father does not live “life.” But it makes the six interesting, and sheds a lot of light into his character. Very nice.
I think he must have at some point, or he never would have married Clyota’s mother . . . But I’ll probably never know.
Nice expose of both their characters, and good dialogue.
Thanks, Sue Ann. 🙂
Hi Sarah! I saw this http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/141087 and thought of you.
Oh, Wow! Thanks, Anna!
These are great—I love the skull in the wire rims! And the tarot card. And the . . .
I know. The tarot card! If only I had the cash and the nerve. (Oh yeah– and I’m not a librarian….)
Maybe you could change the caption? “The Reader”? “The Writer”? “The Book Lover”?
Cash I can’t help you with, but if you decide to go for it, I’ll be glad to give you a reassuring pep talk.