Winner of the April Roll Call Writing Piece

My Computer is Killing Me

Paula Benge

 

I feed my computer

And spend time talking to it.

The carbon dioxide is good for it, right?

I try to be a good companion, you know, quality tine at meals, sensitive to its needs, constant touch.

But, ever since that one virus, it’s been acting different.

It’s slow to respond. I know it’s getting older, but it’s not that.

I think it’s hiding things from me.

It holds its black welcome screen longer, the little circle ticking, ticking, ticking, then it greets me like nothing happened.

The other evening, I shut it off like usual. But I got up in the middle of night and its little red eye was watching me from across the room.

I can’t keep this up much longer. How can you work with something you don’t trust? I’m leaving. But if you don’t hear from me tomorrow . . .  the computer did it.

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Winning Roll Call “Killing Your Darlings” for March 2018

Enid Writer’s Club 150 words
March 2018
roll call writing
M.K. Draper

I’m almost certain that this writing topic is meant to deal with the killing of characters like J.K. Rowling in her seven Harry Potter tomes when she knocked off some of our favorites. I do not have characters to kill so I am writing about editing.
This roll call exercise has certainly made the 150-word limit easier after years of narrowing first drafts.
I imagine words on the floor like film editing at least back in the day when.
So, I look down at the floor where there might be wads of paper as well as words, snipped by scissors and they curl and grimace in their dying as they look pitifully up at me.
“I’m sorry, I tell them. It isn’t personal, you may well live on in another piece of writing but until then…bye, bye!”

April Meeting

The April meeting of the Enid Writers Club  will be April 5, 2018, 6:30 at NWOSU in the Conference Room.  We will elect our new officers for the next year, 2018-19 at this meeting. The Roll Call Topic will be “My Computer is Killing Me.” No more than 150 words. The May meeting will be our annual banquet on May 10, 2018, place to be announced later.