Rat Trap Times

Roger Up A Mountain

In every writing endeavor, be it for money or not (most authors do want to be paid for their work after all) sometimes you have to go out of the norm. That is, out of your comfort zone. If you've never written a novel, or short story, try it. How do you know you can't, if you don't try? It will give you insight into how others actually do it for a living. Plus, you might find out you really do have something to say.

So, for the pure joy of it, try a little exercise with me, either critique my work, or give some suggestions on how you (as a writer) could make this better. This is a sample of something I'd done a long time ago, and I never got the chance to finish. What brought this about, was my sister-in-law was constantly writing articles and short stories about her cats and other critters that wandered into her yard, and she used me as her copy editor. She always thought it would be 'cool' for them to be put in a book and used as children's stories. I'm still hoping for that day to come. This is her legacy in some respects, for she passed away a couple years ago unexpectedly. Maybe you can help me. I would especially like any children's authors to give me a little insight on my work. Positive or negative, everything helps in the end.

OK, what do you think? You up for it? What can you come up with? Use some of those not-so-well-used braincells, and come up with something on your own. Remember, it isn't important, what you come up with, per se, it's that you give it a try. Try to make it unusual and entertaining. One of the most celebrated stories in history is Watership Downs. A story of anamorphic animals, written many years before all of us were even a twinkle in our Mothers eyes. If it's liked I'll continue. If you have any comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to give them.

FYI: when I was doing this, my sister-in-law suggested I used my own name as the main character. She thought that was a hoot. Mainly because, I believe, that I have a B.A. in Journalism.

ENJOY!

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Roger Up A Mountain

I

Roger the Rat, the head reporter for The Rat Trap Times, decided it was finally time to get out and do something fun for a change. Working was OK, but sometimes you needed to just get away. He really needed a vacation. Badly. So. . . he flung open the door to the bosses office and demanded, . . .

"Boss, I need a vacation."

"Vacation?" he asked Roger, looking up from a story he'd just been handed by the cub reporter on the news desk. "What are you talking about?" he asked Roger, puffing on his long, thick cigar.

"I need a vacation, boss. You know, time to relax, unwind, recreate. Have some fun."

Roger's boss, the editor of the newspaper, an old grizzled mongoose - by the name of Deitz - who had four long hairs poking out of his left nostril, and he looked at Roger with his mouth open. This was unusual for the rat to come into is office and demand anything. He was speechless and dumbfounded. Roger never took a vacation. In all the time he'd been at The Rat Trap Times, he'd never even mentioned it. Roger always wanted to work. He tended to be a workaholic. "I know what a vacation is," his boss said irritably. "What I don't understand is why now? After nearly five years."

Roger really thought about that for a moment. The he replied, "After what I've been through these past couple months, being shot at, almost kidnapped, helping Mike the Detective catch that Cat Burglar, well, Ferret burglar, If I don't do something that's not work related, I'll probably go crazy."

Deitz was still shocked, but he couldn't argue with Roger, not really. He had been through quite a bit in just a short time. Nodding his head, the boss finally agreed. He probably did need some kind of reward for what he'd been through. He'd earned it.

"Fine," said Deitz grumpily, going back to reading the copy in front of him.

"Fine," Roger repeated, almost fainting. He hadn't expected him to give in so easily. Usually to get something from the boss you had to either beg, or get the cops in with a warrant.

"Fine," Deitz said again without looking up. "You've got two weeks to put your life back together. After that, you get back here. Got it? Maybe by then you'll be able to find that 'Big Story.' "

Roger breathed a big sigh of relief. "Okay, Boss. Thanks."

Roger hoped as he walked out, he could finally get some rest. He hoped.

Too bad it wasn't going to work out that way.

II

What to do? Where to go? Maybe skiing? Boating? Or I guess I could always just go hime and watch the paint dry. Roger had his apartment painted just last week. He had no choice in the matter, it was either paint, or have the blood on the wall stare him in the face all the time. Oh well, maybe I'll just go camping. I need to do something..

Roger decided the best place to go would be to rent a cabin in the mountains. The brochure he found said there was a beautiful mountain lake for fishing, and trails running around the lake for taking long walks or recreation. The map, that came with the brochure, said all he had to do was follow the main roads. He couldn't get lost. Nothing to it. But what the brochure didn't know, was that not everyone could read a map. So . . . he got lost. He just couldn't figure the crazy thing out. All those squiggly marks on the paper was confusing. He definitely needed a place to stop and ask for directions.

(YOUR TURN)

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Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? What do you think will happen next? Should he ask for directions? Stop somewhere in the middle of nowhere and ask a complete stranger? Or do you think its all crap and i should just think of something else to write?

HELP!


Happy writing!

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