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A Portal to Artful Short Stories

Updated on February 4, 2018

Rodric's Window

Writings of Rodric Johnson A window can allow to see in and out of a structure to get some idea of what might be inside. The structure that I want you to see inside is my heart and mind-- my imagination! From the structure of my imagination, maybe a door will open to entertainment. As an article writer I want to provide the best quality entertainment for you, my readers, as possible. One way to do that is to produce what I call window to my stories.

This window of mine is a unique way I have to organize my articles so that you, the reader can more easily link to things that may be of interest to you of mine to explore. I write for entertainment and pleasure. Sometimes I have so many articles on several different accounts it is hard to see how they relate to each other. This window will help readers to get to my stories and also understand my reason for writing the stories.


I began writing the stories to Afterthought because i wanted to write something artistic that represented what the word "afterthought" means. When I began writing these stories, I had no idea where it would take me or how many I would include. I wanted to explore writing things that I am familiar with and also experiment with adding more of myself into the characters.

My wife and I had just began a new diet together and I wanted to incorporate that part of my life in a story with a real challenge that I had. I wanted donuts! I went with that, and I like the experience.

One of the great things about writing from creation is the ability to become that character and form a completely new person--to explore another aspect of self. The short stories became an exercise of how I picture myself in a fantasy situation that also has a life lesson and a tragedy. Entertainment value is explored here, because there is no guarantee that anyone will actually like the stories or comment. Each time I, or any writer risks putting pen to paper, or in this case letters to screen, we run the possibility of rejection and severe criticism We may even lose fans. It is an acceptable risk to improve writing however.


The Awkward Dance

On a drive home from an appointment I decided to listen to one of my wife's music discs. The artist Pinkstarted to play featuring her song Family Portrait from her album Missundaztood.

The words to her song really touched me and I actually started to tear up! My wife and I had some harsh words before I left home that day and I started to think about what would happen if ever we let those harsh words destroy our relationship.

Pink's song really helped me imagine it perfectly. I decided that I wanted to create a story that took the elements of Pink's song into a artistic story told from the point of view of a young girl.

I also love a song Stay with Me by singer/song writer Michael McLean. I have loved the song since I heard it on a video, On The Way Home, produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of which I am also a member.

In that song is a part that mentions " awkward dancer on a crowded floor..." I took that part of the song and Pink's Family Portrait song to inspire Awkward Dancer. I wanted the story to be emotional, yet mysterious. I had fun becoming a young girl for a moment to see how she might experience the emotions I put her through in the short story..

Blacks are on Welfare!

Lastly, in my window is the Blacks Are On Welfare poem. It is meant to be an expression of art written for Black History month that expresses my appreciation and acceptance of my past, but has garnered the attention of friends who thought I had finally gone through a psychotic episode and given into racism! I had to assure friends that I only did the poem in tribute to what I have experienced and what I knew had happened==that personally, I did not have animosity towards any White person. I thought about deleting it to avoid confusion but decided it was worth having.

© 2012 Rodric Anthony Johnson


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      Michele Kaasen Rubatino 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thank you for sharing! Love your window to stories!


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