Red heels vs Rapunzel

October 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm (Uncategorized)

So you sit at your window watching the darkening sky in your Finnish flea market T-shirt, and you think about having to step into red heels and stride out into the rain to meet your friends.

And then you consider sitting at your antique writing desk, opening a bottle of wine and fattening the stories you’re working on; of a woman with Rapunzel syndrome who constantly slides her hand into her hair to pull it out, strand by anxious strand, or the one about the monkeys that live in the treetops of the Tiergarten in Berlin, teaching each other German idioms until they’re ready to climb down and mingle with the townsfolk.

You never pull on the heels.

You do, however, open that bottle of red.

And you find yourself deliberating for far too long over one damn sentence, tilting your head left and right, making such a face that when the screen reflects it back your way, you actually recoil at the pursed lips and demonic brow.

Then you find this quote:

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. Kurt Vonnegut


You laugh so loudly you scare the cat, and remember why you love words marching across the page so goddamned much.

And you just keep writing.



  1. Matthew Dalton said,

    Hey, that’s a pretty harsh call Mr Vonnegut. But, perhaps one has to be a little controversial in order to become a real writer.

    Sometimes the allure of word and wine is stronger than that of the world outside. I wonder: if Rapunzel had been a writer, would she have ever come down? You’re words suggest a viable alternative.

    • inkymouth said,

      I’m a fan of the semi colon, I have to say – and also a fan of Vonnegut and his joyous wordplay. But yes, I agree with you that sometimes the allure of word and wine is too strong to resist…more than sometimes, in fact! Like tonight, for example, with three stories to work on and a storm brewing. I think you’d like the weather in Melbourne tonight, Matthew.

  2. gretchen cello said,

    do keep writing amazing woman… more and more and more. x

    • inkymouth said,

      Couldn’t stop if I tried, Juanita…a syndrome you know all too well X

  3. kimmerlyaj said,

    makes me wonder Vonnegut’s thoughts on dashes…

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