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The following is my attempt at a nonet, a new poetic form I encountered in Writer’s Digest. A nonet begins with nine syllables on the first line, and concludes with one syllable for the ninth line. Kind of a poetic version of Soduko!

My computer died mid-November.
I ask you, with no computer
how would a writer survive?
To depict his stories
of action and angst,
get his email,
or send it.
He’s choked.
Mum.

I ask you, have you experienced a line-up at a cashier where the computer system has crashed? Staff faces appear stricken yet vacant. They have absolutely no idea what to do, while frustrated customers stand patiently, or drop their merchandise and leave. It’s especially angst-ridden when the “manager” assures customers, “only a few more minutes.”

I recently stood through 2.5 hours of this frustration with said promises because I had already spent 2 hours selecting the merchandise. It would have been quicker if they had a pen and paper back-up system, but no-one seems to know how to write anymore.

I ask you, can you survive without a computer? I have been without my computer for more than a year! Meanwhile I have written:
  • one K-3 storybook
  • two grade 4-6 storybooks
  • one teen novel
  • one adult nonfiction book about coping with stress (about which I know a good deal from experience!)
I am currently working on two K-3 stories, and another grade 4-6 story. All are written with a ballpoint pen on paper. It can be done!

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