The Demise of Screwy Thing

Hello, guys, and welcome to Teen Fiction Girl!  If you wanted a practical sort of post, I recommend you go find something else to read; this is kind of a continuation to an “article” I posted on Tween Fiction Girl a few months ago.

This is mostly aimed at a certain friend of mine.  You can call her Amber.

So, if you’ve followed me this far, you might just remember Screwy Thing.  At the time, friend Amber was rather into crafting for her dolls and such.  She tried as hard as she could to get me into the habit, which resulted in my ownership of several craft supplies that I used very uncommonly.  I got a bit bored one evening and decided to start messing around with them, and Screwy Thing was born.


Needless to say, Amber, who was actually a crafter, was horrified by the monstrosity I had produced.  I thought it was kind of cute, but she tried to do away with it several times.

Now, fast forward to last month, when my little sister, Autumn, was trying to make a book and she needed staples for the binding.  She accidentally stapled the wrong side of the book and she needed a staple puller to get it out.  As you can see above, a staple puller is one of the components of Screwy Thing, and she knew it.  So she took the staple puller out and the downfall of Screwy Thing began.  I tried to tuck it away safely in my closet and maybe repair it later, but I never got around to it.

So, just last night, I was cleaning out my closet for no reason other than that I wanted a clean closet, and I stumbled upon the sad remains of Screwy Thing.  The glue was crumbling, the sequins had been scratched, the staple puller had been used, the puffballs were entirely gone, and the whole thing was coated in a layer of dust.  It was terribly pitiful, like a starving puppy, sort of, except quite a bit less cute.

Well, I was in a cleaning frenzy, so there was nothing for it but to send Screwy Thing on to its final resting place:  the trash can.  I felt a little sad getting rid of such a wonderful artifact of crafting, but, I consoled myself, I took plenty of pictures.

I texted Amber about the catastrophe.  She was rather unsympathetic.


And that is the tale of the demise of Screwy Thing.

Thanks for reading, mi amigo.

~ Summer

My Official NaNoWriMo Checklist

Hey, y’all!  For those of you that decided to do NaNoWriMo this year (which, since this is a writing blog, may be a relatively large crowd) I decided I’ll offer a little NaNo help that (probably, to the best of my knowledge) can’t be found on the forums.  I’ve put together a NaNo essentials checklist for you to complete before beginning your writing endeavor to maximize your writing comfort.  For your reading comfort (as opposed to your writing comfort), I’ve also separated it into decent-sized chunks of text.

Things I need that are ESSENTIAL to begin writing

  • My favorite word processor (Microsoft Word, of course, although Google Docs will do in a pinch)
  • A keyboard that isn’t my laptop keyboard and so won’t dig into my wrists like it did last year, because that was painful
  • A constantly open NaNoWriMo tab so I can refresh my word count every five minutes and see how I’m doing
  • A chair, because otherwise sitting at the computer would be kind of difficult (preferably my lovely beautiful wicker armchair, which my mom dubbed my perch)

Things I need that I could write without in case of, like, a nuclear fallout or some other similar emergency, but otherwise are 100% necessary

  • A cup of tea (not warm; good ol’ Luzianne iced southern style unsweet tea)
  • Some nice comfy pants, usually my neon pink cheetah-print ones
  • My amazing Dr. Dre beats that my dad found in a college parking lot
  • Said beats must be accompanied by Spotify or else they are useless
  • At least one (sometimes two) puppies; Dachshunds are preferable, although others may be substituted if Dachshunds are not available

Things I don’t have, but want really bad

  • A pair of fingerless / biking gloves (I’ve heard that they make typing much easier on your wrists)
  • A bag of marshmallows
  • A mug of hot chocolate to accompany the marshmallows

Things that I only want sometimes, but are good to have on hand

  • Warm tea and/or coffee (if it’s going to be the latter, it had better have LOTS of cream)
  • A blanket (a really fuzzy one)
  • A document open with one of those cool character development sheets in case I run into a difficult character

That’s about all you need.  If you have everything on the list above, I hereby declare that you are ready to write!  (You get extra credit if you have the things on the Things I Don’t Have But Want Really Bad list.)

Thanks for reading – I hope this was educational, relatable, and/or amusing.  (Amusable?  That sounds better, doesn’t it?)

~ Summer T.