Archive for August, 2010


Penelope

I just wanted to share a little something I wrote, playing with alliteration in a silly way.  Hoping to fill this blog with writings like this from time to time.  I call it PENELOPE, and I hope it brings a smile to your cheeks.

 

PENELOPE WAS PRETTY.  And perfect.  Peppy, proper, puzzling (but in a good way), pleasant, and all the really powerfully positive “p” words.  Even a bit precocious, at times.  But Hadley Fox didn’t know what precocious meant, not exactly, and even if he did have an understanding of the word and it’s specific relation to this particular princess, it wouldn’t have changed his opinion of his pretty Penelope.  Not one little bit.

Unfortunately, Penelope had very contrary feelings towards Hadley and all the words she used when referring to him began with the letter “h.”  Horrible Hadley was her favorite term of non-affection, the horrible sometimes substituted with hideous, half-pint, homely, and even haggard, which she thought was a particularly clever substitution, if you took into account the daily Viking comic strip on which the term was based.  And she did, most harshly.

So it was with great surprise to both of them, actually, when Hadley reached over Alissa MacGillicuddy at eleven o’ five a.m. on a bright and sunny Thursday morning, plum dab in the middle of Mrs. Kilpatrick’s “Art Time” and planted a juicy, wet kiss on the smacker of little Miss P.  The greater surprise, for both of them once again, came when Penelope did not resist the gesture and slap hardheaded Hadley’s face, but actually returned the kiss, indulging in her first true lip-to-lip lock, the second-grade equivalent of “making out,” albeit in front of an entire class of pre-pubescent pranksters, prudes and one Prozac pill-popping professor.

The real question remains, and tragically will never be answered, as to how long the kiss would have lasted had Hadley not fainted midway through a possibly endless kiss, falling into blissful unconsciousness, breaking the lip embrace and forever marring the experience with a decidedly terrible, troublesome and terrifically tarnished taste.

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Reeve Armstrong here, with my first post on this new blog.

If you’ve clicked the “About Reeve & His Site” tab already, then you know a few things about me. Beyond that, I really enjoy reading and writing about the world’s younger population. Some of my favorite books are: Holes by Louis Sachar, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Welcome to the Ark by Stephanie S. Tolan, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Jeff Kinney‘s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and anything by Kate DiCamillo, Beverly Cleary, John Steinbeck, Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss.

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Personally, I hope to eventually write a few books you guys will be dying to read. I’m currently working on the second book in a series of Easy Reader books, and well into the first draft of a YA novel. This blog is both motivation for me to continue writing, and also a place to hopefully interact with potential fans once the books are published (fingers crossed).

So, check back from time to time. I’ll be posting reviews of books I like, as well as sharing some of my stories and a lot of my creative thoughts.

– Reeve