Watson as Pepys


dipped pen

into the inkwell

of memory

and imagination

“Holmes & Watson”

she thought,

“Watson shall be

the Pepys

of Sherlock’s


She dipped again,

and began . . .

“Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, MD, Late of the Army Medical Department.”

Being a rough draft 3.5 for QKJ #1: Make it New 

Quick Kick January:  Quickly’s thirty-one day poetry (and short form prose) Non-challenge

There are rules. You can break them, but they’re few and (I think) reasonable.

1) Write every day. Don’t think about it as a marathon–it’s more like standing up, putting on a jacket and going out to get the mail. And you needn’t write more than a line or two, a few sentences, a paragraph. Just try to look at the world, or your self, or some idea, and

2) Use words consciously.

3) Use paper. Things written on keyboard and screen look and feel too finished. And if what’s written doesn’t work, we’re apt to toss the whole thing. But there might be a line or the germ of an idea that needs its own time and place.

4) Keep your mistakes and revisit them.

You can write for yourself or, if it suits you, post your drafty writing on your own blog and leave a link here. If it looks like something you might want to try to publish, you can password-protect it and let us have the password.

And that’s all she wrote, for now. (c) Lorraine