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Practically Not Scared – Writing 101


“Wuzzup Dirk Kenneally?”

“I’m scared.”

“Whaddaya scared of, you little chickenshit?”

“I’m scared a being scared. That’s wuzzup.”

“Scared a bein’ scared? What da fuck that supposed to mean? Scared a bein’ scared my ass.”

“Don’t you get it Gerald? Scared of being scared means I might not do something that’s right ina front of me that I outta do. Something maybe really good. Really, really good. But I chicken out because I’m scared, so I don’t do it. And then I don’t get another chance for that.”

“Told you you was a chickenshit. I’m not scared of anything.”

“That be bullshit Gerald. You’re lyin’. What about when we went to the ocean three weeks back, you and me and Rosalee and Janet? And you were afraid of gettin’ in the water, ‘fraid of a little damn wave when we all said we would be tryin’ body surfing? Not scared my ass.”

“Dude, did they flush allaya brains down the toilet the day you was born? I could drown in the ocean, specially at Rehobeth with them big ass waves. Not goin’ into the water isn’t bein’ scared. That’s bein’ practical.”

“Gerald, you are too much. I swear. Okay, you asked me what Ima scared of. The answer is nothin’. When I don’t do somethin’ right in fronta me, somethin’ maybe really great, maybe even some great adventure, I ain’t scared. Ima just bein’ practical.”

“There you go shithead. There you go.”


Author: buddycushmanart

This is my Blog, my opportunity to say what I think and write what I feel. The content has morphed in the two years of existence -- I began with personal tales of sillyness and drunkeness and soberness and times, places, and events within. Then I wrote a whole a lot of opinions about the world and its often sad shape, and how I thought we could make it better (re: engaging stories of hope). More recently I've taken to writing about this and that, including links to movies, Ted Talks, rock and roll, other writers' web pages, and more. These past seven years I have taken up the life of a painter, and my work can be seen on my web page ( www.buddycushmanfineart.com ) and my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/musicflower67). But I've been writing since I was just a young thing living on the Massachusetts coast, and storytelling is my home. I have a number of fiction works in varying degrees of completion, and have published two books of fiction in the last year, under the name W.B. Cushman. But it's here I get to share my whatevers of sorrow and hope, and hopefully, wonder and magic. Thanks for stopping in.

3 thoughts on “Practically Not Scared – Writing 101

  1. Thank you for the positive worded comment on my “Who Am I?” post. It means a great deal to me.

    I gotta say this post is so funny; I was laughing all the way through it!

    It moved me so much that I posted a blog entry about it. Please check it out….I’d love to read your response to it because I feel this is a subject with a lot of depth. http://breathethislife.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/a-response-to-fear/

    God bless – BTL

    • Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate it. This short dialogue was inspired by a WordPress Writing 101 prompt, something about fear. The first line, “Whazzup Dirk kenneally” just popped into my head. The story was entirely made up, don’t know these people, don’t talk like that, never been to Rehobeth Beach. It happens sometimes. Anyway, thanks again. I have looked at your blog and cannot find the ‘Response To Fear’ entry, but I would like to read it.

      • Sorry, just realized I had “privatized” the entry and hadn’t posted it yet. Will do asap. Please try again Mon or Tue. I also have one soon about Robin Williams. Keep Em Coming with those funny stories. Have a great week!

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