by Laura E. Goodin
Diehl’s Real Teas Virtual Writer-in-Residence
Marigold was substantial, overly jovial, large, lanky, all awkward angles.
Ballet was attempted. Young men with wispy hair and pained expressions lifted her in teams. At some point all agreed it should stop.
Marigold danced alone across lands of ice and fire, rock and mire. She galumphed by cover of night, listening between each thudding figure for the silvery giggles of the lithe.
One night there followed two clumsy children with blotchy faces. The next, a man who muttered to himself and could meet no-one’s eyes. Then, a woman brittle with age and apprehension. Each night more, a hundred, a thousand, dancing in their own flawed, fantastical ways.
On the day the Great Sea Monster rose, slime-covered, bored, and irritable, the people screamed and hid. The monster travelled across ice and fire, rock and mire, and at last found Marigold. She came forth to meet it, her dancers following, and occasionally stepping on one another’s toes.
Marigold looked the monster up and down and laughed her braying laugh. The monster recoiled, and Marigold and her dancers surged to close the distance.
A long moment passed, in which they could all hear each other breathing.
Experimentally, the monster moved forward again, and the dancers skipped backward, waving their arms to keep their uncertain balance. The monster stared at the patterns they made, like seaweed, like the tops of waves, like the northern lights. A strange joy swelled within its heart.
The monster flung its own arms up and twirled on its clawed and scaly feet. Marigold, seeing at last a dance that befitted her, joined in.
One by one, the others took up the wild and unmeasured steps, each in their own, irregular way. The moon rose, and thousands danced the Monster Tarantella.
Tea and writers go back thousands of years together! Diehl’s Real Teas is joining forces with American-born, Australian-based writer Laura E. Goodin to help make the shop a friendly and useful place for writers. Laura will be providing a new piece of writing every month for customers to enjoy, conduct writing workshops, host virtual “write-ins” (writers’ gatherings), and answer questions about writing on the Diehl’s Real Writers group on Facebook.
Who is Laura E. Goodin?
Laura has been writing professionally for nearly 40 years. Her two novels, both hilarious adventure romps with more than a touch of fantasy about them, are published internationally by Odyssey Books, and are available through Amazon. Her stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications internationally, and her plays, libretti, and poetry have been performed on three continents. She has a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Western Australia, and she attended the 2007 Clarion South Workshop. She teaches writing at Deakin University in Australia, and runs in-person and virtual writing workshops. She grew up in Sussex County, NJ, and lived for 17 years in Washington, DC before moving to Australia with her husband, composer Houston Dunleavy, and their daughter. She is a fencer, martial artist, horsewoman, hiker, musician, quilter, and keen cook.
How can I get involved?
You can keep up with upcoming activities by stopping into the shop, or by joining the Diehl’s Real Writers group on Facebook. You’ll find out about writing workshops (delivered via Skype right here in the shop!), write-ins (gatherings where you can sit in cheery silence with other writers as you all churn out your masterpieces), NaNoWriMo-related events (see http://www.nanowrimo.org to find out more about this international writing frenzy every November), and whatever else Laura, Kevin, and Fenny can come up with!
Where can I read more of Laura’s writing?
You can go to her web site at http://www.lauraegoodin.com and click on “Creative Work”. Scroll down to “Stories” for some links. You can also order her books through Amazon. To keep informed about her new projects, you can like her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Laura.E.Goodin.Writer.