(Author’s note: I have to apologize to all my readers and others who I should be reading. The last couple weeks dealing with the run-up to winter camp left me with little energy to respond, and that’s all on me. I will be doing better, now that camp has started and I have an idea of what’s going on, to actually visit and remark on other people’s stories.
In the meantime, here’s my fictioneers story, and it’s a bit of a historical thing…)
It’s Good To Be King
by Miles H. Rost
Steve disliked working at the school. It was not something he wanted to do.
He was waiting for news that seemed to never come. Meanwhile, he had to teach these hormonal girls how to write. It was a Sisyphean task.
When he was called to the office, he thought he was in trouble.
“It’s your wife,” the receptionist said, handing him the phone.
“Tabs, what’s going on?”
“Steve, I just got a telegram.”
“They’re going to print. They are asking if $4200 is enough.”
Steve smiled. His work about the kids he taught would be published.
Carrie would be unleashed.
Happy ending 🙂 He’ll be published!
It was a happy day! And 40 years later, he’s a legend!
Carrie! Take’s me back…Then on to Salem’s Lot
All we novelists hope for such a phone call!
I’ve always thought Stephen King looked as scary as some of his stories. An interesting face.
A face only a mother could love…
Even the best have to wait for that phone call! Thanks for reminding us, Miles! Good story.
I have to wait everyday…
I don’t envy him teaching that lot! Excellent.
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Try teaching high school girls in a foreign country. @_@
The first little step on a long journey… great insight into the inspiration (I will not be a teacher I think)
It takes a hearty folk to do so. I was able to survive 6 years of it, and likely years more later…
Oh wow, what a lovely little piece of literary history!
Ain’t it cool? 😀
I didn’t know he taught teenage girls – no wonder Carrie came from that experience! Just like Lord of the Flies author William Golding who taught at a boy’s school – they both saw the raw reality of childhood! Nice one
It’s brutal for those who don’t fit in…as evidenced in recent months…
Sadly, very true. And such a vulnerable time of life, so easy to fall off the radar one way or another, so understandable a young, ignored person might want to be centre of attention. Horrifying, all of it.
I suspect all authors hope for that call… and I had no idea King taught at a girls’ school… Carrie does make so much sense!
Yep. Context is key!
That’s a nice bit of literary fiction. Taught in a girls’ school? No wonder he took up horror. 😉
Oh, that’s just scratching the surface…
Such an authentic tale. I had to stop reading stories and go and look up Carrie. Even watched a bit of the first movie 🙂 Very well done!
Glad to have given you the inspiration to see what it’s all about!
King is one of my favorites. I didn’t know he taught at a girls’ school! Great story.
The things we find out. 😀