Armed and Dangerous

“Words are my gun and my spear.”  — Daisy Utemorrah (from “The Storyteller of Mowanjum”)

Ms. Utemorrah is a native Australian, an Aboriginal.  And a very wise woman.

There is a bit of warrior in most writers, I think.  We do battle with the words, especially on a day when it is difficult to write.  Will the words come or won’t they?  We do battle with ourselves to do the “butt in the chair” time and not fold laundry instead.  We do battle when we attempt to convince others to read our words, that what we have to say has merit.  We battle the story itself when the characters suddenly do something we didn’t expect and refuse to do it any other way.  (For characters ARE alive.)

Some writers battle against indescribable odds to get their words out to the rest of the world, to be heard by someone, anyone outside the prison of their minds or those very real walls behind which they are confined.

It’s all very romantic to be the lone warrior, but I don’t know…I value the companionship of like individuals along the road.


About Melissa Crandall

Longer ago than I care to admit--although I will--I cut my writing teeth on fanzines and media tie-in novels. Since then, I've moved on to narrative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and essays. I write to explore and understand the world around me, the things I see and experience nearby or from a distance. If I shake myself up, cool. If I shake you up, even better. Not gratuitously--what's the point in that?--but to set what I know, or think I know, on end and realize, "Well, doesn't it look different from this side!" My work is neither sexually explicit nor graphically violent. Let's face it - your imaginations will come up with things far worse than anything I could write, no matter how descriptive. Besides, it's just not my thing. I live in Connecticut with my supportive husband Ed, a cat named Ruby who might just think she's a dog, and an epileptic Australian shepherd named Holly who isn't quite certain anymore who she is, except she knows she loves her mommy.
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2 Responses to Armed and Dangerous

  1. sam says:

    what book is the storyteller of mownjum from? i read a section of it in class but have forgotten the title.

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