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ABOUT Kevin Creager
I have been a school psychologist for 41 years, but a writer of some sort, for probably at least 50 years. When I wasn’t writing Christmas stories for my children, I was writing irreverent stories, poems, and articles for work in an attempt to maintain a spirit of fun in the office. I have “won” two awards for humor writing – one at a teacher’s conference when I won a humor-writing book for composing an advertising jingle, and the second, more prestigious one, as one of several local writers in a contest sponsored by the Clark County Library to write like Dave Barry, the renowned humor columnist, who was giving a talk at Kuss Auditorium. He told me I was his favorite author (which, if he was smart, he said to everyone).
My career as a school psychologist has been more varied. I have worked in an urban setting for 35 years, a village school system for three, a STEM Academy for six, and in rural county schools for the last three. That has involved children from two years of age to 22, with all the potential educational disabilities therein, as well as the entire range of family dynamics and expectations.
My personal interests are, of course, writing, traveling, not-gardening, reading, and collecting a few miscellaneous book series – various editions of The Mutiny On the Bounty (both the novels and nonfiction accounts; don’t get me started on discussing the real story), specialized editions of The Christmas Carol (including one that is a reproduction of Dickens’ original manuscript), and British first editions of Dick Francis’ mysteries. These just give me specific things to look for in old bookstores.
My first book is We Cuss a Little: The Life and Times of a School Psychologist. The title comes from a question asked of a parent regarding what language was spoken in the home. That answer told me much more than if they had just said “English.” So, the book is a collection of stories regarding interactions with students, parents, teachers, administrators, whoever else is left. In 2017, it was named as one of the nine essential books for a school psychologist’s bookshelf, primarily because it tells what happens in a laid-back, informal manner rather than a formal textbook laying out you are supposed to do certain activities.
My second book is a small-town mystery in the village of Summerfield, The Body On the Roof. A retired teacher’s body is found on the roof of her house one morning, and the entire police force of five has to solve what happened. The focus is on the town and its characters.
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About Holly Bargo
Holly Bargo never outgrew a love of fairy tales, legends, and myths. Or horses. However, one foot must remain firmly planted in the real world which is where Holly makes her living as a freelance writer and editor. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a southwest Ohio hobby farm with a menagerie indoor and outdoor animals.
When she's not working on other people's documents or reading, Holly finds time to transfer the voices in her head to paper ... er ... computer. If she doesn't, there's a definite possibility her mind will explode.
And for those who might wonder from where the pseudonym of Holly Bargo came, it's quite simple really. Horses. Namely an elegant and temperamental Appaloosa mare who has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is fondly remembered for guarding toddler children and crushing a brand new pager.
But that's another story.
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A Catholic priest, a Protestant minister, and a rabbi were discussing when life begins.
"Life begins at conception," the priest insisted.
"Life begins at birth," the minister said.
The rabbi pondered the question for a moment and said, "Life begin when the kids move out and the dog dies."
This week's writing prompt asks whether there's life for an author outside of writing. My response is, "Goodness, I certainly hope so."
For an author, writing is essential to, integral to, but not the be-all and end-all of life. It can't be, because our experiences inform our writing. Without writing, we can still have and learn from our experiences; but, without experiences, we have nothing to write about. Without experiences, our writing becomes flatulent and florid, utterly without substance or worth.
So, what does a romance writer know about worth?
Content produced for entertainment does not imply a lack of worth. If that were so, then Hollywood would be bankrupt. English literature teachers wouldn't keep trying to force their students to read Last of the Mohicans or Ulysses. We wouldn't revere William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, or Oscar Wilde as practically godlike in the firmament of English literature.
No, I didn't answer my question. A romance writer knows about worth because romance, as a general rule, focuses on the happiness of women. It's the only genre that consistently and deliberately heralds women as protagonists who act and are not merely acted upon. It's the only genre that upholds women as worthy of being written about.
That's what a romance writer knows about worth.
As for life without writing? I could live like that. I just wouldn't want to.
Hard boiled, scrambled, over easy, and sunny side up: eggs are the musings of Holly Bargo, the pseudonym for the author.
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