Name That Thing

Here’s an addictive game that’s also good vocabulary practice! http://www.merriam-webster.com/namethatthing/index.htm

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Why blog?

I’ve always preferred journal writing over blogging because in my journal I can make mistakes and say whatever I want. I don’t write because I’m eloquent; I write because it’s always been my number one obsession, a kind of tortuous self-therapy on automatic pilot. Even before I knew what I was doing was called writing, I did it. I find solace in it, but it’s also horribly painful. The psychological hold and emotional aspect of the work can be too much at times.

So for my blog, I decided to give myself permission to take a break from my writing obsession and focus on some of my other obsessions—hence, the name “Little Wayward Typewriter.” I have a lot of things I want to write about that don’t relate to writing, editing, or publishing. Some are things that I never imagined I’d find interesting and some are things that have always been my obsessions whether I knew it or not. I like the idea of being able to blog about anything and everything.

And away we go…


Colorado Authors’ League

Check out my membership announcement at The Colorado Authors’ League! CAL is a great organization that supports Colorado writers.


Romance and Other Stories

My book Romance and Other Stories is now available at The Write Deal online bookstore (www.thewritedeal.org).

From The Write Deal website: “Two young women decide to become prostitutes. A wife can no longer hide a secret from her husband. A daughter confronts her father’s manic depression. A pregnant teenager struggles to leave her reservation. An aspiring romance novelist meets a handsome stranger. In Samantha Prust’s ballsy, finely-crafted collection, characters often feel as if they have “dropped out of the clear blue sky and onto the flat prairie.” The worlds Prust creates are, like the northern hinterlands in which they are set, deceptively empty. Here, vulnerable young women on the edge of maturity walk a razor’s edge. We walk with them, drawn in by Prust’s sensuous and simple language, and by a mysterious, unresolved tension usually the purview of dreams. Samantha Prust was raised in South Dakota. She has an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University. For over 15 years she has worked as an editor and writer in book and magazine publishing. She is the author of A Sentence a Day: Short, Playful Proofreading Exercises (Prufrock Press, 2007). She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she works as a freelance editor and writer.”

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Association on American Indian Affairs Native Language Program, http://www.aaialanguageprogram.org/ (From their website: “AAIA’s Dakota Language Preservation project takes place on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation. The reservation is located in Northeast South Dakota and a portion of Southeast North Dakota and is home of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (‘the tribe’).”)