Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Lately, we've had an abundance of rain in Franklin County. Not as much as folks in the Midwest have had and not enough to make up for the last two years' drought, but an abundance nevertheless.

My little ornamental peach tree has had its own abundance this year. The peaches, while numerous, are small and hard—not like last year's, which were full and sweet.

The little tree was so loaded that branches started to snap. And the fruit on the remaining branches is ripening, but it's still small.

Sometimes, I suppose, you can have too much of a good thing. And often the good thing isn't as good as you thought it would be.

More is not always better, as I used to tell my English 101 students who'd pack their essays with empty words and little thought.

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Blogger Amy Hanek said...

Editing is like pruning...

...well - that's it, isn't it?
Great post!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Will they get soft after you pick them? I hope all the peaches aren't hard this year. I've been planning to go to the orchard soon. I love summer peaches!

10:33 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

Can you prop up the limbs so they don't break? Poor little tree.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

The limbs were propped up and some were even tied up. Didn't help. Too many excess peaches.

Like too many excess words in a badly written book, propping up didn't help. Amy's right. should have edited—er, pruned—it before it got out of hand and brought intself down.

Maybe next year. . . .

11:45 AM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

I see lots of peach cobbler in your future...yum yum.

2:15 PM  

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