beautiful monsters: once upon a time

May 14, 2006

once upon a time

Every time I go home to Rotorua I have to sort through a box of my old stuff. This time I sorted through some boxes with school books. I have no idea why I still have maths books from primary school. What did I think they would ever be useful for. I’ve kept all of my story books, because they’re cute. And because I seemed to find it so easy to write fiction then. Maybe they’ll inspire me to write stories again. But, although I had lots of ideas for stories, I wasn’t very good at finishing them, and there are dozens that stop mid sentence:

Rooms to Let. Mr Cribsin had 6 rooms that he did not use. He put a big sign on his door, it read… ROOMS TO LET. $5 a week. 50c a meal. UP to 10 people a room. The next day an old

Darn it. I want to know whether anyone tried to cram more than 10 people in a room. Don’t you love those details? This is one of my favourites, that I did finish, from when I was 8 years old:

Once upon a time there was a dragon. He lived in a dull cave full of cobwebs and stones. It was gray and dark. The dragon didn’t even know what he looked like. He never went outside. He was vegetarian. He ate the weeds from the corners. He had no name. He did not need one, he did not know what a name was. One day he fell ill. He tossed and turned in his stone bed. Oh he felt ill! The next day he was worse. He needed help! So he went outside for the first time. It was strange! He wondered where to go. Soon Doctor Puffles passed to go to church. He asked what was wrong, and soon he was on a soft bed at the Puffles. The End.


I’m so proud of my Rainbow Room kids, they’ve been fabulous lately. Our Associate Minister and his wife have a brand new baby, and last Sunday the kids made this poster to welcome him.


Even the boys helped. Ok, so one of them drew a monster, but note how there are no butt-faced fart-men, or knives and guns. One of the cheekiest boys painted a tree with hearts growing from it. And not in a gory way.

Posted by Fionnaigh at May 14, 2006 06:19 PM | TrackBack

Hi! We're sitting here on a very rainy Monday morning in Paekakariki. We just logged on to your site and I've gotta say, this is one of my favourite ever entries. We laughed out loud. We love the poster! And the stories - especially dragon story - are a treasure. You're on fire.

H and C

Posted by: Hinemoana and Chris at May 15, 2006 11:48 AM

Have to agree :-)Would love to psychoanalyse tha dragon story but am way too scared it'll end up being about me ;-)God bless ya sis..and tell tha kids the pic totally rocks - even tha monster - what a blessing to be working alongside such creative spirits!

Posted by: God's Kid at May 15, 2006 03:16 PM

I should have brought more of those story books back to Wellington, I could just recycle them as blog entries for the rest of the year!

Posted by: Fionnaigh at May 17, 2006 02:37 AM