Entered in Best of 2009 Competition: [link]Edit 12/12/09-13/12/09:
Firstly, thank you so much for the DD, `StJoan and =drop-asd.
Secondly, thank you EVERYONE who has commented, faved, done both or read this piece as the result of this becoming a DD. Thank you. I appreciate it in many ways that I cannot list here.
Thirdly, thank you to all my watchers and my friends who have supported me all this time for my work, and put up with my various quirks. I owe your comments, faves and even the handy critiques that I have received over the time I have spent on dA. Thank you once again.
Fourthly, just...THANK YOU.
EDIT: Made the piece a little more concise and tighter with some critique by the wonderful =Kira73
, so some of the wording might be changed slightly. As a result, the wordcount has dropped from 971 words to 953 words.
Hmm, I seem to have some sort of affinity with creative pieces when it comes to peeling any form of vegetable. First Onion
which is inspired by peeling onions
, and now this piece, inspired by peeling potatoes
. And both times, I'm discussing some sort of major issue using the vegetable as a metaphor.
I was peeling potatoes last Sunday (unwillingly) when the first line of this piece came strolling into my head and I ran to my room to write it down before I had even finished peeling the potato.
And the rest of the ideas came flowing through my head as I peeled. So I started it last week, but then this went on the backburner for the rest of the week because I had to concentrate on my exams, and then I returned to it and finished it off in an hour and a half.
I had been studying a post-apocalyptic novel called "Children of the Dust" by Louise Lawrence in class which dealt with the effect of a nuclear blast on the world. That book was based on the terrible atomic bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the effects it had on the surviving population, which included mutations. At the same time, I watched a couple of documentaries about nuclear disasters which included Hiroshima and the disaster I've been alluding to in this piece, Chernobyl. So what I saw just got put it into the words here.
Also, in a slight coincidence, I stumbled on Saturday 19th September's DD which was also about peeling something. [link]
Read it if you haven't; it's a great piece that really uses peeling an orange as a literal thing as well as a metaphoric thing.
Wordcount: 953 words
Please don't steal my work.