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A weekly festival of writers sharing excerpts from their work.  Many different genres; something for everybody.  Enjoy!  

This week, I’m returning to my Swiss boarding school memoir, “Internat Adventures”.  Previous instalment HERE.

Preamble –  My first year of high school was spent in a co-ed Swiss prison, er, boarding school, (there were actual bars on the windows!) which in German is called an “Internat” (short for International School). Last semester; Apr. – Jun., 1969:   Losing one’s first serious boyfriend to a bitter rival was such a heartbreak!  Said rival had previously injured me by shoving me from behind while I was changing a razor blade (this was before disposable razors).  The blade was driven bone-deep into my thumb, leaving a permanent scar.

The razor blade attack left me fearful and nervous.  I tried to stay as far away from Julie as possible, but she was always lurking somewhere. Soon, other people started giving me odd looks and my only remaining friends were room mates Jennifer and Vivian.

A two-week break for Easter holidays did nothing to ease the situation. First day back,  and there was Julie, locked in a hot embrace with Vaughan, outside the dining hall.  Even though I already knew he was lost to me, the tears flowed uncontrollably, as I ran around the corner and hid.

Later, in the dining hall, contemptuous glances from Julie’s table burned like fire.  What had I done to deserve this? 


Julie had won!  Vaughan wouldn’t even speak to me and neither would his sister Judy, my former “best friend”.  This was a horrible turn of events for any 14-year-old to endure!


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P.S.  Interesting discussion today about “showing” vs “telling”.  Most of my writing is autobiographical, so I thought I’d just throw this in: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FICTION AND MEMOIR

Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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24 thoughts on “#8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS JUL. 20/14

  1. Yikes, she was attacked by a razor blade! I really felt for your character. It sucks being bullied and threatened with no support. Then, to find out the bully is being cozy with someone you really care about. I really loved this snippet. It made me feel very sorry for the character, and you were great with setting the emotional tone throughout the scene.

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta Hosby recently posted…Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #5My Profile

  2. I recall this and yet my heart breaks all over again. Girls can be cruel and in that awful environment, enemies are the worst. The razor episode needs a previous sentence to explain the horror and fear she’s left with. Excellent from the heart writing, my friend.
    Author Charmaine Gordon recently posted…7/20/14 WEWRIWAMy Profile

    1. Hi Charmaine; There’s a link to the previous instalment, which explains the razor blade incident, but I will expand the preamble as well. Hard to paint a clear picture with only 8 sentences. Thanks for your comments. I tried to recount the incidents and my own feelings at the time as honestly as possible.
      Debbie recently posted…SOLITUDE – PHOTO FRIDAYMy Profile

  3. oh man, 14 years old and the first heartbreak! Of course it seemed traumatic at the time! You capture that well.

    The first sentence, well, one option is to expand a bit and talk about how you couldn’t do certain things anymore that you used to like, especially if you thought Julie might be there, then readers would realize by themselves that you were fearful. Maybe mention that you couldn’t touch razors anymore.

    Still, a memoir is a little different than fiction. I think some flat-out telling is expected. I bet a lot of people would be interested in your memoir because I think it’s pretty different from what many of us went through. I always enjoy this excerpts, Debbie!
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    1. Hi Marcia; Thanks for the suggestions. I’m soaking them all in and plan on self-publishing this memoir as a short story. It’s over 4000 words in total. As you said, these experiences are out of the ordinary and people have expressed interest. Glad you enjoy them as well. 🙂
      Debbie recently posted…SOLITUDE – PHOTO FRIDAYMy Profile

    1. Hi Joyce; Yes, Julie was a a total “Nasty Girl”. 🙂 Not sure I understand why the first sentence should be deleted. It’s not a good thing to state my feelings at the time? I thought it was a good way to set the tone, no? Glad you enjoyed the rest and thanks for visiting.
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