Building Blocks (…fallen angels)


Time molds vivid memories from one’s past into the building blocks of one’s writing…


In response to readers wanting another example of how I have used a Building Block in my writing, here’s an example.

While penning the fictional Through a Stranger’s Eyes in 2005, I had to develop a renewed/lasting relationship between Dave and Breen, and I wanted a common mental ‘anchor’ that existed between them.

Sitting at my local coffee café and penning away (always the poet), a Patty Loveless song came on.  I am a Patty Loveless fan and her songs have always talked about real life.  I thought about October 2001, I was in San Antonio, and after a Patty Loveless concert, I was able to go backstage for a ‘meet’n greet’.  While I was standing in line to meet her, I was thinking about negative comments I had heard back home concerning Patty Loveless’ decision to leave mainstream country music for bluegrass.  I doubt if she remembers what I said as she signed her photograph for me, “Be true to yourself and sing what you love to sing.”

Back to 2005, and I thought, ‘regardless of where Dave and Breen’s lives have traveled, it is never too late to ‘be true to yourself and sing what you love to sing.’



(Dave) “So we’re an ‘item’?”

(Breen) “I want us to be if you do.  I would have liked to tell Dave, the other one…guess it was obvious who I was referring to, uh…I would have liked to have quoted him a line from a Patty Loveless song.  He wanted the girl next door* What you are looking for is the one the middle.” *

(Breen) “…Dave, please don’t judge me for crossing mountains.” **  She lifted her head and looked into my eyes, calling out to me.

(Dave) Another reference to a Patty Loveless song, When Fallen Angels Fly.  I wondered if she knew I had worn out that CD.  “Yeah, we’ve both been wrong and right. **  We have both loved someone else and that should not be changed.”  Her head once more against my shoulder, I knew our relationship had grown stronger.  She was comfortable, secure.  It was a sense of security being with me; my being a part of her life.

(Through a Strangers Eyes is a work of fiction, copyright Steven S. Walsky 2005, all rights reserved.)


* I’m That Kind of Girl, Matraca Berg/Ronnie Samoset

** When Fallen Angels Fly, Billy Joe Shaver


Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.


4 thoughts on “Building Blocks (…fallen angels)

    • Thank you Maddie! Of course, there is a danger in doing these; readers of our fictional works, particularly people we personally know, may start to really wonder about a passage, ‘hummmmm, fiction is born out of reality?’ 🙂

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