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Originally, when I started this website, I was considering using this site as a venue for publishing samples of my writing for potential customers interested in my freelance writing services. However, my writings became a panacea for loneliness after about ten years of living in a somewhat remote, rural location. Evenings were long, my Internet connection slow to almost non-existent and my patience was wearing thin dealing with obstacles in my life that were not in my power to overcome. Researching various topics and ideas and writing about them became an escape from a situation in which I saw no escape.

I found that I enjoyed researching, thinking through and writing thoughts, ideas and other topics that came easily to mind once I get started. Writing can be difficult. Especially when writing something that must confirm to strict standards—such as essays, articles on a pre-determined topic or short stories that have both word limits and pre-defined styles. Essays are particularly difficult to write as all sources and references must be documented using proper citation styles. So I only reworked an old (and somewhat tedious) essay from my university days.

Posted below are links to a small selection of some sample articles of various writing genres that took my fancy or were reworked from previous material I had produced for other venues over the course many years.

Some of the topics are a bit off the wall, but then, so am I! 😉

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Val’s Sample Writings

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• Article: Toilet Paper in Trees

• Short Story: The Tea Party

• Literary Analysis: Dulce et Decorum Est

• Article: The Higher the Fewer

• Confession: Contemporary Education and “The Lost Tools of Learning”

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