Posted by on May 13, 2011 in General Chaos, Word of the Day | 7 comments

The first thing I remember writing is a report on dinosaurs that I wrote in the third grade. I was excited when I heard about the assignment. I loved dinosaurs. The teacher went around giving every student one as the subject of their report. Would I get the fierce T-rex, or maybe the Triceratops? I always liked the Stegosaurus. When she got to me, the teacher said, “Your report will be on the Allosaurus.”

I blinked in confusion. (Maybe not really, but I needed some kind of action there.) I’d never heard of an Allosaurus. What the hell was this lady playing at? That was no dinosaur!

Back in the Dark Ages, before the internet, we had to go to the library to do our research. I remember my Dad taking me to the Public Library, and I spent what felt like about four days (I’m sure it was more like 20 minutes) researching this made up dinosaur. Turns out, Ally was the real deal after all. I wrote an inspiring (work with me here) post about a fierce hunter who preyed on the more docile and tasty herbivores.

I wish I had a copy of that report to look at now, I’m sure it would be an amusing thing to study. I know I drew some sort of cartoon of an Allosaurus eating some other dinosaur, and I remember writing the page of cursive (because back then we didn’t print!) out three or four times to make it neat enough. I’m sure it was a work of literary genius the likes of which that teacher had never read before. (Well I do remember getting an A, so she must have been impressed.)

Anyway, I thought about that report as I was falling asleep last night, who knows why. I thought it would be something interesting to hear about from my author pals. So let’s hear it. What’s the very first thing you remember writing?

Allosaurus photo found here.


PS – Ryan’s word today is demesne, another word for domain. Specifically dealing with matters of law and property.



  1. My first writings were little stories I made up at home. A few of these are still extant, but alas, my great 10-year-old masterpiece — a lengthy sequel to the first Star Wars movie in 1977 — is not. I dreamt it, I wrote it out, and I spent a couple of weeks typing it up during recess on the classroom typewriter. Then I mailed it off to George Lucas. (It did not become one of the sequels (or prequels).)

    I sure would love to read it again, but unless Mr. Lucas saved a copy, it’s gone.

    • That’s great! Man, I can’t believe he didn’t use your idea. What a jerk! 🙂 I’m sure he has it framed on a wall somewhere…

  2. I know it wasn’t the first thing, but its the first that comes to mind…

    I wrote a story in 5th grade about a Tigress who’s mother was killed by wild boars and her siblings were captured by hunters. She learns to take care of herself and hunt and makes a life despite all the horrible things that happens.

    She thought she was the only tiger left in the world and then bumps into (literally) another tiger when hunting. He scares off her dinner, so he invites her to dine on his capture. They fall in love.

    And then, I think he takes her to meet the other tigers in his tribe, and her siblings are there, all grown up. They had escaped the hunters after all. She has cubs, and they live happily ever after.

    Something like that.

    Complete with what I can only assume were some wacky looking tiger illustrations.

    • That’s a great story! I would totally read that. You should write it again. 🙂

      • I wish I could find it! It is the first thing I ever “published”. (They put it in a young writer’s anthology)

  3. I remember two early stories I wrote as a kid, and I’m not sure which came first. One was a sequel to the Odyssey, and the other was a 38-page whopper about a British merchantman crew trying to prove they weren’t pirates and being forced to battle the army. The latter may still exist in a file somewhere.

    • Well pirates are always good story fodder. Classic myths are great for writing about too. My current WIP relies heavily on Norse myths which I’ve been an avid reader of for years.

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