Enough about me

May 21, 2010

Pam Wells/The Pullets

Check, please.

THE PULLETS is going dark for a while. And by “dark” I mean dormant, not sinister… thanks for reading!   PW

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May 17, 2010

Magic numbers

There’s something about 100 that makes it a goal to reach, a peak to conquer, an age to achieve. Add one for good measure and you’ve got the final story in The Pullets‘ first season. Friday’s wrap-up, #101, will answer all your philosophical questions about fate versus free will, redemption, time travel… oh, wait, that’s LOST…

Do check in from time to time. I’ll be working in the prop shop, creating new pages, messing with the photos, all that sort of thing. The most interesting things happen behind the scenes.  PW

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April 26, 2010

Surprise! The Pullets has a new format today. Yeah, it surprised me, too.

I’ve been planning to switch to a nifty WordPress theme template called “Vigilance.” I even designed the new header for it (you like?). When I tried to install it, though, things went wonky, the tenor got laryngitis and I had to bring in the understudy. My new theme is called “Cutline.”

Look for more changes in the coming days. Good ones, hopefully.

As for the title of today’s post, well, changing it to “Cutline” just wasn’t gonna cut it.  PW

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April 9, 2010

Photo by Pam Wells ©2010

Ah, titles. If you peeked at today’s post in the dark hours of the morning, you saw something called “a-e-i-o-u.” Is that a horrible title or what? I got out of bed and changed it to “Proverb.” Better, I thought… and not quite it; hence “Coming and going.” No points for originality here, but it’s hard to improve on vanilla.

Ooo… “Vanilla.” I like it.  PW

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March 11, 2010

I’ve hit 50! That would be my column count, not my age. Today’s post is called, appropriately, “Fifty-fifty,” in which Evan reluctantly introduces Danni to Joe.

I’m looking back at my notes of January 19 when I said The Pullets is not a continuing saga. Well, I suppose it’s closer to that now as I’ve tried to lay a foundation of characters and experiences to build on. Yesterday Joe hadn’t met Danni. Today he has. Nobody knows how this will affect what happens tomorrow in the Pullets’ household… not even me.  PW

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February 26, 2010

Even though it’s nice to be asked how I’m feeling when Audrey has a cold, I feel compelled to remind my readers that Audrey Pullet is a fictional character. So are Carl, Evan, Joe and Todd, Felder, Max and Danni.

Yes, sometimes an actual event triggers a story idea. “Lucy” (Jan. 1) is roughly three-quarters true. R.I.P., Lucy. I truly did find a copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull in the middle of the street (“E. Livingston Pullet,” Jan. 26). C.S. Whitcomb’s play The Wilde Boy is real, as is C.S. Whitcomb (“Into the Wildes,” Feb. 1). The composer Susan Peloza lives in Southern California (“Pearl,” Jan. 18). Yesterday someone asked me if one of my kids had “inspired” Joe’s story about going to jail in Texas (“Haystacked,” Feb. 25). While some of the loveliest people I know have had to face that challenge, I have not.

Not that I don’t enjoy blurring the lines between fiction and non-fiction. How many fictional characters do you know with their own Facebook page?  PW

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February 1, 2010

I’m celebrating one month of The Pullets! Every day that goes by, we—you as the reader, me as the writer—get to know them a little better. Sure, they’re not “real” people, but they live in the real world.

Today’s post, for instance, is a theater review Audrey wrote over the weekend. This is a real play, written by the very real C.S. Whitcomb. Last week the Pullets went to see Avatar, and we all know how real that is.

That’s the fun of creating The Pullets—they can react to what’s happening in the paper this morning. Which is what I’m going to do right now.  PW

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January 19, 2010

A friend of mine just asked me what The Pullets is all about. Who’s it for? she asked. Well, it’s for me, I said, and for anyone who would pick up a magazine and read a short human interest piece. I’ve always come across things and thought, “I could write a story about that,” so I devised a way of doing it all in one place. Most bloggers write in the first person about their professional or personal interests. I wanted to do it through storytelling.

I’m thinking about adding another page, a place for first-timers to get acquainted, meet the characters. The Pullets is not a continuing saga, so while you don’t have to read the columns in order, you’ll notice some of them are drawn from real events. That’s when a voice has said, “I could write a story about that.”  PW

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Pam Wells writes from the outskirts of Portland, Oregon.

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3 thoughts on “Enough about me

  1. Hey there,
    Just read these all back to back. Now, I want more. I like this family, and the neighbor. I look forward to the next installment.
    Good work!

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