AUTHOR’S CORNER: Typewriters and That First Story by Patty L. Fletcher

*Reader’s Note*
This story was originally written and posted to the Writers Retreat mailing list.
For more information write to the Group Owner: writersretreat+owner@groups.io

Good afternoon again campbellsworld visitors.
I have a story to tell about my first typewriter.
Now, I went to school part of the time at the Tennessee School For the Blind.
I did not know then how fortunate I was, what kid does, right?
Well, one of the things that were required of us was that we learn to type.
We were required starting in the sixth-grade to take typing. It was not_ a choice.
Well, of course way back in the day we had regular typewriters with no electronics. Ribbons, the correction key, the whole nine-yards.
So, I fell in love with typing. Our typing teacher put white paper tape over the keys so no one, not even sighted people could see them. She believed one should learn to type without looking.
So, for Christmas that year my mother decided I must have a typewriter. It was my favorite Christmas present. It was a Royal electric from Sears.
I shouted and leapt around with joy when I opened that typewriter and after dinner was done and the table had been cleared and cleaned I sat it up and sitting there munching on Christmas candy I wrote my first story.
I thought about it and after a while I wrote a story about a giant chocolate coconut ball that took over and ate up everyone in our town.
You see we have a chemical company here and we were always joking about the affects the chemicals might have on things.
So, I wrote this story and while I’m sure it was full of more blunders than anyone ever saw, worse than what I’m writing here my mother hung it on the frig for all to read and admire.
She knew right then and there or maybe even before that one day I would write books.
She did not live to see my first one published, but I like to think she’d have been proud.
Thanks, that’s all.

Want to know more about me and what that first story led to?

More about Patty L. Fletcher…

Bubba Tails Media Kit
Welcome to my Media Kit King Campbell and I are pleased to present some wondrous stories and art work to you all. Enjoy.
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
Fall 2017
In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?
The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell
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Author Bio
Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017
About me and my crew
I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on. I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.
About my blindness
I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.
Where I live and work
Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn. I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.
Why I write.
I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom. I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.
A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges. I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take. I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not.
Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy for all concerned if they are not handled correctly. Most simply, I want others to know more about me.
In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.
While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.
My hobbies
My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid to bait a hook.
Music I enjoy
My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.
My favorite books and authors
I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
My spiritual faith
I am a spiritual walker. I claim no particular faith, either Christian or pagan. I simply know that there is God and Goddess, or Mother Father God, as some call her/him. I lean toward the natural approach, or Druidism (Druidry), as it promotes harmony and respect for all beings, including the environment. I am also very interested in herbs and their healing properties.
Links
http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com
https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG

http://www.dldbooks.com/pattyfletcher/
https://www.facebook.com/Bubba-Tails-196761360863975/
https://www.facebook.com/tellittotheworld/

https://www.facebook.com/0404Campbell/
Campbells Rambles
https://www.facebook.com/groups/787037261329458/
(Campbells)
Corner the Comfort Zone.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/128710790840540/
Patty & Pals
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1092566100770913/
Bob Cat And Friends

A most excellent interview

USE WHAT YOU WISH…IF YOU ARE SENT AN EBOOK PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW ON AMAZON …OR GOODREADS ETC AND SEND THE LINK TO:
patty.volunteer1@gmail.com
or
plaistedpublishinghouse@gmail.com
My Anthology Links
December Awethology Light https://www.books2read.com/u/3yPZvB
A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales https://www.books2read.com/u/bzaAML

Legal Notes THE SEEING EYE® and SEEING EYE® are registered trademarks of The
Seeing Eye, Inc.See: http://www.SeeingEye.org

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant. She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One. She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales. See her latest book, Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life Second Edition in eBook and Paperback at: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG Find it in various accessible formats: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher See her Facebook business page: https://www.facebook.com/tellittotheworld/ Patty loves receiving feedback about her work. So, drop her a line any time at: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com
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