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Ducky Ride in Seattle

“Ducky Ride in Seattle” by Joan Y. Edwards

Shutterfly: See pictures from my Ducky Ride in Seattle. I had a great time touring Seattle on a Ducky Ride – It was a bus with six wheels that was also amphibious. It rode down the boat ramp and into Lake Union smoothly. My sister, Judith and her son, Mike and his wife, Carla, their son, Kevin and his girlfriend went with me. We had a great time. I bought a funny duck hat to wear.

Our driver went over the safety rules. He explained that adults should put on their life vests first and then the children or others needing assistance. Our ride was smooth with no problems. He made the ride fun. He wore hats that were representative of the sight he was showing you. The ducky hat to start; a baseball hat for the stadium; a farmer’s hat for the farmer’s market. He made up games like holding your right hand up and saying “Ka-ching each time we saw a Starbucks Coffee shop. There must have been 40 of them. He led us in songs and motions. The driver of the ducky ride is a bit like a writer. He draws you into his world. He is part clown, part history fan, and he loves people. He told us about the sights – the different characters in his story. He made it interesting. He told us we would have a test at the end. Amazingly enough we knew all the answers. Why? Because he made it the facts fun and had us repeat them when he explained them at first.

How can you apply what you might learn from a ducky ride into your writing or to cheer you up.

Four days after my ride, I heard on the news that the Ducky Ride in Philadelphia was hit by a barge and capsized. The sad part is that two people were killed. I found out that Lake Union doesn’t have a current. The Delaware River in Philadelphia does. The Ducky company in Seattle is owned by a different company in Philadephia. The barge company is now using a different tug boat company to guide its barges through the river. The tugboat company on duty that day did not use a lookout person on the barge to help it guide the boat safely.

Whenever people do the ducky ride now, there may be extra emotion attached to the ride.
Conflict Conflict Conflict…resolution is down the road a bit.

1. Decorate a hat to wear when you write.

  • Wild and funny for writing humorous stories
  • Black and scary for writing sad or scary stories
  • Colorful and quirky for writing adventures

2. Make up a motion, riddle, rhyme, or song for your main character
3. Integrate real life conflicts into the characters in your stories.
4. Write an information book about a city and its sights. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle: http://www.queenannebooks.com/book/9781570614835
5. Take a tour of the town where you live. Put one interesting fact about it into a story.
6. Do something new once a month to keep you open to new experiences. This will improve your writing.
7. Keep notes about your own emotions – what you do, a twitch, a jerk, a stomp.
8. Observe others and make notes of the emotions you believe they are displaying.

Good luck with your writing. Good luck with feeling great about yourself.
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Do something fun today!
You deserve it.

Joan Y. Edwards
Author/Illustrator of Flip Flap Floodle

Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.


2 Responses

  1. Joan,

    Some of your suggestions are clever ways to incorporate local history into your work. Good ideas!

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for your kind comments. I’m glad you liked the ideas from my Ducky Ride in Seattle blog. You’ve done this with your Poe House story about Fayetteville. Good luck with your writing.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com/FlipFlapFloodle.htm


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