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The Foolish Almanak

Theodore Roosevelt

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. . .d> SUNDAY MONDAYCherry trees and hatchets have been supplanted by "big sticks" as decorations at the White House. TUESDAY WEDNESDAY"Cut it out"—Surgeon's Motto. THURSDAYGeorge Washington born. Neighbors took in their cherry trees. FRIDAY SATURDAY FEBRUARY When Duty calls, send her around to the back door. HOW TO COMPOSE A SHORT STORY

"Ambitious" asks the compiler of this Almanack to tell her the easiest way to compose a short story.

This depends somewhat on the short story, but a few general observations may be of interest. Some short stories are more excited than others.

Lead the short story to a quiet place and soothe it by praise delivered in a gentle, monotonous, but authoritative tone of voice. Be careful not to criticize, as that will make it more and more nervous. When the short story shows signs of yielding to this influence, smooth it gently with one hand and pat it on the. . . Read More