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Poems

Thunderstorms
In Flight
Questions
Forced Smiles
Shackles
Recluse
Where
Burn
Winter
Happy Oblivion
Ducking Destiny
Chance of Showers
Chance Encounters
Myopia
The Thinking Dog
Misbehavior
The Race
Flight of the Ostrich
Monster Under My Bed
The Rose Garden
Haiku
Window Shopping
Dramatic Romances
Musings on Nature
A Day at School
The Holy Light
A Rainy Night

Stories

The Roller Coaster
The Purse
Sammy's Lesson
The Legend of the Hungry Dragon
Spirits in the Night

Essays

Essays
My Philosophy of Life
Five Scholarship Questions
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
Prophets for God
My Service Project (1999-2000)
My Service Project (1997-1998)
The Beauty of the Forest
Reaching Beyond

Satires
The Pastry Menace
A College Just for You!
The Rights of Plants

Literary Analyses
Saving Harry:  Clearing the Controversy Over Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Essays on Wuthering Heights
The Creature in Frankenstein and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Edna's Decision in The Awakening
Character Comparison in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
Why The Chosen?

Research Papers
Race, Norms, and the Sidewalk
Analytical Exercise
The Validity of Comparing Governments
The British System: Legal-Rational Or Traditional?
The Importance of Framing
Madison on Factions
Spirituality and the Brain
Sea Water and Conductivity

Speeches
Clinic Violence: A "Moral" Way to Bring About Change?
Graduation Speech
The Call to Relationship
Mark Twain Speaks Again (original version)
Mark Twain Speaks Again (shortened version)

Editorials
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Year 2000
Hunting for Sport?

Articles
Mercury Spill Exercise
Chocolate Feature Exercise
Character Sketch
Reaction Story
Aspiring Actress Profile
"Shark Attack" Exercise
Villa Maria Academy Hosts Diversity Panel

Nonfiction
Coastal Vacation

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Writing is my passion, as is obvious from this site. If content is king, my site would be royalty -- vast amounts of text. I write poems, stories, essays, songs, websites, whatever I have the chance to do. Put a pen in my hand, and I'll do more than spill ink all over my fingers. (Although I'll probably do that, too.)

Admittedly, my writing is hit or miss. Looking at some of the work posted on this site makes me cringe, especially the earliest stuff.  However, I want not to just use this site as a showcase for my best work but also to show how my writing style has developed. I can't say I still believe in everything I've supported or claimed in these writings. For example, for anyone whose read my original Reaching Beyond essay on this site, the one from my freshman year of high school, I must tell you, I don't really plan on living on Mars anymore. Or, at least, I don't go around telling people that.  Anyway, my writing from sixth grade on is included on this site, in three major categories: Poems, Stories, and Essays. I can't guarantee you will like everything you read, but there are some diamonds in the rough. (But maybe not that cliché.)

My writing is very personal -- not because I write about myself (usually) but because I put a lot of myself into what I write. I admit it, then: I don't take criticism well. But don't let that stop you -- send me your comments at c-fischer@northwestern.edu.




Copyright © 2002 Colleen Fischer | Last updated October 7, 2002