Writing Group Theme

I am a member of a weekly writing group. We meet on a Thursday night, or have done up until this week. Last week we decided to meet on Monday night instead, so that one of the members who’s work kept him unavailable now on Thursday nights, could attend.

I was fine with this new arrangement, and set off on Monday evening to meet up with two other members to then journey on to the home where the meeting would be held.   It was a good plan…

The reality, however, was not good. I was on the Gawler bypass, travelling in a southerly direction, when I ran over some truck tyre debris. I lost my steering and hit the safety fencing in the centre of the road, thereby avoiding a terrible crash. Instead my car spun around and I ended up stopped on the other side of the road, the passenger side, where it was safe.

I saw a car pull up behind and I stayed there, thinking about the situation. I was unhurt, but I was sure the car was damaged. The wonderful woman who stopped came over to my car and invited me to go and sit in her car while she rang the police. I was happy to do as she suggested.

The woman, told me she was Amy, I told her my name and we both waited for the police. Amy said she saw the whole thing, and the accident wasn’t my fault. Another woman arrived and then another man. The second woman was Maggie and the man’s name may have been Roger, I’m not sure. All of them were lovely and helpful. Roger cleared away the bits that had fallen from my car.

When the police officer arrived, Amy told him what she saw. He asked me what happened, and he called the ambulance. Two ambos arrived eventually and checked me out. They were prepared to take me to the hospital if I felt I needed it. I said I felt was physically OK and was told to call them again if I felt worse at all.

All of these people were lovely, and I wasn’t made to feel a fault at all. I was left with only the police officer eventually. We waited for my husband Graham to arrive, and the tow truck to arrive too. The car was completely unable to be driven.

I had rung my writing group to tell them I wasn’t coming to the meeting, and the reason why. I also rang my husband so he could come and take me home.

The writing group often sets a theme for the  next meeting, and I was amused the following day to find out the theme was going to be ‘Cars’. I certainly have a few new things to write about cars.

As a writer, I take my life’s experiences and use them in my writing. I’m thinking about cars right now, the thoughts spinning around in my head like my car was spinning around on the road on Monday night. I’m glad a few things from Monday night – I was wearing my seat belt, the safety fence did its job well, I wasn’t injured, no-one else was involved and I met some lovely people.

Now I just have to wait for my insurance company to decide what happens with the car, and my life can get back to normal. I’m glad to have told this story – always wear your seat belt when you’re in the car!




10 thoughts on “Writing Group Theme

  1. johnlmalone says:

    thank goodness you’re all right; and yes you do have something new to write about now just as I did when I had my accident which provided material for my submission to the Marion Writers Group. Perhaps I shall put it online


  2. I love this story! I can’t help but have something happen with out thinking of it in terms of Words. I can tell you are a born writer because even in the midst of a spin out you remember the names of the people who stopped to help you. Cars.. No accidents? Maybe not, maybe not…

    Peace, Jen

    SO glad you are OK!!!


    • I’m not a believer in god, but I’m a great believer in the goodness of people. This accident showed me how lovely people can be, if an opportunity arises. God and Good might be the same thing, but Good has the claptrap removed, leaving the truth and love behind.


  3. God bless those sweet hearts. Thank God that you are unhurt. it must have been a really scary experience.

    I dont count myself as a writer but whatever I write mostly deals with my own experience, i feel awestruck by those who have a vivid imagination and the capacity to put that on paper (hard disc).


    • Hi, thanks for reading my post about my accident. The accident was sort of scary when it happened, but it was almost in slow motion. It was a strange thing, but I was worried when I saw the cars on the other side of the road, I’m so glad the safety fence worked well and stopped my car.

      This experience has done a couple of things – confirmed the importance of always wearing a seat belt, and shown me that there are truly wonderful people out there to help when needed.


    • Hi Jen,
      the blog I use the most is this one

      My poetry is important to me, because it helps me to make my way through what life gives me.

      I also have strong feelings for this one, you’ve visited it before, but sadly I find Facebook is attracting most of my time, and I’ve been neglecting it. I connect with many of my poetry friends on Facebook, and get involved in some interesting discussions, that’s for sure! Politics, religion, poetry, creative writing, positive thinking, they all interest me hugely.

      This website was my first, I’ve spoken about many things important to me here, dogs, family life, dogs, dogs etc.

      This website is also important to me, I am keen on maximising the positive aspects in my life. If I can stay positive, I live a happy life, and I bring happiness to others. That is my main goal in life, it seems, bringing happiness to others. It gives happiness back to me, and I’m heartened by comments I’ve received here.

      I have other blogs with Blogspot too, but I’ve basically let them go. I got a bit carried away with blogging as a way to make money at home, but I’ve now realised that isn’t really what I want in life. Connecting with other people in real and caring ways is more what I want to do. So, there you have it, I’m the kind of person who gets very into new things and then just lets them go when the newness wears off. It’s not a good thing, but it’s the way I am, so… That’s how it is!

      I love reading the ways other people deal with their life issues, and your story captured my heart and I couldn’t let it go. I was so proud to be there with you, cheering you on, and learning about individual strength. I hope your life now can bring you hope and peace, you’ve certainly earned it.

      Love to you Jen, and I hope you continue to stay in contact with me.


  4. Yes teacher, I’ll do that soon, I promise! I’ve put new posts on the damaged children blog, and on my Poetic Pause Blogger blog, since I put this post on this blog. Too many blogs, too much Facebook, not enough focus!


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