Hi Everyone, and WELCOME to The Writing Fairy website. I'm Dorothea Helms, freelance writer, poet, book author, fiction dabbler, writing instructor, keynote speaker, humorist, wife, mother and slave to my English Bulldog, Margaret. My website is undergoing a facelift, boob lift, liposuction, weight loss program ... wait a minute - those are things I need personally. Sheesh. But my website IS in transition after being neglected for a LONG time. My goal is to inspire writers; my method humour (or humor in the U.S.). Enjoy!

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Archive for April, 2014


I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a geek. To me, it’s  much more than watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and thinking that math is fun. Geekdom is a state of mind that places us in a world of intellectual pursuits from which we can escape to do occasional other things like watch The Real Housewives of … Something. To me, being a geek is being oneself, even when “oneself” does not fall into the parameters of what is universally considered “cool.”

It’s not easy being geek, especially in high school. Teenagers may have more patience for the smarty pants set now that Big Bang Theory is such a hit, but I suspect not. When I went to high school, we were the ones who were made fun of, ridiculed and ostracized by the football-playing, cheerleading crowd. Today, those cool kids rely on us to fix their computers and life problems.

I have always found nerds cool. I’d rather chat with someone who understands physics more than hockey; who gets more excited about the space program than American Idol. I may not know who the Kardashians are, but I know that string theory is a controversial connector of quantum mechanics and general relativity.

Years ago, I gave up trying to be what society wanted me to be. I am who I am, and I like what I like, and I don’t care what’s “in” at the moment in any area of life. Geekdom is the freedom to be whatever and whomever I choose to be on any given day.

So there.







TWO chances to take writing courses from The Writing Fairy this spring! I’ll be teaching “Six Weeks to a Short Story” on Wednesday evenings beginning April 30th, and “Spring into Writing” on Thursday afternoons beginning May 1st. Details at www.blueheronbooks.com. Hope to see you there!