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Circleforks by Trish Dozier
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Meet Middle, the voice of Circleforks, a layered rarity of a woman who determined that she couldn't be that unique, and decided to unfold herself by pasting the naked-nonfiction of her life against self-preservation. Watch her weave through a world of quirky, unrefined, troubling, and hilarious characters with metaphorical labels as she diagnoses and defines what she coins the ‘Middle Disease.’ Circleforks turns self-motivation inside out and uncovers the ticking within; a sort of edgy inspiration, with Middle calling upon her audience to embark upon an important journey that replaces bullet points with intriguing expanse. Circleforks throws the concept of destination out the window and demands personal reflection from the reader.

Whether you were born a middle child or not, this is an edgy, inspirational book.
SynergEbooks; March 2006
177 pages; ISBN 9780744310221
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Title: Circleforks
Author: Trish Dozier

Some people go downhill when they discover the taste of alcohol or nicotine. I think my weakness was the exclamation point. The minute that I discovered that everything had the potential to be emphatic, my life followed suit.

Living in the middle is not like being a middle child, not that I should talk, because I was an only child. There is nothing neither average nor snug about it. It may be an intermediate point, but without any clarity of where the end points are. It is not convenient, sought after, and despite its connotations, there is no time to explore ANYTHING inner. It may be the heart of the matter, but it doesn’t matter when It sucks the last bit of life out of you. It inspires whining, but it’s also the depth that scares the living guts of you.

Not until I was well into my adult years did I learn that growing up without siblings didn’t adequately prepare me for all the chaos that accompanied messy humans. When you’re spared from beating on your little brother’s head until the candy that was rightfully yours comes flying out of his mouth, you tend to gloss over the fact that you have unlimited access to candy, and discover that you were robbed of the necessary negotiating techniques required to pave the way to successful interpersonal relationships. Also, it becomes feasible that you could have found a more socially acceptable way to express yourself rather than causing the permanent tick that would have surfaced through his adult years every time chocolate was offered. Why negotiate when you don’t have to? Sure you COULD have just talked to him. You COULD have traded something he may have liked for it. You COULD have asked your parents for help.

Clearly, I had a distorted view of what getting along with others meant, despite the glowing marks bestowed upon me by the adults in my life.

But, why?

These elementary concepts that should have become a part of my memory makeup as I started old and grew older became painfully noticeable only when missing. This concept makes as much sense to me as my behavior over the entirety of my life doesn’t.