It hasn’t escaped my attention that there’s been a lot of depression and death around, including WDC. And I’m tired of it, exhausted from feeling sad and trying to find answers. If this is how we are now, we’re never gonna make it through the holidays.
So here’s what I’m gonna propose: Lornda is hosting her competition, "The Humorous Short Story Contest" by Lornda . I’m a believer in energies, and I believe a good energy can be transmissible. Writing a funny story is not only good for the writer, but it’s also important to readers, to pass along a feeling of laughter. I am so happy to give 5,000 GPS to each of the first twenty-five people who enter this competition.
Maybe we can save ourselves and those around us through laughter. Midnight on the thirty-first is the deadline, and the only requirements are a max of 2,000 words, a well-presented story, and Lornda has to laugh. If Lornda laughs, then chances are, others will, too. I mean, there are a couple of other requirements, but go, see what you think you can come up with. We still have a week.
I have the opportunity to purchase some books, and I'm curious: what book do you think characterizes your country? I have Don Quixote and a couple by Hugo, but I want to know what you consider the defining piece of literature from your world, Americans included, please!
I bought an Apple Pencil because I still love the idea of hand-written stories and letters. And then I did research on it. Apparently it learns your handwriting and habits, and I can't help but feel like I've ruined a perfectly cool piece of technology.
A yellow orb spider has moved into a corner of the porch. We call it a writin’ spider, cause there's lore stating if it writes your name, you’ll die...on the other hand, if you wake up to “Some Pig” etched into a web, you'll have a good day at the fair, so there's that...
I think...stories are maybe the most important things our species needs right after food, air, and water. We wake up and read the news, scanning through stories that will set the tone for our own story for the day. The water cooler has a reputation for gathering the stories of the office. We arrive home to ask those in our clan about their daily stories. Then we watch the stories of others, sometimes fiction and sometimes not, to relax. When alone, I know I tend to contemplate how others are doing, and what I don't know, my mind plays around and fills in the gaps. The need for the next story is as innate to what we are as is the search for air and nutrition and liquid.
Am I just being silly and pseudo-philosophical, or is there merit here?
In your opinion, what's an effective college textbook concerning creative writing? And while we're at it, what books would you recommend in order to understand aspects one might not have known or considered? On Writing by King and Strunk and White live on my person quite a bit...
I need some help. I’ve been out and about, enjoying the birthday festivities, dropping by booths…but I can’t find the warm peanut vendor. I can smell the peanuts roasting, and I’ve been all over. I moseyed up by the “Ink Through History” exhibition…I got to see the Hemingway Bull Experience where you dress up as Papa and run with a CGI bull. I’ve filled almost all of my autograph book with signatures from moderators. I’ve even walked three times back that way, down to the booth “Adverbs: Friendly?” and back…I’ve found most concessions, but I can’t find the warm peanuts…
Been checking out the booths and festivities today, and, for the most part, it’s been really cool. I did hate the “Dickens Ride”, and I would not recommend. All the ride consists of is getting into Miss Havisham’s crusty wedding dress while listening to her berate your existence with English sarcasm I don’t exactly understand…two stars…The Jackie Collins booth was way cooler, and they held demonstrations.
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