This film is complete: no sequel required

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Missing Sequels." "If you could create a sequel to one favorite (standalone) movie, which would it be? How would it build on the original?" I tend not to like sequels. Too often they are disappointing, or downright dismal. I don't known that any of my favourite films is a sequel, …

Advertisements

In praise of the Interrobang?!

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "By the Dots." We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks! I am a punctuation pedant. I read quickly, …

Super sight, or a sense of smell?

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Super Sensitive." If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose? It is almost Faustian, I would agree to abandon one sense in order to gain super-sensitivity in another. Sight, it has to be sight. I would want …

You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.

Austin Kleon, a self-described “writer who draws,” emphasizes the importance of your surroundings in regards to creativity: There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income. I think the same thing is true …

“My fountain pens have dried up. But it doesn’t matter, for I forgotten how to use them.”

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Pens and Pencils." When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era? "My fountain pens have dried up. But it doesn't matter, for I forgotten how …

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A 1960's El Camino car, yellow naturally, holds 6 people. This blog was viewed about 550 times in 2014. If it were a yellow car, it would take about 90 trips to carry that many people. Click here to …

Parentally forbidden topics of conversation

Detail of roof tiles in the Forbidden City

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Agree to Disagree." Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work? 'A' close friend or relative, singular? I have several. Whilst it is nice …

Dangerously close to wanting nothing

All or Nothing? “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath Which do you find more dangerous: wanting nothing, or wanting everything? This is the daily prompt for a couple of days ago.   The desire for everything or freedom from desire altogether. …