CALVIN & HOBBES
BY BILL WATTERSON
CALVIN & HOBBES
CALVIN & HOBBES
BY BILL WATTERSON
Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers
“Because his art is such a difficult one, the writer is not likely to advance in the world as visibly as do his neighbors: while his best friends from high school or college are becoming junior partners in prestigious law firms, or opening their own mortuaries, the writer may be still sweating out his first novel.” ― John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist
Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose
John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away. – j.kiley
Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
July 24th 2017 #99
(5) Words: | EASY | FLOOD | THOUGHT | FEAR | HUGE |
*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions
Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary
SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words
Use your best judgement
“Remembrance of Things Past”
July 23rd 2017 | #108
NOT OF THIS WORLD
“… asparagus, tinged with ultramarine and rosy pink which ran from their heads, finely stippled in mauve and azure, through a series of imperceptible changes to their white feet, still stained a little by the soil of their garden-bed: a rainbow-loveliness that was not of this world. I felt that these celestial hues indicated the presence of exquisite creatures who had been pleased to assume vegetable form, who, through the disguise which covered their firm and edible flesh, allowed me to discern in this radiance of earliest dawn, these hinted rainbows, these blue evening shades, that precious quality which I should recognise again when, all night long after a dinner at which I had partaken of them, they played (lyrical and coarse in their jesting as the fairies in Shakespeare’s Dream) at transforming my humble chamber pot into a bower of aromatic perfume.” ― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way
I faithfully watch Twitter everyday on ROKU with their Daily Trending Tweets. They alter as the day & night goes by . I decided to create my own impromptu postings of one’s I find trendingly outstanding. The following is just one of ‘THE BEST OF THE DAY SO FAR’ . . . Good Idea? We’ll see. – j.kiley
Tweeted by Cade Bennett @CadeBennett
This Week In Church Signs:
signs re-created by j.kiley
Counting Down to #1
10. Armageddon (1998) Action . Adventure . Sci-Fi . After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.
Stars: Bruce Willis . Billy Bob Thornton . Ben Affleck
9. American Beauty (1999) Drama . Romance . A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.
Stars: Kevin Spacey . Annette Bening . Thora Birch . Wes Bentley
8. Psycho (1960) Horror . Mystery . Thriller . A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Stars: Anthony Perkins . Janet Leigh . Vera Miles
7. Scarface (1983) Crime . Drama . In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Stars: Al Pacino . Michelle Pfeiffer
6. Titanic (1997) Drama . Romance . A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio . Kate Winslet . Billy Zane
5. Gran Torino (2008) Drama . Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
Stars: Clint Eastwood
4. Thelma & Louise (1991) Adventure . Crime . Drama . An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a ’66 Thunderbird.
Stars: Susan Sarandon . Geena Davis . Harvey Keitel
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Drama . War . Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Stars: Tom Hanks . Matt Damon . Tom Sizemore
2. Braveheart (1995) . Biography . Drama . History . When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Stars: Mel Gibson . Sophie Marceau . Patrick McGoohan . Catherine McCormack
1. The Gladiator (2000) Action . Adventure . Drama . When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Stars: Russell Crowe . Joaquin Phoenix . Connie Nielsen
Watch the Top Ten Video for the Honorable Mentions
I will however mention one of the Honorable’s which swept my emotions away . It would have been my choice to be included as one of the Top Ten . since 8 out of the 10 were male protagonists . Where are the Female Protagonists who do not make it to the end of the final reel?
Black Swan (2010) Drama . Thriller . A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Stars: Natalie Portman . Mila Kunis . Vincent Cassel
The Actors in RED are the ones who sacrificed or were sacrificed for the film & some were actual people who did die for their beliefs.
Ever Being Ever
what is happening –
is not happening .
what is not happening –
is happening .
as is life’s balance –
in the dark one .
leaves no real memory –
of ever being ever .
© j.kiley ‘17