John Gardner On Life and Writing #26

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

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“I know everything, you see,’ the old voice wheedled. ‘The beginning, the present, the end. Everything. You now, you see the past and the present, like other low creatures: no higher faculties than memory and perception. But dragons, my boy, have a whole different kind of mind.’ He stretched his mouth in a kind of smile, no trace of pleasure in it. ‘We are from the mountaintop: all time, all space. We see in one instant the passionate vision and the blowout.” ― John Gardner, Grendel

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

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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 Prompt #104

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
August 28th 2017 #104

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | FAIRY | SAND | HIDE | JOURNAL | RIVER |

*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.🎈 🎭 ✨

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Poetry Suggestions
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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

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Fictional Suggestions
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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
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Proust: ‘A Profound Thought’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
August 27th 2017 | #113

A PROFOUND THOUGHT

“To understand a profound thought is to have, at the moment one understands it, a profound thought oneself; and this demands some effort, a genuine descent to the heart of oneself . . . Only desire and love give us the strength to make this effort. The only books that we truly absorb are those we read with real appetite, after having worked hard to get them, so great had been our need of them.” ― Marcel Proust

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Song Tribute | Stand By Me


Stand By Me | Ben E. King

The theme song for the 1986 Rob Reiner film “Stand By Me” with River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman & Jerry O’Connell. Based on the short story by Stephen King. The song “Stand By Me” was originally released in 1961 but became a hit again in 1986.

This song and film introduced me to the young actor River Phoenix. It gives me the chills to see him in relation to this song and film. He grew into a fine actor but then he was so sensitive and died too young . Locked in time . Forever Young . If you want to see the younger River Phoenix in the adaptation of the Stephen King novel ‘Stand By Me’ . I highly recommend it . A story unlike anything you are familiar with in relation to hearing the author’s name of Stephen King. He is usually horror or close to it as one can be. In ‘Stand By Me’ his writing is sensitive and about the growing up of young teenagers looking for adventure and finding more out than they surely wanted to find. All of the young performances were excellent including of course that of River Phoenix. – j.kiley ’17


Goodbye My Friend | James Blunt

Haiku Review | An Interview with ANDREW SCOTT | a short film

HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE

The Challenge is to write a HAIKU REVIEW after watching the short film An Interview with ANDREW SCOTT. Feel free to write in Single – Couplet – Triplet Haiku Verses using 17 syllables per verse . Lines in 5-7-5 . Try to Review the short film below as close to your interpretation of what you viewed and how all your senses responded to it. Think of it as looking at a moveable painting.

If you decide to take on the HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE  Leave your Haiku in the Comment Section of this post on ‘the secret keeper’ . so others will be able to view what you have created. I will be posting my own HAIKU REVIEW just above the video of An Interview with ANDREW SCOTT.

If this film doesn’t inspire . don’t worry. A new short film will appear every Friday for you to try your skills at the WEEKLY HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE .

Here’s to engaging in the Haiku Review Challenge | Clinks & Cheers! – j.kiley

PRIDE
by j.kiley

No stereotypes
Film played all Gay characters
Male femme attributes

Males inside females
A physical/psyche blending
Women inside men

Sexuality
Powerful identity
Straight/Gay in same game

© j.kiley ‘17
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Best Viewing Experience Open Video Full Screen

An Interview with ANDREW SCOTT

Rating . . . PG
Genre . . . Interview
Length . . . 4m 48s

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