John Gardner On Life and Writing #35

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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“One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” ― John W. Gardner

“But dragons, my boy, have a whole different kind of mind.” ― John Gardner, Grendel (Dedicate the quotation on Dragons to My Partner . She’ll know what it means)

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 #113

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
October 30th 2917 | #113

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

(5) Words: | SUIT | SITE | WOODS | RATES | SMOOTH |

*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: ‘Effect of Reading Shakespeare’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
October 29th 2017 | #122

Effect of Reading Shakespeare

“Nine tenths of the ills from which intelligent people suffer spring from their intellect. They need at least a doctor who understands the disease. How can you expect Cottard to be able to treat you? He has made allowances for the difficulty of digesting sauces, for gastric trouble, but he has made no allowance for the effect of reading Shakespeare.” ― Marcel Proust
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ROKU Trending Tweets | Church Signs | Ryan Is an A@#$%&E

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.  Intend to keep going until the Significant Messages have faded away. – j.kiley

Go to #Church Signs

This Week In Church Signs:

#ChurchSigns are in no way related to my beliefs

PURSUIT | a short film | Haiku Review

HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE

The Challenge is to write a HAIKU REVIEW after watching the short film PURSUIT . 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 PURSUIT.

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

CAPTIVATING MISTS
by j.kiley

Brewing strikes of lights
Mesmerizing storms crashing
Winds swirl unexpected

Conducting music
Clash . Smash . Collisions astound
Clouds excel in dance

© j.kiley ’17
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“There is peace even in the storm.”
– Vincent van Gogh

Best Viewing Experience Open Video Full Screen

Pursuit | Mike Olbinski

Ratings . . . G
Genre . . . Time Lapse . Artistic Cloud Formations . Dramatic Lightning
Length . . . 7m 37s

Director . . . Mike Olbinski | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Music . . . Peter Nanasi | Peter Nanasi Bandcamp

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A Heartfelt Note from Mike Olbinski:

On June 12th, I broke down into tears. Minutes earlier, I had been outside my truck, leaning against it, head buried in my arms, frustration and failure washing over me. I wanted to quit. I got back in the car and as I drove, the pain got the better of me and the tears came.

This past spring was a tough one. Supercell structure and beautiful tornadoes had been very hard to come by. In fact, the tornado in the opening of this film was the only good one I saw this entire year. I had been on the road longer than ever before. Driven more miles. I was away from my family for 12 straight days at one point, and when I got home, I had to tell them I was going back out 24 hours later for June 12th. It was just too good to pass up. It promised to be a day that I could get everything I had been hoping for this spring and I had no choice. My wife understood, even though I knew she wished I stayed home. And I wished it too.

Click LINK to read the rest of letter if so desired following the video of PURSUIT. Same as LINK instructions at top of Post. Window will open . In Highlight box | Copy / Paste Link on your own Post.

Serious Versions | a poem in free verse

SERIOUS VERSIONS
by j.kiley

Someone’s death
Should not have happened
Nothing can change it
Results are conclusive

The remaining souls
Need to find the door
A way leading
To a piece of the Truth

An answer
To a question asked
What makes the pain
Continue inside the blindness

© j.kiley ‘17
Free verse