John Gardner | Quotations of a Novelist | # 2

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“Nothing is sillier than the creative writing teacher’s dictum “Write about what you know.” But whether you’re writing about people or dragons, your personal observation of how things happen in the world—how character reveals itself—can turn a dead scene into a vital one. Preliminary good advice might be: Write as if you were a movie camera. Get exactly what is there. All human beings see with astonishing accuracy, not that they can necessarily write it down.” ― John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist
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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 . including . 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 #162

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words:| LOCK | STEP | NUMB | PAST | SOUND |

*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: Having New Eyes | Remembrance of Things Pass # 170

HAVING NEW EYES

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”

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Doctor Who | 1st Female Doctor Trailer

SPOILER ALERT


The Twelfth Doctor Regenerates | Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker | Doctor Who

“There it is.. The silly old universe. The more I save it, the more it needs saving, it’s a treadmill. Yes, yes I know. They’ll get it all wrong without me. Well, I suppose, one more lifetime wouldn’t kill anyone. Well. Except me. You wait a moment, Doctor. Let’s get it right. I’ve got a few things to say to you! Basic stuff first. Never be cruel, never be cowardly. and never, ever eat pears! Remember, hate is always foolish and love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind! Oh, and you mustn’t tell anyone your name. No one would understand it anyway. Except.. Except children. Children can hear it sometimes, if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are too. Children can hear your name. But nobody else. Nobody else, EVER. Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind. Doctor.. I let you go” I love you Twelve!

Doctor Who

Rating . . .TV-PG
Length . . .45min
Genre . . . Adventure. Drama . Family . TV Series (2005– )
Season 11 Premiere . Sunday, October 7

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie

The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender by regenerating when near death, and his/her human companions.

Creator: Sydney Newman

SuperHuman(ity): Optimizing Human Potential | Vivienne Ming | short film

Vivienne Ming – SuperHuman(ity): Optimizing Human Potential

Inspired by a remarkable personal transition, Vivienne Ming, CEO of Socos and self-proclaimed mad scientist, has set out to make people better versions of themselves. Whether she’s creating wearable technology to help autistic children learn empathy, or designing cutting-edge neuroprosthetics, her goal is the same—to augment human potential. While she believes technology can help us be our best selves, she also cautions of a future where some people are augmented and others are not. It’s imperative that we start these conversations now, so that all humans have the same opportunities to live out their full potential.

Length . . . 4m 12s