Only so many plots available, right?

Great writers make them shine like new.


This is amazing. Now, I’ve heard there’s actually ten basic stories. I imagine one could make a case for quite a few different numbers, but the point remains. We thrive on a few wel tested, tried nd true stories.  Here’s one author’s take:

And now for Philosophy and Cats.

(and every one else, too) (unless they never, ever procrastinate) (In which case, why are they reading this?)

This is a great video on / understanding procrastination /. And a great way to procrastinate, since I then clicked on other videos he’s made…

And then came here to write this post.

My story is calling me. I must resist my limbic system! I will be strong and pre-frontal.

Yes, I will!

/ To surrender or to cull /:  how do we decide what we will or will not allow ourselves time to experience, explore, and savor?

Some sad but maybe true humor:  what your editor might mean when he tells you / you’ve gotten it wrong /.

As per culling and surrendering above: /  how to focus your writing /, keeping only what is necessary, but still creating as vividly as possible a real world or a real character:

I love this quote:  “Each person who sits down to write faces not a blank page but his own vastly overfilled mind. The problem is to clear out most of what is in it, to fill huge plastic garbage bags with a confused jumble of things that have accreted there over the days, months, years of being alive and taking things in through the eyes and ears and heart.”

Thanks to /  Ian Sample  / of The Guardian for theses links.

One topic: a new idea by Ikea to help people assemble the furniture kits they buy.

/ First article /: a serious, straightforward report. Clear, informative, tells you everything you need to know.

/ Second article /: same information, but told in humor.

Both very useful, but targeting completely different audiences.  These are journalism, but think how this inspires telling stories. What are you trying to say, and to whom are you saying it?

Wonderful examples.


April 12, 2011

Apparently I can either write or blog.  Just now I’m writing.

Major overhaul. I need to figure out how to write in the first person without dragging my whole life into the story. I was horrified at how quickly that happened.

Comic relief instead of serious stuff.  Besides – I haven’t yet gotten to all the science blogs I read for ideas and inspiration, and I have to go face the ‘real world’ for a while.

So, more on women and cats from / ‘Pickles’ /.

And, in reference to above, / ‘Speed Bump’ / reminds us we should be careful how much of ourselves, our moods and thoughts, we put into our artistic endeavors.

Seven links to comics that, while informative, are also not at all textbook formal:

1) Ten words you need to stop misspelling

2)  What ‘literally’ actually means

3) Three most common uses of irony

4) How to use an apostrophe

5)  How to use a semicolon

These two are tangential. We all use printers, and we’re told we all need web sites:

6) Why I believe printers were sent from hell

7) How a web design goes straight to hell

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