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I’ll archive it tonight under my submission tab. Happy writing to all my fellow writers.
It’s the time of year we in the educating field love, almost-winter break time. Not a great time for the bank account (sad,sad falling numbers which will plummet in the next few weeks) but precious free time. Time to sleep. Time to write. Time to finish up projects, and most of all, time to read. ( I still have Insurgent waiting on my shelf to be picked up.)
I like way too many people live an over-scheduled life. I hardly have enough time in the day to get what I have to get done much less have time for the fun little extras like reading.
Euphemism, ISU’s literary journal came out. As I spent four years getting two degrees at Illinois State and a few years on the staff, this journal is a little baby to me which made it much all the more pleased that this year they accepted four of my pieces (two poems and two essays.) Over the next couple of weeks, I will post the work for you guys to enjoy! The first:
I love the holidays. I always have. The lights, songs, horrible old Christmas movies and obnoxiously large family gatherings might be the only thing that keeps my sanity during the dark and cold Illinois winter.
But there is the flip side of the holidays. Over-commercialism, loneliness, songs that are played on repeat from Thanksgiving on and Elf on a shelf.
All the word nerds wearing this are of course screaming, “Duh!”
Apparently, the mainstream media is now discovering something that the rest of us book nerds already new! Women love Jane Austen and a lot of us really love Mr. Darcy.
The video is worth a view if you can get over the completely obnoxious covering of it. Both reports seem completely unable to grasp people’s love of Jane Austen and in insulting and condescending way in their labeling of groupies. And as a music, comic and word groupie, a subculture that has been around for well a long time, I find it slightly horrific that others can’t seem to grasp or understand its existence.
But if you can get through the obnoxious banter or if you skip to min 3 of the video, you can see some pretty awesome reenactments, events, and costumes. (I’m completely envious of the weekend teas!)
I used to occasionally submit to as well as read Six Word Stories, without never knowing the back story. Now, though, that I’ve learned the origin of the competition, I am awestruck and disheartened.
The (alleged) back-story for those unaware: Ernest Hemingway, the six-toed cat loving, macho-man and boozer was bet that he could not write a complete story in six words.
For sale: baby shoes, never used.
Towel thrown in. I will never (in six words) write something so complex and heart-wrenching.
I’ve never been a great Hemingway fan. It’s probably not all ‘olde Ernest fault. In eight grade, I had to read The Old Man and the Sea, which to a 14 year old, is an incredible boring story of a wheezy old man who sucks at fishing and concludes with usage of a painful metaphor….Why the lions? Why?
And even through my forced college classes of famous old rich white male writer’s you need to know, I still haven’t really come to love him. Talented yes, but just not my style.
However, this piece is brilliant!
Six words tells a woeful tale of an expected life never lived. Two forlorn parents trying to shed the past and the promise of a new life, just not for them; a tale that writers in thousands of words haven’t been able to tell.
Christmas is coming! The radio stations have already begun playing festive music to remind that soon you will be expected to have a gift for all of your loved ones.
But what do you get for that picky writers/book lover in your life. After all, one can only use so many journals…..
Books make anyone merry!
I’ve found some cute and practical gifts for the writer in your life….or maybe sometime to spurge on for yourself!
1) Novel Teas: (Description from website) Novel Teas box contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.
Let’s face it, there are days when the same old teabag just won’t do. Spend tea time with CS Lewis, Rita Mae Brown, Alice Hoffman, and more as they share their thoughts on the delights and comforts of tea and books on each individually printed tea tag.
2)Scuba Diver Underwater Writing Slate: Soak in some suds and still be able to work on your novel? What writer wouldn’t love that. Now give me a glass of wine and have Pride and Prejudice playing and we are all set!
3) Speaking of Pride and Prejudice. The Jane Austen Gift Shop has all sorts of neat gifts for the Jane Austen lover in your family.
As most of you know, I am without a doubt, not a grammar Nazi. In fact, I find that many people are much too much a grammar Nazi to the detriment of language usage. There was a great blog post, outlining the 12 mistakes most people pointing out grammar mistakes make. It’s a must read. Once you realize the fluidity and ever changing nature of language, a thousand possibilities open before you. So friends, dive into language, and don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes along the way!