Friday, April 29, 2011

The last typewriters are not being made (India)

Angry typewriter

I still have my old electric and I inherited a nice manual from a friend a few years ago.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Completed session two of workshop with Nancy Rawles this afternoon.

Everyone enjoyed the sessions and look forward to another workshop with Nancy.  Thanks to her, and to Peninsula College and staff.

Short fiction. Opening.

He breathed like a sniper, pushing the shutter release button on his phone camera, just as he exhaled.  He took two, three pictures of his entree at the french restaurant, and emailed them to his ex wife.  Then he shot a close-up of his attractive and large breasted dinner companion.  It too was emailed to his ex.  He wanted to show her he still had the stuff, and that he was not pining away because they were divorced.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Urban Myth

[This tale is based on an urban myth that was perpetuated on the Internet.]

The reindeer gained momentum, just as the Russian Cargo plane pulled its nose up and closed the rear doors.  It was a practical joke gone bad. The plane was to overfly the home of the govenor in Wasila, but was so far off course that the 800 pound reindeer was on its way down from thirty thousand feet, headed for a direct hit on a small Russian, fishing trawler in the Bering Sea.   

The planes captain, Yuri Paduchev, was reeling from a gut full of vodka, and his co-pilot, Dimitri was not navigating very well due to his bout of Saturday night flu.

The men on the deck of the trawler swore that that they heard the honking grunts of the reindeer before it landed and passed clear through the deck and out the keel of their craft.  

They all survived, since they had just gathered in the wheel house to toast the coming holiday.

A Performance Poem by Angie Huckstep

Why I Can't Forget Him 

Because I'm in love
Because I'm addicted.

Because his name is tattooed on my wrist.
            Right here.

Because I swallowed his soul whole
            and now it dances
                        the rumba
            in my belly.
                                    And I tell you --
                                                            I have the worst indigestion
                                                of my entire
                        I belch up emotions,
                        They taste of his cologne.

Because I  placed his existence
                                                on my tongue
                                                until he dissolved,
                                                            and I danced
                                                                        in a rainbow dream.
                        His happiness made me high.
                        His pain made my heart

Because I learned him
                                    through osmosis,
                        head pressed to
            Each thu-thump
                        a thought
            whispered discreetly.

Because I injected his very being
            into my veins
            until, now,
                        he runs thick
                        in my blood.

Angie is fellow writer's workshop participant at Peninsula College this month.  -tp.

Some "Clue" Fiction

The curious TSA inspectors drew in close around her. It was over in a few seconds. She vowed to take the hand of the violators.  (25 words)

Micromini Fiction:

The Cad

Wham, bam,
thank you, mam. 

(5 words.)

Her old mother carried a card that read:"If you find this on me, and I’m dead because of something you’ve done, I don’t carry any ill will.”


Sunday, April 24, 2011

E-poetry - Electronic Poetry Center

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UChicago - Poetics - Resources

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Video lectures on Poetry

The following poets speak about various aspects of writing poetry.
  1. Allen Grossman. Listen as this poet discusses "difficult" poetry and communication problems inherent in poetry.
  2. Meet the Poet: Dana Gioia. This renowned poet is also a writing teacher. Listen to what he has to say about poetry and teaching poetry in modern society.
  3. Meet the Poet: Michael Harper. Harper shares his experience as an award-winning poet and talks about his experiences and reads some of his poetry.
  4. Meet the Poet: Adrienne Rich. Learn about poetry through Rich’s works in this lecture at Wellesley College.
  5. No One Waits for the Train – Waqas Khwaja. Khwaja reads from his book of poetry and discusses his work here.
  6. A.E. Housman: A Life in Letters. These professors lecture on the work of this famous poet.
  7. Mary Jo Bang. Explore the importance of repetition in poetry in this lecture at the University of Chicago.
  8. Matthea Harvey. This poet talks about titles and their importance in this lecture.
  9. Stanley Lombardo. This Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas began his education as a poet and discusses poetry and translation in this lecture.
  10. Michael Palmer. Palmer discusses the act of collaboration in creating poetry and art, especially in light of the popular perception of poetry resulting from the solitude of the artist.
  11. Leslie Scalapino. This prolific poet discusses poetics and specifically authorial intention.
  12. C.K. Williams. Williams gives his lecture entitled "Odd Endings" at the University of Chicago.

100 Free Lectures That Will Make You a Better Writer | Online Universities

100 Free Lectures That Will Make You a Better Writer | Online Universities: "100 Free Lectures That Will Make You a Better Writer

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The Nervous Breakdown

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3 Reasons This Anthology Editor Doesn’t Give Feedback on Rejected Submissions


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Full Sail University

Full Sail University: "- Sent using Google Toolbar" - Creative Writing for Entertainment BA, on line.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Next Writing Workshop begins 21 May for five, consecutive weeks

Tom Pitre, B.F.A., M.A., and author of Wind of the Green Hula Girls (ISBN 978-0-557-02849-8) will offer a 15 hour, five session class in 'flash fiction and fable*.' Each class begins at 10AM and dismisses at 1PM, with a 15 min break at 11:30. The complete series is a five week commitment. Classes are limited in size. All ages are welcome. Small classes afford more attention to individual students and hasten the level of trust necessary for a writing class where work from the head and the heart is shared. Workshop fees for the complete 15-hr course is $140.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Download Random English Word Generator Software 7.0 Generate a random list of English w... - Softepic

Download Random English Word Generator Software 7.0 Generate a random list of English w... - Softepic: "Generate a random list of English words.

This software offers a solution for users who want to generate a random list of English words. There are features in the software to generate words by a certain character length, starting character (prefix), ending characters (suffix).

There is also a feature to generate with the first letter as a vowel or generate the 4th letter with a 'r'. The software allows you to save results as text files. With a collection of simple yet powerful features, this software will help you create essential word lists in a short period of time

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Discovery Health "Tips on Writing for Emotional Health"

Discovery Health "Tips on Writing for Emotional Health": "Tips on Writing for Emotional Health

by James Pennebaker, Ph.D.

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3,400-Year-Old Post-It Found - DayRiffer

3,400-Year-Old Post-It Found - DayRiffer: "3,400-Year-Old Post-It Found

A fragment of a clay tablet from ancient Greece has been serendipitously discovered - and it 'seems to be a 'page' from a bookkeeper’s note pad. Not meant to be saved as a permanent record, it was not baked in a kiln, but ended up in a refuse dump, where a fire hardened the clay for posterity.'

The tablet is 'one of the oldest known examples of writing in mainland Europe, should cast light on the political structure and bureaucratic practices near the beginning of the renowned Mycenaean period, 1600 to 1100 B.C.'

What does it say on it? 'On one side, the tablet has one readable word, a verb meaning to prepare to manufacture. Along the broken edges are other characters, but not enough for scholars to make out the word or words. On the reverse side, the tablet gives a list of men’s names alongside numbers...'The fact that we have a tablet like this means that this government had scribes, and scribes are a product of bureaucracy,'' said Dr. Michael B. Cosmopoulos, an archaeologist and professor of Greek studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and director of the excavations. “'And this suggests some degree of political complexity and a growing need to keep track of commodities, property and taxes, all earlier than we once thought.'”

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