• thwomp

happy 2008

that idiot is out of the whitehouse and the country is out of money. do the two of those do anything to make us all more creative, such that we can do something interesting with lx_arena?

just wondering.
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'Tis late October, when young Max's thoughts turn to grim ghosts and spooky spires of macabre mansions. And stuff.

Last night I dreamed of being chased by a serial killer, who I ultimately killed with a very large butcher knife, stabbing him in the heart (located oddly close to his stomach) and working the knife around to nearly cut him in half, because that was the only way to be sure he was dead. He was cast down the stairs into the basement, where his face peeled away from his skull in four directions, creating a horrifying gory satanically bovine mandala. 'Twas very creepy. But I liked him better that way than when he was trying to murder me and all my friends.

I have been writing a spooky fantasy novel. Unfortunately, it is not yet very spooky or fantastic, and I worry that when it becomes so, it will be incongruous with what came before. But hopefully I can smooth out that difficulty with the help of my readers. Who, I'm hoping, will be you.

I present chapter one, in PDF format that I'm hoping will preserve my eclectic font choices, and would be greatly appreciative of any feedback that may help me to limit the suckfulness of my writing. It's about 20 pages. I will post chapter 2 as soon as someone asks for it.
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Big B

This is a combination of assignments.
Mav's "write a story featuring a one-letter named character" and Stephen King's "write a story about this situation" where he went on to describe a sort of complicated thing where a woman is getting abused by her husband, leaves him, he goes to jail, and she becomes a single parent. A bit later, she drops her kid off at a birthday party, and comes home to realize that her husband has escaped from jail and is now in her house. Got it? Now reverse the genders of the husband and wife. The WOMAN has escaped and the MAN is a single dad, home alone.

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ok new challenge...

Max is currently writing a story about a character named G.

I am currently writing a story about a charcter named K.

I think everyone should pick a letter, post it here, and write a story, or at least a fragment about a character with a name that is a letter and we can maybe crit and talk and what not and maybe just maybe someone will get some decent writing done for once.
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  • thwomp

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"The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time."
-Steven King, On Writing
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  • thwomp


I was chatting with anisodragnfly and chrismaverick separately about what to do with LX_Arena.

For a while, I was posting the exercises from "Steering the Craft" by Ursula K LeGuin, and that was sort of neat, but it fell by the wayside.

I thought about posting links to the random harlequin romance novel website writing contests they have there, but that probably only applies to me.

What to do! What to do?

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So, what else is new?
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Since I'll be teaching poetry, here is a poem.

Poetry: An Introduction

Like rap
Is meant to be read out loud.
It is meant to be shared
But we lock it up in books.
We restrict it to printed lines on pages
Add punctuation
And line breaks.
We count syllables
Proclaim patterns
Discuss slant rhyme
And assonance.
A poem is loud
It is vital
It is spoken if not sung
If not screamed.
Deliver me from your treatises
Your scholarly papers
Your dissection of rhyme and meter
Your classification of metaphor and simile
And onomatopoetics.
Breathe me simply:
A poem.
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Back to School Time

I therefore challenge you to think. Part of my plan this year is to have a weekly "bonus" assignment, contest, whatever you want to call it. That way if anyone wants extra credit, it's planned for and available without me having to think of anything. Of course, I have to think of these things in advance. I want the assignments to focus on fun things about language, challenging the kids to think about some cool aspects of words and grammar. So here are some of the ones I've thought of so far. Anything you can suggest along these lines or totally different but cool will be used.

Ex: radar, Hannah, Able was I ere I saw Elba
Prize for student with the longest list of palindromes
Prize for student with the single longest palindrome

Alphabet Code
There is a standard code used by police - N as in Nancy, D as in David.
The student has to come up with his/her own totally new code using all 26 letters and real English words or names, providing a definition for any unusual words. Doing this around a theme would be extra cool.

Opposites are Alike
Those weird phrases we have where the opposite means the same thing - the house burned down, the house burned up. (This is not my favorite example; I could use a better one as I am brain-impaired right now and can't think of any.)
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