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?
if I posted a 40-page beginning of a story here, would anyone actually read it?
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.
"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
Poetry: An Introduction
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
And line breaks.
We count syllables
Discuss slant rhyme
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
Breathe me simply:
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
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.)