Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A wee writing exercise

Here’s a writing tip I’ve been nurturing for a while now:  never, ever take your Writer Mittens off.

Of course you bring your A-Game with your stories and novels.  Anyone with a blog or something similar will try to make the sentences coherent and representative of their skill.  What I’ve been making an effort to do is apply my skills to comments and other “ephemeral” strings of words in this online world.

Unless you’ve fallen into some red-hot online tirade against the most witless of internet trolls (and I hope you’re better than that), take a moment to watch your sentence structure.  Build the suspense of the comment.  Rather than call the president “an idiot”, open your thesaurus and try “dribbling buffoon”.

This may be overly complicated if you’re posting using only your thumbs while hunkering in your cubicle so the boss doesn’t see you, but otherwise, I find it a fun little exercise to help keep the writing cardio in top form.

(Why don’t you try it right now?  I’m always keen to read comments here.) 

(But you can’t use “dribbling buffoon”.  Dig deeper.)

Thursday, 16 November 2017

I've got a ways to go yet to achieve this...

A little selling

A woman stumbles through the dimensional bubble to stand on an alternate Earth facing her alternate twin self.  Together, these sisters born of different worlds gallop into a wild odyssey of adventures across a prairie full of perils in a desperate race to stop a war.


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Shake the gumbo loose!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

It IS English, you thickwit...

A resounding trumpet toot and bow of respect to the TV show "Salvation"!


For years, movies and TV have run this scene:

Scientist explains the situation, the solution, the problem in words of more than one syllable.

The person or persons receiving this explanation now grunts and says "In English, doc!"  With enough condescension dripping on his tone to make clear what he thinks of anyone who fills their brain with so much weird knowledge.

I grind my teeth every time this exchange occurs.

The rough, tough "everyman" never comes across as apologetic for not keeping up with the information.  The script is strictly pandering to the cheeto-covered viewers at home who have accidentally tuned into the show instead of "Dancing with Bachelor Pawn-brokers".

Over and over I wish the nerd-scientist would just snort and hand the Everyman Hero a dictionary.  "It is English, Sparky.  Try to keep up with the class."


Last night on "Salvation", this scene came up twice...but didn't.

1)  A technical explanation prompted "Could you translate that for the layman?"

2)  A high-powered explanation prompted "I don't speak tech..." with a quirky smile.

A perfectly respectful exchange.  You're the expert.  I'm not.  Could you somehow make it plain to me?

In a world where ignorance is running amuck, we need a little more respect for actual nerds and science.