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Archive for September, 2019

Quoted In The Grove:
The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
~Bill Watterson

There is one other definition of shmeer, used in Israel, similar to the idiomatic American expression “to fudge”, as in intentionally writing something that is difficult to decipher, like an exam answer, to conceal the writer’s lack of knowledge.
~Joe Hoffman

In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
~George Orwell

EndQuote:
We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.
~Quintilian

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/19:  litmus, pipe

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Posted from the Grove

~Diane Ackerman:  Famous writers and their odd ways of writing
https://mailchi.mp/delanceyplace.com/writers-91219?e=7517c06f38

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~Abba:  Their Last Video   (6:24)

 

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@Writers Platform

Prewritten:  skirt, monastery

~BarTalk:
Ink Dirt

Skirting the issue of chasing skirts
Plying the monk trade for what it’s worth
Playing the rhythm game voiding issues of birth
Mysteries of The Monastery the author’s new work
Stories of heart told from a hearth gone dark

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Sublimation

The nuns the monks and their monsters
Want catharsis
Want to go ecstatically bonkers
No music no dance of a current age
No comics no headlines or editorial page
Where skirted costumes abound
There’s great fun to be found
Their Monastery Rag is a rage

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5-7-5 x 2

skirt steak served up rare
monastic taste runs to gruel
cosmic banquet spread
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skirt the rule of church
forest for monastery
gratitude for prayer

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.
~Ovid

The replenishing thing that comes with a nap – you end up with two mornings in a day.
~Pete Hamill

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.
~Carrie Snow

EndQuote:
When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.
~Tom Hodgkinson

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/12:   monastery, skirt

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Posted from the Grove

You Are the Average of the Five People You Spend the Most Time With
Video at bottom of article is recommended   (5:19)
https://medium.com/the-polymath-project/you-are-the-average-of-the-five-people-you-spend-the-most-time-with-a2ea32d08c72

 

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Nap Quotes: Part II
My biggest thrill in life is to read in the afternoon until I fall asleep and take a nap.
~Sissy Spacek

Since I am from Spain, once the morning has gone, I like to take a nap while falling asleep to black and white movies. It feels less lonely. There is a comfort in hearing their voices, like when you’re a child and your mother tells you a story before bedtime.
~Jordi Molla

Let me tell you about the nap. It’s absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man. And he said – I was maybe nine – he said, ‘Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off and put a blanket over you, and you’re going to sleep better.’ Well, as with everything, he was right.
~Philip Roth

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Prewritten Exercise:   strand, candle

~BarTalk:
Twice Shy

Long strands of pearl white sand
Calling card of Vacation Land
Late baking news of sunburned nudes
Now tan their hides by candle light

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But Not Forgotten

Overstaying The Strand in enabling Las Vegas
Overplaying his hand at the gaming table
His taste in art turning lately to Vargas
His shrink and courts rule him unstable
Not under-dressed curves or the adults he handled
But leggy young girls who snuffed sanity’s candle

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Road Trip

Stranded in Scranton and broke down
Landed the drunk tank in factory town
Stamped fair game after game blown
Branded losers should have known
Failed again candle’s out headed home

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Once

Picture politics for preamble
Imagine Jack Spratt in a stumble
Juggling fake news he can’t handle
Stranded mid-air straddling candles

Sticks are for beating
Myths for dissembling
Lies are the telling
Signs of derailing
Decency a fantasy
That once was democracy
Once

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blonde strands and black ones
woven into candle wicks
red wicked which is best

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POSTscript Quotes:   The Nap
If I’m stuck in the midst of a story, I take a nap. It often works, and if it doesn’t, I still feel better.
~Max Apple

I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so it’s not a waste of time.
~Martha Stewart

I drink coffee 30 minutes before I want to nap. I think that really helps.
~Ali Krieger

 

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Quoted In The Grove:
The child destined to be a writer is vulnerable to every wind that blows.
~Daphne du Maurier

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.
~Maya Angelou

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.
~Abraham Maslow

EndQuote:
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.
~Pearl Buck

 

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Prewritten Exercise for Thurs 09/05:   strand, candle

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Posted from the Grove

Certainly there are other lists, but…
The 70 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language
https://curiosity.com/topics/this-is-the-most-beautiful-word-in-the-english-language-curiosity/?utm_campaign

 

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Prewritten:   text, howl

~BarTalk:
change of plans

text me lyrics
dial up a tune
broadcast obscenities
howl at the moon

too friggin’ fertile
to graduate in June
who changed the story line
got married too soon

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same new world

bitter cold and howling winds
blow this winter of the soul
torpedoed treasure sunk in shallows
golden plunder among the shoals
proffered love echoes hollow now
the gilded lie i swallowed whole

the stars are fixed
but feelings mixed
so swallow hard
for what comes next
the pledge is void
the marriage nixed
future love finds me vexed
3D romance forever hexed
divorced online via text

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investment

textiles have been tested
bullets have been bested
but thinking’s arrested
by those wearing vests
howled a lone wolf
in a text on his exit
but words are a sword
a durable reward
who finds the button
and is willing to press it

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5-7-5 x 3

howl of the race car
screaming engine full throttle
omen’s last time text
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breathtaking headlines
Heaven Texted: He’s Chosen
howling mad to rule
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bright brash young cowboy
how leap to fame and stardom
stay Tex to his friends

 

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