Ordinary Love Story

Write your Ordinary Love Story. 200 words or less. Send them to Andre.

All stories must begin:

I have fallen head-over-heels in love with…

She/he smells of…

He taught me…. I taught her/him….

Here is mine. Give it a try. Admit your lust for the postman, the weird kid, the woman who sells you coffee each morning or the guy who stole your heart in pre-school.

I have fallen head-over-heels in love with the dragon man. I don’t know his name but he has a big tattoo covering most of his upper body and reaching up onto his face. It’s a dragon. How could you not love such a man?

He smells of gasoline and squished bugs. He taught me not to smile at everyone and I taught him nothing he didn’t already know.

I watch him work on cars across the street from the store I work in. I know he knows I’m watching. He pulls off his shirt so I can see the dragon then pretends he doesn’t know I’m alive. We get off work about the same time each day. He rides away on a motor bike while I wait for the bus. But he smiles at me and only me. His gold tooth flashes just once before he rides away.

Tragic… Or Just Ironic?

I’m listening to Ironic by Alanis Morissette. You know the song about rain on your wedding day, good advice that you just didn’t take and the guy who bought a plane ticket for his first flight and crashed. Ironic, tragic and a little too ironic – just as she says.

Could you write a few more lines for the song? Your own ironies, big and small?

Ironic, by Alanis Morissette

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn’t it ironic
Don’t you think?

It’s like rain on your weddin’ day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
And who would’ve thought, it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
Well, isn’t this nice
And isn’t it ironic
Don’t you think?

It’s like rain on your weddin’ day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
And who would’ve thought, it figures

Well life has a funny way of sneakin’ up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s goin’ right, right
And life has a funny way nobody helpin’ you out when
You think everyhing’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meetin’ the man of my dreams
And then meetin’ his beautiful wife, umm
And isn’t it ironic
Don’t you think?
A little too ironic
And yeah, I really do think

It’s like rain on your weddin’ day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
And who would’ve thought, it figures

And well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny, funny way of helpin’ you out
Helpin’ you out

I Read it in Reader’s

As read in an old Reader’s Digest while waiting somewhere:

My husband was a university student, and money was tight for our family of seven. We were attending a friend’s wedding and our four-year-old daughter, Christy, was sitting next to me.

When the minister asked, “Do you take this man for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health?” our daughter turned to me and said in a loud whisper, “You picked ‘poorer’, didn’t you, Mom?”

Communication is so easily misunderstood. Sometimes it is something to laugh at, but not always. A small change in punctuation in the written word can mean a lot. In spoken language we have more to rely on with body language and tone and yet it is easier to mis-hear the words or give them our own interpretation with “select hearing” and other human failings.

Great Science Fiction Quotations

Peter Grant has a page of Great Science Fiction Quotes in his blog. I can’t pick just one as a favourite. Here are some:

“There’s no real objection to escapism, in the right places… We all want to escape occasionally. But science fiction is often very far from escapism, in fact you might say that science fiction is escape into reality… It’s a fiction which does concern itself with real issues: the origin of man; our future. In fact I can’t think of any form of literature which is more concerned with real issues, reality.” – Arthur C Clarke

“Isn’t it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?”

“Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.” – Isaac Asimov

“Experience comes from doing, not from being told. Experiment and discover. Seek and find. It is not machinations of others that compel us to do so; it is our need to know. It is, in the end, the way we learn.” – Terry Brooks, The Talismans of Shannara

“A neat and orderly living space is the sign of a dangerously sick mind.” – Mercedes Lackey, The Black Gryphon

“Reality is the part that refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.” – Phillip K. Dick

I found a few others in my own searching:

“For me science fiction is a way of thinking, a way of logic that bypasses a lot of nonsense. It allows people to look directly at important subjects”. – Gene Roddenberry

“Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.” – Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone

“The mind is a strange and wonderful thing. I’m not sure it’ll ever be able to figure itself out. Everything else maybe, from the atom to the universe, everything except itself.” – “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956)

Lorne Greene: The Voice of Canada

I didn’t know Lorne Greene had done so much with radio and broadcasting. He must have been an early adapter in his generation. These days where might he be in broadcasting? I bet he’d have a podcast and a web radio show, at the very least. But, no one lives forever. I remember his voice.

A man’s never wrong doing what he thinks is right. – Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene
Birthdate: 12 Feb 1915 Died: 9/11/1987

Venerable actor with large physique and distinctive deep voice who is best known for his role as Ben Cartwright on the series Bonanza (1959–73). Before working in television, he worked as a news reader for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and earned the moniker “The Voice of Canada.” After serving in the Canadian Army during the war, he founded the Academy of Radio Arts which trained young people in the fundamentals of radio broadcasting, eventually graduating some 400 students. A 1953 road trip to the U.S. to promote a backward-running watch he had invented for radio broadcasters led to his first television work, and eventually some film work, notably as a prosecutor in Peyton Place (1957). A 1959 appearance on televison’s Wagon Train led to the role on Bonanza where Greene was given leeway to enhance and expand the character. He later appeared in two other series, Battlestar Galactica (1978–80) and Code Red (1981–82).

What Drives You?

I did a personality quiz on BlogThings. Some of you will grimace in pain at just the mention of this site but… don’t take too many things as nonsense. You never know what you might learn or where an idea will come from. I found something that has made me think on a BlogThings quiz. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

The quiz is called: What Will Your Life be Like in Ten Years?

One question which came up as part of the quiz was –

You are driven by… (they don’t mean your man slave who chauffeurs you around all day)

  • Love
  • Work
  • Fun
  • Competition

Of those four options which would you pick?

I considered all four a few minutes. I had to, because of them I could rule out work, fun and competition. But, I could not rule out love and yet, that seemed far too romantic and pink and frilly for me. It was an interesting revelation. I think it is true. But, not love of any person, love of what I am doing, the things I care about and the things that interest me. Also the people in my life, my family. I’m not in love with anyone but I would have to say that I am driven by love. Which was an interesting thing and not something I would ever have said about myself.

What did you come up with? What drives you? Is it a surprise or have you always been driven this way?

An Obit for Philip Gooderham

Philip Andrew Gooderham died on May 18th, this year. I don’t who he is or was. But I read his obituary in the newspaper. I don’t usually read them, my Mom has been an obit reader for years and if I am sitting near enough at the time she gives me the highlights and her opinions on what makes them good.

The obituary for Philip Gooderham wasn’t one she talked about. My eye was draw to the Gooderham name and then I read it on my own. I liked what I read. First came the part about his death and his remaining family. He was only 51 years of age and he died of cancer. The following is worth quoting:

He will be remembered as a rich man with many friends. Phil battled serious illness all his life and most recently, cancer. He fought valiantly to the end. He did not lose his battle he simply decided to call a truce and travelled to a place where there is no pain, only peace.

It was a graceful and dignified note to the end of his life. Nicely written.

New word: Obituarist – One who writes obituaries.

The Blog of Death – Jade Walker’s blog of obituaries.
Obituaries Help.org – Resources for obit writers.
Obituary Guide – Obit writing tips.
Society of Professional Obituary Writers – Also has a blog/ forum.
Obit Magazine
The Globe and Mail: Confessions of an Obituarist
The Obit Writer.com – also on Twitter.

Facebook: Weekend Obituary Readers – A neglected group on Facebook. Needs new owners to revive it.

Truth and Originality

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” – C.S. Lewis

Quote found on Think Simple Now, her page: Connect with your Creative Writer.

Boldness has Genius, Power and Magic

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” – From Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People write about looking at a blank page and getting started with writing. I think the bigger challenge is to look at what you wrote yesterday, find the thread of your thoughts and press on with it. I think it is easier to just write something new each day, something without a past and lacking any errors or regrets.

But, a story needs a beginning as well as a middle and an ending. Keep working on it.

Addendum: There is a little background about the origins of this quote. I looked it up after I was contacted by Terry Rothermich. I also found there is more to the quote. Here is a fuller version, which I liked.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”