Question of the Day 3-20-2018

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If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, which one would you watch?

I am not much of a movie watcher anymore. I don’t know if it is because my attention span has shortened and I don’t want to put the hour and a half to two hours into one sitting or if, as a writer, I don’t want to get sucked into another world when I am trying to remained focused on my real world and my fictional world.  There are only so many worlds a girl can take, after all.

I’ve seen a lot of good movies in my time, but none of them jump out as the only movie I would watch for the rest of my life.  In the end, the choice would come down to three – Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant, Skinwalkers, or one of the many classic silent films from Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin.

If you love old movies and you have never seen Arsenic and Old Lace, you should definitely give it a watch. It is a screwball comedy of the best sort with Cary Grant at his hilarious best! If you are into silent movies, Buster Keaton’s The General is a classic and well worth watching. The same for just about any Chaplin short or film from his early to middle career.  Modern Times and The Dictator are classic movies, but not typical of Chaplin’s earlier body of work.

Skinwalkers is based on the Navaho mysteries written by Tony Hillerman, done for the PBS Mystery series. There are three movies in the series, Skin Walkers, Coyote Waits and A Thief of Time. All are excellent movies, but only one, remember! Drat!

Knowing me, I would pick out my one, get to whatever place has no other movies ever, and remember the one I really would rather have picked. Luckily, this is a choice I don’t have to make.

What is the one, or two or three, movies you would choose?

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Question of the Day 3-19-2018

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What are you proud of? What is your biggest accomplishment so far?

I was watching Bi-Polar documentaries last night on Youtube, trying to find one I could give to my Dad to help him understand the world in which I live. As I watched each, however, I kept discarding them. Okay, so reality check. My Bi-Polar isn’t your Bi-Polar. Your Bi-Polar isn’t mine.

Nothing fit. To be honest, it was the parts about suicide which didn’t fit. I know suicide is a serious issue for many with Bi-Polar, but it has never been an issue for me. Maybe because, as a writer, I have characters who can take on that pain for me. I have had characters attempt suicide. I have had characters kill themselves, but I have never wanted to or tried to kill myself.

A proud point? Yes.

A point I want to emphasis to my father? No. Not really.

It is hard enough dealing with myself, much less putting out information to my father which does not apply to me. Would he believe me if I said I never wanted to kill myself?

Does it matter if he believes me or not? Yes, it does. I feel so alienated from my family most of the time that I don’t want anything else to come between us. They walk on eggshells around me as it is. I don’t want to be handled. I don’t want Bi-Polar/suicide to be my place in my family.

Does that make sense?

So proud, but still confused.

Does anybody have any suggestions on what Bi-Polar programs might be a good introduction for the normal world?

 

 

 

Quote For The Day 8-14-2017

“Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.”


― 
John SteinbeckThe Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers 7-26-2017

 

Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

1. A prompt photo will be provided each Monday pm to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.
2. Linking for this challenge begins on Monday pm and runs to the following Monday pm.
3. Please credit photo to photographer.
4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try to stay within this limit.

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode


“She’ll be a good one once we get her in dry-dock and shape her up.”

“Have I told you lately you’re out of your mind?”

“Well, not since fifteen minutes ago.”

“And here I thought it had been longer than that.”

The both stared out at the stranded boat.

“Who does she belong to?”

“Salvage to the salvager.”

Silent, the two men picked their way across the sand and rocks, stopping next to the boat. She was small but in fair condition, deck splattered with bullet-holes.

“You hired me to find the ships to salvage and sell.  I’m doing that.” A touch of defensiveness in his voice.

“Salvage her,” his boss said after a moment, starting to turn away, pick his way back across the sand. “Make sure you find those drugs. Nobody steals from me and gets away with it.”

A moment later, he was gone.

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Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Week 7-18-2017 – Response 7-26-2017

Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

1. A prompt photo will be provided each Monday pm to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.
2. Linking for this challenge begins on Monday pm and runs to the following Monday pm.
3. Please credit photo to photographer.
4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try to stay within this limit.

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

This week’s photo prompt is provided by J.S. Brand.


Journey

Standing at the bottom of the stairs finally put his reality into perspective. This place was not his place. He would never be able to make this place his. Slamming a wrong too many times didn’t make it right.

He’s have to climb the stairs, chance what lay beyond. The realization scared the crap out of him, but what other choice did he have? To stay here was to die. He had no illusions the Master would relent and allow him to live, just because it was what he wanted.

No, death or leaving and he dared not choose death. Death was final, even for one such as him.

He heard the sounds of pursuit, knew he had but moments to make his decision. Blood pounded in his ears. Fear curled like a cat in his soul.

The next moment, he ran up the stairs, the Master’s hold on him lessening with every step. Reaching the top, he looked back. For the first time, he knew no regrets.

Turning away from the past, he ran, light and free, in the future.