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by timberline
Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Wishing Pool
Replies: 19
Views: 12597

Here's another take on The Wishing Pool, encouraged by a news story I clipped a month ago about how kids engage in rituals to encourage "snow days." (1,167 words) That night, Otto wore his pajama pants and shirt backward and inside out. He had told his sister Alicia about his ritual and she sneered...
by timberline
Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:15 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Books going out of print article
Replies: 3
Views: 2854

I love it. I look back on my Coming of Age in '66 and realize I was reading Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse; Carlos Castañeda; The Third Wave, by Alvin Toffler; and The Greening of America by William Reich. Plus, there are my priceless copies of the Evergreen Review.
by timberline
Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: What's Your Title???
Replies: 40
Views: 21723

Wow! 44.2% for Cruising the Green of Second Avenue. I knew I had the right stuff! But City Point, the Wrath of Righteousness and The Ways of Being Foreign took only the low double digits. Shucks. By the way, movie titles are rarely/never more than seven words. Longest one: Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's ...
by timberline
Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:19 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: WHERE do you find your writing ideas?
Replies: 52
Views: 29907

I search the newspaper gossip columns and AP wire feeds daily. Found a wonderful bit about Taiwanese students studying ways to read using their fingertips with magnets attached. (Of course, the smitten girl tells her boyfriend, "Maybe this heart-shaped magnet will bring you back to me. Will you forg...
by timberline
Wed Dec 28, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Manuscript Format Question
Replies: 11
Views: 5881

Here's a question maybe only Bill Gates can answer: My mss. in Word all go out double-spaced, but the number of lines on each page are different. How do I get the thing to look properly aligned at the bottom? Heard once that Hemingway paid for the best typist he could get, and her pages were all so ...
by timberline
Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:32 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Manuscript Format Question
Replies: 11
Views: 5881

Apart from my first editor on a weekly in Hinsdale, Illinois, my best instructor was an irascible old hen at Western Electric. She was the head secretary, and would reject any other secretary's correspondence with WiteOut or less than perfect margins. She taught me to use two spaces between sentence...
by timberline
Fri Dec 23, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 11
Views: 5561

My New Year’s Wish… …To reporters everywhere, that they may remember to spell minuscule , that media is plural and that the Smithsonian is an Institution . …To all elected officials, may they try not to proclaim ordnances (subject to a statue of limitations). …To our President, a gift of replacement...
by timberline
Sun Dec 11, 2005 2:44 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The day tattoos were outlawed.
Replies: 4
Views: 4621

Here's a 25-minute story about one person who was perfectly normal, except for.... Charlie and the Really Normal Woman My friend Charlie had a problem. We called him Straight Charlie because he was so plain and unassuming. Yet for one who seemed to float benignly through life, Straight Charlie seem...
by timberline
Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:27 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - That Panther, Roberta
Replies: 2
Views: 2878

This prompt stuck in my mind longer than I wanted, then the story--title adapted--crawled out and formed itself in a 40-minute rush. The piece below was polished over the last few days. The Panther Strikes at Last I first became confronted by hippies in New York in the late 1960s. They’d be there w...
by timberline
Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - It was the brightest moon of my life
Replies: 17
Views: 22944

I should be wrapping presents instead of scribbling and drinking wine, but so what. Trouble with writing sometimes is that you don't know how to end a piece. You choose from this case in point: Brightest Moon of His Life The traffic on Route 2 was a steady whoosh-whoosh , except for the trucks that...
by timberline
Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:51 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The Giant, the Sawhorse & the Pink Feather
Replies: 4
Views: 4082

I think this and Roberta and the Panther at just too disparate for me to get a handle on the prompts. Sorry. The other ones were terrific.. I read "Motorcycle Mama" (revised and expanded) to a live group at Borders this week. Heard they were still talking about it after I left, unless it was my bad ...
by timberline
Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:20 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Great News
Replies: 8
Views: 5251

Congratulations, Richard! You might take a look at http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com to see if there's any additional mileage or tie-in for the book. (I've had a couple of pieces put up on his site.) Brian Williams does a good job of posting articles, and one might be derived from your book. Also...
by timberline
Sun Oct 16, 2005 8:11 am
Forum: Writer's Research - Because it's important to know your subject!
Topic: Online dating abbreviations
Replies: 3
Views: 4041

Online dating: do you mean "netspeak"? I think we went around that thread earlier this year. Mebbe search in
http://www.stanford.edu/class/pwr3-25/g ... ction.html
and
http://www.house-of-hope.net/chat/netspeak.html
by timberline
Tue Oct 11, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Writing Quirks?
Replies: 59
Views: 30436

I found over the years that I can juggle a number of projects and go back to the ones that interest me at the moment--or are facing deadlines. Two short stories are in rewrite and one just got a heavy rewrite when an editor suggested it, two articles are in editors' hands, and another article on Kie...
by timberline
Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:27 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Breaking in is hell...but this helps
Replies: 7
Views: 4734

I'm mentally giving up on agents after being stiffed by one who took my stories at a writer's workshop/conference this spring and never got back to me--or answered my phone calls and e-mails. BUT, if I can place/sell a few short stories, then maybe I can get a foot in the door.
by timberline
Tue Oct 04, 2005 2:11 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - It was controversial, but worth it.
Replies: 4
Views: 4136

Here are 1,089 words that came trippingly out of nowhere in 31 minutes. (Add another 30 minutes to correct mistakes.) Sorry the idea isn't more original. Let it be said that Michael Bernstein was very, very smart. He had graduated with me from Amherst, but when he went on Fox News with his diatribe...
by timberline
Mon Oct 03, 2005 9:18 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - It was controversial, but worth it.
Replies: 4
Views: 4136

Eh? Controversial?
by timberline
Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:35 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Ghost dating service
Replies: 14
Views: 9438

We may be getting off the thread, but Timothy Leary stated (in my unauthorized LP recording) that everyone works only to please his/her mother. Richard Nixon bombed Hanoi to please his mother, etc. Couldn't Mike O'Malley do whatever to replicate his first wife? I mean, what man doesn't search eterna...
by timberline
Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:25 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Teleporter Error
Replies: 2
Views: 2747

Is that anything like a Port-o-San with a telephone? Which would be worse: running out of quarters or tissue?
by timberline
Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:21 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Ghost dating service
Replies: 14
Views: 9438

Gee, I thought there was a positive opportunity here for starting over. What if Bing Crosby had sung "I'm sitting on top of the world"?
by timberline
Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:22 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Ghost dating service
Replies: 14
Views: 9438

Whew, this one's a poser. Took me six hours of laying a stone wall and one martini to come with this ghost post. (33 minutes plus rewrite; 1,002 words) Funny Little Valentine Alison was gone, but never forgotten. Not in the morning when I brushed my teeth and looked at her toothbrush, which I’d neg...
by timberline
Thu Sep 08, 2005 1:06 pm
Forum: Writer's Research - Because it's important to know your subject!
Topic: Net Research Question
Replies: 5
Views: 4641

Lyric, 'tho it's dated, you might skim through “The Cuckoo's Egg,” by Cliff Stoll and see what technique he used to source out the hackers.
by timberline
Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The broken statue
Replies: 22
Views: 26287

Jill, normally three hours, but I sometimes forgo the beer-and-cigarette breaks.
by timberline
Wed Aug 31, 2005 3:29 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - The broken statue
Replies: 22
Views: 26287

Mlou, nice story. I faced the same thing--missing parts to an etagere--when I moved in '95. This FF exercise took 20 minutes to write. But first I had to spend two hours cutting the grass and thinking it out, line for line. Forgive any geographical lapses. (700 words) The Broken Statue Anton Borodi...
by timberline
Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - HIS name was Monique Arielle Johnson...
Replies: 10
Views: 13106

Things just are never what they appear to be. (607 words) Nun on the Run Sidney Berger was tired and he still had two hours to drive the fleet cab before his shift ended. The container of coffee on the dashboard wasn’t keeping him awake, but he shook off the fatigue when he saw the nun standing on ...

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