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by timberline
Sun Jan 09, 2005 10:18 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Torn wallpaper
Replies: 11
Views: 6612

Luminosity and Tupwen, both good takes on the Torn Wallpaper theme. I like 'em. What's remarkable is how people can approach an idea from so many angles successfully. Writing's a rich experience!
by timberline
Fri Dec 31, 2004 4:49 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Torn wallpaper
Replies: 11
Views: 6612

Torn wallpaper is just a cleverly disguised metaphor for the chasms that divide man and woman. Here's one such, told seamlessly and based on decades of marriage: Torn Wallpaper Jason told me that marriage was a delicate balancing act, particularly in the way you and the old lady will want to avoid ...
by timberline
Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:06 pm
Forum: Writer's Research - Because it's important to know your subject!
Topic: How to be an old man...
Replies: 39
Views: 17710

Fake it, Delaney. I'm 65 and getting into the heads of octogenarians. I also did stories on a teenybopper, an African-American obsessive-compulsive, and a post-pubescent coed. Who's to tell you you're wrong if you make the character interesting?

Are you (ahem) thinking there's a typical retiree?
by timberline
Wed Dec 22, 2004 4:04 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Broken Mirror
Replies: 2
Views: 2771

Whew, this has been rattling around my brain pan for a few days. So, here's a first draft of 2,100 words--and the mirror isn't even broken. Darn, I never could follow directions. Eighty Beatty and the Mirror When I told the clerk at the bookstore a guy had fallen asleep in the stacks, he said prett...
by timberline
Sat Dec 18, 2004 3:18 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Keep the Ball Rolling
Replies: 45
Views: 19409

Is there anyone who doesn't sometimes see the Writing Spirit take off without a forwarding address? And there's no easy solution to "writer's block." Guilt drives me back to the keyboard, but crap often ensues. Guilt is when you feel, like r-r-hawk, that it's the New Yorker lit stuff that will sell....
by timberline
Wed Dec 15, 2004 7:29 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Spellcheck Zorro is on the Loose
Replies: 71
Views: 30578

I was lucky to have an 11th grade English teacher who said we'd get knocked down one grade for every misspelling. That's when I learned how to spell depression. Kid next to me was a dyslexic devil worshipper. Sold his soul to Santa.
by timberline
Wed Dec 15, 2004 3:52 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Spellcheck Zorro is on the Loose
Replies: 71
Views: 30578

I've learned to live with the most creative spelling and syntax I've ever seen since joining WT. This is now my Bible.... Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea. It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a quay and type a word And weight four it two say ...
by timberline
Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:11 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Wallet Full of Money
Replies: 3
Views: 3175

Time's maybe up, but I couldn't resist putting in my half hour--well, 45 minutes--on this. Fact Fiction is a super way of jump-starting ideas, J'star! A Wallet Full of Money Lester Coolidge was as satisfied as he had been in months, perhaps years. The woman he had known in his other lifetime more th...
by timberline
Sun Dec 12, 2004 11:11 am
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - Mismatched Pair
Replies: 7
Views: 4833

Anblick, just my kinda story--one that comes with a wicked punchline in the last 'graf! Reminds me, too, of some blind dates I knew--but no punchline.
by timberline
Fri Dec 10, 2004 3:10 pm
Forum: Fast Fiction Friday
Topic: FF - One Last Meal
Replies: 6
Views: 5013

Debangel, nice tight writing! Jillstar, a great exercise. Here's my 30 minutes of clickety-clack, plus nine minutes to edit. The Way to a Man’s Heart Chen was 87 years old according to the Americans, the meiguo-ren , but in China he would have been eighty-nine. He knew that coming into this world o...
by timberline
Thu May 20, 2004 8:40 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Word Wizards, Create a Thing by Naming It
Replies: 7
Views: 5057

In the current issue of the New Yorker, Seymour Hersh reports Major General Geoffrey Miller relocated from Guantánamo to Baghdad to GITMOIZE the Abu Ghraib prison. Gitmo is, of course, GI shorthand for the U.S. base in Cuba. On a more humane note, I remember my then-three-year-old telling me to find...
by timberline
Wed May 19, 2004 11:57 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Word Wizards, Create a Thing by Naming It
Replies: 7
Views: 5057

JB, I love it! A sorta DATADREAD? (Angst for the memories, Mr. Brokaw.)
by timberline
Wed May 19, 2004 8:56 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Word Wizards, Create a Thing by Naming It
Replies: 7
Views: 5057

Word Wizards, Create a Thing by Naming It

Okay, girls and boys, let’s consider neologisms. If future generations have forgotten you, at least they’ll remember WORDS YOU HAVE INVENTED! Imagine being the person who coined the word BEATNIK. That was Herb Caen, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. For Mr. Caen, there were two shots at imm...
by timberline
Thu Apr 22, 2004 1:01 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Random story ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 9170

Ideas for stories, YEAH! I've been looking at www.snopes.com and its urban legends. GREAT stuff that has been humorous source material for an anthology of short stories I'm working on in the O. Henry vein.
by timberline
Wed Apr 21, 2004 11:30 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: What's the hardest part of writing for you?
Replies: 58
Views: 25289

Editing is the toughest chore--killing all those darlin' words and phrases that don't move the story ahead. So I send them into a limbo file of lost phrasing....  He was carrying enough bags under his eyes to jam a baggage carousel.  O’Neal flirted with a grin, but sent it to the bas...

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