Archive for February 3rd, 2013

February 3, 2013

The Unpower of Words and Stories

by Shannon Fox

Bet you thought you’d never see a title like that from me, huh? 🙂

I’ve had a tough past few weeks. So tough that I can’t even be angry or upset because I literally feel like I’m being struck and buffeted from all sides and I have to keep moving to survive, like a swimmer in the ocean.

Of one thing I am sure: there is power in the telling of your troubles. Most conventional wisdom recommends unburdening your heart and not keeping your feelings bottles up inside. I believe in this, but lately I’ve been thinking there’s a bit more to it than that.

Think about what happens when you repeat a word over and over. Eventually, it loses its meaning and becomes a mere sound.

Think about words like ‘happy’, ‘sad’, or ‘mad’, words that are used so often they have hardly any meaning left to them.

When you repeat a story over and over, particularly a painful one, you give a piece of it away to each person you tell. If you’re hurting, you give away a bit of that pain. Maybe that sounds cruel to the other person, but it doesn’t hurt them. It makes you feel better because you’re shredding your pain and giving it away to others. In the same way you repeat words until they lose their meaning, you repeat a story until it loses its meaning.

So where does that leave writers, the storytellers?

I’m honestly not sure.

Perhaps it doesn’t work the same, because you create it yourself. The painful things that happen to us are often enacted upon us. The hurts and injustice of the world come from others and things outside our control.

Maybe that’s why the repetition of the stories we create grow in power, rather than decrease.

February 3, 2013

The Big Game Is Today!

by Lorna's Voice
I play Scrabble and I don't think "XLVII" is a real word. I don't care how many points you need to win.

I play Scrabble and I don’t think “XLVII” is a real word. I don’t care how many points you need to win.

The Big Game is today! No, Silly, not that one.

I’m talking about this one.

Now doesn't this look more colorful, fun, wholesome, inclusive, and, okay, strange?

Now doesn’t this look more colorful, fun, wholesome, inclusive, and, okay, strange?

Remember the uproarious fun you used to have with this simple game (as long as you knew your adjectives from your adverbs)? Oh the hilarity!

Well, since this is a blog for writers and readers, I thought we’d play a game of Mad Libs.

I have selected the opening paragraph, which happens to be only one long complicated sentence, from a very famous book by a very famous author. Hey, I may have a future in famous writing, given that sentence I just wrote.

Then I selected certain words to take out and have you randomly give to me.

Your job this week is to give me, in the following order:

  1. a noun
  2. an adverb
  3. a past tense verb
  4. a noun
  5. a noun
  6. an adjective
  7. a noun
  8. a noun

In the Comments Section, give me whatever words I asked for, in the order that they are mentioned.  Be brave and creative with your choices.

You can't let others cramp your style. Tap into your inner Sassarific Self and let 'er rip!

You can’t let others cramp your style. Tap into your inner Sassarific Self and let ‘er rip!

Next week, I will reveal the very famous book and author we are hacking the bits out of. I will share with you the original and classic sentence, as well as our Legends Undying Mad Lib versions. I told you this was going to be fun! And Literary, too!

And you thought football was the only game in town…

I hear there's an exciting game of bingo in any church basement near you if you get bored with football and are all finished with Mad Libs.

I hear there’s an exciting game of bingo in any church basement near you if you get bored with football and are all finished with our Mad Libs.