So I’ve been absent lately. Mostly because I’ve been excited about some writing I’m doing on my typewriting in front of a local bookshop. I write improvised poems and stories for strangers on a subject of their choice. This has been done before, and I thank whatever writer thought of it first I made $14 dollars yesterday (half will go to Literacy DuPage, an organization that helps adults learn to read) from writing for strangers. Sure I was out there three hours, but I’m not in it for money. It’s just the best writing practice ever. Subjects people had me write about included but were not limited to: Jehovah’s Witnesses, laughing, glass blowing, South Africa, guinea pigs, trees, and bike paths.
Lots of people walked by without even looking, but the ones that did stop were extremely enthused. And they enjoyed my writing a lot. Two people took my picture haha.
You can see some of my best stories/poems that I’ve written for people at my new tumblr blog. There’s no obligation to follow it, especially if you don’t have a tumblr. But take a look. I wrote some neat stuff.
Hey all! Muse Monday again. Today I’ll talk about freewriting to get the ideas flowing.
Here’s the best site for freewriting. 750words encourages you to write 3 pages (aka 750 words) daily. It has cool stats and keeps track of days written, words written, etcetera. It’s a lot of fun. I joined about a year ago before they started charging money for the service so I have a free lifetime account, but you get a 30 day free trial.
The way I freewrite on that site is I cover my screen so I can only see the wordcounter. A spiral notebook works well. That way I’m not distracted by numerous typos. I go as fast as possible and try to think poetic, abstract thoughts.
You could also use totally free word counters like this one. You can do the same thing with covering your computer screen up and you’d still be able to see the wordcount.
It’d like to say now that freewriting is not journaling. At least not for me. I’d just gripe about my life if I journaled. So I avoid the word “I,” opting for “he” instead since it’s the wrong gender. Works for me. I get a lot of ideas out of freewrites.
So recently I got a story published in Monkey Kettle. And as of today I’m published in Apocrypha and Abstractions.
Pretending to be famous! Hooray!
A poorly lit photo of my too small bookshelf.
This is a way small shelf for me. I have piles of books all around my room.
Writing Forward is a site I should utilize often, but don’t for some reason.
It has tips for getting yourself published, getting started, getting ideas, and it also gives a plethora of writing prompts.
The creator of the blog, Melissa Donovan, has clearly put a lot of great effort into this. Thank you, Ms. Donovan!
Need I say more great things about this great site, bros and ladybros? Get over to Writing Forward!
Today we’re talking “The Jellyfish” by Christopher Miller. This story appeared in decomP magazinE and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“After the starter’s bang, it takes us nine billion years to get here, then another billion to attain life, almost three billion more for some of us to become jellyfish, but then only a tenth that to slither ashore, even less to grow fur and walk erect, and almost no time at all after that to discover fire and nonstick cookware, and begin to wonder why.”
This story contains undeniably gorgeous description and a great plot as well. The main character Gilles reluctantly goes on a swingers retreat with his wife and soon becomes jealous of all the attention she’s paying to other men. That’s when the jellyfish comes into play. Oh it’s so good! It’s a very dark story and the darkness makes it so beautiful. Read “The Jellyfish” here. Now.