Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Rub-a-dub-dub, I'm back from Grub

This story workshop is going to be a good thing. A lot of work though- but that is why I signed up for it, to force me to write about things. Seems like a good group of people, and the instructor is very good; she has taught this class five times already, so she has a plan.

So get this: there is a woman in the group from Millis. There are two of us in this little writing workshop from "where the hell is Millis?" It was so funny. Then another young lady remarked her aunt lived here too. (Who more than likely has a child in my daughter's class!) The world gets smaller every day I tell you, just never small enough.

I have to to write two short stories for next week (in order to accomplish 6 stories in 6 weeks). For one, I have to choose between a "one sentence story" and a "monosyllabic" story; 300 words or less. The other is a "student swap." We had to come up with a first line, and a last line of a story, then we passed them to the left. The choices I got don't seem too bad.

I'm not sure if I will share rough drafts, or just edited versions here.

Now for some Cheers and Jeers.

Jeers to Michael Gee, a former columnist for the Boston Herald, who was fired from his brand-spanking-new job teaching Intro to Journalism at Boston University for posting on a sports related blog that one of his students was "incredibly hot." How could the Herald have let such talent like that go?

Cheers to a small group of people in Iraq who are ensuring that unclaimed bodies in morgues are given a proper burial- even suicide bombers. But to listen to Sheik Jamal al Sudani explain his motivations, your faith in the goodness of humanity may be restored. There is no text link of the story, only NPR's broadcast from this afternoon's All Things Considered, but if you have time listen to it.

Jeers to Colin Farrell, who was stupid enough to make a sex tape with his now ex-girlfriend and actually think no one would ever hear or see of it. Farrell is suing Nicole Narain for "general and compensatory damages as well as a temporary restraining order and injunction prohibiting the sale and exploitation of the videotape." He alleges that they agreed the tape would remain private. Yeah. Right.

That's it for now. I have writing to do. :)

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