Posts Tagged ‘vl2f inspiration’

Cutting the grass

In Too lazy to assign a category on September 3, 2007 at 10:28 pm

Aidin – 2007

I find
to be
a bit like
the grass.

you just
have to do
on a regular
or it gets
far too out of
and wild
begin to
take root
in it.

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Kurt Vonnegut

In Too lazy to assign a category on March 21, 2007 at 9:27 pm

Kurt Vonnegut

Eight rules for writing fiction:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

— Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut, Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1999), 9-10.

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“Ficlets” you ask?

In Too lazy to assign a category on March 13, 2007 at 9:46 pm

A ficlet is a short story that enables you to collaborate with the world.

Once you’ve written and shared your ficlet, any other user can pick up the narrative thread by adding a prequel or sequel. In this manner, you may know where the story begins, but you’ll never guess where (or even if!) it ends.

About Ficlets

Ficlets are shorter than short stories. Well, no, actually, they are short stories, but they’re really short stories. Really short, as in there’s not a maximum word count … there’s actually a maximum character count (1,024). There is also a minimum character count, and the number of that beast is 64.

If you wish, we’ll provide you with inspiration (photos, themes, suggested beginnings and endings, even other ficlets), but you’re completely free to blaze your own trail. Now, here’s where the real fun comes in: Each and every ficlet is modular in that, though you may have written a stand-alone story with a beginning, middle, and ending, your fellow ficleteers may choose to write a prequel or sequel to your story. In this respect, you can think of ficlets as literary Legos.

All ficlets are covered under Creative Commons, which means that if you wrote it, you own it. Period.

To give you an idea of what you can do with 1,024 characters, that is the exact length of this “About Ficlets” description.

Doesn't this sound like an excellent idea my dear Vox writers?


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Write an Ode

In Too lazy to assign a category on March 6, 2007 at 10:26 pm
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An ode poem usually has no set meter, though it will have a rhyming pattern. Odes usually extoll the virtues of an individual, often after their death, however take a look at some of the ode poems by Pablo Neruda.

The ode has traditionally been seen as a form associated with ideas – love, joy etc. Neruda has turned this idea around, creating odes based around everyday objects that are under appreciated.

This can be a novel new way to write if you are searching for inspiration for your next poem. Your ode can be about anything – try and find a mundane object and view it a new light. Appreciate it’s underappreciated qualities and try and see what these could mean.

For example, ‘ode to the knife’ would be expected to be a very dark poem, but you could try and find other angles from which to view this. A knife is also a very useful everyday tool.

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That’s the spirit

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 24, 2007 at 11:14 pm

If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you.

— Henry Rollins

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READ poster

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 12, 2007 at 10:31 pm

READ poster

Librarian K uploaded this image to flickr,

click the image and follow the link to the original page

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For the young who want to

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 5, 2007 at 11:10 am

For the young who want to

Talent is what they say
you have after the novel
is published and favorably
reviewed. Beforehand what
you have is a tedious
delusion, a hobby like knitting.

Work is what you have done
after the play is produced
and the audience claps.
Before that friends keep asking
when you are planning to go
out and get a job.

Genius is what they know you
had after the third volume
of remarkable poems. Earlier
they accuse you of withdrawing,
ask why you don't have a baby,
call you a bum.

The reason people want M.F.A.'s,
take workshops with fancy names
when all you can really
learn is a few techniques,
typing instructions and some-
body else's mannerisms

is that every artist lacks
a license to hang on the wall
like your optician, your vet
proving you may be a clumsy sadist
whose fillings fall into the stew
but you're certified a dentist.

The real writer is one
who really writes. Talent
is an invention like phlogiston*
after the fact of fire.
Work is its own cure. You have to
like it better than being loved.

*phlogiston: invisible hypothetical matter or `principle' thought to combine with all combustible bodies and be expelled during burning — a concept popular in the 18th century but abandoned once oxygen was discovered.

Original text: © Marge Piercy. Circles on the Water: Selected Poems of Marge Piercy (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982): 259-60. PS 3566 I4A6 1982
First publication date: 1980
Publication date note: The Moon Is Always Female (1980): 84.

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Links for February 3th, 2007

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 3, 2007 at 9:06 pm
100 Most Often Mispronounced Words
Here are the 100 words most often mispronounced English words (”mispronunciation” among them).
(tags: dictionary language writing mlf)

everybody’s dragging! –
(tags: words fun writing mlf)

GEONAMES – Countries of the World
The countries of the world in their local languages and scripts, with official names, capitals, flags, coats of arms, administrative divisions & subdivisions, national anthems, and translations of the country and capital names into many languages
(tags: geography reference translation language mlf)

The Sexiest Sentence Alive
My breast flipped inside out so my nipple touched my heart.
(tags: fun language words mlf)

two sentences — home
1. write two sentences. 2. create tension between them. 3. define “tension” any way you want.
(tags: fun writing inspiration mlf)

(tags: fun photography typography mlf)

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In Too lazy to assign a category on January 14, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Seeking Ithaka

In Too lazy to assign a category on January 12, 2007 at 10:19 pm

When, as an aspiring writer, you set out for Ithaka you take that first step. By taking the first step you set yourself apart from the mass. It is the experience, the journey, which will change you.


As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon-don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon-you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

C.P. Cavafy – translated by Edmund Keeley & Philip Sherrard

Ithaka itself is simply an excuse for a long journey. It is all about the journey. There is no hurry and you cannot get lost for there is no destination. Rather you arrive where you are meant to be. The journey itself is immensely important.


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I am Odysseus, Laertes' son, world-famed
For stratagems: my name has reached the heavens.
Bright Ithaca is my home: it has a mountain,
Leaf-quivering Neriton, far visible.
Around are many islands, close to each other,
Doulichion and Same and wooded Zacynthos.
Ithaca itself lies low, furthest to sea
Towards dusk; the rest, apart, face dawn and sun.

Odyssey 9.19-26, translated by James Diggle

Finding Ithaca

Even closer to finding Ithaca
Odysseus Unbound
Homer's Ithaca Possibly Found

Het gedicht is ook vertaald in het Nederlands, in verschillende versies:

Als je vertrekt op je tocht naar Ithaka
smeek dat je weg lang mag zijn,
vol avonturen en kennis. (lees meer)

Als je op je tocht naar Ithaka vertrekt,
Smeek dat je weg heel lang mag zijn,
vol avonturen, vol ervaring. (lees meer)

Als je de tocht aanvaardt naar Ithaka,
wens dat de weg dan lang mag zijn,
vol wederwaardigheden, vol belevenissen. (lees meer)

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