Rants and Riffs: Installment #2

I want to live in a world where employees get paternity/maternity leave for when a new dog or cat joins the family. It makes perfect sense!

“Snuffles, this is where you will sleep.” *

“Jujubee, this is when I will feed you.” **

“Angel Face, that’s what the backyard is for.”  ***

“Forsythia, we’re going to have to change your name.”   ****

“Maxwell, I’m going to have to discipline you.” *****


* “Yes, this is my chest.”

** “With intermittent snack times pending your approval.”

*** “Or at least not the living room.”

**** “No animal deserves that name.”

***** “I’ll be shortening our snuggle time by ten seconds.”

Rants and Riffs: Installment #1

I want to live in a world where…

cheese and loaves of bread
These folks are halfway there. Now all they have to do is jam a thumb-sized chunks of this cheese throughout one of those loaves.

cheese bread actually includes chunks of detectable cheese rather than a few scattered molecules. [I mean it, we’re talkin’ molecules!]

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Ditto with cookies n’ cream ice cream. If I wanted  crumbs n’ cream ice cream, that’s what I’d buy. Cookies n’ cream should feature veins and lodes of the chocolate cookie. [I mean it, we’re talkin’ veins and lodes!].

ice cream cone with Oreo cookie lodged in ice cream
Now we’re talkin’…

© 2013 Shelly ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ . Licensed under CC-BY.
https://www.sketchport.com/drawing/1226097/oreo-ice-cream

 

NOTE TO WRITERS: Rants require overuse of exclamation points and annoying phrasal repetition…and the use of snooty words like ‘phrasal’.

Twitter Gems–March 31

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I’ve not been visiting my Twitter feeds lately.
It’s a good place to revisit for a little writer/creator wisdom.

But first, a 1:47 YouTube item.
The Power of Words

1. From Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters

Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad– including your own bad.

DORIS LESSING

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2. Also from Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters

“As long as you’re curious, hard-working and continue developing your craft, you can keep getting better for a lifetime…”

STEVEN BESCHLOSS

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3 . From Maria Popova  @brainpicker

“However meaningless and vain, however dead life appears, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth … steps in and does something.”

VINCENT VAN GOGH, born on this day in 1853, on fear, taking risks, and how making inspired mistakes moves us forward.

 

 

 

 

Find that pen and notebook!

writing in a notebook

In my last post, I linked to Chris Gayomali’s piece on mentalfloss.com on four benefits of writing by hand.

Further research generated this interesting post on littlethings.com:

9 Incredible Ways Writing By Hand Benefits Our Bodies and Brains

by Johanna Silver

Highlights…

Writing by hand:

  1. taps into both sides of the brain.
  2. enhances our focus. There are no links to click or ads popping up.
  3. eases anxiety. Get those frustrations down on paper!
  4. increases comprehension. Research backs up this observation.