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Game Thursday

Posted by Flood on June 23, 2006

Hush little baby don't say a word

Mama's gonna to buy you a mockingbird

and if that mockingbird don't sing

Mama's gonna to buy you a diamond ring

and if that diamond ring turns brass

Mama's gonna to buy you a looking glass

and if that looking glass gets broke

Mama's gonna to buy you a billy goat

and if that billy goat won't pull

Mama's gonna to buy you a cart and bull

and if that cart and bull turn o'er

Mama's gonna to buy you a dog named rover

and if that dog named Rover won't bark

Mama's gonna to buy you a horse and cart

and if that horse and cart get stuck

Mama's gonna by you a rubber duck

Your turn.


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Game Thursday

Posted by Flood on June 7, 2006

It's interesting to think about what messages were missed with Blogger's outage yesterday. Maybe someone waxed so poetic it would move others to tears. Maybe a flame war was averted. Perhaps a declaration of love was made and lost, which, in the end, was best. It might have passed that the funniest comment ever written was shipped out into the ether, never to be recaptured again. We'll never know.

Because, with Blogger, you get what you pay for.

All that aside, now, because it's Thursday and today's game isn't really a game at all. I am gonna test your mettle. Don't wimp out on me today. As in, do not.

In a conversation with a pal recently, we talked about our future selves. The daydream game was really moving, because it happened during a time we were both feeling low about our writing. It was uplifting in the moment. You may not require such an inspiration right now, but chances are you will later, so make this good.

Write a brief paragraph describing you-the-author in 10, 20 or 30 years from now. It should read like a blurb encapsulating your writing career. It's not an obituary. It could be the introductory paragraph to an interview or the About, on the backflap of your novel. You get the idea.

I'll go first in case you're chicken:

Flood turns the everyday into magic with her unique perspective of life. Her latest novel is Down From the Mountain. Her belief that in every evil there is virtue and every good can enable bad is what transports her work into a place readers can recognize in their own lives. Seven novels behind her, she writes on, spinning tales of the ordinary turned extraordinary world around us. Her best-seller status is supported by die hard Floodlings

Flood and her husband live in the Muskoka Highlands of Ontario, where they enjoy life's mysteries without having to worry about paying bills. She rarely gives interviews.

This is where I hope to be in about twenty years. I'd like also to be a grandmother, but I have no control over that portion of my life.


OK! It's your turn. Give us a glimpse of your writing future in a few lines. Where do you hope to be? How do you hope to be perceived? What do you hope they say about you? Make it third person, please. Less chance of "I hope's" or "I think's."

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Game 2

Posted by Flood on June 1, 2006

It's rainy and sad here today, so let's play 2 games.

You know the drill: using five words, continue the story throughout comments. The first five words of the story are ready. The story's title is Lisa. I will post it, in it's entirety (with grammar edits) on Friday. Have fun!

(note to self: check Konrath's entries before blogging)

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Game Thursday

Posted by Flood on June 1, 2006

Create a story for this picture in 30 words or less. As many times as you like.

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Game Walkers

Posted by Flood on May 25, 2006

Game today is Answer/Ask. In comments, answer the question above yours, and ask one for the commentor below you. Play all day. Tell your friends. Make a new friend. Have some fun.

The weather has been pretty good so Mister and I have resumed our after-dinner walks. This is how one went recently:

M-"What's with all the bugs? Big enough to knock a kid of his bike"
F-"I could write a story about that"
M-"Can you develop a pollen allergy as you age?"
F- "I don't think Evil Editor would like a query about giant bugs though."
F- "Nothing."
M-"Look at that graffitti. Is nothing free from marring anymore?"
F- "That's chalk, honey. It's called 'hopscotch.'"
M-"Damn kids."
F- "I wonder about you sometimes."
F-"When we don't spend enough time together, you act very old."
M-"Maybe you are the fountain of my youth?"
F-"That's a nice thing to say. Can we walk a little faster?"
M-"Are you trying to kill me? I prefer a stroll to a power walk."
F-"This is like the hundred-yard mosey."
M-"It's peaceful though. Think the kids are killing each other?"
F- "Uh huh."
M- "People who don't clean up after their dogs disgust me."
F-"Where?" *concerned face for cute shoes*
M- "I am just saying."
F- "Let these people pass us, they have a stroller." *people zoom by*
M-"I don't know why everyone is in such a hurry these days."
F-"Well you just enjoy yourself, that's all that matters."
M-"You should write a story about me."
F-"Should I?"
M-"Why not? Am I not interesting?"
F-"Of course you are."
M-"Why do you take me out for walks just so you can tell me I am dull?"
F-"Did I say that?"
M-"The kids think I am interesting."
F-"The kids think you are their Grandpa."
M-"Aha! So you do think I am boring."
F-"I'm kidding you. You're very interesting. I'll write something about you."
M-"We should spend more time together like this."
F-"Only 17 years to go and it can always be like this."

It's weird when a week sort of separates you from you favourite person. A sense of humour is really all that keeps us together sometimes, with so many other things going on. When you are struggling with your big project, be sure to have someone you can lean on that will make you forget all about it for a little while. I mean, forget completely about it and stop beating yourself up. Later, it could be the key to fresh eyes and newfound motivation. That's Flood's Tip of the Day™. Thanks for laughing with me, Mister.

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