On this date in 2012, I received in the mail my first "physical" prize for my writing. I'd won a full scholarship to Augusta's Sandhills Writing Conference, but aside from notes from published authors and an agent, I had nothing PHYSICAL to show for my work... until I entered a World War Z promotional contest to write a new "Zombie Survival Rule," and won the above poster. In case you're wondering, my entry paid tribute to WWZ author Max Brooks' dad, Mel Brooks, from his film Young Frankenstein: "Fire is good. Fire is our friend. Fire is not a zombie's friend." Simple, but it made an impression on someone, so I got a World War Z Survival Rules poster to show for my effort. It's still hanging in my room, too! (The picture popped up on my Facebook Memories, so I thought I'd share!)
So, once again, I'm way behind with the #WritAWeek2018 projects... but I thought of an idea for a longer work. At least, I hope it's a longer work. I'm fleshing it out in my head during my personal space-out time, so I may start soon. If I do it like one chapter per week, and write about six chapters (a tall order), I'll be caught up. Of course, there's no law dictating that each chapter has to be of any great length. It's going to be narrated by at least two different voices, and the narrative switches between them, not unlike my Halloween story, "The Blog of Eternal Funk." I don't know much about the plot, just the main character's name, and the title: The Narrator. And it has nothing to do with the Family Guy bit with Morgan Freeman. ;-) More on this when I get started.
In the meantime, I need to think of something else to write to make up for some lost time on my New Year's Resolution project... but knowing me, my brain won't be able to ditch the ideas for The Narrator for anything else until it's at least halfway composed, and then I'll get bored with that project and switch gears. But maybe this time it'll be different! Let us pray...
I'm trying to remember exactly how many weeks I'm behind on #WritAWeek2018... and what recent occasions I could write a belated work about. The last entry was on May the 4th... "Star Wars Day." But, that story wasn't ABOUT Star Wars Day, it was about the following day, Cinco de Mayo... or, as it's called in the story, "Jar Jar Binko de Mayo." At first, I hated that name, but now I'm grateful for my friend Tony for allowing me "Revenge of the Sixth." Now there are at least three Star Wars days! Though, with George Lucas's birthday, the anniversary of the original movie, and the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story next week, this May is more like Star Wars Month.
There were events in April I didn't chronicle with a written work, either. I wrote one about a comedian inspired by the "Weird Al" Yankovic concert I saw on 4/14, but nothing for Earth Day, I think... I could do a quick Random Haiku...
Earth Day Random Haiku:
"Each spring brings Earth Day.
With recent discoveries,
Mars Day may come soon."
Hmm... That led me to think of another one...
"Earth Day? Why not make
Mars Day? That would make the late
Ray Bradbury proud."
In addition to Battle of Pueblo Day, there was Free Comic Book Day on May 5th... so I could do something with that...
FCBD Random Haiku:
"May's first Saturday
brings free comics, which I like
more than May flowers."
Then came Mother's Day... I wrote a Mother's Day story years ago (part of what was intended to be a series that I haven't expanded upon), but I suppose I could write a belated Mother's Day story or haiku... something.
Belated Mother's Day Random Haiku:
"Moms are our first loves.
Mother's Day's over, but I
know mine forgives me."
Four down... and since I was a couple weeks behind on May 4th, and that was two weeks ago today, I must be about caught up... even if haikus are a cop-out. I have to check my calendar to be sure, but I must be pretty close to being on time... I just need to write the intro to The Narrator... More later. Thanks for reading!
A little Star Wars Day (though for me, it's Star Wars MONTH) flash fiction, with thanks to my good friend, Tony Civitarese, who is celebrating his first May the 4th as a father today.
(This is also my #WritAWeek2018 for this week... and yes, I know, I'm still at least two weeks behind.)
After celebrating May the 4th the previous day, I went to a Mexican restaurant the next day, still wearing my Star Wars t-shirt. A pair of frat boys downing beers stopped me as I headed toward a table.
One said, "Don't you know Star Wars Day is over?"
"Yeah," said the other. "This is Drinko de Mayo!"
I said, "Oh, no-sa. To-dy eesa Jar Jar Binko de Mayo!"
They kicked my ass until the cops arrived. Next time, I'm saying "Revenge of the Fifth," even though I always quote Episode III's title for the following day: Revenge of the Sixth!
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