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Archive for May, 2010

An idea for a story, just for the heck of it

Ok, here it is—don’t judge. I like to write stories, but that most certainly doesn’t mean that I am good at it. Here is an idea for an opening to a story featuring Alyce. I have absolutely no clue where this is going or even what Alyce’s personality is like it what her goals in life are. So, uh, yeah…I guess I’m open to anything at this point. Ok, for real this time, here it is:
It seemed to me that a kind of insidious force was at work when I enrolled at The Academy. The feeling started when I first set foot in my room and found what might’ve been the singularly ugliest hat in the universe sitting on my bed. The thing looked as if the maker had stripped a mutant chicken that was already starting to go bald. On top of that, it reeked as if that same mutant chicken had been burnt crispy. Pinching it with two fingers so as to minimize the amount of skin that came in contact with it, I moved it off my bed—or tried to anyway. The darn thing began to fizzle and smoke so viciously,I leapt away with a little yelp. It was a good thing too, because the thing blew up with the shocking power of a large car battery. Smoke and singed pieces of my bed and it’s coverings flew everywhere. Sparks fluttered in the air like little birds with their tails on fire.
Told you it was short.



What do you do when are given the chance to speak and you don’t know what to say?

Creatively constipated…

I’ve come to find that there seems to be a creative emptiness. Try and try as I might, it just won’t come out…I must admit it:

I’m creatively constipated!!!

The Arts–Why are We Getting Rid of ‘Em?

Last night, went to my sister’s school concert and enjoyed it thoroughly. She played a remarkable solo and the others played well, too. To think that schools are getting rid of the arts is a shame. To see these kids play these instruments and to see their faces when they know they’re playing a song and playing it well was priceless. You could feel their joy in every note. So, why do we want to cut out the arts?

I understand, that reading, writing, and math are important in turning students into educated citizens. Not to mention, reading, writing, and math are ways for us to better understand our world–make sense of it. But, that’s in a concrete way; with those, we can understand why buildings stand, why planes fly, why, we use “is” instead of “are” in some sentences…

But, there are more ways than just the concrete to understand our world. Art is another way. It’s a more intuitive way, its more difficult to put into solid terms. It cannot be measured, nor can it be sold for profit (though its results can). It’s an understanding on a higher level. It’s getting in touch with another part of ourselves that is not always readily comprehensible.

So, that takes me back to my original question: why do we want to get rid of the arts?

I wish I had an answer. I wish I could peer into the minds of those who are making the decisions that impact children’s and thus the world’s future.

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