Off the rails
My partner and I cut all ties with our regular Thursday night routine and went to the theater. (I love my city because that’s a thing we can do here. Just show up at a theater downtown and buy tickets.) We saw Bullets Over Broadway, a musical based on the Woody Allen movie. The first act was solid: funny songs, talented actors, an engaging story. But the second act went off the rails in a disturbing way. The night turned weird when (Spoiler Alert) the audience gleefully cheered after a gangster shot a show girl. All we could do was look at each other with our mouths agape. From there, the weirdness crescendoed into an all-company rendition of “Yes! We Have No Bananas” for absolutely no reason.
Yes, you—yeah write writer. I’ve seen you posting those 42 words over on the microstory grid for the last couple of months. Come on over here.
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, Tennyson wrote, but really, we all know what tears mean, right? Sadness. So sad. So very very sad. The saddest. Have reached sadception. Pining for the fjords. Something.
What we might not know is that “tears” are a literary crutch. This month I’m going to discuss writing emotion without using your crutches, getting one step closer (pun intended) to “show, don’t tell.”
Sha na na na na
When it’s time to change, then it’s time to change. (Brady Bunch earworm, anyone?)
The Bradys got it right though: It’s not just for the seasons, it goes for everything. And it’s time for yeah write to make some changes. I am probably one of the most change-averse people I know, but when changes give way to growth, opportunity and excitement, I can go along for the ride. We hope you’ll agree.
It’s the weekend, so the moonshine grid is open
Hey weekenders! Got any big plans for the day? Anyone going whitewater rafting or spelunking? Well, I’ve got some plans that should be an adventure–my first acupuncture appointment. Before you get all judgy and tell me how boring that sounds, keep in mind that a) I’ve never had it done before, and b) I’m in a lot of pregnancy-related pain that modern medicine can’t deal with, so I am very excited. If all goes according to plan, this will make me a very happy camper for the weekend.