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Work Room - Week 16

Birdie Sanders.

Even if you're not from around "these here parts" (the technical term), if you have an internet connection, you've probably heard of him.

It's that little bird that flew into a Bernie Sanders campaign rally and become an internet sensation.

Part of that was coincidence - a bird flying into the right place at the right time.

Part of it was Senator Sanders being able to think on his feet and see the potential in the moment - and his campaign staff's ability to turn that little moment into something much bigger.

I'm sure you see those moments in your own life, and in your writing, all the time - where something small and seemingly insignificant can be turned into a metaphor for the much bigger picture.

What are some of your favorite examples of that? (a moment that you were able to make into so much more) and did you go into that piece of writing intending to expand it or did it just "sort of happen" and you went with it?

What was YOUR "Birdie Sanders" and how did you make the most of it?

The new topic thread is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/913429.html

as are last week's results: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/913323.html


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Mar. 29th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
That's easy!

Suzette and her blended family started out as a one off based on a picture of four little boys asleep in the back of a car. I wrote the first one for bleodswean's warm up for therealljidol which was sometimes called Prompt-A-Thon. Just a little story told from the point of view of a young teenage girl who has to take her four step-brothers to the beach for the afternoon. It was well received, which blew me away. Since then I've written five stories, I think, each one a progression in Suzette's maturing relationships with her family.

I have fallen in love with "the family", and look forward to learning more about them with each installment. I'm still surprised by the positive responses and wonderful comments I receive when I write about them. So I guess I have a nest of Birdie Sanders. ;-)
Mar. 29th, 2016 06:21 am (UTC)
Can't wrap my head around what Gary is saying... but one topic prompt leaped right out at me.

Now to try and figure out what I can do to make it "mine".
Mar. 29th, 2016 06:27 am (UTC)
For the record it is a prompt in which I am completely ignoring the context of the prompt.

I will not be writing about brutal sex this week. Nor shall I be talking about being in love with someone who might be quite evil and despite that... you love them anyway.

As that is what the quote "When is a monster not a monster?" conveying. The full poem metaphors it more and the meme the quote has inspired makes me sick cause it twists it even further into really weird places.

People on the internet are just weird weird weird weird.

BUT it existing as a prompt? Boy does it get my brain racing for some weird pop-culture journalism writing that would have NO place in regular writing but works perfectly as a prompt.

I hope people like this.
Mar. 29th, 2016 06:51 am (UTC)
I don't follow politics, but I'm rather curious to see the internet's reaction if Trump wins.

On the other hand, having a Disney Princess as the president might be sorta cool.
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