Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Textuality Writing Challenges #4 & #5

I'm a little behind on completing the Textuality Writing Challenges, so I'm doubling up this evening.

Here's Monday's Writing Prompt from Amy Sorenson:

The thing I forgot to do...
 
Here's what I wrote:

The thing I forgot to do was the thing that wasn't on the list in my calendar, of course. I have been using a calendar to plan my days for so many years now that I don't worry myself with remembering things. I write it all down. Those things that don't make it on the list are often forgotten. The only time I forget to do the things on my calendar are those rare days when I didn't look over my calendar the night before or didn't review it throughout the day. I know there are people who can keep track of everything in their head and never need to write it down. They know what the date is and who's birthday it is and what historical event happened twenty-five years ago. But I know that I am not one of those people. Most of the time I know the date and I know when it's a very close family member's birthday and I can keep track of a few historical events (December 7, September 11, December 25), but I rely on my calendar for the rest of it. Using this calendar releases me to concentrate on enjoying life without the worry about all that stuff I'm supposed to be remembering. In fact, many times someone in my family will call to tell me about an upcoming event, and the first words asked are "do you have your calendar in front of you." Even in these times of tremendous technology, I still carry a paper calender with me to keep track of my to-do lists. It's color coded and keeps me on track and happy.

And here's Wednesday's Writing Prompt:

Write a list of things that annoy you. Use the writing time as an excuse to vent—to get all those annoyances out of your brain and away from your creative self. For the ten minutes you're writing, you're excused from all responsibilities such as politeness, or worrying about hurting other people's feelings, or the ramifications of your annoyances. Just get them out!
 
OK, here goes my list:
 
1. Seeing the word y'all with the apostrophe in the wrong place. I know it is a slang expression, however it is still a contraction, and the apostrophe goes in the place where the missing letters would have been.
2. People who call and talk for ten minutes (or half an hour) then have to go before they've even asked how I am or what I'm doing.
3. Not being able to get a real person on a customer service line.
4. Finding out that the restaurant we're at serves Pepsi instead of Coca-Cola - The Real Thing!
5. Discovering a typo AFTER the Send or Publish button has already been clicked.
6. Walking behind someone plodding along in flip-flops.
7. People who talk (usually loudly) on their cell phones in public places. I really don't need to know that Aunt So-and-So's hernia is acting up again or what time Junior needs to be picked up from soccer practice.
8. Scrapbookers who forget that scrappin' is supposed to be a fun hobby, not something that stresses you out and causes you to lose sleep because you aren't caught up or one piece of paper was slightly crooked on the layout you just completed.

1 comment:

Holly said...

Melissa,
You have a really nice blog here ... I enjoyed wandering around it. Kudos on the decluttering!
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