I would guess that every teacher of creative writing has, at some point, admonished his or her students not to use clichés. But you know what? I love clichés. Like I love sentence fragments. And starting sentences with conjunctions. And exclamation points!
Okay, I don’t love clichés, but I do love a challenge and clichés can provide that: How do you turn a cliché into something new?
So. Let’s try it.
The cliché of the day: I hate Mondays. BUT! Can you use it outside its clichéd context? Jot down a few ideas–this is a writing exercise, so I’ll limit you to three. Do that now, before you read the rest of this post. When you’re done, scroll down and read mine: Continue reading “Writing Exercise: I Hate Mondays”
Sam is back at his snack station, and he’s got a special guest or two! (Spoiler alert: it’s Violet and Mommy.) Watch Sam make his favorite beverage (lemonade) with a fun flavor (peach). Here’s the recipe:
Continue reading “Snack Time with Sam, Episode Two: Peach Lemonade”
The Brontësaurus sisters. I crack me up.
Last month, my husband and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. Tenth! I’ve now officially been married longer than I’ve done just about anything else. Longer than I’ve lived in one place, longer than I’ve attended any school. Wow.
So–lately I’ve been thinking about my marriage.
My husband and I are nerds. “Geeks” might be the more precise term. As in we get really excited about odd things and get kind of obsessive about them. Most of our geekery is separate, but there’s one thing we tend to geek out on together: television. More specifically, animation. Cartoons made for grown-ups. Continue reading “A Bowling Ball Named Homer, and other References that Make Up My Marriage”
Grab a book off your shelf. Close your eyes and pick one–subject doesn’t matter. Open to a page and find the sixteenth word. That word will be your first sentence. Just that one word. Write for five minutes. Go.
Mine (From The Best American Short Stories 2012) page 290: Continue reading “Writing Exercise: The Sixteenth Word”
My son and I really enjoy cooking together–and we especially like baking. We also enjoy cooking and baking shows, and he’s developed quite an interest in being on TV. Lately, he’s taken to standing in front of the fireplace and telling me he’s doing his fireplace show, which consists of him telling me about anything that’s on his mind from the itty bitty stage that is the hearth. Thus, I decided it would be fun to shoot a cooking show–or, as he preferred, a baking show. Which is really easier for kids because the prep part rarely involves heat or anything sharp.
So here’s our first, rickety, badly filmed shot at making a baking show. He absolutely loved it (though his sister, as you might hear from her commentary in the background, was not entirely thrilled to be working behind the camera), and we are absolutely going to do it again–especially since I’ve now learned how to focus the camera properly and use iMovie and all that.
Here’s the recipe we’re going over in the show. It’s a very healthy cracker recipe, and I’ve got some tweaks from Sam’s instructions–it’s actually better in the blender, and we got a little hectic toward the end there and somewhat underbaked two of the trays, plus this recipe includes the granulated garlic. Continue reading “Sam Hosts a Cooking Show”