The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Shakespeare and Me

       Every year, since I read Donna chronicling her "wins and losses" when it comes to publishing, I've bought a cheap planner and kept track of my submissions. The first year or two, I even did the same--in January, for each submission, I noted whether it had been rejected, accepted, or whether the jury was still out.

      Now, I just use the planner to not always note when I've submitted something, so I don't look l like an idiot and resubmit it to the same publisher.

      This year I decided to go with a humorous planner. 




      Every week, there is a humorous version of a movie script, a book, a play or a TV show--a version that cries out for revision.

       Here is one example:

Macbeth

All:  Double, double, toil and trouble
          fire burn and cauldron bubble

Second Witch:  Fillet a fenny snake
                                  In the cauldron boil and bake
                                  Eye of newt and a touch
                                  of cinnamon
                                  A pinch of sugar, now stir
                                  it quick again.


       It reminds me of my Tuesday night writing group--the one that meets in a bar/restaurant. I had brought a piece about various critique groups I have belonged to over the years, and in it I noted that because of the WWWPs (my current "main" writing group) I had gotten some things published in anthologies and was 79,000 into a manuscript.

       One of the women looked with admiration at me. "That many words! That's really good." Then she saw the dubious expression on my face and said, "Isn't it?"

       I replied, "Yeah, unless the 79,000 words are sh*tty... and then it's just a big pile of poop... or a doorstop."

       Because it's better to proclaim something publicly so my friends can call me out and embarrass me when I fall flat on my face encourage me, I am going to set a goal:  by the end of February 2016 I will have finished this version of my manuscript. I think hope it's a doable goal. After that, I hope to have some time to look at it as a whole piece, and see what still needs to be done to it.

      I also hope it's not an even bigger pile of poop by then...

      Do you have a pile of poop that you're hiding away? Tell us about it. This ain't no scratch and sniff blog, so you have nothing to fear...

       And here's my attempt at a poem that's 60 words (or less) for Mama Zen's challenge. (It's 53 words long, not including the title.)

  
Circus Girl Smokes While Rehearsing Her Stunts; Nina Leen, 1949


I Know... Do You?

Shaddup and don't even bother.
I know already.
These cancer sticks'll kill me.

But hey!
Dangling above these
popcorn-eating chumps
hangin' by just some cheap rope...
well, that ain't safe, 
neither.

But hey!
Don't my rear end
look good
upside-down like this?

Or didn't you think 
I knew
that you 
noticed?

28 comments:

  1. You have a great goal...me, I am always in a whirl of nothings. Poetry too? Yea for you. Whoops,was that poetry. Cancer sticks...never heard that one and is a great image of a bad thing. It reminded me of light sabers...too many Star War commercials right now I guess!

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    1. Claudia--You just won a bunch of awards. That is NOT a whirl of nothings, for sure!

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  2. I love it! You really nailed the tone.

    As for 79,000 word, well, that impresses the hell out of me. I'll be lucky to write 79,000 in my entire life.

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    1. Mama Zen--Thanks, and thanks for giving such a wonderful prompt/challenge.

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  3. LOL - you have captured the voice to perfection...this is how I saw her too.......Love the upside down rear - it does look better that way! Smiles.

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    1. Sherry--It was a great photo, wasn't it.

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  4. Alas. My poop isn't even in a pile. It's scattered out like rabbit pellets. And it's not even hidden away, but in plain sight, in about 5500 blog posts all over the innernets. I'm surprised the stench hasn't shut down the world wide web.

    Whoops! For a minute, I thought that was your picture. Your way of commanding the attention of your students.

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    1. Val--But it IS me. We have an unusual dress code at work for the teachers--you have to either wear sequins or a cigarette... it's our choice.

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  5. But Hey,
    "Those cigarettes will barbecue your lungs.
    I've burried two husbands who died this way.
    "
    Those were some of my now deceased MIL's favorite words of admonishment.
    Two more,
    Her rear looks like the farmer's two shoats in a tote (sack).
    It was a fun read, Souix.
    ..

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    1. Jim--I've also heard, "Her rear end looked like a bag with two puppies trying to get out."

      Your MIL sounds like a real character.

      And thanks. I enjoyed yours, too.

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  6. Splendid humor and the tone is perfect! Loved every word.

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    1. Margaret--Thanks. It was a fun challenge.

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  7. What Margaret said. :) As to your 79,000 words, keep going till you've got 'er done. You'll do it, and then face the scary revision, and THEN there will be the even scarier querying. But you'll do that too. And then I'll buy your book. :)

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    1. Lisa--WHEN (not if) I finish it, there's lots of scary to face, that's for sure.

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  8. Ha, of course I noticed :-) a big smile on my face.

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    1. Brudberg--It was a great photo. Some things DO look better upside down...

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  9. Well done, Sioux! As for me...pay no attention to that pile of virtual poop (she said, standing in front of her laptop).

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    1. Cathy--And yet we keep sitting in front of our laptop and tapping away...

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    1. AngieInspired--It was an awesome picture. In fact, several of them were...

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  11. Does this swing make my ass look fat?

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    1. Grapeling--Gravity sometimes does good things...

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  13. That's a great goal and I believe you can do this! :)

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    1. Pat--I hope so. I'm keepin' my fingers crossed.

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  14. Those were the days. Work out the body and puff on a cigarette at the same time. Love the poem, Sioux!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  15. Those were the days. Work out the body and puff on a cigarette at the same time. Love the poem, Sioux!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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