Brevity Pulls: Fewer words

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” — Blaise Pascal.


Where do you fall on the brevity/verbosity spectrum?

If I could say what I want to say—in fewer words—,I’d do it in a jiffy.

If I could sketch,I’d provide a picture.
Writing less needs more thought.

Uncanned laughter: We laughed, we dared not cry

A misused word, a misremembered song lyric, a cream pie that just happened to be there: tell us about a time you (or someone else) said or did something unintentionally funny.

It was meant to be a joke,

It was not meant to harm,

(I’ll not tell you what or why)

Or even drag on,

But the hurts hurtled on,

On and on,

With the pace of a juggernaut.

We grew weary, we grew teary

Yet, we laughed through our wails.

We dared not show our pain.

We laughed because we dared not cry.

~Linus Fernandes.

Writer’s Block Party: Read to Write

Logo of Look and Read

Logo of Look and Read (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When was the last time you experienced writer’s block? What do you think brought it about — and how did you dig your way out of it?

If I don’t read, I can’t write.

It’s as simple as that.

It doesn’t have to be about what I intend to write.

The reading’s serendipitous.

The writing does not take a fall.

I read. Ergo, I write.

To write is to read—a lot.

How hard is that for you to understand?

How simple have I to be for you to get it?

What a party!

~Linus Fernandes

Missing Sequels: Happily Ever After


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If you could create a sequel to one favorite (standalone) movie, which would it be? How would it build on the original?

The daily prompt for this Sunday arrived this morning. Yep, it’s mid-morning here in India.

And the few posted responses pinged back were mostly gripes about the prompt being late.

I’ll add my bit. The title’s misspelt too! Or was the WordPress man being clever?

Oh, well! Who knows? A much needed off-day for me!

But to answer the prompt—well, that’s pretty simple.

Take all the movies that end “and they lived happily ever after” and show that the protagonists live somewhat humdrum, mundane lives ever after…

Wouldn’t that be something?

Some of them might even be WordPress bloggers responding to Daily Prompts!