Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Best of All Possible Years

The Bay Area Writers' Group meets this coming Thursday at the library in Chesterfield. If you live anywhere near the New Baltimore, Chesterfield area, Clinton Township area, I hope to see you there. It's pretty casual. Ordinarily members would have received some writing assignment to help them over the hump if they were having trouble overcoming writers' block, or wanted something to focus on a particular area of their writing skills.

Although it is too late to hand something out for this upcoming meeting, I am giving myself an assignment and as usual, I am inviting everyone to come along for the ride. If you're interested, I'll impose a deadline of next Monday to complete the task. If you want it to be read and possibly critiqued, then email me the link where readers can come and partake. I will post the links on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

THE ASSIGNMENT:
Take the year you were born. Do a little research on the net to get some information about the culture of that time. Then, write a seven hundred to one thousand word sketch or story that takes place in that year. The purpose? Work on setting. Work on creating a sense and feel for a particular place and time. What research you do or the extent of it, I leave to you? Me? I'm going to look at fashion styles, music, politics, etc....for May 1955.

18 comments:

thepinkangel said...

your comment meant a lot. It's not often a blog comment makes me stop and say..."wow, that made me feel wonderful."

notfearingchange said...

nice! Unfortunately, i have a doctor's note for this assignment. However, next one i'm in!

JR's Thumbprints said...

I'd really like to make an appearance at one of your meetings, (sticking a needle in my eye is not an option), unfortunately, I've committed to helping some elementary school children with their Science Olympiad practice this Thursday. Please keep me posted of future meetings.

DonkeyBlog said...

1955? Surely you must be writing about your father's birth year? Haw Haw!

This is a bit of a toughie - I, along with the rest of my family, have been trying to forget about that year for years!

For some reason, reading about the assignment cast my mind back to Nick Cave's book, And the Ass Saw the Angel, in which there's a rather graphic, angry and definitely censorable retrospection from the lead character about the night of his birth and his mother. Anyone's who's ever had a squiz, will blush in pleasant memory.

Stewart Sternberg said...

thanks Rach, er..pink...

notfearingchange, no problem. This assignment has really been for me. I need to work on something new other than re editing stuff for submission.

JR, I'll let you know. And don't worry, needles in the eye are optional.

Ah, age humor. Thanks Donkey. In my country we have a fond saying that passes between two people. Bite Me.

deslily said...

geez.. i thought i could even try this one..but when i went searching the year of my "birth" it was "war/ war/ war"... don't know i could write anything about that...

SQT said...

I was born in 1969! I have an abundance of stuff to choose from. The moon landing for crying out loud! Nixon takes office! Led Zepplin releases their first album! The Beatles give their last performance! Vietnam! Easy Rider!The Charles Manson murders! Woodstock!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Too much to choose from!!!

jedimerc said...

1973? hmmm... Peace of Paris, Watergate, tons of awesome music, low gas prices, a lot to work with... I will see if I can come up with something.

Kate S said...

Well, I was born less than slightly less than two months after JFK was assassinated, and 6 months before the Beatles descended upon us... maybe I can come up with something.

DesLily said...

hey sqt..... ppplllsssstttttt!!!!

SQT said...

Deslily, Mwahahahahah. I have better birth year. Nyah nyah nyah nyah. ;)

Stewart, I just read an exerpt from the blog Memoirs of a Gouda and she put down her own example of bad writing and I thought it was hilarious.

"Her hair flowed all like shredded paper that was gold-colored as she rid on a giant white horse to meet the man of her destiny. He had bicepts like hard dinner rolls, and tenderloins as scary great as those giant sausages you find hanging up at the deli. Yeah, he was her dreamboat, allright, and he was waiting for her. In a giant field filled with all kinds of pretty flowers and stuff, wearing rilly tight pants that made his butt look all hot. "Hello my lover." the girl said as she rode up next to the man who looked rilly good. "I think I'm going to rip you right off that horse and have you ride me instead." the tasty lump of man-meat said in a rilly sexy voice that was all low and manly. The girl got all blushed and brushed her hair back from her chest that had been totally bequeethed with ragingly massive boosums. "Why don't you be a gentle man and help me down then?" she said. He helped her down and wrapped his big strongly arms around her waste. "I want you to taste like a steak. One I just cooked on the grill." he whispered in her ear. She moaned at his manlyness. "Oh yeah, totally."

Lucas Pederson said...

I'll give it a whirl...but it might be a little late. Got a project that's eating me alive right now and I've gotta write it! Sorry. We'll see how it goes. Oh, and what gives? I haven't seen you stop by my blog lately? There be Hell to pay!!! Just kidding.

Stewart Sternberg said...

deslily, you were born in war? That makes you, hmmm...lemme see...well, the Gulf war was..so you're...give or take a few...eighteen????

SQT, with biceps like dinner rolls. I will have to check out Gouda's site. I've passed through there before. I think I want to be a lump of man meat.

Jedi, you were born the year I graduated high school. I hate you.

Lucas, I stop by your place regularly, just havent been faithful about commenting. Now I'll have to stalk you. Where's my diaper.

deslily said...

Ooooo Stewart .. really nice kiss-up! lol

1944 sucks! lol

Sidney said...

This sounds like an interesting one. You know they say the admonishment: "May you live in interesting times" is a curse.

I think we live in interesting times now, and perhaps there are some interesting things about the year I was born.

Lucas Pederson said...

Ahhhhhh! Someone helpd Stewart's gonna poop on me I think! :-)

DonkeyBlog said...

Sorry Mr S, am not gonna make it across the line this time - I'll look forward to reading this time, though.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Donkey no problem. I am surprised whenever anybody actually does one of these. Maybe next time.