Re: The Writing Assignment
- Oh, man. A hoot. You gotta
give Judi credit for a her
wonderful sense of humor.
SHE is a hoot. I think I've
written that before.
Reminds me of a tea story
of my own:
My wife, Susan, in the lock
down ward of the health nuts,
order some tea from the
Amazon, called Shipibo.
Not being a tea drinker,
I turned down her offer
to share a cup.
As she looked over the
literature that came with
the tea shipment, she noted
a suggestion that the tea
leaves left over after making
tea, could be integrated
into the soil of plants.
We have a lot of house
plants. One has particularly
heavy leaves that droop over
the side of the pot. Susan
picked this one for her
first experiment. I shrugged.
The next morning, the leaves
of that plant were standing
straight up firm and tall.
"I'll have some of that tea, now."
were my first words that morning.
--- In email@example.com, medit8ionsociety
> Thanks to Judi Rhodes for sharing this jem....---------------------
> Well, here is a true life example from the Phoenix College.a
> An English Professor assigned his students to a joint writing
> exercise that quickly degraded - check it out...
> "Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story.
> The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person
> sitting to his or her immediate right."
> "As homework tonight, one of you will write the first paragraph of
> short story. You will e-mail your partner that paragraph and sendthen
> another copy to me. The partner will read the first paragraph and
> add another paragraph to the story and send it back also sendingparagraph,
> another copy to me. The first person will then add a third
> and so on, back and forth."outside
> "Remember to re-read what has been written each time in order to
> keep the story coherent. There is to be absolutely NO talking
> of the e-mails and anything you wish to say must be written in theThe
> "The story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached."
> The following was actually turned in by two of my English students:
> Rebecca (last name deleted), and Gary (last name deleted).
> THE STORY:
> (First paragraph by Rebecca)
> At first, Laurie couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted.
> chamomile, which used to be her favorite for lazy evenings atmust
> home, now reminded her too much of Carl, who once said, in
> happier times, that he liked chamomile. But she felt she
> now, at all costs, keep her mind off Carl. His possessivenesswas
> suffocating, and if she thought about him too much her asthmastarted
> acting up again. So chamomile was out of the question.
> (Second paragraph by Gary)
> Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Carl Harris, leader of the attack
> squadron now in orbit over Skylon 4, had more important things
> think about than the neuroses of an air-headed asthmatic bimboyear
> named Laurie with whom he had spent one sweaty night over a
> ago. "A.S. Harris to Geostation 17", he said into hisSpace
> transgalactic communicator. "Polar orbit established. No sign of
> resistance so far...But before he could sign off, a bluish particle
> beam flashed out of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's
> cargo bay. The jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his
> seat and across the cockpit.
> He bumped his head and died almost immediately, but not before he
> felt one last pang of regret for psychically brutalizing the one
> woman who had ever had feelings for him. Soon afterwards, Earth
> stopped its pointless hostilities towards the peaceful farmers of
> Skylon 4. "Congress Passes Law Permanently Abolishing War and
> Travel," Laurie read in her newspaper one morning. The newswindow,
> simultaneously excited her and bored her. She stared out the
> dreaming of her youth, when the days had passed unhurriedly andaround
> carefree, with no newspapers to read, no television to distract her
> from her sense of innocent wonder at all the beautiful things
> her. "Why must one lose one's innocence to become a woman?"launched
> she pondered wistfully.
> Little did she know, but she had less than 10 seconds to live.
> Thousands of miles above the city, the Anu'udrian mothership
> the first of its lithium fusion missiles. The dimwitted wimpyrace.
> peaceniks that pushed the Unilateral Aerospace Disarmament Treaty
> through the congress had left Earth a defenseless target for the
> hostile alien empires who were determined to destroy the human
> Within two hours after the passage of the treaty the Anu'udrianpulverize
> ships were on course for Earth, carrying enough firepower to
> the entire planet. With no one to stop them, they swiftlyinitiated
> their diabolical plan. The lithium fusion missile entered thefelt
> atmosphere unimpeded. The President, in his top-secret mobile
> submarine headquarters on the ocean floor off the coast of Guam,
> the inconceivably massive explosion, which vaporized poor, stupid,fist
> Laurie and 85 million other Americans. The President slammed his
> on the conference table. "We can't allow this! I'm going to vetothat
> treaty! Let's blow 'em out of the sky!"adolescent.
> This is absurd. I refuse to continue this mockery of literature.
> My writing partner is a violent, chauvinistic semiliterate
> Yeah? Well, you're a self-centered tedious neurotic whose attempts
> at writing are the literary equivalent of Valium. "Oh shall I have
> chamomile tea? Or shall I have some other sort of F***ING TEA???
> Oh no, I'm such an air headed bimbo who reads too many Danielle
> Steele novels."
> Get screwed.
> Eat sh**.
> SC*** YOU - YOU NEANDERTHAL!!!
> GO DRINK SOME TEA - B***h.
> A+ - I really liked this one. Only group to get an A.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff Belyea"
> The next morning, the leavesShipibo, eh? I wonder if it also
> of that plant were standing
> straight up firm and tall.
> "I'll have some of that tea, now."
> were my first words that morning.
makes you go blind? ;)
- --- In email@example.com, "Nina"
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff Belyea"So far, I've just had to
> <jeff@m...> wrote:
> > The next morning, the leaves
> > of that plant were standing
> > straight up firm and tall.
> > "I'll have some of that tea, now."
> > were my first words that morning.
> Shipibo, eh? I wonder if it also
> makes you go blind? ;)
get a new prescription.
All things in moderation.