Here's the Raymond Chandler quote again, in case you missed it from the earlier post:
“You have to write the way you see things. I tell people, Make a list of ten things you hate and tear them down in a short story or poem. Make a list of ten things you love and celebrate them. When I wrote Fahrenheit 451 I hated book burners and I loved libraries. So there you are.”Ray Bradbury
You sent me some great hate lists, and now it's time to list ten things you love. I think what comes after that is something that you create from both lists. In fact, let's have a contest. Send me what you "tear down" from your ten hates and what you "celebrate" what your ten loves -- a short story, a play, poetry, a prose poem --and I'll read it. Hell, if you can write a novel really quickly with this prompt, do that and send it to me! I'll pick out the one I like best, post it here and send you a copy of my friend Brittany's new novel Angel Food. I've been meaning to review her raucous book, unlike anything I've ever read with an almost old-fashioned sense of story and plot and characters, yet so twisted in sensibility that your head spins in the best way, making you feel at once invigorated and breathless with anticipation. Oh, and the characters become as real as anyone you've ever met but are at once completely surreal, both terrifying and irresistible. How's that for a mini-review? If you're not going to win the contest, you need to click on over to Amazon and buy it and read it for yourself. You'll thank me for telling you to do so.
Here are ten things I love:
- the moon
- the word and the color cerulean
- fat and tedious novels written about characters in the nineteenth century
- those three children in that old photo up there
- pizza, pasta and yellow cake with dark chocolate frosting
- California and its temperate weather with no humidity
- men with wicked senses of humor
- Van Morrison's voice, especially when he sings "Astral Weeks"
- Yosemite Park
- a stack of books not yet read with a few slim books of favorite old poetry mixed in
Your turn --