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I am the owner and blogger on this site. Hi! :D I like sparkles, sweets, and being nice. But I also laugh at snarky things. So I'm a work in progress.

Telling Positive Stories to Ourselves

So I’ve been thinking about a lot of things. (That happens in the span of more than two years.) I thought about the stories we tell ourselves.

I like positive stories. I think that’s because my mental landscape creates dystopian fiction at an alarming rate.

I know dark, gritty stories might seem more realistic. There is a realism in admitting to ourselves that people aren’t perfectly good or perfectly bad. Life isn’t always full of “happily ever after”. Life is messy and imperfect.

And then there’s this excerpt from a Superman comic. Continue reading

Writing Prompts: Broken Times

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(c) 12 Nov 2013 Windy Johansen

Write something that incorporates this incomplete poem.

broken times
but we still have all the right pieces
corrosive times
but we are still worthwhile people
broken times
but we are still moving, rebuilding
and we are still working, working
broken times

Use either the actual words, or if you like, write about these rebuilders. What pieces do they have? How much do they have to rebuild (bridge, city, country, civilization, or world)? How did they keep hope alive? Is this part of a speech a leader is giving?

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Writing Prompts: Post-Apocalyptic Utopia

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(c) 12 Nov 2013 Windy Johansen

There’s been an apocalyptic event. Nearly everything’s wrecked. Write about a utopian society there. How did they manage to make utopia possible when dystopia would have been easier?

Some thoughts:

For reference, a lot of the stories told as part of the Star Trek universe center on just such a society. People do argue that the Federation is actually more dystopian than it first appears, but to me, it has several compelling utopian elements irrespective of the possibility of co-existing dystopian elements.

Trying times can pull people apart, but has often brought people together. Think of how people come together in a crisis. They don’t look at one another as strangers; they see fellow beings in trouble and they care about and for one another.

Quite the fertile ground for the seeds of utopia. :)

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Writing Prompts: The Giggling Laptop

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(c) 12 Nov 2013 Windy Johansen

It was then that the black and grey laptop laughed its processor right out of its socket.

“Run that program? Are you mad?”

What does this inspire in you?

Here’s some questions to ask yourself:

Why is it laughing at the idea of running that program? Is it underpowered or overpowered for the job? Is it just an affront to its AI pride?
How has it attained sentience?
Does it wish for a different (possibly more humanoid) shape?
Is it secretly some sort of spy, planted to turn us all into…something disastrous? If so, is it good at acting, or is it like GLaDOS from the Portal series — 900% creepy nearly all the time?

I confess, it’s weird. But you might have fun. :D

Poem: Cash, Bridges, and Elusive Goodies

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(c) 12 Nov 2013 Windy Johansen

I just wrote this. I don’t know what it is, other than unabashedly silly. :D No, I don’t know what the sword is doing on the bridge (other than following the Rule of Funny). (TvTropes link alert! It will eat entire hours of your day. And you may not care, lol.) Maybe it’s one of those sentient swords and it just liked the view or something. lol (Of course, I then wonder how it got up there, and I have no idea.)
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Cash, Bridges, and Elusive Goodies

a secret bridge
I searched for it,
but it’s not there
(I needed that sword)

a secret cave
it was right there
then it was gone
(I needed that ore)

I made a map
this is so annoying

an obvious pitfall
why is this here
did you really expect me
to fall for that?

I gave you my cash
your game is frustrating

catch the bear, save the princess
keep the hide, catch the daylight
before the mad troll sees you
and you have to respawn again

(c) 12 Dec 2013 Windy Johansen