About three weeks before Christmas my middle daughter Emily asked me what I wanted. Without putting much thought into the question, I simply said, “How about a book that will help me become a better writer.”
I was thinking she would get me a reference book on verbs, adverbs and nouns; you know all the stuff they used to sing about on that Saturday morning cartoon. A book I would refer to from time to time but would mostly sit on my shelf to impress visitors to my office.
Christmas came and my gift from Emily and Chris (her husband) was a book titled “642 Things To Write About.” The book is compiled by the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. It is a book with 642 different topics and ideas to write about.
I don’t think Emily and Chris knew it, but they gave me the perfect gift.
For the past year I have wanted to write a blog. I wanted it to be fun but not silly; informative but not preachy and interesting but not overly political. By my lack of entries, it’s easy to see I had not had much luck.
All that changed with my gift. I am going to follow the book and blog on each subject as it is presented. Here’s the first topic:
What Can Happen In A Second (SFWG)
It may be just how my mind works but most things that happen in under a second, suck. Check these out:
An American Coup – Assuming Oswald did it, his bullet travelled from the muzzle of his Carcano rifle to Kennedy in under a second. A new administration takes over and a new President is sworn in.
The destruction of a city – On August 6th 1945, the atomic bomb “Little Boy”, is dropped on Hiroshima and an estimated 70,000 people are vaporized in under a second. In most books, it’s referred to as “instantly”. I think that counts.
The only good occurrence I found is baseball – A fast ball gets to the batter in under a second.
It seems to me most things in life worth admiring take longer than a second. I offer as evidence the birth of a monarch butterfly. Ever wonder how long it takes it to free itself from its chrysalis?
Seven to nine days and I believe, worth every minute of the wait.
I hope you enjoy checking out my blog from time to time. It took me less than a second to decide to do this but it will take much longer to cover the topics. Time will tell if me efforts are a bomb or a butterfly.
P.S. Each topic from the book will be annotated with (SFWG) to indicate the original idea. My own ideas will not carry such a mark.