I once saw a boy in a childhood dream
and we would play in grass with bare feet
gathering dirt every time we hit the ground.
We would climb up trees and hit our heads
with leaves and branches, wishing to fly.
And if we fell, our skin wouldn’t tear
and our eyes wouldn’t begin to tear
because all of it was just a good dream.
It is a known fact that time flew.
Especially when we got off our feet
and carefully settled our small heads
on the grassy flower covered ground.
In the spring, we knew the ground
would always be there to collect tears
and when we lowered our heads
we would rest and cry and dream.
For hours, we’d dream at the foot
of our favorite tree and watch birds fly.
We’d never last to see the fireflies
make glowing mating calls on the ground
or have the bugs pinch our raw feet
while dew dripped down leaves like tears
After all, you can’t live life in a dream
forever. You have to grow up to get ahead
and know where you’re heading.
I can’t spend time wishing to fly.
I forget how you laughed in my dreams.
I forget the feeling of sleeping on the ground
and I hardly notice the pain of being torn
away because I have to be quick on my feet.
I have to let go of dreams with surefooted
steps and a very adult-like level head
that remembers but doesn’t even shed a tear.
Because I forgot why we wished to fly
and I forgot how it felt to hit the ground
and you forgot to visit my dreams.
Now, I’m sure you’re dreaming, in your bare feet
perfectly ungrounded, the clouds in your head
and wishing to fly, your heart tearing.
A Persian king’s new bride tells tales to stall post-coital execution.” —
Simplistic, but true enough. =)
“Said’s” are invisible. They vanish onto the page. The eye barely sees them — they become one with the inverted commas that indicate that something is being said. They’re the arrows on the speech balloons that show you who’s saying what. Lots of authors, when they start out, remember from school that you shouldn’t repeat words too much, and are careful to replace each “said” with “growled” “uttered” “yelped’ “hissed” “exclaimed” “asseverated” “muttered” “affirmed” and so on, and cannot work out why people dismiss the writing as amateurish. Use them, but use them sparingly. It’s like salt in a dish. Too much and it’s all you taste.
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS!!!!!!!!! When my writing teacher told our class this, there were people who just found the idea of only ever using said unacceptable. WHY? That’s what you’re supposed to write. Look at any great piece of writing and you will see a billion “saids” with very few filler words replacing that said. THERE’S A REASON AND THAT’S IT^^^^^^RIGHT UP THERE.
- Conversation 1
- Me: What's your favorite movie?
- Her: Planet of the Apes!
- Me: The old one or the new one?
- Her: The old one. I just watched it last night. It was awesome!
- Me: I know, right? At the end-
- Her: When they see the Statue of Liberty-
- Me: And realize...
- Both of us: They were on Earth the whole time!!!!! (honest to goodness this happened. 100% accurate. We had our fists raised in anger and everything)
- Conversation 2
- Me: What's your favorite movie?
- Her: Well, I haven't seen it yet, but there's a movie out that I'm pretty sure is going to be my favorite movie.
- Me: Okay, hit me with it.
- Her: The Lorax
- Me: I saw that yesterday.
- Her: NO WAY I WANNA SEE IT SO BAD HOW WAS IT I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE MY FAVORITE MOVIE EVER!!!!!
- Me: It was pretty good, but I still like the book better.
- Her: I didn't read the book.
- Me: You haven't read The Lorax!? I speak for the trees!?
- Her: Nah. They have it in the Library, but whatever.
- Conversation 3
- Me: My favorite movie right now is probably The Princess Bride.
- Class: (dead air)
- Me: Please don't tell me you haven't seen The Princess Bride.
- Class Chourus: No.
- One Girl: I've seen it! It's funny.
- Me: Thank you!
- One Girl: And the guy is pretty cute.
- Me: Yes he is. It's because his name is Wesley.
- Conversation 4
- Me: Favorite movie?
- Her: The Transformers movie.
- Me: The animated one?
- Her: No, the real ones.
- Me: ::headdesk:: Which one is your favorite.
- Her: The 2nd.
- Me: ::headdesking again::
So far, Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom, Citrix, Carbonite, and ProFlowers have pulled ads from the program, and several others are considering following their lead.” —
We truly are a consumerist society. If companies and advertisers know that the continued war against women and sex is not what consumers want and thus reflect these beliefs with their dollars, then why can’t our government get the same hint? They are, after all, supposed to be representing us.
After three days of personally insulting her…
… Rush Limbaugh releases a written statement: “In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”
… which really only furthers his sexist attack, saying Fluke wanted to “discuss personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress.”
… and he only did this after at least five advertisers revolted.
What. An. Ass.
He really doesn’t think he was wrong. He will not apologize because he does not feel bad.