8:35 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to live streaming of NASA’s Orion rocket launch
Hello, everyone. I may be a bit distracted. While down at my Florida brother’s he told us that they could sit outside their house and watch rocket launches [I am so jealous]. He also told us we could watch because one of their news groups always runs live streaming. I’m sitting here listening to the incredible patience of the NASA people as they try to get the rocket Orion off the ground. We have reached just outside three minutes twice and they are hoping to start a third count before they run out of launch time. It is exciting to listen to the process.
However, we are here for links. Having spent November in fiction, I have a backup of links, but will endeavour not to overwhelm you.
1] The first link is to a short essay titled ‘Ruthlessness’ by Douglas Goetsch, who is guest posting on Adele Kenny’s site. I was attracted to the essay by its title, as ruthlessness was a mantra of mine when I taught. On almost every essay or creative piece handed me for editing and remarks, I would write: Cut 10%. Be ruthless, ruthless. With my own writing, I keep the word to the forefront when I revise. Goetsch says, while bad poems are harmless, in that they would never deceive us, “good” poems are inherently limited and dangerous, in that they were made to please our egos, and are very difficult to come away from. Go read what else he has to say.
2] I found myself quoted everywhere this week ^–^. Poet Robert Peake has been analysing word frequency in a couple of different places and brings us his results along with a brief commentary. He came to the conclusion: For this reason, to me, there are no bad words, only words used badly. That was a phrase my students heard often, especially when talking about using swear words in creative writing pieces. This is just one of those interesting things to read, but I also thought some of you might like to use the words as a Wordle poem, or a remixed poem, or poems [i.e. only the words on the list].
Peake ended up writing three pieces: No Such Thing as Bad Words, Top “Poetry Words,” and Unconscious Preoccupations, Machine Revelations. That’s the order in which they should be read.
3] The final link is to a fun little exercise, a short video that explains the connection between math and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. You only need five minutes. Link to poetry? Um. Just go watch it. It expands your neurons.
I’m going to sign off, quickly, before I put a fourth link in. Mustn’t overwhelm. Mustn’t. I shall see you tomorrow for the roundup of this week’s prompt sites; Tuesday for a prompt to do with flowers; and next Thursday for more links.
Happy writing, all.
I know you’ll want to know: NASA is changing the way they are monitoring the winds, to manual (!), in the hopes they can get Orion off. I’m thinking this means someone steps outside(?). They have one more chance. Fourteen and a half minutes to launch. They hope.