Shaking things up: writing prompt #4 (Or: your life as a musical)


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I’m having a blast with my latest dabble in posting writing prompts (see writing prompt #3). And whether you consider yourself family, friend, fellow creative or simply support my rambling and rhetoric—thank you, by the way—I encourage any and all to play along. What better way to take a break from the competing news media, weather updates and cat videos? I’m kidding, of course, because there’s no such thing as too many cat videos. But I digress. This month, I’m focusing on the topic of Broadway musicals. As a refresher, musical theater is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. Popular musicals include Grease, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Aladdin, Cats and Hamilton—among countless others. A favorite of mine, Little Shop of Horrors, happened to be presented by an outstanding all-youth cast.

A new Broadway musical is about your life. Come up with a title for the big show, and write a mini-review in 25 words or less.

From the bottom of my heart

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From the bottom of my heart

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As of tomorrow, I’ve fulfilled one of my two dozen goals for 2012.  Although it may be the end of my daily blogs, it is not the end of my rambling and rhetoric.  Plans for 2013  include randomly checking in and sharing a piece of wisdom, posting updates on how my other writing ventures are going and my ever-present quest for Someday.  Maybe I’ll note a quote that touched my writer’s soul or step on my soapbox to air a grievance.  Rest assured (to the chagrin of many), I’m not likely to run out of things to say anytime soon.  So if you’ve been a follower, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  And I hope you’ll stick with me as I enter yet another new season where I put fingers to keyboard and tackle a dream.  In the meantime, go after what you want with everything you’ve got.  It’s always the *write* time.

If you could devote yourself to fulfilling one dream, what would it be?

Benefit of the doubt


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A reader posted a comment on The demise of the human connection that brought a new perspective to my ramblings.  In a nut shell, for those who live in remote areas, the Internet is a Godsend.  I shared the response with a friend, excited that someone all the way in Australia had picked up my blog and with a few keystrokes we were communicating across the globe.  The person I told also thought it was neat.  But then he pointed out the blogger could be someone in a town 30 miles away from where I live who just said they reside in the Outback.  Way to burst my bubble.  But it’s true that more often than not I offer people the benefit of the doubt, taking their word at face value.  Shame on me at times, I suppose.  But I guess I’d rather be the type who believes in something until it’s been proven otherwise.

Do you give the benefit of the doubt or typically play it safer?