Greetings, dear poets and storytellers. I hope life is treating you as gently as possible during our current situation. If you are in a home full of people (and going a bit stir-crazy), I hope you find ways to keep each other safe, reassured, and entertained. If, like moi, you happen to be in a New York apartment all by your-wonderful-self (and going a bit stir-crazy), I hope you find ways to keep yourself safe, reassured, and entertained (and relatively sane).
The subtitle of today’s feature is part of my favorite quotation in the whole world of words. The complete quote reads, “silence is not a natural environment for stories. They need words. Without them they grow pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you.” I love those words because I believe in them, and because they come straight from Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale, one of my favorite books. I’m sharing the quotation with you today because in this April of COVID-19, the right story might just keep us sane (and by “us”, I totally mean “me”). And since it’s my birthday (and I can ask for stuff if I want to), I’ve decided to shamelessly ask you for the gift of sharing the titles of the stories (in the shape of books and TV shows) that are keeping you entertained these days.
Here are my own choices:
I’m rereading Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. During times of chaos, I find extra comfort in books I already know I love. Good Omens—an intelligently told and hilarious story about an apocalypse averted—feels just right for the season.
I’m watching Cells at Work! an anime series that anthropomorphizes cells in the body. The show surprised me. I was expecting lots of laughter and a considerable amount of ferociousness (I mean, it’s anime and… well, you know). There is blood and gore (the story is set inside flesh and bones and such, after all), but I also found emotional depth—one episode left me feeling sorry for a cancer cell. And, trust me
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Announcements and Reminders:
- in her Wild Fridays #13: The Living Dead, Rosemary shares “the head next to mine on the pillow” and “letting go of things”, two poems by the recently departed Bruce Dawe, someone who said, “I write a poem to sort something out, to come to terms with something.” And these days, I believe, we need as many ways as we can find to sort things out. If you’ve yet to read Rosemary’s latest feature, do give it a go.
- this coming Wednesday, for “Weekly Scribblings #14: Let’s use Pathetic Fallacy, shall we?”, Sanaa invites us “to write using the literary device ‘Pathetic Fallacy’. Feel free to address what’s stirring inside of you. Remember to attach the natural phenomenon to the feeling, the tone, or mood of the character, speaker or setting in your contribution.”
The Writers’ Pantry is an open link event. Contribute poetry or prose, old or new, fiction or nonfiction. If you go for prose, your piece should be 369 words or fewer. One entry per participant. Let’s share word closeness during social distancing. Mr. Linky will stay open until next Sunday.
Stay safe, everyone. And if you can, laugh every chance you get
(even if your balloon falls to the ceiling and your ice cream starts melting on the ground)