365 Writing Prompts Day 20

January 20, 2017 – What is a life lesson you learned from watching a movie? Why do you think that movie stuck with you?

Kevin Smith’s Red State…

First, I went into this movie cold. I’d heard a little bit about it when Smith auctioned the distribution rights to himself at Sundance, but I really didn’t know anythng about the plot.

Second, since it was included in the Horror/Thriller section at Netflix, and it is Kevin Smith, I was expecting a lot of gore and a few laughs.

Man, was I wrong.

In Red State, Smith tackles Fred Phelps and the Westboro band of inbreds, the ATF disaster at Waco, and the conservative party’s interpretation of religion. He does it extremely well, I just didn’t expect it to be so goddamned scary!

There was quite a bit of gore and unsettling, oppressive violence. However, to me, the most frightening scene in the movie was:

These nine minutes hurtled me back to my youth, attending a small Assembly of God Pentecostal church, and perfectly illustrates how one person can use a little nugget of scripture to manipulate people into believing anything, and use God to justify hate.

Kevin Smith is an excellent film maker, and his topics are 100% guaranteed not to be boring. Michael Parks is one of the most underrated actors of all time, and I think he should be in every movie made from now on.

Regardless of your political/religious views, this movie will make you take a long look at society and yourself. I highly recommend it.

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365 Writring Prompts Day 19

January 19, 2017 – Three things you can’t go without:

Every work day morning, once I’m sitting in my car, I make sure I have my reading glasses, my phone, and my tablet. If I don’t, I go back inside for them.

Reading glasses – this one is obvious. I sit in front of a computer all day, and if I can’t see it, I’m not getting anything done.

Phone – I’m an Android die hard and a Samsung fangirl. Currently, I have a Galaxy S5 — my love for this phone is irrational, bordering on unnatural. I have a direct line at work but most of my family / friends text or call my cell. Also, I’m two blocks from the Wiener Kids’ school and they have my cell number on file.

Tablet – Again I’m an Android die hard and Samsung fangirl – this is a Tab E 8.0, it has a SIM card so I’m not tied to a WiFi network. It has Sling, Netflix, and Hulu apps loaded so I can listen to shows/movies while I work.

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365 Writing Prompts Day 18

January 18, 2017 – Do you ever watch how-to videos on YouTube? Tell us about a lesson you learned from watching a video.

A few monhs ago, I noticed that the front left and rear right turn signal bulbs were out on my Little Blue Car©. After a thorough Google search, I found which bulbs I needed, and a video at YouTube showing me how quick and easy it is to replace them.

Early one Sunday morning, I headed to O’Reilly’s, spoke with three engaging, helpful young men, who found and sold me the bulbs. They assured me the video was correct, I could have it done in no time.

LIARS!!

Watching the video a second time, I was able to locate the sockets and remove the old bulbs. However, after dropping one of the replacement bulbs down into the engine compartment, a second trip to O’Reilly’s to replace the wasted bulb, losing skin on most of my knuckles, and burning a pea sized blister on my right wrist, I finally had to ask Josh to help.

On the bright side, Josh managed to get everything back in order, and I didn’t break any fingernails…

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365 Writing Prompts Day 17

January 17, 2017 The Social Network

Do you feel like you “get” social media or do you just use it because that’s where all your friends and family are?

Get doesn’t really begin to describe my feelings toward social media. I’m still astonished by it daily.

In the Book of Genesis, it speaks of The Tower of Babel — a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, came to the land of Shinar. There they agreed to build a city and a tower “tall enough to reach heaven”; seeing this, God, viewing such behavior as rude and disrespectful, confounded their speech so that they could no longer understand each other and scattered them around the world.

The internet and social media has created a united humanity once more, we’ve become a true global community. If something happens in Africa, the rest of the world knows about it within minutes. In the case of a disaster or tragedy, people are organizing volunteers and raising funds within the hour.

I believe that as long as we continue to love one another, serve one another, feed the hungry, and help the poor, God won’t find us rude and disrespectful. Instead, He will bless us. 🙂 🙂

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365 Writing Prompts Day 16

January 16, 2017 If you came to visit me we would:

Go to Leong’s for Cashew Chicken. Ettie tells the story much better than I could.

How David Leong Invented Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken

Go to the original and largest Bass Pro Shop and Wonders of Wildlife Museum

Bass Pro
Wonders of Wild Life

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365 Writing Prompts Day 15

January 15, 2017 Place of birth:

Springfield, Missouri

The area where I was raised is North Springfield, or as I prefer to call it, Moon City; it was built and developed by Frisco Railways in 1881 for employees and their families. In 1887, North Springfield and Springfield voted to unite under the name Springfield. My grandfather, my father, four of my uncles and several cousins worked for Frisco until they merged with Burlington, and the majority of jobs moved to Nebraska.

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is a historic Footbridge built in 1902, measures 562-foot (171 m) long, and allows pedestrians to cross 13 sets of railroad tracks. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Recognized by convention as the “Birthplace of US Route 66”, it was in Springfield on April 30, 1926 that officials first proposed the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway.

During the 1950s, Springfield ranked third in the U.S. for originating network television programs behind New York and Hollywood. Four nationally-broadcast television series originated from the city between 1955 and 1961: Ozark Jubilee and its spin-off, Five Star Jubilee; Talent Varieties; and The Eddy Arnold Show. All were carried live by ABC except for Five Star Jubilee on NBC; and were produced by Springfield’s Crossroads TV Productions owned by Ralph D. Foster. Many of the biggest names in country music frequently visited or lived in Springfield at the time. City officials estimated the programs meant about 2,000 weekly visitors and over $1,000,000 in fresh income.

Some of our more notable citizens are Bob Barker, Brad Pitt and Kathleen Turner.

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365 Writing Prompts Day 14

January 14, 2017 – Taboo

This isn’t from the prompts list. Taboo is a limited series that premiered on FX this last Tuesday, there are only eight episodes for this season. IMDb says:

James Keziah Delaney returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to wage war on those who have wronged him, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the East India Company, whilst playing a dangerous game between two warring nations, Britain and America.

They fail to mention is that James knows all manner of magic, as did his father, they could communicate over long distances via a psychic connection, and he’s able to commune with the dead. They give him a lot of really useful information.

Additionally, there are all kinds “taboo” going on — murder, miscegenation, slavery, and some incest thrown in for good measure. This is just from the first episode. Who knows what else they’ll show us…

My boyfriend, Tom Hardy, plays James. There are a few Game of Thrones alum in the cast, as well as other familiar faces. It’s dark, and I’m not referring just to the subject matter. I guess London was really dark in 1812, since electricity wasn’t developed and available until 1880…

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the premiere and I’m hooked.

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365 Writing Prompts Day 13

January 13, 2017 – Yellow

That was the prompt, that one word. Immediately I heard:

Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah they were all yellow

Yellow — I loved and still love this song. Sean and Leslie would always laugh at me because when it came on the radio or television, I’d make everyone be quiet so I could listen. They would tilt their head to the side and bob to the music, I guess imitating me.

The lyrics don’t make a lot of sense, it isn’t touchingly romantic; however, the melody and Chris Martin’s vocals inspire a dreamy, warm feeling. Truthfully, I can’t say it invokes a specific memory, I can’t associate it with a person or time period. It just makes me feel sentimental and happy…

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365 Writing Prompts Day 12

January 12, 2017 – The Writing Room – A djinn granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?

This… I can’t even

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