One of these days I will run out of previously written pieces to post here. What then? How will I deal with such a frightening eventuality? If you have any suggestions, please comment below. That includes cynical or smart-alecky suggestions that have no real value other than to incite other readers to comment. Perhaps we can even get a real dialogue going, such as you find on the political blogs.
I have some writing projects that I halted for one reason or another but that could be restarted. For example, I once started a lexicon project that presented words in use as the means by which the meanings of the words were implied. In other words, definitions weren’t stated but were supposed to be made obvious by the way they were used in the text. Sounds pretty boring, but it was fun for me to work on. I developed characters and situations for the high school students and teachers that populated the fictional world of Driftwood High. Some examples:
- With their house now completely taken over by aliens from another world, Claude and Claudette frantically decided to abandon it. They fled in the middle of the night, leaving behind all that they owned, and ran screaming toward Chicago.
- Yielding to his emotions, David Pronk, with the reckless abandon that his fellow students have come to expect if not appreciate, screamed “GET OUT OF MY WAY!” as he somersaulted over the rope across the entrance to the dance in the school gym. Pronk doesn’t even try to control himself and, when excited, acts much like a child.
- Jack, once proud of his cool room upstairs at his father’s house, suffered abasement when he had to move into the dingy room at the back of the local barbershop. He was so ashamed of his latest residence that he didn’t tell any of his friends where he now lived.
- Millie wanted to abash her classmate Sarah, who had recently bragged about getting straight A’s in math. Millie told everyone that Sarah wore dirty underwear.
Yes, the content was developed to appeal to teens. But I wrote this stuff a few years ago and times have changed. I don’t know that I correctly estimated what would have appealed to kids in those days and certainly don’t know what effect it might have on the kids of today.
What about standard word definitions? They can be found anywhere, including on the Web. It was never my goal to define a word but instead to show it in use. That’s what made the project fun for me. I didn’t have to worry about being precisely scientific, just about deciding which word to use and creating a situation to use it in.
I guess, after all, I have some things to fall back on when I’ve depleted my reserve. I’ll be forced to complete projects unfinished. Pretty scary.