Archive for January, 2010

Black or White?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 by davidburtonwriting

I’ve heard that white letters on a black background gives some readers a headache. So I changed the template. I didn’t like it so I changed it back. If anybody has a headache problem, let me know. I’m flexible.

Speaking of black or white, here’s a story idea for someone with the insight to write it right.

What if a black/white  man, boy/woman, girl was in love with a black  man, boy/woman, girl and  a white  man, boy/woman, girl?  A book/film exploring the prejudices and problems that might bring could be a powerful/hilarious story.

SPEAKING OF LONELY

What if you were the only racist on the planet? If everyone else on the planet had come to their senses and did not care what race  anybody was and you were the only one who hated other people because of  their ethnicity, what would that be like? How would other people treat you? How would you treat them? Would you eventually see the wisdom of the world, or would you embrace your hate because it made you different?  Would you try and recruit others to your bigotry, start an underground KKK revival?

It seems to me there would be  a loneliness component to your life, everyone wants to be a little different, but the only racist on the planet? I might  have to have a little bit of sympathy for you, maybe even admire you for sticking to your beliefs. If you were persuasive enough, maybe I’d join you, help you seek converts, after all, I’d like to be different, too. It’s human nature.  And maybe future history books will cite you as the one person who brought a certain kind of diversity back to the world.  It could happen. Though I hope not.

Black  or White encompasses much more than race– Good or Evil ( no small subject) Day or Night, Right or Wrong, what to wear to a wedding.   But those are subjects for another day.

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What if there were no What ifs?

Posted in Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , on January 25, 2010 by davidburtonwriting

“What if,” are the most important words a writer, and a reader,  have.  Without them, all we’d have is true stories. There are plenty of good, even great, true life adventures to write and read about, but how many variations of Uncle Harry’s adventure in  Las Vegas involving that stripper, a limo driver and a marmoset, can we stand? Humans like fiction. They need stories and Uncle Harry or Grandpa or that friend of a friend of your boyfriend just aren’t going cut it for the long haul.  For all those fictional stories you, reader and writer, need imagination.

Without  “What if” what would we do with our imaginations? Would we even have art of any kind? Would we even have a civilization? If some Neanderthal hadn’t thought “What if I can use this log to cross this river?” where would we be? No boats for trading or voyages of discovery, or sailboats to anchor in tropical paradises.  If some other ancient hadn’t said,  “What if  there’s a way to cross this river without using that log, then no bridges with toll booths. Okay, we could do without that one. But you get the idea.  We’d still be sitting on the riverbank wondering how to get at that hot Cro-magnon chick on the other side.

And art. Some cave dweller must have thought “What if I put this colored stuff  on a cave wall, like this!” Painting, music, sculpture,  architecture, theater, movies and of course literature, all have to start with, “What if…?”

So that’s what I hope this blog is about, ideas to help you with your what ifs. And maybe a comment or two about whatever. If anybody is looking in? Which is a perfect, and convenient, segue to —

IDEAS

What if you wrote a blog and nobody read it? How far would you go to get people to read it? How far if you were  a bit eccentric, or a bit mentally unbalanced, or very, very unbalanced. Do I see a serial killer novel there?

Or–What if you wrote a blog and EVERYBODY read it, and followed it? Would you want that sort of power? Could you handle that  power? What would you do with it?

Or–What if you wrote a blog and in 200 or so years after humans had managed to become extinct some aliens landed and the only record of human civilization they found was your blog. What would they think?

Feel free to use these ideas as you see fit. If you make a ton of money from one, don’t forget my finders fee.  I hope to post at least once a week, if not more.  Comments, as well as suitable links, are welcomed.

And if someone wants to expand the What if, imagination, civilization idea, feel free.

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