If The Rich Young Ruler Had Listened

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Feel free to print this out and paperclip it to the rough draft of Mark 10 currently in your Bibles, beloved.

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Amy Bleuel;

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Amy Bleuel has passed away.

She raised awareness about ending stigmas associated with mental health issues.  She started Project Semicolon, an effort that has spread around the world and impacted thousands of people, many of whom are now tattooed with the ; symbol.

The idea was simple.  A semicolon is used when a writer could have used a period, ended a sentence, but didn’t.

In the United Church of Christ, we’ve had a saying for a while about never putting a period where God has placed a comma.  It’s our way of saying that God is still speaking, and it comes from Gracie Allen.

Obviously, there’s a close connection between Amy’s insights and Gracie’s.

I have resisted getting my own semicolon tattoo, because, as someone dealing with anxiety and OCD, I don’t like the idea of something on my body constantly reminding me of my anxieties, my obsessions, and my…

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The New Tag Team I Really Want to See In Impact Wrestling

IMPACT (formerly TNA) Wrestling is seeking a comeback.  Co-founder Jeff “Double J” Jarrett is back, Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan are gone.

Last week’s episode of IMPACT (PopTV) was the first under the promotion’s new ownership (Anthem Entertainment, owner of the Fight Network and other properties, bought the operation late last year).  New stars debuted, old stars returned, new angles and conflicts were promoted.

Years ago, in the final days of WCW, there was a tag-team called Creative Control, a nod to the process by which everything about professional wrestling is decided.  Matches, storylines, gimmicks.  It was a wink, not a very clever or funny one, at the process.

I’d like to see IMPACT create a tag team called The Comment Section.  The Comment Section of any major website, we know, is best avoided: it’s where trolls are fed, where bullies reign, where discourse goes to die.  It’s a great gimmick for a top heel team in a company hoping to start over.  The Internet Wrestling Community (IWC, or, as WWE calls it, the Internet Sports Entertainment Community) is huge, active, and vocal.  It influences the creative direction of every wrestling promotion.  Promos would write themselves: The Comment Section, the team, could simply read actual negative comments about their opponents left on wrestling sites and social media by real fans.  All the conventions of the comment section apply.  Opposing teams aren’t just pinned, they’re Downvoted.  It’s self-conscious, obnoxious, and ridiculous, and I bet it would get over big.

 

 

George Saunders on “What Writers Really Do When They Write”

I agree with just about everything he says here.  Good news for me, right?

This rings especially true:

An artist works outside the realm of strict logic. Simply knowing one’s intention and then executing it does not make good art. Artists know this. According to Donald Barthelme: “The writer is that person who, embarking upon her task, does not know what to do.”