Friday, July 1, 2016

Starting Sparks July: the awkward conversationlists

So I hope you all are having a good summer?

Calvin and Hobbes:

But today I am not here to discuss pleasantries. I am here because I am BURDENED WITH GLORIOUS PURPOSE!

Ahem, and that purpose is to give you the new prompt for July's Starting Sparks.


Okay, so perhaps it wasn't as glorious a purpose as might be expected. But I am working my way up, okay? Start small. Start sparks. As I, er, they say.

Anyhow, you know the drill and if you don't, well, this is a link up. Co-hosted by Emily @ Ink Inc. and me @ I'd think you know where. The details are here.

Here's the button.



*rubs hands together maliciously* There's so much I could do with a prompt like that. 

Write like a fiend!


  1. The prompt is lyrics from Riptide by Vance Joy, right? :)

    So much could be done with this!

    1. Oh, really? I had now idea. . . I feel mildly ignorant. I shall give it a listen posthaste!


  2. Your purpose is noble, Ashley lol. It's always a great thing to inspire - er, to start those little sparks of creativity in your fellow writers! Great prompt, a lot could definitely be done with that.

    I've tagged you for The Wisteria Writer tag, also! Here's the post for you!

    Write on! :D

    1. XD Thank you! *bows*

      Oo, sounds like fun! I'll go check it out.

  3. Ooh, this is so exciting! I'm just stumbling across your blog, and I must say I really love it thus far. I might have to give this linkup a shot!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  4. That would be awesome! I hope you join in! I'd love to see what you come up with. :)

  5. Laughing a lot at this post. I've said it before, I'll say it again, you're my fave.

    (I did notice all the Calvin and Hobbes summer related cartoons on your Pinterest a couple of weeks ago. I was like, someone is finding something amusing for her July SS post!)


    I'd had a vague thought that I'd do Edmund for this one, but a) he isn't really scared of starting conversations, he just tends not to do it bc books are better, and b) I couldn't BEAR to associate him in any way with Riptide (even though he lives by the sea) because he is approximately 839603699 miles away from anything and everything Vance Joy connotes or represents.

    When it came down to it, I couldn't bear to inflict that song on any character, so I have treated the prompt (I edited my story yesterday) in a very different manner ... ;)

    It's not that I don't like Riptide. I just-- well. I'll talk about it in my post.

    PS you should maybe sorta check your email. I wish I'd replied to your TDT email but I've not read it yet. But I have emailed you. About something different. *ahemhemhem*

    PPS I'll reply to TDT either tonight or tomorrow, though, for defs and realz.

    PPPS I tagged you for a thing.

    You're welcome ;)

    1. Wait, you already know that cause you commented on the post. Ugh @ me. To quote you, I dropped my brain ...

    2. Why thank you! *bows*

      XD I do wonder sometimes about my pinterest activity. Nearly everyone who comments on my blog also follows my pinterest so I can just see them predicting what I'm going to blog about or which Sherlock gif I'll be using next. XD But of course, I have to find something amusing for an SS post!

      Don't worry about it. I really don't think you have to be ashamed. It's not like whoever created the quote had the courtesy to give credit to the author of the quote/song/book in their little edit, picture, thing. (*cough* So I've done that before.) There was no way for someone unfamiliar with the originator to know, so I see no point in shame. I think you're good. :)

      Gosh! You've really thought this through! I have no idea what Vance Joy connotes as I had no idea who he was before someone pointed it out to me. (Unless it involves the artists I regularly listen to, I'm oblivious about the music world. Obviously, with my 1D fumble. . .) I'll probably just approach the quote without any thought to the song or artist. Just the words in and of themselves are enough for me. Maybe that's silly? *shrugs* I have no idea who I'll right about yet though, so yeah. . .

      And Edmund post! Huzzah! I cannot wait. Actually, I think you've probably already published it. . .

      As I am replying to your comment VERY late, I did receive both emails. :) I've also read both emails. AND I AM SO EXCITED I AM BURSTING!

      Ugh, yes. Dropping one's brain. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!

    3. I am very familiar with Riptide, it's like Wonderwall by Oasis, it just to me represents teen boy buskers. (obviously not to you ... the 1D thing made me lol!) I don't know, it's something I think about something. Because I like just Pinning stuff with gay abandon, as I do, and those lines "I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations", I really liked them back when they were just anonymous white text on a black background, so in a way it's sad that they've changed for me? (Though we did get a LesMisBook story out of the change, so maybe it's all for the good!) But on the other hand it kinda stresses me not knowing the context of things? Context is a big theme of The Handmaid's Tale; how you can impose anything onto anything by its context or lack thereof. "How easy it is to invent a humanity, for anyone at all" the narrator says. She's talking about a documentary she saw interviewing an old woman who'd been the lover of a Nazi in WW2 who was responsible for millions of deaths. And she's talking about "he wasn't a monster, to her", and how you can put anyone into a certain context and view them differently. And it's the same with words. One place context is massively important is, of course, the Bible. A text without a context is a con!

      But then on the other hand words have power on their own??

      WHO KNOWS.

      I've got far away from Riptide here. Oh well!

      I replied to your email just now! #GoMe

    4. "A text without context is a con!" --- Wow. But true. If it's taken out of the context of the originator it can mean anything you want it to mean. The words still have power, but that power is free to be manipulated away from originator's intentions if taken out of context. Very true. I shall read your email!

  6. I want to do this one, probably won't have time but I want too.

    1. I'd love to read what you come up with! As I always do. XD But of course we understand if you're busy. Life. Gah! It's always so bothersome.


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