Daily Create 1735. Illustrate a Story Spark
A greedy armorer avenges a straightforward toxicologist in a plastic university
That’s the plot for Notting Hill
An evil physiologist eats breakfast with an amicable microbiologist in a jangling record store
That’s the plot for High Fidelity
An irresponsible queen goes on a quest with a sensible bacteriologist in a mortifying boutique
That’s the plot for My Two Dads
A prejudiced pursemaker loves an emotional agronomist in a pronged blacksmith’s shop
I think this is Downton Abbey
Write a spy story about an irreverent steelworker who develops a relationship with a tricky highwayman in a bitter clinic
Pretty sure this is The Full Monty
An alarming tax collector goes on a quest with a frank criminologist in a chaotic prison planet
I think this is from the 6th season of Dexter.
A filthy computer hacker has an one-night stand with a diplomatic hydrologist in a gangrenous salesman’s motel room
Am I doing something wrong? Can’t seem to get a new one. Let’s try one more:
A touchy galley slave hates a quiet zoologist in a tubular dwarf fortress
See? Slumdog Millionaire. They’ve all been done before!
Daily Create #1748 Who is your dream team? This dream team is real and is taking Canadians to task for their historic treatment of indigenous people through the residential school programs that worked to remove a culture.
Maybe it’s more of a perfect storm than a dream team, but it certainly is something to make you sit up, take notice and think about what it all means to us as a nation.
Here are the team members:
Chanie Wenjack: The subject of a story that we need to hear. A 12 year old Ojibwe boy who ran away from his residential school in 1966 and tried to walk home… 600 kms away.
Gord Downie: Gord is in a perfect position to give us whatever shit he feels like right now. He is a rock star. He is the Canadian rock star who also happens to be a wonderful poet. He also happens to be dying of brain cancer. Canadians all realize we are soon going to lose one of our greatest treasures so our eyes are on him. He’s releasing The Secret Path, which is likely the last new music we will hear from him and it tells Chanie Wenjack’s story. Gord also used The Tragically Hip’s final show to put the Prime Minister on notice that we need to make things right.
Peter Lemire: Graphic Novelist. The sombre mood of his previous works seem to fit just right to this project. See Essex County for an example. Peter has created a graphic novel and film about Chanie Wenjack to go with Gord Downie’s album. The music and the imagery together draw you in immediately.
Joseph Boyden: A writer who has written his books extensively in indigenous settings, is also releasing a novella, Wenjack, about Chanie, which will bring us deeper into the story.
Canadians: It’s up to us to join the team, bring this story into our collective understanding of who we were, who we are and who we want to be as a nation.
Daily Create #1747 is to answer the question, why do I write? The Daily Create website claims that today is the National Day of Writing, however does not identify which nation, so I’ll assume that it is Honduras. So, to celebrate Honduras’ National Day of Writing, I will try to describe why I write.
Here are some things that I write:
- text messages
- notes to self
- blog posts for work and for myself here in this space
- oh, there’s another email to write
- you have to write something in the box when you Google stuff
- grocery lists. (just kidding, I just wing it and that is why we have 17 bags of spaghetti)
- Tweets. And sometimes the tweets will be written about other writings I’ve done so we’ve gone meta
- Just let me finish this one email
- That might be about all the things I regularly write other than did I mention email?
But why? Oh yeah, that’s the real question. Well, for me in this space, it’s to practice, try ideas out, reflect on the process and to share the ideas for anyone to borrow from if they want because I am going to borrow from you, too! I think it is fun to frame your thoughts with a sprinkle of humour if you can think of a funny way to present things. Might as well get a giggle out of it while you let people know that you are thinking and the ideas that are important to you. Seriously, why not?