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If you like conciseness and efficiency, the Japanese goods store Daiso offers these small cards for $1.50 each package.
On Telegraph in Berkeley.


“Before and after”

“Before and after”

How are you filling the spaces in between, friends?

Self pity

By D.H. Lawrence

I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.


How does Lawrence know this? Does he speak sparrow?
Even if the bird did feel sorry for itself, the result is the same: bird’s dead.
Nature is what it is. Time is what it is. Get in the game, folks.


Characterization: how the author presents the dramatis personae of his or her story.

Direct characterization is when the author tells you directly that the character is of a particular state of mind or in a specific condition. The author comes right out and writes that the character simply is.

Indirect characterization is when the author describes the character and lets you the reader draw your own conclusions. He or she can do this by describing

Looks of the character, e.g., clothing,  physical state
Effect the character has on other characters or situations
Actions that the character takes
Speech of the character or that which is directed to that character
Thoughts of the character if the POV is omnicient

Remember it with this word mnemonic: “Indirect characterization is when the author says the LEAST about a character.”

In addition are these considerations of the character:
Flat character is one in which the author presents few aspects to his or her personality. This may be because the character is simple, or because the character is a foil or plays a symbolic role.

Round character is fully developed, complex.

Static character does not grow or change through the course of the story.

Dynamic character grows or changes as a result of the complications and climaxes inherent in the story or situation.

Click to access Characterization.pdf

You can also look at this .pdf and see how the National Council of the Teachers of English straight joinked my intellect.

“STEAL” indeed.

Let me be honest:


Rough night. Running a little late, sun already coming up for a one-hundred degree day. A little sore. Wake at 0440, too dark to run. Alarm goes off — ahhhhhh half-hour more.
Then I get up and run it and my time is uggggghhhh and this hill is a pull and…

You know why I do it? (Yes you do because you read my motives, already posted.)

Leadership by example.