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Quoted in the Grove:

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is.
~Chuck Reid

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’
~Isaac Asimov

It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.
~Dick Cavett

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Posted from the Grove:
Until they’re able to direct quarks and leptons into performing for stop-motion pictures, the following is the world’s smallest movie. It’s made with atoms

www.youtube.com/madewithatoms

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Prewritten for Thurs (05/29) 5 pm PT/8 ET is: constellation, fireworks

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@Writers Platform
Glass Table:

~Piffin: Black Nylon Sanctuary
The strategic placement of a buzzing new technology and getting wet under an umbrella

~Stejovis: Various Sonnets  
Example of a word sonnet taken from a link in Various Sonnets

Damien Bailey: VICE OR VIRTUE
From: Foreplay: An Anthology of Word Sonnets

i’ve
encountered
every
vice
and
virtue
out
there
but
none
as
confusing
as 
you

~ReenRen: Ode to My Rainbow
Rainbow love, captivating, ephemeral; precious for its beauty and stellar brevity; a passionate storm and … then she’s gone

~Aluria: A Roll of the Dice
From family archives: they rolled in the aisles in holy fervor, then rolled in the hay with indiscreet ardor; first discovery and a judge without court, then a roll of the dice with the unfortunate score: Heaven 1 (won), 2 for Hell (straight away)

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Prewritten: Spend a couple minutes with Edward Hopper’s, Nighthawks at the Diner, spin a thread from what you see

http://wordgrove.com/nighthawks.html

~Aluria: The Diner
Writers, denizens of the night in the heart of the city, keep vampire hours; they meet, they talk, they write in silence until first light stirs the city; tired and drained, they collect their sheets of paper and trade them for sheets of linen

~BarTalk: Phillies

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Impromptu: dice, grave

~Piffin: The Wrecking Ball
Subtle reminder that patience with the process gives the fruit of a tree a chance to ripen; a dithering time-sink for some is part of the writerly process for others

~Jessalee: June 23, 1967
A frantic shedding of clothes, a neglect of the hand brake in nature’s hurry for procreation; 9 months later a newborn takes a name from the family story they tell to this day

~Stejovis: Killer Game
Before reading, know that: lorica segmentata is an armored breastplate, that gladius is a short sword, that pilum is a javelin about two meters long, that a sarcina was a Roman legionary’s marching pack, a loculus was his satchel, and that slowly bleeding your life out upside down over some victor’s dice game was a chance you took as a soldier

~BarTalk: haiku

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Quoted in the Grove:

Moments of silence are part of the music.
~Anon

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.
~Anon

Men socialize by insulting each other, but they don’t really mean it. Women socialize by complimenting each other, but they don’t mean it either.
~Anon

Never make eye contact while eating a banana.
~Anon

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
~Virginia Woolf

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Posted from the Grove:

From a poverty of attendees at last week’s Word Game, the issue this week was finding enough seating.  The evening was long on chat (also welcomed new member, ReenRen), but the impromptu exercise slotted in on schedule without a hitch. Beautiful

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Prewritten for Thurs (05/23) 5 pm PT/8 ET is: Nighthawks at the Diner, a painting by Edward Hopper

Hopper’s Nighthawks… is a classic in American art. The setting is simple, the characters inhabiting the frame are few. They share this time and space but with histories and intentions that are profoundly different. Stories pour out of this painting by their hundreds, poems by their thousands. The assignment for Thurs’ Word Games: View Nighthawks …, and write from the place this painting takes you

http://wordgrove.com/nighthawks.html

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@Writers Platform
Glass Table:

~Stejovis: Various Sonnets: 16th century style
Does truth arrive by a knowledge of information, or by intuition; if both but not equal, information may be quantifiably true, but intuition predates numbers in the codex of the mind

~Aluria: The Godparent
When City visits the Bayou on hurricane alley, there is dismay at first in the soggy discomfort, also disdain for the menu and distress at the bugs, until … their happiness here shines thru; these people are happy; a dawning awareness of her godson’s great good fortune, a real life of raw episodes surrounded by kin, water and beauty; a vulnerable paradise where survivors take on life

~Piffin: Mexico
How do you win at love when death is your competition; death and knives cut both ways, but guns and cars are pointed; the open road is an open door, but death is the only door that reconciles love with departed loved ones

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Prewritten: Croatoan, Indian tribe and neighbor to the Lost Colony of Roanoke. That’s the history, but there’s a mystery of inexplicable disappearances associated with the word. Write about it

~Piffin: Croatoan
Whimsy and wordplay with a beat; music has a go at mystery, its only lack, a chorus and a tune

~BarTalk: Croatoan

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Impromptu: snack, humidity, godparent (pick two)

~Piffin: haiku
Sticky summer night, in line for an Italian ice

~Jessalee: 051613 snack humidity
Elation! Climbers high! … the world spread below at your feet; no shelter, no fire and a cold mountain rain turning food to mush; elation, climbers high

~ReenRen: Godparent Snack
Missed opportunities to celebrate birthdays may plague others, but not with the one who shares it; with a generation gap between them, it’s the Bridge of  Birthdays they cross to meet for lunch

Favorite line:
As a godparent
one is responsible to
be alive and not dead
if we can find a way to

~Stejovis: real deal
Smeared chocolate and dripping ice cream, humming junebugs by the lake; the sodden summer air takes the cake in MacArthurPark

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Quoted in the Grove:

The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.
~E L Doctorow

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
~E L Doctorow

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there’s only narrative.
~E L Doctorow

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Posted from the Grove:

This week’s reduced crop of new work on the Prewritten and Impromptu benches, if regrettable, does open a door to other opportunities. Below are links to TED Talks that relate specifically to writers and the creative process. The titles are self explanatory. One speaker was included on both lists, so is listed separately. Ms Gilbert provides context and a splendid introduction to both series

12 Essential TED Talks for Writers
http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2010/08/17/12-essential-ted-talks-for-writers/

4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-mustsee-ted-talks-creativity-inspiration-passion/

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

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Prewritten for Thurs (05/16) 5 pm PT/8 ET is:

Roanoke, the Lost Colony. People simply disappeared. A single word was found carved on a post at the site. Croatoan. It was the name of a local tribe

There are two mysteries, really. The manner of their disappearance, and that this word appeared on the lips and final writings of several famously doomed and disappeared people from history. The prompt for this Thurs’ Prewritten: Give a creative turn to the mystery based on the word, Croatoan. Paragraph #4 of the link below provides the most intriguing information on the disappearances connected to this word

http://anilbalan.com/2011/10/17/the-croatoan-mystery/

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@Writers Platform
Glass Table:

~Piffin: Coffee Break
There is a danger that lurks in secrets, and some things are best left unseen, unheard, unknown; the urine soaked terror of witnessing the forbidden; crime and horror that cannot be unseen

Prewritten: A train whistles, but there are no tracks nearby

~BarTalk: The Weasel

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Impromptu: A long evening of talk about writing, but no writing was done. Worth every minute of it

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Quoted in the Grove:

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.
~Shelley Winters

Naked is our natural state, and I loved sharing my nakedness with the world! I think that every woman should embrace the freedom and power of capturing herself in Goddess mode. To me, a body is a divine thing, and it has been a pleasure sharing my most intimate side.
~Erica The Kiwi

Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare fiddle?
~Katherine Mansfield

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Posted from the Grove:

Members from Wordgrove’s first iteration may recognize quotes from our first newsletter, This Week @Wordgrove. Such is the case with this edition of the Post & Review. As much as possible, refurbished sets have at least one quote improved from the original. Sometimes new-found quotes fulfill the theme’s mission better. Sometimes an individual quote slots in beautifully in several sets. However well it succeeds, the goal as always, the frisson of a dawning insight. Themes are often culled from the week’s chats, or in response to a new work found in Wordgrove

A reminder. The current edition of the Wordgrove Post & Review is also available in a Book on Writers Platform. This online edition may sometimes be improved by subsequent edits

Since two of this week’s postings on the platform deal openly with their love, the time seems right for featuring a previous video suggestion: Same Love, by Macklemore
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0

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Prewritten: morass, corduroy

~AidenScott:  corduroy, morass (04.25)
The great blue mystery embodied as a diaphanous indestructible veil; a bitter loss in the battle for self, the ending of a war between indifference and love; unflattering portrait of love as the foe, the receding image of his better angel Michael
Favorite line: Beauty is such a delicious sin.

~BarTalk: Crimes Against Language

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Impromptu: medieval, statue

~Aiden: Full Moon
To dance with Midnight and be taught by the Moon, do a shimmer-step breaking thru the leaves; ah, but comes the dawn then a change of habit; trust the Sun to bless his tryst on a daybed with her brother

Favorite line, in his postscript to Jessa: Macaroon? Really? Wtf!

~Piffin:  .Buzz.
The magic of technology comes to sex; again; phone call with a personal touch, the passion clutch and kissing in the rain

~Aluria: Medieval Statue
Medieval, emphasis on evil; discovered or imagined, history doesn’t flinch; flawed and fatally cast, a statue worthy of the cooing bombardier of shit

~Stejovis: My Hero
Praise for the everyday everyman who, in spite of everything, is given the gift of faith; but woe to sage uncertainty and the wisdom unable to believe

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Writers in Residence:  No rounds of the grove this week.  Please remind this editor if you have dropped new work recently, or intend to. Work from Thurs Word Games produced during summer hiatus (begins early June) will provide fresh fodder for this section when the Post & Review resumes in Sept. Occasional Guest Editors will continue to provide a little dash for your summer Sunday afternoon

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