Steve Chatterton
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Category: ‘642 Things’

642 Things #2 – Green Stuff

April 4th, 2014 by Steve

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I remember my Grandma as one h*** of a cook and my mother as the personification of how things sometimes skipped a generation. For instance, Grandma (pronounced Gramma by those in the know) always roasted her turkey to perfection; crispy skin, never dry in the least. And even if it were slightly overdone, her pan dripping gravy meant all was forgiven. My mother’s pork chops, however, doubled as hockey pucks once they cooled. Perhaps it was for the best. If mom had Grandma’s skill, I likely would have been a morbidly obese child.

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642 Things #1 – In a Second

April 1st, 2014 by Steve

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Lots of things can happen in just a single second.

You can inhale, you can exhale, or you could simply hold your breath. Your heart will most likely beat at least once. You could scratch your head, or blow your nose. You could take a second look.

You could blink, you could wink, or you could wink while clucking your tongue twice in rapid succession out the side of your mouth. A second is all it takes.

The person winked at with a side-mouth double tongue-cluck also has several options, many of which are doable in the span of a second. These include – but are not limited to – smiling at you, slapping your face, pretending to look elsewhere (perhaps to save you the embarrassment), tossing a drink in your face, kneeing you in the groin, turning completely around and walking away, or saying “Hi!” There’s only one way to find out what they’d do.

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642 Things to Write About

March 30th, 2014 by Steve

642 Things to Write About

So my wife went book shopping today (Yea!) and brought this, 642 Things to Write About, home for me (Yea!).

I didn’t even know this book existed, but now I’m excited to get working on it. The book is a series of writing prompts to get you trying new things in your writing, pushing you in strange, new directions you may have never considered going.

Prompts include things like:

  • Study a stranger. Go home and write a tragedy about his or her mother.
  • Five things that always get you in trouble.
  • Write down everything you can remember about your algebra teacher.
  • Why do you like those shoes?

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