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writerly Wednesday, staring at strangers

For today's exercise, go someplace where you are surrounded by people you don't know. Pick a candidate. Describe him/her using active verbs and without adverbs. How did he/she get here? Where will he/she go next? What is his/her biggest joy? Biggest sorrow? Write that down. 

No, it doesn't matter one bit if you are correct. Just do it.


In other news, I am pondering a kickstarted campaign, one that would be about talking to spinners and knitters about hot button issues, like faith. Any thoughts? Anyone other than me find this interesting? And, yes, we would be knitting/spinning while talking.


I think that the in other news idea is brilliant. Especially if it means we get to live in some sort of communal Love Collective (with servants of course) to discuss stuff while we knit and spin. But seriously ... yes.

I know a few other people who would find that interesting.

Personally, that's the last kind of conversation I'd like to have at a fiber get-together, but some other folks may enjoy it. I'd probably leave.

I'm torn. On the one hand, I'm sure that there are people who would love this idea. On the other hand, one of the things that I, personally, love about fibery pursuits is that these conversations *don't* happen as a matter of course. When there's so much butthurt in the news and (it seems) everywhere else I look, knitting has become a little apolitical oasis where I can escape those topics.

The Friday night knit group I attend occasionally has a recurrent discussion about religion. Not faith, per se, but religion. It seems to happen largely because one of the attendees is Jewish and she feels the need to lecture us on her (perception of) the attitudes of Midwestern Christians toward the existence of Jews in their midst and the treatment of same. Let me tell you, this discussion gets old v-e-r-y quickly. I have been known to, after listening for 10 or 15 minutes, to say, Okay, enough about religion. Let's talk about something else.

As long as no one person dominates the conversation and as long as we don't cover the same damned ground every friggin' time, a discussion as you propose could be interesting. I only object to the one I mentioned.

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