I have been trying to right a bit everyday.(Seinfeldianic Guilt.) I’m trying to do something to keep my writing chops fresh.
That is a vivid mental picture I would like to paint for you.Those of you who were born around the time of the original broadcast of the moon landing (If you really want to piss off a bunch of engineers, tell them that the moon landing was faked.) you will remember the many, many terrible commercials for many sketchy products (We remember you diet pills!) Two products come to mind: Fruit Fresh and Accent.
Fruit Fresh was a fine powder (I have no idea what it was, but isn’t it hilarious to think of a bunch grapes freebasing crack and then having a jam session?) that you sprinkled on cut fruit to keep it fresh.
Accent was another powdery product.This dusty magic was to enhance chicken, beef or chops of the pork or veal variety. It came in its own shaker as did Fruit Fresh.
It’s a bit fishy, with or without the Fresh. Why was everything powdery in the 70’s?
So that’s where I am on the chops. I do write serious things sometimes, but day’s like today when I can only stagger through three articles, leaving me to write six tomorrow, because my brain is so scattered that spell check can’t help me. (I’m serious, today I’ve made so many stupid typos that autocorrect did everything but toss up a word balloon that said, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”)
What’s wrong with my scattered head you may ask? (And if you didn’t ask that question, you were probably were asking, “What else is new?” ) I may or may not have a new job, but I have to wait for the final word to jump up and down with delight and/or glee. I have no idea what to plan. Despair? Lessons? Descent into madness? Classroom arrangements? It’s amazing how oddly similar all the choices are.
Today’s three things to keep my chops fresh: Made up a terrible popsicle joke, wrote three articles with minimal anecdotal padding, read source articles for a future projects. And as a bonus, made an obscure Tom Petty reference with an even vaguer Tom reference.