Are you ready for some homework? Yes, dear reader, the teacherliness is just oozing out of these tippity-tapping blogging fingers today. I have a mission for you. Whether you choose to accept it is, of course, your own choice, but it is one of those rare assignments (and keep in mind, I am writing this statement from a biased position) that is as fun as it is stimulating. This is especially aimed toward my fellow writers. In my very next blog, I shall attempt the assignment as well (modeling the assignment, which is of course an important part of good teaching).
The assignment is inspired by the little ditty below. It is a band that I accidental found, which was also nearly simultaneously refered by a fairly new friend with delightful taste. (Coming from a person who hates to be directed and told what I shall like, this is an accomplishment). Upon listening to this song, I found myself re-listening over again and yet again trying to determine the proper punctuation for the title sentence. Of course, the little punctuation-loving nerd inside (and before you say anything about errors, loving something doesn’t mean you always please it) started to puzzle over the meaning of the song and how it could be changed if we mark it up differently.
So here is your challenge: In a piece of flash fiction no longer than 500 characters, create a situation in which misunderstood grammar, diction, or syntax creates conflict. Post it on your own blog or as a Facebook note and leave a link in the comments. I want to read what you’ve written. The piece can follow any format you deem appropriate.
Once you’ve done the assignment, you’ve started a blog and may as well keep going. Isn’t that a crafty little way to get you writing?
Godspeed, fellow bloggers!