Friday, October 19, 2018

No Frills Prompt 48

Prompt: Remove words from the following selection of text to make it your own erasure poem.

"Treating an adult like a child, or infantilization, creates a cycle of dependence in which the adult constantly needs to be told what to do and how to do it. The negative effects of infantilization on older adults, as when younger healthcare workers call them “cute” or “honey,” are well-documented as involving accelerated loss of functioning. Infantilization also causes resentment in the target. You probably know this feeling quite well if you’ve been treated in a patronizing manner by someone younger than you, if not in a medical setting, then perhaps at a store counter. “Let me show you this, sweetie,” would be such an example. In additional to feeling less than competent, you probably also feel insulted and resentful.

Even in children, infantilization can have negative consequences. Imagine you have a young daughter who’s just learned to tie the laces on her sneaker. She definitely takes longer to do this than it takes you. You’re in a rush to get her out the door, though, so you continue to tie her shoelaces in the morning just to save those precious moments. By taking over this task that she now is able to complete on her own, you’re reducing her sense of autonomy, even though you’re doing so for a perfectly legitimate reason. Eventually, with enough practice when you’re not rushed, she will become an accomplished shoelace-tier and this will no longer be an issue. "

from "Why Narcissistic Parents Treat Their Children Like Babies" in Psychology Today.

I just tried it and I am quite happy with my poem called 'an infantalization cycle'.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

No Frills Prompt: 45

Prompt: 50 seems like the time to do some sort of soul-searching exercise, but if you're expecting it, you're building up callouses and it won't be the sort of raw that the best poems ad stories are. SO:

For today's prompt: Take one moment that you hold in your deep vault of embarrassment, and imagine a day when it could go the other way. Make it your best day ever. Be realistic. You're not Ironman, but you could totally be the man/woman of the day. Write your own fanfic. Do it well. Tomorrow revisit the piece and tweak it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

No Frills Prompt 33

Prompt: Write a piece in which you have a family that all have superpowers, however their varying degrees. Also, writing this in May so I don't forget to do an exercise on my birthday, I am excited for The Incredibles 2, and I hope Pixar continues their tremendous path.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

No Frills Prompt 30

Prompt: Erasure. By removing many words create a piece from the following text. Remove as many letters as you're like, even parts of words, but keep the text linearly the same (as in, don't rearrange anything, only delete). This is a selection from the current wikipedia article for Emeralds. Make it your own. Whether you only leave 15 words, or you have a sprawling flash narrative about Opticon, the Stone Agent, copy-paste the following text into your word processing software and start forming a piece. I personally like pasting the text twice, and leaving the first one untouched so you can refer back to it if you might want to change an impulse deletion, but that's just me.


Most emeralds are oiled as part of the post-lapidary process, in order to fill in surface-reaching cracks so that clarity and stability are improved. Cedar oil, having a similar refractive index, is often used in this widely adopted practice. Other liquids, including synthetic oils and polymers with refractive indexes close to that of emeralds, such as Opticon, are also used. These treatments are typically applied in a vacuum chamber under mild heat, to open the pores of the stone and allow the fracture-filling agent to be absorbed more effectively.[10] The U.S. Federal Trade Commission requires the disclosure of this treatment when an oil treated emerald is sold.[11] The use of oil is traditional and largely accepted by the gem trade, although oil treated emeralds are worth much less than un-treated emeralds of similar quality. Other treatments, for example the use of green-tinted oil, are not acceptable in the trade.[12] Gems are graded on a four-step scale; none, minor, moderate and highly enhanced. These categories reflect levels of enhancement, not clarity. A gem graded none on the enhancement scale may still exhibit visible inclusions. Laboratories apply these criteria differently. Some gemologists consider the mere presence of oil or polymers to constitute enhancement. Others may ignore traces of oil if the presence of the material does not improve the look of the gemstone.[13]

Origin determinations
Since the onset of concerns regarding diamond origins, research has been conducted to determine if the mining location could be determined for an emerald already in circulation. Traditional research used qualitative guidelines such as an emerald’s color, style and quality of cutting, type of fracture filling, and the anthropological origins of the artifacts bearing the mineral to determine the emerald's mine location. More recent studies using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy methods have uncovered trace chemical element differences between emeralds; even emeralds mined within close proximity to one another. American gemologist David Cronin and his colleagues have extensively examined the chemical signatures of emeralds resulting from fluid dynamics and subtle precipitation mechanisms, and their research demonstrated the chemical homogeneity of emeralds from the same mining location and the statistical differences that exist between emeralds from different mining locations, including those between the three locations: Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor, in Colombia, South America.[25]

Saturday, June 16, 2018