Welcome y’all, to the 14th dodecannual running of the bulls What I Learned From… groupwrite project! Glad you dropped by, my friends, ’cause you’re in for a treat today!
I sure hope you choose to participate, because I’ve racked my brains (sound of brains, being racked) to come up with an extra special challenge for ya! This month, we’re looking for what you’ve learned from Metaphors for Life.
Since I announced the topic last Monday, rather than repeat myself, please go back and check it out. On the other hand… what the heck; here’s a brief excerpt:
The statement, “Living in Texas is like I’d died and gone to heaven,” is what’cha call a simile (not to mention a fine example of your typical Texas Tourism Board ad copy). While it is no doubt certain that heaven is most definately a better place than, well, pretty much anywhere, according to this statement, in certain ways living in Texas is similar to living in heaven.
(Now, rather than regaling you with a list of the wondrous virtues, or bursting into song or anything, why don’t we just go with the fact that I’m biased – and let’s move on, shall we?)
This next statement, though, “Living in Texas is heaven,” is a metaphor. Notice the difference? Although not necessarily an exact substitution, the expression “living in Texas” is still roughly equivalent in principle to heaven, if you get my drift.
Anyway, for this month’s challenge I’m asking you to name a metaphor for life, and tell us what you learned from it.
What to Do
Hey, nothin’ could be easier! You are free to write anything you like, as long as it relates to the topic. Be specific. Be non-specific. And, since I never impose a restriction on length, be as eloquent – or as brief – as you like. But most of all be yourself!
Not only that, but if you’re feeling particularly inspired, write more than one! (I’ve written as many as three for one project and many folks have written two.)
And let’s not forget the details: We’ll be open for contributions for one week, from now thru midnight, Sunday night, August10.
(Remember, should you or any of your team be caught or killed, or, you know, break a fingernail or something during the execution of this project, the Secretary will disavow all knowledge of your existence. Not to mention have a serious hissy fit.)
To participate, here’s all you have to do:
- Write one or more new post(s) on your blog. As I said, feel free to be as eloquent (or concise) as you like. C’mon; show off for us, why don’cha?
- Include a link to THIS POST (uh, the one you’re reading now).
- Send me an email (email@example.com) containing your name, the title of your post, and the permalink of the post. (To make sure I don’t miss it.)
That’s all there is to it! On Monday, August 11, I will post the entire list of entries right here at the Middle Zone, so be sure and drop by to check ‘em all out. (By the way, that list will also have a permanent spot in the WILF archive page.)
As always, groupwrite projects are open to anyone (you don’t even have to have a blog to enter – just send it to me and I’ll post it as a guest post). Remember, we only have two simple rules around here:
- For the sake of the general blogging audience, please keep it G-Rated. (Also please note: this is a request, not a demand, since after all it’s your blog and you can do what you want. Fair warning: I can choose to link to you or not.)
- Be nice.
All right, ladies and gentlemen; you know what to do! Grab the writing instrument of your choice and go for it!
[Further note from the Proprietor - I realize it takes time to write your entries (hence the one-week prior topic announcements), but would you mind too terribly not waiting until midnight on Sunday night to notify me? When everyone waits to the last minute (you know who you are!) it sometimes gets a little difficult to get them all compiled by Monday's 6 am post time. I surely thank you, and as a token of my appreciation - have yourself a cookie!]