While I was at work this week, trying to be productive, one of our customer's phones started making a horrid Emergency Signal sound. Soon, everyone's phone, including mine, was making the same noise. It ws a flood warning. And, since we were all in a basement with few buoyant objects, it could have been very helpful.
I am not terrified of floods. I don't look forward to them, but they aren't high on my prioritized list of things I'd like my phone to warn me about.
What thing do you wish your phone would alert you about to help you live a better life?
One of my favorite ongoing comic series, Saga is going on hiatus for a year. For over 365 days, there will be no new material for fans.
The presumption is that there will be a significant time jump in the story between the end of the most recent issue and the beginning of the next one.
Time jumps can be fun in comic book shows and TV shows. It's not just for skipping long, boring stretches of characters' lives. It can be fun to reconnect with a series in a different media res than when you left it.
Write two different pieces about a character or place where a significant chunk of time passes between the first and second piece. Don't explain what happened between the two pieces, let the audience infer it.
The title of this week's post comes from a true story of a man in Altadena, California, coming home to find a bear in his unheated hot tub. The bear then got out, ate some plants, and knocked over a margarita, which he proceeded to drink up.
A few years ago, I was in a hot springs in New Mexico, and an inebriated tourist was telling us a story about the last time he was in a hot springs, when a bear supposedly climbed in with him, and let out a contented sigh. We all assumed his story was complete bear crap. But maybe it wasn't.
Write a poem that includes a bear in a hot drinking a margarita. How it gets there, and what happens during and after its dip, is up to your imagination.
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