Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday to A.A. Milne

Bother! Yesterday was A.A. Milne's birthday and I missed it. (Must have something to do with the fact that we were away this weekend for the fourth time since Christmas!)

I really wanted to blog about what a genius he is! Perhaps I should have been British because most of my favorite authors are from the other side of the Atlantic. (So are most of my favorite films and sitcoms)

I mean, what sounds funnier?

We ran to the supermarket because we had run out of junk to eat.

We ran to the supermarket because we had run out of rubbish to eat.

Of course, the latter. (You might want to read the whole post on my friend Laura's blog)

Anyway, back to my idol, A.A. Milne. I think Winnie-the-Pooh is sheer brilliance.

At breakfast that morning, Pooh had suddenly thought of a new song. It began like this: "Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!" When he had got as far as this, he stretched his head, and thought to himself, "That's a very good start for a song, but what about the second line?' He tried singing "Ho," two or three times, but it didn't seem to help. "Perhaps it would be better," he thought, "if I sang Hi for the life of a Bear." So he sang it... but it wasn't. "Very well then," he said, "I shall sing that first line twice, and perhaps if I sing it very quickly, I shall find myself singing the third and fourth lines before I have time to think of them.

This is going to be my new strategy for 2009. I am going to write really, really fast before I have time to think of anything!

Actually, that is kind of how JOPs work. Maybe you should all go over to Becky's and try one.

3 comments:

taralazar said...

Have you ever read Natalie Goldberg's books? The Wild Mind is all about writing without your internal editor. I think I need to give it a re-read to jump-start my creativity. I'm still in a winter slump.

Eve Porinchak said...

Hello, Corey!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog (even if it was an accident), and I am SO HAPPY to see that you are doing well.

I've thought about you so much over the years...you are the first real writing person I ever met when I started this whole thing back in 2001....and even though I was a clueless and terrible writer, you encouraged me to keep going. And I am so glad I did!

Amazing that we are able to reconnect after all this time...thanks to the power of the internet!

CONGRATS on all of your success, and let's promise to keep in touch.

:) Eve

Rebecca said...

Can you believe I have never read Winnie the Pooh??

The movie was a favorite of ours when my kiddos were teeny. We still know all the music and can sing the whole movie through!

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