Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Next Thirty Years...are just about over

“My Next Thirty Years”
 by Tim McGraw
(not Len Joy)

I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age
The ending of an era and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years

Hey my next thirty years I’m gonna have some fun
Try to forget about all the crazy things I’ve done
Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears
And I’ll do it better in my next thirty years

My next thirty years I’m gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I’m doing here
In my next thirty years

Oh my next thirty years, I’m gonna watch my weight
Eat a few more salads and not stay up so late
Drink a little lemonade and not so many beers
Maybe I’ll remember my next thirty years

My next thirty years will be the best years of my life
Raise a little family and hang out with my wife
Spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear
Make up for lost time here , In my next thirty years

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ménage à Trois

A couple months ago I entered a writing contest where the challenge was to write a story in four sentences so that the four sentences could be rearranged in any order and the story would still make sense.  I came up with four really long sentences about two ladies, a guy and a bartender. I didn't win.

But not winning did not deter me. I found a publication, Northville Review, that said they were interested in "experimental" writing. I figured this story (stories?)qualified.  To make it more interesting I borrowed some bar pictures I found on the internet to illustrate the scenes.

Northville accepted the story, but said they couldn't use the photos as they were protected by copyrights. So I commissioned my daughter, Nicole, to photoshoot the story using her friends as models. They agreed - and I didn't even have to buy the drinks. They did, however, have to return to the bar several times to get the shots just right.

The story can be found here:  Menage a Trois