Monday, June 2, 2014

June's Chatterbox

The beginning part of any month means, of course, Chatterbox! If any of you are still confused as to what Chatterbox is, may I direct your attention to the label on the bottom of this post? By clicking that, you will select every post related to Chatterbox that has ever found space on The Inkpen Authoress and you may browse submissions and instructions at will. Self-help; that's what we're all about these days, correct? Now, for June's topic:


"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
- Kenneth Grahame The Wind in The Willows
It is summertime, this June-thing. Summer in all her innocent glory before she's been fondled and smirched by roving August. June is still a blossom-eyed, lovely green thing and the weather in June makes me feel like doing lazy things like going to the beach or lying in the grass in my front yard with my face buried into the earth just sniffing the greenness. Star-gazing, ice cream, and wading in creeks and rivers go right up there on the list. June is a watery month - not watery as in rainy, but watery as in Having To Do With Wetness of All Sorts. And when I think of water - be it a river, creek, puddle, gutter, lake - I think of boats and boating.

That's your assignment.

Boats & Boating

What any of you will actually do with this topic is a thing that makes me eager to see. I can't wait for your entries and I'll probably try to write something myself on this topic. Remember, the main thrust of Chatterbox is a dialog exercise so don't get stuck on thinking, "My story does not deal in Boats. Whatever did she pick Boats for?"

Think hard, think splish-splash. Think Boats. I'll be waiting with my link-up and an anchor o'er my shoulder.

7 comments:

Molly said...

Boating and boats.... hmmm....

Joy said...

Hmm. I think you have given me something to write with this time, Rachel ;)

Elisabeth Grace Foley said...

At last I get to be one of the people who get theirs in the next day. :) Mine's up.

Zenta said...

This time I am probably definitely maybe going to do the thing. I don't quite even have a story yet but I have some characters and ideas mucking about in this old brain of mine so perhaps one of those will work.
On a side note, you've gotten me into P.G. Wodehouse.

Rachel Heffington said...

Zenta, how pleased I am! To have won anyone over to Wodehouse is almost as good as having won them over to A.A. Milne. You must tell me which is your favorite so far. :)

Zenta said...

The only one I've read so far is Jeeves in the Offing, but I have two more (I couldn't decide which to get) and checked out what appeared to be a Jeeves and Wooster short story collection from the library. Bertram Wooster is quite a favorite of mine; I'm almost afraid to read books centered around other characters for fear I shall like them better!
...Check that, I am afraid. It is a strange little fear of mine, but one that exists nonetheless. When I really like a character or show, I'm afraid to read about/watch another book or show on the same vein for fear I shall like it better. See: my avoidance of watching Stsr Trek: the Next Generation because I liked the Original Series so much. Not wanting to read any Wodehouse book not about Wooster and Jeeves. Holding a firm prejudice against the X-Men for ages, in part because I cared little for them...and perhaps in part because I enjoyed the Avengers so much.
It's strange, but in a way I suppose that I feel it would be disloyal somehow to meet the book/character/show's sibling and like the sibling better. That they're fictional has nothing to do with it, that it's a matter of personal preference and hurts no one has nothing to do with it; it just simply isn't done.
If that made any sense.
On the matter of A.A. Milne: what do you think of his adult novels? Winnie-the-Pooh was very special to me as a child, and those little tales yet hold a special place in my heart.

Rachel Heffington said...

Zenta, that does make sense and I admit to feeling a bit in the same way. Only, with Wodehouse, Something Fresh was the first I read and it wasn't about Jeeves & Wooster at all. Thank heaven he wrote so many about them. ;)
I have really only read Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, and his poetry, The Red House Mystery, and Once on a Time, but all of those were excellent. ^.^ I really don't think Milne can write anything disagreeable. <3