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Round-Up on Luck; Next-Up Proof. Welcome New Subscribers & Contributors!
I’m a sucker for a killer slogan.
I’ve been working in advertising (one foot in/one foot out) for many years, and I love a good tagline.
When new Subscriber & Contributor Karen E wrote that TPYL’s “Rich prompts and low stakes feel like a luxurious, magical combination,” I knew I had to jump on her review.
TPYL: RICH PROMPTS. LOW STAKES.
I’m imagining a series of mugs, t-shirts, and totes with Contributor slogans!
Contributor Flavia M sent me an email saying TPYL creates a third approach to “writing to publish versus writing for the drawer”, which is:
WRITING TO SHARE.
Yes! Let’s do it.
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Round Up on Luck & New Prompt - Proof - below!
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10 Contributors weighed in on LUCK:
I wrote about my Neapolitan stepfather, a physicist, poet, and chef born in the unluckiest of times but who later brought wisdom and experience to my life.
(in order of appearance)
Carole D channeled a memory via a Mama Duck & ducklings that took her back to a frantic search for her missing boy who knew where he was the entire time.
Mixed Metaphormosis replayed the stages of resistance when accepting a loss until an ex showed up at her door to close the mystery and reinforce the universe.
Karen E found luck in the joy of playing pickleball with a gang of friends, regardless of season, in spite of world crises, and embracing unpredictability.
Melissa S revisited a traumatic - pivotal - accident in her family’s lives and how the luck of surviving, as much as the bad luck of impact, remains with her.
Tabitha mused on the “missed train” paradigm in proximate cause law: if I had made train X BUT I didn’t make train Y… It’s an American legal reference no less true when traveling from Manchester to Leeds with a dead cell phone & no cash!
Julia considered a commonality of lucky people: they believe they’re lucky. And so, regardless of the ups and downs, says “I believe I am lucky, therefore I am.”
Amelia shared Ben Franklin’s version of luck: preparedness meets opportunity, and how every “lucky” job she had contributed to her rich career in the arts.
Intact Animal recalled the time a “winner by proxy” attended Michael Jackson’s funeral in his place. The King of Pop ruled over that “old punk from Lowell” in death as he did in life.
Flávia M reflected on a creative connection made with two street artists twenty years ago, and how sudden fame might be the one divide luck doesn’t cross.
Wynn Tu wrote about the importance of self-esteem when navigating the highs and lows of luck, and how the lottery can be won… only if you play!
New Contributor Karen E also shared stories about a 4-year-old’s change of HABIT, a first summer job in LABOR, the intimacy of LANGUAGE and the first “ah ha” moment, and the PERFECTION of sturdiness.
Contributor Amelia shared stories of working in Alabama in the 1950s in LABOR and her HABIT of bringing creativity into odd/charged environments.
(Click on the theme hyperlinks to connect to their stories).
READ & HEART this week’s writers & SHARE your own story in the comments.
Next Up: PROOF
On Monday, I’ll write about PROOF through the lens of truth and see what I come up with as a prompt.
We did a photo shoot yesterday. I asked the photographer if she was going to PROOF the images to make corrections. It’s a funny comparison to the PROOF that serves as evidence establishing truth or fact, which shouldn’t be edited like our images.
Consider where PROOF takes you and share on Monday!
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