roger
 
Reply Thu 31 Oct, 2002 11:50 pm
I think Misti sent this to me. I'm giving it back.

Remember the book "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"? Well, here's an example offered by an English professor at an American University.
"Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or her immediate right. One of you will then write the first paragraph of a short story. The partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story. The first person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back and forth. Remember to re-read what has been written each time in order to keep the story coherent. There is to be absolutely NO talking and anything you wish to say must be written on the paper. The story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached."
The following was actually turned in by two of my English students Rebecca - last name deleted, and Gary - last name deleted.
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STORY: (first paragraph by Rebecca)
At first, Laurie couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted. The chamomile, which used to be her favorite for
lazy evenings at home, now reminded her too much of Carl, who once said, in happier times, that he liked chamomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs, keep her mind off Carl. His possessiveness was suffocating, and if she thought about him too much her asthma started acting up again. So chamomile was out of the question.
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(second paragraph by Gary)
Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Carl Harris, leader of the attack squadron now in orbit over Skylon 4, had more important things to think about than the neuroses of an air-headed asthmatic bimbo named Laurie with whom he had spent one sweaty night over a year o. "A.S. Harris to Geostation 17, he said into his transgalactic communicator. "Polar orbit established. No sign of resistance so far..." But before he could sign off, a bluish particle beam flashed out of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's cargo bay. The jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and across the cockpit.
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(Rebecca)
He bumped his head and died almost immediately but not before he felt one last pang of regret for psychically brutalizing the one woman who had ever had feelings for him. Soon afterwards, Earth stopped its pointless hostilities towards the peaceful farmers of Skylon 4. "Congress Passes Law Permanently Abolishing War and Space Travel," Laurie read in her newspaper one morning. The news simultaneously excited her and bored her. She stared out the window, dreaming of her youth, when the days had passed unhurriedly and carefree, with no newspapers to read, no television to distract her from her sense of innocent wonder at all the beautiful things around her. "Why must one lose one's innocence to become a woman?" she pondered wistfully.
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(Gary)
Little did she know, but she had less than 10 seconds to live. Thousands of miles above the city, the Anu'udrian mothership launched the first of its lithium fusion missiles. The dimwitted wimpy peaceniks who pushed the Unilateral Aerospace Disarmament Treaty through the congress had left Earth a defenseless target for the hostile alien empires who were determined to destroy the human race. Within two hours after the passage of the treaty the Anu'udrian ships were on course for Earth, carrying enough firepower to pulverize the entire planet. With no one to stop them, they swiftly initiated their diabolical plan. The lithium fusion missile entered the atmosphere unimpeded. The President in his top-secret Mobile submarine headquarters on the ocean floor off the coast of Guam, felt the inconceivably massive explosion, which vaporized poor, stupid, Laurie and 85 million other Americans. The President slammed his fist on the conference table. "We can't allow this! I'm going to veto that treaty! Let's blow 'em out of the sky!"
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(Rebecca)
This is absurd. I refuse to continue this mockery of literature. My writing partner is a violent, chauvinistic semiliterate adolescent.
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(Gary)
Yeah? Well, you're a self-centered tedious neurotic whose attempts at writing are the literary equivalent of Valium. "Oh shall I have chamomile tea? Or shall I have some other sort of F*CKING TEA??? Oh no, I'm such
an airheaded bimbo who reads too many Danielle Steele novels."
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(Rebecca)
Asshole.
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(Gary)
Bitch.
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(Rebecca)
Wanker.
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(Gary)
Slut.
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(Rebecca)
Get f*cked.
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(Gary)
Eat ****.
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(Rebecca)
F*CK YOU - YOU NEANDERTHAL!!!
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(Gary) Go drink some tea - whore.
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(Teacher) A+ - I really liked this one.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 06:08 am
I love it! May I E Mail this to half the immediate world? Laughing
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 08:29 am
I had some doubts about posting this, let me tell you.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 08:53 am
When this was first posted on Abuzz we thought it might be fun to set up a thread where we wrote a story with alternating male/female members adding the next bit1

Any interest in doing that Roger?
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 09:27 am
What a wonderfully subtle way of telling me my little gem is second hand news. Rolling Eyes

I don't do well with either stories or role playing games, so begging off.
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fishin
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 11:15 am
Go ahead and start a few deb! I've been on a few other boards where people have done that and it's turned out to be fun.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 08:04 pm
Sorry Roger! But it was on a Digression thread so I could not help but remember.

Waaaaaaah!

We could just do it here Fishin' - if Roger doesn't mind.

The trick would be for people to remember it has to go with male and female alternating.

We just need a starter!
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bandylu2
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 08:30 pm
roger, I never saw it before and I loved it.

As for doing it here -- are we really sure we know who are the guys and who are the gals?????? Seems to me that, too, was once an Abuzz thread and I think guesses weren't always right. Though most of the folks here are now pretty well known, there are some that I'm not all that familiar with.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 08:36 pm
Thank you Bandylu. I just hate telling jokes to people that've already heard them all.

Now that you mention it, there are a few that I'm not sure of. Maybe it'll come out in dlowan's game, which that person can play just where ever.

Razz Smile Deb
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 1 Nov, 2002 09:04 pm
OOoh sounds fun!
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