Exercise #978: Self Knowledge
This one may only work for some of you; it’s a bit techy. (Do you remember DOS and the eight-character filename limit?) I was cleaning up some of my computer’s hard drive and found a couple of files with really odd names. I know what they are, but someone just looking over my shoulder might have had a wild imagination romp with them. (Two easy ones are drfix.txt and twins.txt - belonging to someone who is not a doctor and has no children!)
Think about your own life and whether you might have something similar. Odd filenames on the computer, weird shorthand in your Rolodex (there’s an oldie), wherever there might be something written that isn’t quite clear to the uninitiated. Got it? Tell us a story!
As always, you may choose to show a character answering this exercise instead.
Critiquers, you might try answering these questions for critiquing the piece:
* Did you catch any spelling errors or other standard proofreading items? If so, note them for the author.
* Could you relate to this piece? Why or why not?
Word limit: 1200
Please use the subject line:
SUB: Exercise #978/yourname
Why this is a self-knowledge exercise: How we shorten or change everyday words might tell us something about ourselves. After all, it just takes a slight slip of the finger to change “heroes” to “herpes.”