An Invocation for Beginnings

Update:  I see a lot of Google hits coming in looking for “Invocation for Beginnings words.”  Sorry, this post isn’t a transcript, but Ze Frank is now selling a poster with the entire text of the video, which I’m sorely tempted to get.

I’m working on a post, the next in the world building series.  It’s about directions.  But it isn’t ready yet.  So I’m going to pull something out of my back pocket and present Ze Frank‘s “An Invocation for Beginnings.”  Which may as well be called An Invocation for Creation.  This is for you, this is even more for me, words to kick my ass with:

I’m not focusing on beginnings now, but endings.  Chapter 35 is drafted.  Chapter 36 will happen tonight and set up the climax.  Chapter 37 will pull it together.  Chapter 38 is dénouement.  And the Epilogue is an epilogue.  It’s endings, but each has their own little beginning, that point where I sit down and start the chapter.  As writers we’re always beginning something.  A new story, a new chapter, a new outline, a new editing pass.  If we’re not…then are we still writers?


Update:  This has nothing to do with that, but since this isn’t a fully realized post anyway, what the hell?  Someone hit my blog today by asking Google “what were the two reasons that north carolina entered into a period of transition?”  I’m sorry that my blog doesn’t currently include the teacher’s edition of North Carolina: Land of Contrasts from Clairmont Press, but since someone did ask the question, I will entertain answers now.


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    #1 by Day Al-Mohamed on April 18, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Pfft! That’s easy. Everyone knows that the reason North Carolina entered into a period of transition was because of the Zombies on land and the Pirates off the coast.

    And for extra credit I’ll even tell you that it was because of the Avian Flu that the North Carolina Ninjas never rose to prominence leaving the state truly as a land of contrasts.

    :) Let’s see what THAT does to your search results.

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      #2 by DLThurston on April 18, 2012 - 12:17 pm

      I’m tempted to skip ahead and write down wrong answers for all the Chapter 12 questions in hopes they come back. But I’m worried that either the publisher or a parent will get mad at me.

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    #3 by Day Al-Mohamed on April 18, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    Only if your answers aren’t ridiculous enough. :)

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    #4 by Grokdad on April 18, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    North Carolina entered into a period of transition because they weren’t doing as well in the man to man defense, switched to a zone that was a porous as a colander and allowed the opposing forward to steal the ball while they were caught drunk dribbling and run it back in an alley oop slam dunk. Next Week: why UK are national champs.

    You’re welcome

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      #5 by DLThurston on April 18, 2012 - 12:28 pm

      Partial credit, the question clearly wanted TWO reasons.

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    #6 by Day Al-Mohamed on April 18, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    That means I at LEAST get an “A-” and @Grokdad gets an Incomplete!

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    #7 by Grokdad on April 18, 2012 - 3:21 pm


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