"She was waiting in the park for her robot to pick her up when the bombs went off. She was waiting in the park because it was embarrassing for a girl of her age to be picked up by a robot from school; such a thing was only necessary for small children, who needed chaperones to guard them against getting lost or kidnapped. But she, Grace, was no longer a child: she was tall and light-boned and beginning to develop breasts, and so it was embarrassing to have her robot pick her up, where all of her classmates could see...."
"Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most outrageously memorable novels of our time, such as Cat's Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions: both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture, warm-blooded and very cool. And it's all completely unique.
With his customary wisdom and wit, Vonnegut put forth 8 basics of what he calls Creative Writing 101:...."
Read Vonnegut's Excellent Advice Here on Gotham Writers
Good morning from K'in! Good read on why story matters from Nathan Bransford....
"Telling stories isn’t what we do in our spare hours, something just to pass the time. Telling stories is what we do period. Stories are how we make sense of life.
Our entire worldview and memories are created out of our stories. Two people can witness the same event, process and interpret it completely differently and reach completely different conclusions about what just happened. And that’s before the fluid and corrosive effects of memory take hold. The reality of the actual event, even if it was recorded on film, blurs into the past. In its place: Stories, our way of interpreting what we have seen, which is all we have to make sense of what passes before our eyes...."