When I was in high school my senior year we had a thing in my English class called “Friday Writes.” It was a very simple concept: every Friday you had to come into class with at least one page of something that you wrote. Then everyone would either read what they wrote or had the teacher read what they wrote. The best part of Friday Writes, for me at least, was writing down the stupidest things that were in my brain the study hall before class. Most of my stories started out with, “One day I was walking down the street…” and ended with “The end…or is it.”
So what does this have to do with anything? Well, starting today the first Monday of 2015 I’m going to start “Monday Writes.” It will be one Microsoft Word Page of writing that will barely be spell checked or proof read for grammar. Every Monday I will post a new entry and by the end of the year I’ll have at least 50 dumb posts.
Why Monday? Because that seems to be the day that I actually have time to do something like this. Tuesday through Sunday seem to always have something going on, but Monday’s are usually the day’s that I actually am home after work and can sit down and get in front of the computer and write something down.
The real goal of this is just to force me to write something, anything. Ask any writer and they’ll say that that’s the hardest thing, (well aside from the crippling rejection that comes with being a writer or comedian). I’m notorious for not sitting down and writing. Take right now. I just got done making a homemade pizza and I’d really like to eat the whole thing right now and watch wrestling. But I’m not going to do that because I’m making a commitment to whatever this turns out to be.
So what can you expect out of this? I don’t know. It will literally be whatever I can think about writing about. Maybe I’ll write a short story one week, or a longer story for four weeks. Maybe I’ll interrupt the story with a rant about FitBit. It’s really hard to say, but I can assure you it won’t be checked for inaccuracies. What you see is what you get.
So here we go. When I get to the end of this page this post will be done and you’ll have to come back next Monday to see what is up next.
“The Andy Warhol Act”
In 2002, with the nation at its bleakest moment an act was put into place that the American public was never to be privy to, The Andy Warhol Act. The act in its basic terms ensured that any person in the United States could be given their 15 minutes of fame through whatever means they wanted. The purpose of the Act was to turn the attention away from the war going on overseas and to bring the attention to the one thing people seemed to care about the most: themselves. You Tube was actually a creation of the United States. The FFE, (Department of Fame, Fortune and Exposure) was formed shortly after the Act passed and their first innovation was the website You Tube.
The first person to be selected by the FFE was the Star Wars Kid. Through a random drawing that was done through Social Security numbers he was chosen. With the help of producers, directors and writers they uploaded the video and it was instantly a success. Within 2 years the FFE was the 5th largest department in Washington DC.