In-class Assignment for Wednesday

This assignment was actually turned in by two English students: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Rebecca and Gary English 44ASMUCreative WritingProf Miller In- class Assignment for WednesdayToday we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the personsitting to his or her immediate right. One of you will then writethe first paragraph of a short story. The partner will read thefirst paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story. Thefirst person will then add a third paragraph, and so on back andforth. Remember to reread what has been written each time in orderto keep the story coherent. The story is over when both agree aconclusion has been reached. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – At first, Laurie couldn't decide which kind of tea she wanted. Thecamomile, 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 camomile. But she felt she must now, at all costs, keep her mind off Carl. His possessiveness was suffocating, and ifshe thought about him too much her asthma started acting up again. So camomile was out of the question. Meanwhile, Advance Sergeant Carl Harris, leader of the attacksquadron now in orbit over Skylon 4, had more important things tothink about than the neuroses of an air- headed asthmatic bimbo namedLaurie with whom he had spent one sweaty night over a year ago. " A. S. Harris to Geostation 17, " he said into his transgalacticcommunicator. " Polar orbit established. No sign of resistance sofar…" But before he could sign off a bluish particle beam flashedout of nowhere and blasted a hole through his ship's cargo bay. Thejolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and acrossthe cockpit. He bumped his head and died almost immediately, but not before hefelt one last pang of regret for psychically brutalizing the onewoman who had ever had feelings for him. Soon afterwards, Earthstopped its pointless hostilities towards the peaceful farmers ofSkylon 4. " Congress Passes Law Permanently Abolishing War and SpaceTravel. " Laurie read in her newspaper one morning. The newssimultaneously excited her and bored her. She stared out the window, dreaming of her youth – – when the days had passed unhurriedly andcarefree, with no newspapers to read, no television to distract herfrom her sense of innocent wonder at all the beautiful things aroundher. " Why must one lose one's innocence to become a woman? " shepondered wistfully. Little did she know, but she has less than 10 seconds to live. Thousands of miles above the city, the Anu'udrian mothership launchedthe first of its lithium fusion missiles. The dim- witted wimpypeaceniks who pushed the Unilateral Aerospace Disarmament Treatythrough Congress had left Earth a defenseless target for the hostilealien empires who were determined to destroy the human race. Withintwo hours after the passage of the treaty the Anu'udrian ships wereon course for Earth, carrying enough firepower to pulverize theentire planet. With no one to stop them they swiftly initiated theirdiabolical plan. The lithium fusion missile entered the atmosphereunimpeded. The President, in his top- secret mobile submarineheadquarters on the ocean floor off the coast of Guam, felt theinconceivably massive explosion which vaporized Laurie and 85million other Americans. The President slammed his fist on theconference table. " We can't allow this! I'm going to veto thattreaty! Let's blow'em out of the sky! " This is absurd. I refuse to continue this mockery of literature. Mywriting partner is a violent, chauvinistic, semi- literate adolescent. Yeah? Well, you're a self- centered tedious neurotic whose attemptsat writing are the literary equivalent of Valium. You total $ * &. Stupid %? $!.

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