Sarah writes:

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 30 December 2017!

This week we are diving into the depths of our thesaurus and exploring the world of synonyms.

Same Same But Different
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead.

With only one day left of 2017,  we are soon to see in 2018. Therefore, your words this week have a New Year’s Eve ‘festive’ feel to them. They are:

  1. party
  2. new
  3. goodbye
  4. resolution
  5. hope”

She always thought of herself as retro avant-garde pagan; a finger-snapping beat in this hyper-tech world. Making a statement without opening her mouth.
Her friends figured she’d taken leave of her senses, dressing all in non-goth black, beret perched on her bobbed hair, saying ciao to her Silicon Valley exec job developing programming language.
She guerilla gardened as art-installation; setting out lines of poetry calligraphed by plantings of wild flowers rather than expressed in lines of code.
Solstice (summer or winter); equinox (vernal or autumnal) times of celebration; festivities in a pocket wilderness off the shore-bound highway. Saying fare-the-well to the seasons with toasts of mead and home-made wine in battered chalices. Reading from Kerouac, Kesey, Burroughs, Ginsberg or Gramsci.
Oh, her friends would vote who was to tell her she was a becoming more of a nut-bar, seriously in need of modern methods of psychoanalysis. Perhaps a stay in a safe place so they could mop up her follies; and spark her desire to re-don business casual clothes, regain self-control, purchase an IPhone 10, watch Netflix and return to the real world.
But none had the perseverance or fortitude to withstand her harmonic progression; she simply said, “I live by my audacious convictions; I believe in the daring conviviality of my assemblage of merry tricksters and philosophers.”
So, it would be hugs, and a basket or bucket full of her newfangled pottery, optimistic poetry scrolls, and a well-thumbed volume of On the Road, Naked Lunch, Sometimes a Great Notion or the Prison Diaries.

© Lorraine

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