Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Obsolete


I wrote a short piece last week. 529 words—from a brain challenge/philosophical exercise about the nature of things that become obsolete. Lately it seems that everyday objects are becoming hard to find. We all know that mass manufacturing is the most efficient way to produce/grow something. It’s why chickens were bred to have heavy breasts that weigh them down and forced to live in chicken concentration camps. It’s way easier.

But what about those items that defy mass production, that regardless of how cost effective they are to produce just don’t sell that fast. Like birthday candles. How many times in your life have you been forced to buy birthday candles—at the most once a year? As opposed to buying milk or some other commodity. Nor does one want to buy birthday candles in bulk—and so on I put forth in the piece.

Anyway, it was nice to take an idea from start to finish in one sitting—as opposed to the huge project I’d just taken on and been living with for over 3 months. Long story short: I thought it, wrote it, submitted it, and had it accepted in one day.

I’m going to try to remember this when I’m feeling like a loser—which happens every time I hve to face the blank page.

Links to published piece forthcoming.
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obsolete, boom box from Radio Shack, also obsolete

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