Showing posts with label rules. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rules. Show all posts

Monday, September 29, 2014

Story Direction and First Rule of Improv

There was a humor blog I used to read religiously (it was a religious humor blog) that had a few in-house characters developed by the creator of the site. Many times a certain follower would try and change the direction of the storyline by denying what the author had stated.

   Examples:

   Author - "Well, I hate to report this, but Sonny Day has died by spontaneous combustion. He was a great jokester. Last time I saw him, he was on fire."
   Follower -  "No, he didn't die. I saw him two minutes ago at Starbucks!"

   Author - "Our friend, Dorky LaMancha, has been kidnapped! Give me some time to do some of my famous detective work and I'll keep everyone informed of my progress. Don't worry, we'll find him!"
   Follower (commenting as Dorky) - "Hey! It's okay! I escaped and I'm back at home!"

   Keep in mind that the creator of the blog had already planned, in both senarios, to progress through a plot that would keep the readers on a certain track. He may have even pre-posted the entire story a month in advance. The follower, not knowing better, actually sabotaged the storyline.
   To avoid this kind of thing from happening, use the "Yes, and..." rule of improv. It will, not only carry the story along but gives the author freedom to continue his direction unabated.



   Examples:

   Author - "Well, I hate to report this, but Sonny Day has died by spontaneous combustion. He was a great jokester. Last time I saw him, he was on fire."
   Follower -  "Yes, he was. I saw that same act. He was smokin' hot!"

   Author - "Our friend, Dorky LaMancha, has been kidnapped! Give me some time to do some of my famous detective work and I'll keep everyone informed of my progress. Don't worry, we'll find him!"
   Follower  - "Oh, man! I hope you find him! He has my Pipi Longstocking DVD!"


   The reason I post this is because I am concerned that I may have offended one of my CC members. At this time, I am pre-posted up until the end of October. My direction is deliberate. One of the comments was written as Benny Finney when I announced his death by SCUD missile, stating that he was still alive.

   Please don't take it personal. For my storyline arc to be successful and continue with the pre-posted and pre-planned events, I was forced to delete the comment. 

   I absolutely treasure each and every comment made on CC and would love to see many more. I have said this before...comments are like putting tips in a tip jar or money in a hat of a street entertainer. I really appreciate it.


   FYI, when I was taking an improv class many years ago, the first thing I did when I got on stage was to deny what someone had stated. I didn't realize what I was doing. The instructor stopped everything and educated me on the spot. I have never forgotten that lesson...nor the fact that he still has my Pipi Longstocking DVD. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Corky Velveeta Museum Opens Today

The Corky Velveeta Museum will be open to the public at 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Saturday. Admission is a 9 dollar donation to the Calvinistic Cartoons Theological Library. If the museum looks familiar, it's because Pixar used this house as a model for the UP animated film. The CV Museum is located in NOwhere, Oklahoma. (not to be confused with NOWhere, Oklahoma)

Friday, April 29, 2011

No Contest Contest


Okay, everybody! Here is the contest that is no contest. It has no rules, no challenges and no chicken. You can make up your own or copy off someone else. There are no boundaries unless they're invisible. I can delete really good comments for no reason. I have no rules either so I am not sure what my responsibilities are at this point. You have the right to ignore this or follow these steps: 
1. Comment by typing 
2. Comment by thinking 
C. Defy gravity or 
7. Look both ways before crossing the street. 
So now that you know of the non-rule non-contest contest - feel free to do whatever. The winner will not know if he or she wins, and $7,000 will be the grand prize for someone unannounced. Those are the non- rule rules. So before your creativity turns to mush, start at the top and work down or vice versa - Hey! Why not start in the middle and write in Arabic?
Your entries really don't have to make sense or even be "real" words. Use vowels or not. Do a math problem wrong. Write a song with no words or music. Be real! Have fun! Play safe! Don't commit a crime!
Comments don't necessarily have to be posted on this blog. You can post them on a bulletin board or even post on someone else's blog. Every comment wins $7,000...no, wait a sec, I changed my mind.  

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Calvinist a-Bloggin'


Take a moment out of your busy day
and post a link to your blog.

Yes, there are a few rules...so pay attention. (If you are too poor to pay attention then just receive the regulations - my gift to you.)

Rule #1: You have to be a Calvinist. (if you prefer to be called a "Biblicist" that's fine...but, you must embrace all 5 points.

Rule #2: Be sure to give the title of your blog and link.

Rule #3: State your state. If you will, please include the city you live in...but, the state or providence, or whatever they are called in the country you live in.

Rule #4: (Optional) - one sentence explanation of blog content and/or intent.

Rule #5: I just wanted to have 5 rules, being a Calvinist and all. So, rule #5 is...read your Bible!
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