Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chasm

I haven't done Velvet Verbosity's 100 Words in awhile. I write so many product description blurbs, using the Word Count feature on MS Word so many times to make sure that I'm writing enough but not too much, that it feels a little odd fitting a paragraph to a purpose that isn't selling a product I've never seen or touched. So here's my 100 words.

I'm trying so hard these days, but it's tough, to use only one space after a period. A graphic designer friend of mine Facebooked this article, pointing out that it's a sin in the modern world to use two spaces after a period, regardless of what my 8th grade typing teacher told me. So I'm trying. Anyway, "Chasm:"

Each trip down this path has worn something away, crushed underfoot some small living thing, until the way is hard as rock and void of life. From the very beginning, we have known that it leads nowhere, yet we cannot resist following it one more time. Regularly as seasons, we pass over it again and again, year after year. Our persistence has worked magic on the landscape between us, laying waste, scuffing out a line, a ditch, a ravine, finally a vast chasm, until there is nothing left to say, no way to reach across. Next time, let us leap.

10 comments:

Teresa said...

I still use 2 spaces after a period, so you're not alone! Great post for the challenge..very descriptive.

barbara said...

A coworker and I recently had this same conversation.

Thanks for this post - and welcome back to the challenge.

Tara R. said...

I like how you ended your piece with a glimmer of hope. "Next time, let us leap."

Carrie said...

This is a really descriptive piece. I can picture the changes over time as everything is worn away.

Great job

I, Rodius said...

Thanks, y'all.

AuroraLee said...

I like two spaces at the end of a sentence. Helps differentiate between some other period use. :P

Love this piece and the descriptions and feelings in it!

karen said...

I often think about the micro thingies that are constantly crushed underfoot. I never imagined that they would be gone.

I love the way you invoke the path, it makes me think of the places I returned to, year on year, as a child. The way we would greet the pathways, both the familiar landscape and the changes that had taken place.

I leave two spaces, despite having worked in publishing for years. I only leave one if it is going to a designer. I don't mind the "rivers" ... I think sometimes graphic designers don't actually read.

But it is good practice, none-the-less. ;-)

arcticwren said...

Let us leap, indeed. Very nice - welcome back!

Jennifer said...

Dude! It's been a long time! So glad you joined us this week. Here's hoping that everyone can take the leap. :)

I, Rodius said...

Thanks! I should do this more often. It's nice to write creatively for a change.

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