November 2nd, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Elly's theorizing about what it takes to be a writer ends with a comment that reveals her to be an ignorant poser. Since Lynn was taking a mild poke at Elly's pretentiousness yesterday, this might be one of those rare instances where Infallible!Mom is actually in the wrong.

(Strip Number 4089, Original Publication Date, 4 November 2010)


Panel 1: Elly responds to the instructor's question about how she sees the role of a writer by saying "Who, me? Er....I feel that a writer must also be an entertainer."

Panel 2: When asked how that applies to writing for, say, a newspaper, she says "Huh?? Yes, that especially applies to newspaper reporting."

Panel 3: The unseen instructor's unheard question of how long Elly's been reading a newspaper has her stumped; she repeats the question...

Panel 4: And makes her classmates roll their eyes in bemused irritation when she wonders out loud how old the dog is.

Summary: Remember in the original version that her evil, arrogant teacher made a cruel, demeaning, unfair crack about bored housewives looking for a change? I think what made him an extra-bad person is that he's on to something; Elly isn't very good at writing, doesn't understand what's expected of her and doesn't have the stamina to learn. Why, she can't even put it together that the lady who runs the Valley Voice can't actually afford to pay her. Heck, even Lynn might say that a doctor with a flashlight will appear so we can see where she's getting this from.
Snarky Candiru2

Lynn's Thought For 2 November 2010

Make of the following 'insight' what you will:

Every so often, an insightful thought comes to mind and this morning, I felt compelled to write this one down.

When I was about 5, I read the story of the princess who wanted to own the moon. Her father gave her a necklace with a silver moon on it, telling her it was taken as the moon disappeared and was recreated at the following phase.

I remember looking at the moon and thinking it was everyone's because nobody can own the moon on their own. So, it was mine. At that, I decided that the clouds were mine, the sky, the mountains and the oceans and the earth were all mine as well. If the earth was mine, then everything on it was mine.

All the people on the earth are mine. If all the people on the earth belong to me, then is it not my duty to help them? And if I can't help them, then I must care about them.

I thought these things when I was 5. It occurred to me this morning, that I hadn't had that epiphany for a long, long time. I woke up this morning, thinking about how lucky I have been to live without fear of imminent war, to be warm and fed and to have my children safe and healthy. I must have had a profound dream, or maybe I just enjoyed waking up to the warmth of my bed and the view of the mist on the lake through the window.

Whatever it was that brought back that memory of owning everything, I am grateful for it- and I wanted to pass it on. I hope your mornings are warm and safe, that you all know the world belongs to you and so do the inhabitants. Let's care about each other. Always.

Lynn J.


I personally think that she's trying to prove the "point" Elly has with respect to writing being principally to entertain.