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GEN: COVID-19 Information: What Good Is Sitting Alone In Your Room?

Miscellaneous Fun

Here are some random ideas to keep your mind busy while you're socially isolating. Feel free to upload to Twitter or Instagram and tag @cox_library - we're excited to see what you create!

Caption contests

  • Cut out the panels from the Sunday comics page
  • Cut off the "official" caption
  • Write a better one!

Here's one to get you started:

Book Spine Poetry

Raid your book shelves - gather up all the books with visible titles (ones starting with prepositions are useful)

Combine at least three books to create a poem



Practice bad writing

Since 1982 the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged man, woman, and (very precocious) child to write an atrocious opening sentence to a hypothetical bad novel. Here's the 2019 Grand Prize Winner (from Maxwell Archer of Mt. Pleasant, Ontario:

Space Fleet Commander Brad Brad sat in silence, surrounded by a slowly dissipating cloud of smoke, maintaining the same forlorn frown that had been fixed upon his face since he’d accidentally destroyed the phenomenon known as time, thirteen inches ago. 

Can you do better?

Six Word Memoirs

The inspiration for six-word memoirs came courtesy of a legend about Ernest Hemingway. As the story goes, Hemingway was once challenged to tell a story in six words. He came up with this:

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Six-word memoirs are a profound and creative way to think about your life, your surroundings, your reality and ultimately yourself.

It’s an interesting, surprising and exciting strategy for self-expression. Try it!