Last night I ate sea urchin. It tasted of the ocean. The body soaked with the tears of whales crying for the loss of their children. The warm fur of a white seal pup before it meets its end at the hand of cruelty. The plastic embrace of a shopping bag around the throat of an arctic tern. It cried for its fish brothers that nevermore would dart between its feelers searching for food. It whispered to me of lost porpoises trapped in nets raping the sea. It told of sharks too fearful to leave the sunken ships of death’s folly. I heard the boasts of old sailors swapping trinkets for lives. I stopped a moment and put the chopsticks down. Then ordered another item from the menu. One without the bitter taste.
This came about after going to a restaurant and trying sea urchin for the first time. It got me thinking about how we abuse the sea, the plastics and rubbish littered there, and the depletion of fish numbers as well as other mammals.
A pet fish is flushed down the toilet. But it is still alive. What happens next? What adventures does it have?
STUCK? Try this story starter: Timmy lay on his side in the goldfish bowl sleeping. Boy, was he tired. He just didn’t want to move. A great hand whisked him up into the air. Too frightened, Timmy stayed frozen to the spot.
“This fish is dead. Time for a fish funeral,” said a loud excited voice.
The next moment Timmy was falling in the air until he landed in some water with a plop. All around him the walls were white. The water suddenly began to swirl around faster and faster. Timmy wasn’t strong enough to fight against it.
What happens next?
What is Write – 30? Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.
The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.
Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:
Always sit/work in the same place
Always use the same writing tools
Always turn the TV off
No talking – it distracts thinking
Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.