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Exercise #31: "Kinesthesia"
The use of specific details that appeal to the senses - sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch - makes writing vivid. Kinesthesia is often overlooked as it overlaps with the others, in particular, touch. The dictionary defines kinesthesia as "a sense mediated by end organs located in muscles, tendons, and joints and stimulated by bodily movements and tensions."
Some examples of kinesthesia:
  • climbing stairs
  • reaching deep into a drawer and feeling around for a small coin
  • doing jumping jacks
  • sitting in the shade and slowly turning the pages of a newspaper
  • pushing into a crowded subway car
  • standing on one leg with your hands on your hips while singing the Star Spangled Banner
  • etc...
Make your list. Come up with as many as you can.
  • singing a high C while standing on a stage - Believe me. A LOT harder than it seems it should be.
  • along the same lines, singing anything above a high G while laying down (Thanks, Mimi from La Boheme... Oy.)
  • crouching down with a flashlight to peer once again into the abyss under our couch for the remote...
  • doing a tap dance while smiling the whole time - Once again, you're going to have to take my word for it. Not easy.
  • leaning off the edge of a staircase with your hand holding onto the railing to see if anyone is downstairs because you're too lazy to actually walk down the stairs
  • laughing so hard that you start crying uncontrollably
  • getting in and out of my car
  • driving, pedal to the metal
  • sneezing
  • stretching in my bed when I first wake up in the morning
  • uh...
I can't think of anything else.

I have a little confession to make. My mind was totally not in this exercise. "Blast From the Past" is playing on my TV, and I just can't tear myself away from Brendan Fraser. It's a weakness of mine. Well, I guess I should have waited until the movie was over, because in between each example I kept getting distracted. I'm sorry. Put any form of Brendan Fraser in front of me, and I am transfixed. It also doesn't help that his character is, by far, the absolute cutest person in the world. He's just so innocent, it makes me giddy. "I'm watching television, in color." I mean, really... Lovely.

This moves me onto another topic. I have this list, see, that consists of around 11-12 males who are all actors, I believe. These men, were they to proposition me for sex at any point in time by some bizarre twist of fate, would have no problem getting a "Hell, yes! Your place or mine??" from me.

Let's get to crackin' on that list, shall we?

  • Brendan Fraser
  • Christian Bale
  • Colin Firth (He has to play the part of Mr. Darcy from either Pride & Prejudice or Bridget Jones.)
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Luke and/or Owen Wilson
  • Harrison Ford
  • Sean Connery
  • Joaquin Pheonix
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Mark Wahlberg
That's most of them. I can't think of any others, at any rate. My boyfriend is completely aware of this list (He has one as well.), and is totally fine with it. I mean, think about it. What are the chances of my ever meeting any of them? Slim to none. So it's harmless, says I. I get to have my little fantasy, and nobody is any the wiser.

Do any of you have lists like this? If so, who's on it? If not, why not?


P.S. This blog commemorates 1 month finished of my writing exercises. Congrats to me! Wahoo.


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