1337677_two_flower_urns_on_a_wall_I recently re-read The Unstrung Harp by Edward Gorey; it’s a quirky and delightful little book about the process of writing and publishing a novel. Near the end of the book, the protagonist, Mr. Earbrass, has finally seen his latest book in print and is drained. He stands on his terrace and random words flow through his head — some quite esoteric but others rather inspiring. So I thought it might be fun to use Mr. Earbrass’s eclectic musings to inspire other writers this week. Pick three to five of the following words and use them in a story, scene or poem.

“ANGUISH   TURNIPS   CONJUNCTIONS   ILLNESS   DEFEAT   STRING   PARTIES   NO PARTIES   URNS   DESUETUDE   DISAFFECTION   CLAWS   LOSS   TREBIZOND   NAPKINS   SHAME   STONES   DISTANCE   FEVER   ANTIPODES   MUSH   GLACIERS   INCOHERENCE   LABELS   MIASMA   AMPUTATION   TIDES   DECEIT   MOURNING   ELSEWARDS” (from The Unstrung Harp by Edward Gorey, copyright 1953, copyright renewed 1981)

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