Building Blocks (Little Known Holidays)

Periodically, I will write a piece of flash fiction inspired by a little know holiday. Here is another list of more odd holidays that could be writing influential:
January 10: Peculiar People Day, in honor of uniquely different people.

February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for the dogs, because there is no one else who can really appreciate the true value of a dog biscuit.

March 1: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day salutes America’s favorite sandwich spread.

April 6: Sorry Charlie Day; for all of us who have been spurned, and yet somehow survived it.

May 8: No Socks Day; a day to give your feet a breath of fresh air. Of course washing your feet is a holiday eve requirement.

June 9: Donald Duck Day, in honor of the Walt Disney Donald Duck’s cartoon debut in “The Wise Hen” on June 9, 1934.

July 14: National Nude Day; a good day to cool off from the hot July sun.

August 14: National Creamsicle Day; be cool, flavor not important.

September 28: Ask a Stupid Question Day. (OK, ask why we need to celebrate this holiday.)

October 16: Dictionary Day. This one is easy to define, as it’s in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary, who was born on October 16, 1758.

November 20: Absurdity Day; don’t be absurd and celebrate a truly illogical and senseless holiday.

December 2: Crossword Puzzle Day. This holiday is really not very puzzling; crossword puzzles were created and published on this day in 1913 in the New York World newspaper (1860-1931). Arthur Wynne is credited with creating the modern crossword puzzle.

See Building Blocks (Holiday ideas) for more holidays.

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

Building Blocks (TV Game Shows)

Some TV game shows can offer interesting character dialogue and situation ideas. You can explore current and past programs. Programs may have a specific age group or location. Here are three game show examples (this is not an endorsement):

Family Feud: Questions asked the contestants can be “We asked 100 people to say what does their neighbor do when they are away?” (e.g. ‘get my mail’). “When the lights go out at the movies, what does your spouse do?”

America Says: One team is shown a fill-in-the-blank and its top answers, with the first letter of each word in each correct answer being shown as a clue. The answers range from the most common to odd. For example: “What side dish is served with hamburgers…C_” “My spouse likes to watch on TV…G_S_.”

Match Game: This game features contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions that are often formed as humorous double enders; the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists. “Name a kind of muffin?”

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

during their logomachy (Flash Fiction)

This 74 word flash fiction uses odd words from the Oxford Dictionarie.

During their logomachy, she looked deasil across the sky and had a cacoethes. However, the cerulean reminded her that his mental wonderings were fugacious. She also reminded herself that his love was not Barmecide. Looking at the etui in her hand she knew, as evidenced by this thoughtful gift, that her opsimath lover was becoming less superbious. Giving him a hug, she whispered “Let’s not let any pother make our love vagarious.” They kissed.
(during their logomachy. © Steven S Walsky, December 2018.)

Odd Words from the Oxford Dictionarie
Barmecide: illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing.
cacoethes: an urge to do something inadvisable.
cerulean: deep sky blue.
deasil: clockwise or in the direction of the sun’s course.
etui: a small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles.
fugacious: transient or fleeting.
logomachy: an argument about words.
opsimath: a person who begins to learn or study late in life.
pother: a commotion or fuss.
superbious: proud and overbearing.
vagarious: erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction.