What I have read, written, seen and heard in the last 24 hours

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List of everything I’ve read or written or seen or heard in the last 24 hours

First of all yesterday was Sunday and so I had a lot of time on my hands! Read two chapters from Roald Dahl’s Matilda and one from Don Delillo’s White Noise as e-books, several pages from ceramics handbooks, instructions online on how to transplant a shrub, leaflet from a newly bought face cream, printed instructions on how to set up a new Apple watch, read a script on a wall along the beach, translating into ‘You are the beginning of the life that I would like to have … I love you Chri’ (photo above)

Read Hazel Smith’s essay on Creative Writing (printed), wrote a post on my learning blog

Read Il Corriere and La Repubblica newspapers in their online versions on my Ipad and various news websites, seen ABC streaming on the Race to the White House on TV, after that seen an episode from House of Cards on DVD

Looked at online videos about storms in southern Italy, consulted weather forecasts, had a look at Facebook and Pinterest feeds, read/wrote several text and Whatsup messages, looked fashion online shops

Listened to classical/pop music on the radio while looking up recipes on a cooking app

Heard  friends speak about their difficulties with aging parents during a dinner out

How many stories are contained within your list?

Plenty I believe. First of all the story of a normal day like mine, spent between home and the beach, in which things were read, heard, seen, written. And then the graffiti on the wall can open up a story – there is already a character there, Chri, who maybe is the lover and maybe is the loved one. Many other stories are suggested by news bits and papers. The Race to the White House can give ideas for many plots, as the script of House of Cards shows. Also the social media can be the starting point of a lot of stories, with their crowds of people communicating thoughts and life facts and various information. The dinner with friends worrying about their parents can contain the start of another story. Basically everything can ignite a story!

How many from your list would you consider to be ‘art’?

I found art in its written form in Roald Dahl’s Matilda and in Don Delillo’s White Noise, in the episode of House of Cards and in the music I listened on the radio, basically I found art where there was somebody’s intention to produce it. I see art in writing where a plot works well, and/or characters are convincing and rich, and/or the language and style used are deliberately chosen. To me, personally, in a creative and artistic piece of writing I value most good characterization and quality of language, atmosphere and theme, perhaps I am less interested in plot. As a rule I am able to appreciate an intriguing plot only if the other elements are there.

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