I recently came across the best obituary ever.
I was tempted to copy and paste it here but am unclear whether the entirety of an obituary falls under "fair use". Â You would think a character like this, who obviously enjoyed a good laugh, would welcome the sharing of his final tribute; still out of respect I'll ask that you click the link here to read the full text.
"Blanchard, Michael "Flathead"
1944 ~ 2012
A Celebration of the life of Michael "Flathead" Blanchard will be held on April 14th, 3 pm 8160 Rosemary St, Commerce City. Weary of reading obituaries noting someone's courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors' orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died."
It shouldn't be too difficult to guess what today's challenge is.
Personal note: I will be on and off the grid until early June. Â So if you don't see a column from me, don't be concerned.
This weekâ€™s writing challenge: write an obituary.
- Write your own obituary.
- Write the obituary of someone you loved.
- Write the obituary of someone you did not love (pull out the stops for this one).
- Write an entirely fictional obituary for someone who never existed - but should have.
Post your article toÂ Gather Writing Essentials.
BE SURE TO TAG your submission withÂ MWE. Â Note: I search for articles using the tag "MWE" Â If you don't tag it right,Â I will not find it.
- Include "Monday Writing Essential" in your title.
Last week's challenge only drew exactly one response (Go Karen!)
Weekly reminder:don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!).. Â Also try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Â Tell the author what worked and what needs work.