When I took the Creative Writing Course, that Ann Linquist leads, I was introduced to this new-to-me method of freeing up the brain lock that can occur with writing or really any creative process. The word itself is a nonsense word made up by Lewis Carroll. It means to move around clumsily or heavily. But in this class, it was used to take seemingly unrelated words or phrases and create a poem or some kind of prose with each included. Below is what I wrote for my first stab at the process:

  • Garbage Can
  • Scorpion
  • Thunderstorm

There once was a large garbage can. A really large garbage can. It was so large that it had its own atmosphere. One day while plundering around in this garbage can universe, a less than curious creature found something. He wasn’t sure what it was. He didn’t really care all that much. He was looking for his breakfast. The thing he did find was in a ball. The ball rattled and hummed when he moved it. At first the scorpion was startled by the noise and vibration. Since it didn’t look like it would be very good for breakfast he tossed it aside. When it crashed into the filth beside him it made even more noise and lit up briefly. The flash of white light ran across the face of the ball. Turning to the light the scorpion thought that it might actually be a nice toy for his pleasure later. Since he was a scorpion he had no pockets. So he had to carry the ball on his back. But the ball didn’t want to stay. It would roll to the side with a clamor and glow. Frustrated with the ball he decided that he would just use his stinger to hold it into place. With precision he impaled the ball with his stinger. The ball reacted with a loud clap and white-hot light. The ball was vibrating on the end of his tail. He was getting annoyed with the ball. He decided that it was quite noisy and he no longer wanted the ball. He tried to pry the ball from his stinger, but it did not budge. The rumbling and flashing seemed to only grow more intense. In his frustration to rid himself of the ball he flung his tail this way and that, banging the ball against whatever was around him. With one last burst of energy he launched the ball into the air. It zoomed to the top of his garbage can universe and cracked open. The inside of the ball expanded and boomed with streaks of light. Thanks to the annoyed scorpion the thunderstorm was born in the garbage can.

I had fun with this one. I really like this exercise. It “gets my motor running” in a literary sense. Ann, thanks for the introduction to the method. It is really fun.

Who or what is Walterburgle?

This is the first official blog entry for this site. So, I suppose that it should explain the name or, at least, poke fun at it. I have used the Walterburgle or Whalterburgle alias a few times when signed up for online do-wha-ditties. The most recent was a Create Writing Workshop lead by Ann Linquist. You can find her blog here. Nice lady. Nice course. I enjoyed the workshop. It lead me back into writing and help reassure that I might have some talent. However deeply hidden it might be…

Walterburgle seems like a name that should have some meaning. I had friend named Walter. He was a nice guy. Not a saint, mind you. But no thief. So, he would not have been linked with the name ‘burgle’ by any means. Burgle is to steal. You got that, right? I don’t think that he was stolen either. Not in any sense I could recall. Who would name themselves after an abduction of a friend anyway? Yeah, I might do that. But I didn’t. Mostly, because he wasn’t abducted (as far as I know).

It could be a misspelling of water bugle. You know,a couple of added letters because my hands shake sometimes. So, let us take a look at what a water bugle might be. Well, some really old reference to a bugleweed (Lycopus viginicus) might be what I was going for in the name. You know one of those weeds that grow by the water – said to cure TB, anxiety, prevent pregnancy, and change the color of your skin. I should package that right up and sell it. But as badly as I type, that wasn’t it either. I really only found out about water bugles about a minute ago.

Maybe it was a clairvoyant moment that I knew I would have a blog with that name. So, I created the alias. But I wouldn’t have needed the blog without the name. Or even the name without the blog. I mean, I already have a name. My momma gave it to me. (My dad had a little to say about it, too.) But being that I have the blog now and the name before, creates a bit of a paradox. You know that infinite loop of reality that really messes with time travel. It clearly screws with the reasoning for this name as well. So that couldn’t be it. If so, I might just vaporize into some bits and pieces due to the perturbative nature of the paradox and all. Eik. Well, I just looked into the mirror. I am still in a corporeal state. You know solid and what-not. OK – Not it.

I don’t think there is any real reason for the name. Although, if you say it really fast it sounds cool. If you say it really slowly and raise an eyebrow, it is a little seductive. Well, not when I do it. But when a really pretty lady raises her eyebrow and says “Walterburgle,” that’s hot. Although pretty ladies saying anything can be hot.

Well, this is my almost exhaustive research on the name Walterburgle. And in conclusion, I have determined that I am not bursting into pieces due to some clairvoyance, have an abducted friend named Walter, or really know much about water bugles. So, it must be just a random sequence of neuron synapses that generated the really cool (and sexy) name Walterburgle. Who knew I could be so lucky.