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I decided to organize a weekly creative writing exercise in the office to sharpen the skills of the writing pool. Everyone takes a turn inventing an exercise or a prompt.

The only general rule we've been using is that it should be doable in an hour or so. We've also tried to keep things fun.

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Exercise 17 - Alibis

Alibi Conceptualization

In the world of marketing, having a ready alibi for anything can be handy. For example, you forgot to email a client a print ad study and now the irate client is on the phone asking for it. Ready alibi: "Sir, we phoned in a message to your secretary yesterday because we wanted to make the presentation to you in person. I guess the secretary must have forgotten. Anyway, we'll be ready to show it to you on Wednesday." Not only has your ready alibi saved you from possible job termination but also gave you little time to ACTUALLY make that print ad study. Well, let us put our alibi conceptualization skills to the test in a rather, extreme situation. The situation is this:


Your spouse/lover just found you in the living room:

a) completely nude
b) lying on the couch with another completely nude person
c) with a pair of handcuffs
d) with used contraceptives
e) with Basic Instinct playing on the TV
f) with a book entitled "How To Drive Your Lover Crazy in Bed" wide open
For this exercise, you have two options: an explanatory speech or an explanation letter. In either case, you must account for every item listed above (a to f) to your partner. The exercise is good for an hour (or maybe more). Fire away.


Below is what I wrote:



New Age Alibi


Oh my God, honey, perfect timing!  You should try this with us!  It really works.  We were just going to start another round, er, session.  Meet Dr. Melissa Dy, she’s a specialist in Human Divinity Meditation or HDM.  It’s new age!  It involves stripping off your clothes as a symbolic escape from worldly attachments.  Look, I feel comfortable in my nakedness already, even with Melissa here whom I just met last night, er, yesterday. 


No, no, no, she’s perfectly legitimate.  She teaches at the New Age Institute that just opened last month at the, um, Banilad Town Center.  You’ve never been to there right?  Yes, that’s why you’ve never heard of it yet.


Those condoms there?  No, no, those are just props!  Part of the meditative process involves visualizing oneself floating so she demonstrated the thought using improvised balloons.


Oh these handcuffs?  Yes, part of the escape phase of the meditation.  All this helps to reinforce the idea of releasing oneself from attachments to our material world.


What about this book?  “How to drive your lover crazy in bed”, oh, this graphically illustrated textbook?  Well she was trying to explain to me the divinity of the human form by explaining the hidden proportions and symmetries but I couldn’t find our illustrated “Human Atlas”.  So we settled on this one instead.  Better too because it shows both the male and female form in all pages together!  Did you know that the width of my arms spread out from tip to tip equals my height?  She taught me that!


And what about Basic Instinct?  Oh that?  Hey, I never noticed that thing was playing there.  I was so into the meditative process I never noticed I had left the set on.  See, I told you it works!

Posted at 04:47 pm by bisoy


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