Monday, January 23, 2017

10 Old Things that are New Again

1. The leftovers lurking in the back of your fridge are old. What’s new are the fuzzy tentacles spreading their way across its surface. What to do? Your house, your rules.

 2. My cat is old. His ways of dealing with the younger new-to-us cats is resigned acceptance. You can almost hear him muttering “Youths….”. He’d roll his eyes if he could. I feel sure of this.

 3. The resolution to eat healthier is an old one for many of us. I approach it in a new way by defining ‘healthier’ as ‘happier’. Hey. My house, my rules.

 4. Many resolve to eat one new food a day. I did this; I tried chocolate-dipped red liquorice. Don’t judge, it was a gift. And…resolution successful.

 5. The other old resolution is to exercise more. My new take is to concentrate on the ‘more’. Remember, one more step is more. Resolution successful.

 6. I have a constant old problem with procrastination. This year I’m trying a new approach, which I’ll write down soon.

 7. I had an old flip-style cell phone. I now have a new smart phone. However, I only use it for actually phoning and texting people. It’s my own small rebellion against this idea that everyone should be able to get in touch with everyone at every moment. I say NO.

 On a slightly more serious note

 8. Theatre is an ancient art. Go see a new play. (says the actor and playwright).

 9. Most authors are aware of the old saying ‘there are no new plots’ but the world hasn’t yet read your take on whatever plot you’re knitting. Be bold. Finish your book and let them.

 10. What’s new? President #44*. What’s old? Wall-building. ‘Nuff said.

 *44 because even though Grover Cleveland got elected once, then lost, and then got elected again, he’s the same guy. No two numbers for him.

Elspeth Futcher is a bestselling author of murder mystery games and playwright. She has been the top selling author at since 2011. Her British games are published by Red Herring Games in the UK. Elspeth's 'writing sheep' are a continuing feature in the European writers' magazine Elias and also appear on this blog from time to time. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Futcher, Author.


  1. But...but...all those things in the back of the refrigerator, you know the minute you toss it, you'll want that small dab of pepper jelly. You know you will.

  2. What fun, Elspeth. I really liked number 8, for obvious reasons. LOL My play opens this coming Friday.

  3. While it may be true that no new plots exist, new perspectives (takes) abound -- as well as new readers, new generations, new looks at old generations, new technology, new characters with fresh viewpoints, and the list goes on. :-)

    1. That's exactly what I meant! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Linda.


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