Monday 16th March 2015

How do they rise up, rise up, rise up?  How do they rise up, rise up high?

Today is the third Monday in the month, and we normally give a 100 word limit and a week to complete your work.  However Thomas and Lyssa are desperately saddened by the loss of Sir Terry Pratchett.  I imagine many people reading this will have read his books, they were insightful, compassionate and hysterically funny.  We both met Sir Terry back in the eighties, when he was touring tiny bookshops promoting Equal Rites.  He was lovely as we briefly met him.  His illness was cruel, it was a form of dementia that affected his ability to write.  As someone who had lived his life through the written word that must have been a very bitter blow.

There are lots of people out there who really knew him and can write insightfully about his life.  There are many, many people that can write with greater confidence about his work.  We can't equal that.  However our lives were so enriched by his works, and Lyssa's elfen in particular drawing from his writings, that we feel we have to at least show a mark of respect. 

So this Challenge is set In Memoriam, not because every person reading this loved Sir Terry Pratchett but because there is a big gap in the lives of Tom and Lyssa and we feel the need to mark it.  

Here is the picture, please credit it if you use it your blog - If you haven't read Sir Terry's wonderful short book "The Unadulterated Cat" then we heartily recommend it .  He had an unromantic approach to cats, refusing to believe the propaganda about themselves that our feline overlords push onto us.   The cat in this photograph is surely one of his "real cats".


Here is the quote

Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
                                                                                                Sir Terry Pratchett

You have a word count limit of either less than 50 words or more than 1000.  If you are familiar with the work of Sir Terry Pratchett please try and include a reference to Death in there.  As for how long, well, for the sake of the challenge we have to set a limit, so it will be a month, until noon GMT on 16th April 2015.  

I will end with another quote from Sir Terry Pratchett  

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.'

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