the real story

We’ve all been there. In a high school classroom, talking about some piece of classic literature, dissecting the themes and literary devices.

But sometimes it’s not that complicated. Want the real story? Here’s what those stories/plays were really saying.

Romeo & Juliet: Attention to details really could save your life. (Along with learning how to check a pulse.)

The Scarlet Letter: People talk about other people because they’re bored with their own lives. Be boring and no one will talk.

The Odyssey: Don’t leave home. But if you do, try not to be an idiot.

Le Petit Prince: Stay away from snakes. Especially talking snakes.

Gone with the Wind: Girls who love drama will always love drama. Stay away. Far away. In fact, run.

Great Expectations: If you get jilted, mourn, but for heaven’s sake, keep living. That wedding cake is not gonna stay good for half a century so drown your sorrows in some cake-y goodness and move on before you end up bitter and old.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Don’t a hire a nanny who will accidentally leave your child in handbag. It just causes way too many problems.

Whatcha think? Any more to add?

what INFPs think about all day

Doing some research for my characters, I stumbled across some MBTI posts about what certain types think about all day. And naturally, I looked up my type but I couldn’t find a post like it. So I said to myself “hello, you’re a writer. You write it.”

So here it is. In case you were wondering, here’s my take on what us INFPs think about all day.

  1. What should I do with my life? What’s the best way to save the world?
  2. I can definitely make that look better.
  3. I really hope I didn’t offend anyone.
  4. I should be neater. Hm. Oh well.
  5. Am I doing something meaningful with my life?
  6. There’s got to be a better way to do this. Maybe like this. Or like this. Or this or this or – wait, what was I doing?
  7. Can we go to another museum?
  8. I should help that person. I don’t know them. But I should help. Shouldn’t I? Or is that weird? I don’t want to make them uncomfortable.
  9. I didn’t do anything incredible today. I’M A COMPLETE FAILURE!
  10. “How am I doing?” I don’t know if you really want to know. And I don’t want to burden you by oversharing. Maybe I should just say “fine.”
  11. That poor coffeemaker. It sounds like it’s gonna die. Must be a rough life, making office coffee every day.
  12. I can’t wait to get this done so I can read.
  13. Did anyone else notice her reaction? She was really upset. Someone should do something. Should I do something?
  14. Where’d my pen go?
  15. Wow. That’s such an inspiring story. I should be more like that.
  16. Did I forget to eat lunch? I should eat something.
  17. But why do I get to eat food when other people are starving?
  18. How can you not support this cause? Or that one? Or that one?
  19. Ooh, that’s colorful. Can I try it? Can I have it?
  20. I want to tell you what I think, but you didn’t ask so I probably won’t. But it’s a really great thought. I’ll write it down.
  21. Must try harder to be perfect!
  22. If my best friend asked me to bury a body, not gonna lie, I’d show up with a shovel and some chocolate.
  23. I would be so much more creative if I didn’t have all these restrictions.
  24. I hope everyone at my party gets along okay.
  25. Why is my closet empty? Dang it, did I forget to do laundry again? That’s okay. It’s just a creative challenge. I’ve got this…

And here’s a little INFP humor from Oddly Developed Types (created by Anna Moss).