Let me shake you by the hand and welcome you to Micro Bookends 1.05.
Handedness (whether one is better able to perform tasks with the right or left hand) is a fascinating subject that reveals a lot about how our brains are wired, and if you believe myth and folklore, a lot about our social behaviour. Historically left-handedness was seen as being inferior to right-handedness. In many European languages, including English, right also means correct, while the Latin adjective sinister means left. This remains in the medical term sinistral which refers to the left side of the body. While most people are either right-handed or left-handed, there are two other categories of handedness: ambidextrous (equally comfortable using either the right or left hand), and cross-dominant where one hand is preferred for some tasks and the other hand for others.
Glenn Frey, one of the founding members of Eagles, and celebrating his 66th birthday today, is left-handed but plays the guitar, to great effect, right-handed. Eagles had five number-one singles, with Hotel California being their most successful. Frey is credited with penning the lyrics (presumably left-handed); an allegory about the excess and greed of the music scene in 1970s LA. The dueling guitar solo by Joe Walsh and Don Felder was voted the 8th best guitar solo ever in 2008 by Guitar World. Unfortunately Eagles suffered an acrimonious breakup, a series of moderately-successful solo careers, an unlikely reunion (spawning the aptly titled Hell Freezes Over album), and the inevitable lawsuits.
Let’s help Glenn remember the good times with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with CROSS and ending with DOMINANT and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not? Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.