I’m sure most of us take for granted our ability to read, not only when enjoying fiction, but when dealing with everyday situations. For some people of otherwise normal intelligence, reading can be incredibly difficult. Word-blindness refers to two related conditions: alexia and dyslexia. Alexia is the loss, usually in later life, of a previous ability to read. It arises from damage to the brain cortex via injury, stroke, or illness. The more common, and better understood, dyslexia is an inherited developmental disorder that is usually diagnosed in childhood. Both disorders are characterised by difficulty in processing written information.
Someone who hasn’t let her dyslexia hold her back is Whoopi Goldberg, who is 59 years young today. Whoopi has had an incredible career: she is one of only twelve people to have won the big four American entertainment awards (Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony). Her best known roles were in The Colour Purple, Ghost, and as lounge singer turned nun, Deloris Van Cartier / Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act.
Let’s wish Whoopi a wonderful birthday with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with WORD and ending with BLIND 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.