I have watched all three election debates–the two presidential candidate debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney as well as the vice-presidential debate between Vice-President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan. While I agree that they have been more interesting than your average candidate debate, I think we could make these events even more engaging.
The last presidential debate is coming up on Monday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m. Central. Here are my top 10 ways to spice up the last debate:
10. Have someone in the audience start the wave. See how long they can keep it going.
9. Post Batman sound effects on the screen whenever someone throws a good verbal jab. Zonk! Whamm! Kapow!
8. Flash fact checking on a screen behind the candidate as he speaks…or simply the words TRUE or FALSE as warranted.
7. Let Clinton and Stacy of What Not to Wear provide the post-debate breakdown. For instance, what’s with hot pink and what is the appropriate size for a flag lapel pin?
6. Forget the whose turn is it? approach and install game show buzzers on the podiums instead. The first one to press his buzzer gets to speak.
5. Make the final question a kissing contest: Who can go the longest? Barack and Michelle or Mitt and Ann?
4. Include a lightning round. Fence or amnesty? Bankruptcy or bailout? Tea or coffee? Boxers or briefs? Edward or Jacob?
3. Have Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory be the next moderator. Bazinga!
1. Debate: The Musical. Should we get Webber or Elton to write it?
Whether you think our political process has made any progress, I hope I’ve made some progress on my Round of Words in 80 Days goals. No moderator needed. My update is below.
Editing: SHARING HUNTER, young adult contemporary novel.
- Complete full rewrite. Rewrote three more chapters–1/4 through novel.
- Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system. Went through 3 lessons from Margie’s lecture packet to prepare.
- Deliver to beta readers. Waiting for first two.
- Post Sunday ROW80 updates, Amaze-ing Words Wednesdays, and Deep-Fried Fridays. Posted Lawson Academy Live and #ROW80 on Sunday; Armadillos, Cow Tipping, and Silly Camp Songs on Wednesday; and High School Halls: School Spirit on Friday.
Send interview questions to two guests I have lined up for my blog.Lined up a third guest as well!
- Write two short stories. Nope. Had some plotting ideas about one short stories but didn’t get time to work on it.
- Read one writing craft book. Downloaded Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.
- Attend workshop with Margie Lawson in Houston on October 13. Done.
- Work through lessons of Scrivener online course a second time. Went through 4 lessons.
- Nothing special here. Just read. A lot. Finished No Apology by Mitt Romney. (Read Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama in 2008.) Halfway through 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson and also read wonderful short stories from Stacy Green and Catie Rhodes.
- Exercise twice a week. Ordered an exercise DVD. Do I get any credit for that?
- Sort through photos and complete at least one album. (I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.) Nope, but my house is in total disarray after getting new floors installed last week.
So how are your goals coming along? Do you plan to watch the presidential debate? Do you have any ideas for how to spice it up?
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