As part of my TYSIC, (Ten Year Self Improvement Challenge) I want to make more time to read and write. I love having my nose in a book, I’ve been known to finish a book in a day if it really grabs me. I also like writing; I did NaNoWriMo last November, (National Novel Writing Month) and I got a tremendous amount of satisfaction from completing a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. Basically, it makes sense that doing more of what I love should improve my life, and the challenge would not only be in the writing process, but in finding more time for both reading and writing.

When the TYSIC started I was out of work, so finding time for reading was easy and I got through quite a few books. As a way to plot my progress with my TYSIC goals and to get back into the habit of writing, I also started this blog. However, since finding work, I only seem to be reading and writing minutes of meetings and poring over software instruction manuals, so I felt it was time to get back on track, and at the same time make sure my work/play time stays balanced. So today I read some short stories, wrote a bit of a parody and this blog.

But before I unveil my bit of a parody, I’ll give you a bit of my parody history. About four years ago I started writing parodies, probably one every week or so, and they’d take an hour or sometimes two to finish. They brought a lot of amusement to my online forum friends and I wasn’t sure whether I was doing it for the fun of creating something new and funny from an existing song, or for the affirmation received after posting them. Anyway, after a while for one reason or another I stopped writing parodies and after briefly flirting with them again last year, I lapsed into a parody-less state again.

Today I didn’t get fully back into parody-writing mode, but I did do a couple of verses of a Tim Minchin song called Not Perfect before reality called and I had to go and do grown-up stuff. I’ve written from God’s viewpoint for the first verse and the Devil’s for the second. I’m afraid I’m a bit rusty as I’m out of practice, but hopefully I’ll do a few more over the next ten years and they should improve. Here’s what I wrote. 🙂

This is my heaven
And I’m boss of it
It’s one third clouds and
Two thirds blue sky
And it floats around in outer space
Invisible to the human race
And is filled with lovely Christians and their pets
There are gates to keep those without sin
safe from bad guys entering
‘because my bouncer Peter, stops them getting in

This is my heaven
And it’s fine
It’s where the Christians want to go when it is their time
It is perfect
And it’s mine
It is perfect

This is my hell
And I’m boss of it
It’s pretty hot
And rather crowded
And I rule the place with whips and chains
But not many people complain
And that’s because those people… like it.
And the funny thing is that I am
An undercover car-sales man
And really rather rubbish at my day job

This is my hell
And it’s fine
It’s where the Christians go when they are bad in their lives
It is perfect
and it’s mine
It is perfect

Sorry, I know it’s not perfect, but it is mine. 😉

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