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Welcome to Day 9 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 cats agree is the reason why Internet cat pictures are so popular. Today’s prompt is 15 Minutes, and this is yet another of my brilliant suggestions. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before you can haz cheezburger.

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I was going to write a bunch of things that happen every fifteen minutes but everything I found was just too damn depressing. Suicides, congenital heart defects, bowel cancer diagnoses, alcohol-related traffic deaths… there is absolutely nothing good that happens every 15 minutes.

Further proof? I have to go to my in-laws in 15 minutes. Oh look, there’s Jepeto glaring at me now. I swear, I only mean that it sucks because we can only spend such a limited amount of time with them. Really. I wish we could go and spend days and days with them. More than that. Weeks. Months. Years.
Somebody please kill me now.

Anyway. Since I would hate for you guys to be all depressed because none of you will be spending the next few excruciating hours with my in-laws, I thought I would leave you with the words of people who actually know something about being famous and who don’t have to go to my in-laws today.

I’ve had to make the transition from sweeping in for 15 minutes, doing my stuff and clearing out, to carrying a movie for the duration – in a dress. – Philip Seymour Hoffman (Oh, how do you stand it, Philip?)

You can’t ever put your self-definition in the hands of somebody who meets you for 15 minutes. – Helena Bonham Carter (Especially if that person is Philip Seymour Hoffman in a dress)

I made some truly awful movies. ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes. – Sylvester Stallone (Are you paying attention, Homeland Security?)

Women are like ovens. We need 5 to 15 minutes to heat up. – Sandra Bullock (That depends, Sandra. Some of us come equipped with EasyBake ovens)

People want their 15 minutes and are willing to do anything to get it. – Joe Rogan (Really, Joe? You don’t say)

Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. – Andy Warhol (Even longer if they participate in a blog challenge, right Andy?)

I’m bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is “In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.” – Andy Warhol (It’s not that I’m saying that you’re full of shit or anything, Andy, but can I get that in writing?)

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  • My favourite quote dealing with 15 is the following:

    “Start your car insurance quote online in 15 minutes or less”
    -Geico

  • My in-laws live in Kelowna. I’m so upset they live on the other side of the country and I hardly ever see them.

    Easy bake oven, eh?

  • 15 minutes with the in-laws feels like 15 hours…hope your time passed quickly!

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  • Who would have thunk that this would be a difficult prompt? As for the 15 minutes of fame, be careful what you wish for. There are too many ways I wouldn’t want to be famous.

  • How profound of Sly Stallone to recognize he made some truly awful movies. I would say Rhinestone had to be at least a tie with Stop! or my Mom Will Shoot.

  • I’ve waited 15 minutes, am I famous now?

    I’m so sorry about the in-laws, my love. You know, if you moved to Finland you’d almost never have to visit them.

  • Barb

    I give up…. I keep typing in my link wrong… Damned iPad… Now I’ll never be famous 😉

  • Hey Nicky! Heh, in laws are the best. Oh yes, but that’s another story. Indigo x

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  • KZ

    I’ve always found it suspect that so many things happen “every fifteen minutes”. There has to be a gap every now and then. I’m willing to bet that there are plenty of fifteen-minute gaps during which nothing bad ever happens. I won’t bet much, though. How about fifteen cents?

  • “Women are like ovens. We need 5 to 15 minutes to heat up. – Sandra Bullock (That depends, Sandra. Some of us come equipped with EasyBake ovens)”

    Ahahahahhahah! Very, funny.

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