Coming up roses


One dark and stormy night, it was raining cats and dogs. Timmy tried to sleep like a log, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks: he was a scardy-cat. Trembling like a leaf, the youngster wrapped his mind around a solution. He wasn’t the brightest bulb in the box or the sharpest knife in the drawer. He wasn’t even a rocket scientist. But the wool couldn’t be pulled over his eyes. Any monsters would be waiting under his bed til the cows came home, for Timmy’s bed was as secure as Fort Knox. It was all coming up roses.

(14 cliches! Try and beat that.)


Word: Repatweezers

Repatweezers ~   (re·pa·tweez·ers) pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)

Small metaphorical pincers used for plucking or handling swift, witty replies.

“Ouch, that was a good retort. I’ll need to get out my repatweezers.”

Life is like…

Analogies are creativity in a nutshell: new connections between two otherwise unrelated things. To up your own creativity, make up your own analogies.

I have a game I like to play: I pick a topic. Anything. Plants, shirts, volcanoes. Any object that you see lying around can be a subject. Then, find some way to compare it to life. Life is like a T-shirt: the end of the production line holds the dye. Maybe you can think of more than one analogy. Life is like a T-shirt: you collect more wrinkles the longer you keep it. I like to ask a friend to pick a subject for me to riff on. Just keep finding new analogies. It preps your mind to find connections, and thereby makes you more creative.

Here’s a list of the different analogies I’ve come up with while playing this game. Your mileage may vary regarding your appreciation of them.


Life is like a cabbage: it’s always ahead.

Life is like a cardboard box: It’s not as important as what it contains.

Life is like a cell phone: you get calls whenever you don’t want them.

Life is like cardboard: if there aren’t any cards around, you’re just bored.

Life is like the color black: it’s always in style.

Life is like a bow tie: it’s cool.

Life is like a bow tie: it’s a lot easier to put together if a friend helps out.

Life is like a hipster: there’s a way to be better at it, but you’ve probably never heard of it.

Life is like a Granny Smith: if you don’t enjoy it, no one else will.

Driving over the speed limit is like eating an apple with braces: it’s bad, but everyone does it.

Life is like an antique book: it’s very precious, but will turn to dust in the near future.

Life is like chapstick: it’s always gone before you were finished with it.

Life is like shrubbery: without constant attention, it branches out into areas you don’t like.

Life is like health food: you can choke it down all you want, but you’re still going to die.

Life is like death: except not.

Life is like Gatorade: if you’ve been climbing to the top of a Tibetan mountain all day, it’s probably on your mind.

Life is like a truffle: it’s small and tough, yet still precious. And you can usually find a pig or two rooting around it.