Mannequin Monday – It’s Best Not to Talk
“So why then does he feel he is on his way to perdition and not paradise?” We’re dressing our mannequin, our story framework, with words from an emerging Irish writer. The Irish Independent celebrates David Ralph’s “Taghazout” this week.
And I offer my own short story “It’s Best Not to Talk,” about a rookie cop finding out when to speak, when to shut up, on her night shift.
Mannequin Monday – The Whisper of Bones
“Come to Paris. Your sister is dead.” The opening lines from Elle Marr’s debut novel The Missing Sister. This week we clothe our mannequin with words, stories set in Paris, We visit three novels, two historical, one contemporary, all set in the City of Light.
And can we talk of Paris without Edith Piaf joining us? I offer an imaginative story of my own about the Paris catacombs. Thanks for joining us this week.
Mannequin Monday – If stupid were sand…
Putting a grin on our faces isn’t easy these days. I share a few lines of humor from two books I recently read. Authors James McBride with Deacon King Kong and Louise Penny with All the Devils Are Here drape our weekly mannequin in smiles.
And I offer another short story of mine, about a writer’s own King Kong.
Mannequin Monday – All the Prisoners Got One
Take me somewhere I’ve never been. This is what I look for in a story. Werner Sonne has written a fine novel on the post-WWII division of Palestine to create the Israeli state. This week on Mannequin Monday we clothe our story in the garb of an RN in a combat zone.
And I offer a story of a hospital worker’s act of kindness.
Mannequin Monday – A Girl, My Lord, in a Flatbed Ford
My Lord, our mannequin drives a flatbed Ford this week. Ride along as words dress her story.
“Stuff your eyes with wonder… live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.” Words from Ray Bradbury. Today’s Mannequin Monday is a mashup of song lyrics, a real-life memory, and Ray Bradbury quotes.
And then I present “Hollywood and Highland,” a short story I wrote using all these pieces.
Mannequin Monday – The Wonder of Re-Reading a Novel
In our creative work we give form to feelings. In writing, music, sculpting, painting, photography, film. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anaïs Nin.
This week Mannequin Monday looks at the wonder of re-reading a novel. I re-visit authors Louise Penny and John Steinbeck to help us with that.
Mannequin Monday – What Lasts?
“How does your work affect the world?” Writer and marketing coach Dan Blank asks us to consider on this Mannequin Monday: “What will people remember of your writing?”
And I suggest that one lyric of songwriter Leonard Cohen offers a perspective on a writer’s impact.
Finally, I share an excerpt from an article I wrote for educators on the enduring work of journalists in combat and civil unrest zones .