Mannequin Monday – Ocean, You Owe Me a Body
Welcome to another week of Mannequin Monday. The place where we drape the naked form with words, images, shapes, texture. The magic of story.
Today, the featured story starts where sea meets land. We drape the form with wet sand, with overpowering sea water, with “landlocked grief.” The story is Across the Sea: A Sequence, by Gbenga Adesina.
My own writing sample today is titled “Cold Pizza”. A man waits at the beach for a woman. For a fresh start.
Mannequin Monday – A Pivotal Choice
The naked form, the blank page. Time to dress them again. Dress with your narrative. Your point of view. Your expression of self. You as artist, making art.
This week we take a look at four exciting, award-winning stories from teens. Courtesy again of Narrative magazine.
Plus, Donald Maass offers advice on writing with meaning, in Writer Unboxed.
And a sample of my own writing. This time a repost of The Mother’s Day Card.
Mannequin Monday – Dreams Too Large to Carry
Welcome to one more Mannequin Monday. Our theme continues. We find ways to dress the blank form. To cover the mannequin, to write the words, to shape the sculpture, to create the sketch, to take the photo or make the film.
Today our fiction piece – again from Narrative magazine – features a story by Ifeoma Sesiana Amobi. The interview features five up and coming Nigerian writers. And finally, another sample of my own writing.
Mannequin Monday – A Sense of Compassion
Clothing our blank forms again, with an awareness of suffering. A sense of compassion. This week’s short story Friendship and Art comes from Alan Ziegler, courtesy of Narrative magazine. This week’s interview is from NPR, Scott Simon talking to Dr. Suzanne Koven, formerly with Massachusetts General Hospital. And I offer a writing sample of my own about street art.
Mannequin Monday – Last Flight from Bordeaux
This week we have fun dressing the blank page with colorful graphic stories and illustrations. Artist Sofia Warren brings us Last Flight from Bordeaux. Warren documents her attempts to leave France and get back home to the States in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And cartoonist Liza Donnelly sketches a graphic memoir of her life in Portrait of the Cartoonist as a Woman.
To cap off the week, I offer a playful writing sample of my own. Enjoy.
Mannequin Monday – Africa Rasta Hair Salon
Another mannequin waiting for someone to dress it. Words, sketches, clay, film, whatever media you choose.
This week features a short story by writer, dramaturge and activist Bibish Marie-Louise Mumbu. And a brief interview with photographer Mark Seliger, done for The Creative Process.
Lastly, a piece of my current writing.
Mannequin Monday – After the Light Cracks the Sky
This week on Mannequin Monday we dress the naked form with words of poetry. The work of Maria Hummel, novelist and poet, and the poems of Naomi Nye. Both pen words that can comfort us in these days of fear and quarantine. And to cap the week, I include an excerpt from my novel Apart.