Today we talk about reluctance vs. expansiveness. About presence. About marking our space. Marking, without pissing on the wall.
This week’s reading included poetry by Robert Desnos, the latest book by Twyla Tharp, and a romance chapter from a new author. Yes, I said romance!
And, ala Hemingway, I offer you one true sentence.
James Brown warns his bass player, Keep it on the one. The upbeat. You can do anything from there.
The thirteenth month of pandemic, and the one is hard to find.
Notes and thoughts to get us through. And an excerpt from my novel to offer a moment of excitement.
Musings on the presence of spirits in our literature and in our lives.
Books by Picault, Saunders, Telgemeier. And thoughts from my creative journal.
I offer a short piece on an old man dealing with dying.
Joan Didion and Elmore Leonard encourage us to leave room in our writing for the reader’s imagination. Don’t overdress the blank form with smothering words.
Less is more.
I offer you “Showtime at the Stella.” Another character sketch for Kelsey Graf.
Mannequin Monday – Moving the Scene Along
SNL original member Laraine Newman teaches us about improv, about moving a scene along. We clothe our bare mannequin with purpose.
And I offer another character sketch, this one with a touch of humor. Enjoy.
Mannequin Monday – You Make the Rules
You decide what the mannequin wears. You dress the blank form. Your words. Your vision. Your rules.
Advice from a business writer and from a poet. You make the rules.
I mark one year of these Mannequin Monday posts today.
And I offer a brief story of my own. Enjoy your week.
Mannequin Monday – “A lot of pain in that invisibility”
“If you weren’t so quiet, you wouldn’t have searched so desperately for a way to speak.” Springsteen and Obama on the Renegade podcast.
A ten-year old girl in post Civil war Texas learns English to find her voice.
And a chapter from my book, A Twin Long Gone. Trying to re-create a voice.