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.
Mannequin Monday – Amateur to the Point of Incompetence
A drug-addicted sex worker in London, bent on vengeance. We cover our blank form this week with moving images. A Blake Lively action thriller. Strong performances and a box office bomb. Mannequin Monday.
And a playful story from my own pen. Not a bomb, I hope. Enjoy.
Mannequin Monday – Take Me Somewhere…
I’ve never been to the catacombs of Paris. Never come face to face with the roots of Irish humor. But on this Mannequin Monday books take me where I have never been. Elle Marr, Tana French…
Words don’t simply clothe a blank form. They transport the viewer.
And an excerpt from my next book Surfrider,
Mannequin Monday – Here’s Joe Cool…
Here’s Joe Cool, appearing in the first Mannequin Monday blog post of the new year. This week, an insightful article from The Atlantic on Charles Schulz’s character Snoopy. Snoopy, “realizing that he’s tired and cold and lonely and that it’s suppertime.”
And, as always, a writing exercise of my own.
Mannequin Monday – Who Tells Your Story
Once again, creating the word on Mannequin Monday. This week, Africa-based fantasy fiction, with Nnedi Okorafor sharing her stories and her journey.
And viewing Hamilton this weekend got me thinking about some of the show’s lyrics. George Washington sings of Alexander Hamilton, “You have no control who lives, who dies, who tells your story”.
To close, I offer my own story, “The Kiss.” You have no control after a word is spoken.
Mannequin Monday – The Driver and the Passenger
Welcome back for another Mannequin Monday. Today we dress the blank form, the empty page, with art and image. Writer/artist Austin Kleon inspired me with one of his recent blog posts. He focused on artist David Hockney’s photo collage Pearblossom Hwy., 11 – 18th April 1986, #2.
I also add writing of my own, my attempt to create a word collage reminiscent of Hockney’s photo collage.
Mannequin Monday – Take Me Home
Hey, here we are for another Mannequin Monday. We come back every Monday to find more words, more ideas, more inspiration to dress that blank form. Today we shape our words to describe roads. Dirt roads. Streets. Highways. The road to finding oneself.
First up is a poem by Tyree Daye, titled By Land. As I often do, I found this in Narrative Magazine. A great source for fiction and non-fiction. Free to read, with only a signup.
And then a short story of my own, My Big Brother is Scared.