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 – Sit Quietly in a Room Alone
Monday rolls around again. I dress the bare mannequin with words I found from novelist Louise Penny. I’m re-reading How the Light Gets In. Also, I again take inspiration from Austin Kleon, who quotes Blasé Pascal: All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
And for my own current writing, I add my short story, The Marsh. Jack and Dyann sit in a boat talking about death…and life.
Mannequin Monday – I Never Liked You
Post #19 for Mannequin Monday. Join me as I dress the blank page. As I highlight others who drape the blank form with their words.
Today, a short story I like from Alex Kidman, titled The Beach. “Behind me, I could hear the noise of another bottle being opened and the bubbles of laughter I just had to get away from.”
And my story Remember Me. All about a breakup video a woman posts on YouTube. “I never liked you, Chase.”
Mannequin Monday – Ebony Fingers on White Keys
Hi. Welcome back to Mannequin Monday. Our ongoing goal here is dressing the blank form: words, images, clay, paint, movement. This week I will again rely on images to spark creativity.
Today starts with artist and writer Austin Kleon, who continues to inspire me. He recently posted architectural image collages on his blog.
Kleon in turn led me to designer/writer Frank Chimero, who specializes in interactive web design.
And I wrap the weekly post with a writing sample of my own, a writing exercise on haiku. One: Ebony fingers on white keys sprayed wild notes on the air.
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.
Mannequin Monday – Read One Book Before I Die
A Monday that stands out. Memorial Day. Starting the week with story. Clothing the naked form with our words, images, clay, pencil. To honor our fallen military heroes, I found a couple of stories you may enjoy. One about an old veteran who never forgets, that comes from Daily Kos, May 2015. Another is from The Week. Also about a WWII veteran.
And I include another sample of my own writing: a stripped down Porsche chassis.