Mannequin Monday – Filling the Void
What do I give myself to when faced with a wide open day? How do I fill the void? A life shift offers opportunity, unexplored space. What will my story be?
Storytelling makes the world go round. I’m reading News of the World.
And again, I offer you another story bite of my own for this week. “The Playlist.”
Mannequin Monday – Easy for Some
What’s the street credibility of writers who offer advice on the craft of writing? This week published authors guide us in finding the words to drape our bare mannequin. Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Elizabeth George, Natalie Goldberg.
And I offer a chapter, a character study, from a novel I’m working on.
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.
Four years ago I wrote a post in my Creating Story blog about seeing Ray Bradbury at a 2009 book signing in a local bookstore.
Bradbury had arrived in a wheelchair, a rumpled man with a huge shock of white hair. He filled the room with excitement.
After speaking for a few moments, he had fielded questions from his fans. Someone asked him what he thought the future held for our young generation. He sat up tall in his wheelchair, his eyes sparkling, and almost cried out, “We should go back to the moon! Go on to Mars, with the moon as a base camp. Then go on to Alpha Centauri.”
Here was a master storyteller who spent a lifetime exploring this world and the entire universe in his imagination. His voice quivered with excitement when he told us of his own recent visit to the Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena, California. The JPL scientists guided him as he drove the Mars Rover on the surface of the same planet he had visited in his imagination since The Martian Chronicles. This from a man who never had a driver’s license in all of his then almost 90 years,
This is the power of story. Travel back to the moon. Probe the vast universe.