Write the story that begins: "We arrive barefoot, and leave shoeless..." photo: ebszabo
Write your self-portrait in a dream: photo: ebszabo
How and why we take our leave from a place can define who we become - and it can make us unreliable narrators of our own lives. ebszabo Write the character who has lived here, beginning with the moment they walk away. Capture the ways in which memory (back-story) is influenced by their reason for leaving, … Continue reading taking leave
A metaphor is an implied comparison between two things that are unlike each other but have something in common. When used with restraint, metaphor is an economical way of conveying depth and complexity without ‘telling’ your reader what to think. Think about how an eggshell conveys fragility, an icicle conveys chill, or a shredder conveys … Continue reading frozen
The Sun coming up is an illusion so convincing that, though we know it is the Earth's motion that causes the Sun to appear on the horizon, we persist in calling it 'sunrise'. This is because we on earth are in a rotating reference frame. Something that I don't fully understand. But I think it might … Continue reading first light and bad love
So pluck the laundry off this line, and use that action to choreograph a memoir in which each frozen item of clothing takes us further into story. photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Take us to the arctic and give us the experience of being there.
This enclosed bridge passes over the Rio di Palazzo in Italy, connecting the interrogation rooms to the Prigioni Nuove, the New Prison. It was named Bridge of Sighs by Lord Byron in the 19th century, because the view through stone grills was the last convicts saw of Venice before their imprisonment. Photochrom Print Collection Where … Continue reading Bridge of Sighs
This is the front door of the Dalmore House in Scotland, completed in 1881, deemed uninhabitable in the early 1960s, and destroyed by fire in April 1969. Life is short, and we are transient. Walk through these doors and discover who lived here, retrieve their stories, reveal who they were by what they believed and what they … Continue reading from ruins
These are paper filament incandescent electric light bulbs, invented by Thomas Edison in the late 19th century. Illumination is produced when an electric current heats the interior wire filament to a high enough temperature to make it glow. Imagine a love affair that enacts this story of light - the intense heat generated to make love will burn as intensely as … Continue reading seeing the light
There is only one 'first kiss', and there is a last time for everything. List ten things you have done for the last time. Then, write a story that begins with 'first kiss' and ends again and again, until the last time.