I started painting “Rebekah” with Jacob and Esau last year when I was on a painting-kick, and just finished it this week. I almost gave up on it because I couldn’t get the faces right, but now I’m glad I came back to it. Feel free to let me know what you think.
Also, four of my dog pieces (which you can find here and here) will be at the Doggone Art Show starting November 8, at the Spanish Village Center in Balboa Park.
Alright, enough announcements. It’s time to get back to NaNoWriMo and catch up on my word count…
I recently finished painting “The Levite’s Concubine” from Judges 19, and took so many photos during the process that I put together a short video. The camera wasn’t still at all, but it was enjoyable to make. I’ll have to use a tripod next time.
Been painting a lot lately, so keep checking back for more art and updates. To see more of my work look HERE.
I have a new chapbook available on Amazon, and you can get the kindle-version FREE today until Tuesday, May 23.
These poems and stories use magical realism to create dreamlike (and nightmarish) worlds where reality and fantasy blur together. It contains childhood nostalgia, teenage awkwardness, monsters, and lots of dark, strange experiences for you to enjoy.
I’m back! Sorry for my complete slack in writing poetry prompts this month. Time to get back into it…
Today’s poem will be all about oxymoron.
An oxymoron is (according to Google) “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction.” Often this is displayed in a couple words (i.e. living dead, original copy, act naturally, jumbo shrimp, etc.), but it also can be displayed in a sentence or phrase. I love the example Google gives, Continue reading “Poetry Prompt – 18: Oxymoron”
As you write today’s poem, use at least four of the eight words listed below. Use all eight if you’re feeling ambitious. If you need a little inspiration, before you write think about the way these words can connect and let it form a picture or story in your mind. Let the words guide your subject.
Some words are so fantastic that their definition, or even the sound they make as they roll off your tongue, can inspire a whole piece of writing. For today’s poem, choose one of the three words below to inspire you. If you’re feeling ambitious, try writing a poem for each word.
petrichor: /peˌtrīkôr/ (noun) a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
hiraeth: [Welsh word] /here-eyeth/ (noun) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was. “It’s an unattainable longing for a place, a person, a figure, even a national history that may never have actually existed. To feel hiraeth is to feel a deep incompleteness and recognize it as familiar.” [The Paris Review]
For today’s short story, write about a person who is “ugly” by conventional societal standards and make this ugliness resonate with the main character. The person may be ugly in their actions, in their soul, or physically unattractive, but make something about their ugliness unique, tragic, pleasurable, sinful, appalling, or simply human. Regardless, have the ugliness of the character connect somewhere deep inside your MC, and reveal something about them both.
There are numerous examples of this theme in literature and movies (more than you might think), but the first relationship that comes to mind for me is Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester.
For today’s prompt, write a “moth” poem and a “butterfly” poem.
These can be two complementary poems – with the “moth” representing one aspect of a metaphor, and the “butterfly” the other – or two entirely separate poems with each as an individual subject.
You could also try combining the two subjects into one poem, giving each one a distinct identity against the other.
As you’re brainstorming, look at various photographs and videos of moths and butterflies. Or, if you’re able, examine them in real life. Research their metamorphoses, their similarities and differences. But, most importantly, relate them to your own personal perspective.
For your short story, write about a childhood memory (either a real one, or one of your own invention) with an unreliable narrator/main character. Use the distortions and superstitions and insecurities of a child’s perspective to guide your plot choices, and take it somewhere that’s awkward, mysterious, terrifying, or overly romanticized. Your narrator/MC can either be a child, or an adult looking back on childhood who is still somehow incapable of knowing or telling the whole truth of a situation. Continue reading “Short Story Prompt – 2: Childhood Memory”