Today is all about trends. We are all guilty of falling victim to a trend or two, especially in our younger days. If nothing else, our old pictures remind us of the fashionable choices we made that we should have avoided.
For me, it has to be apple pectin perms to make my impossibly thick hair curly, which made into a human poodle. Ha, need I say more? 😉
Prompt – think back to a trend that you followed. Why did you do it? Regret it much? Embarrassed much? Or do you own it? Write about it.
Raw excerpt for the day:
My bleached hands are full of snowflakes
that bleed of chemicals.
Yet I do not stop bleaching,
even though it is 2 am,
and you cannot see the white counter tops,
nor how hard I tried to be perfect
Prompt for today:
Today it is all about an animal.Think about an animal you may have had, or once had contact with, and write about it.
Start it out with this: I remember the _____. Let your imagine go. This isn’t necessarily nonfiction.
Raw excerpt for today:
She tells me this
as if I remember such things
and know such people. But,
after sixteen years on the road,
I understand her world as much
as she understands mine:
in fragments and generalizations.
Raw excerpt for day 23:
…because I like things that mean nothing
and things that match, even if
it only matches in Chinese,
because I know in English it wouldn’t
make much sense anyway.
Raw excerpt for day 24:
On a Korean Air flight to Incheon.
For eight hours, I felt Kamchatka
was home. I was a dot in the Bering Sea,
a meteor orbiting the peninsula,
never touching the landmass,
just looping around it, past Japan before
crashing onto the Korean peninsula.
Prompts for the 23rd and 24th.
#23 Pick a language. Doesn’t matter which one.Just don’t use English. Pick a word from that language. Why did you pick that word? What does it mean? Try using it in a narrative, but not one of its native origin. (For instance, from French “chaine.” A word often used in dance, this word means to turn rapidly in a straight line. Do not use it in this context, but in a different way.)
#24 This is a take on the erasure poem. Grab a news article off the internet. Copy and paste it into Word (or another word processor). Randomly throughout the article, select a word or phrase that interests you. Select about 10, then erase everything around these selected words. What do you have left? Scramble them. What can you make out of these words? What do these words inspire?
Raw excerpt for today:
A mere spectator in her final repose/ her whisper guided him along the banks/ of the river/where rocks cut through/her feet as she pulled the lines in/taking her catch to her papa