SPT: Island Chain Repurposing

Here’s one that can go a few ways… My first thought was Atlantis. Or an island chain (a la Earthsea or Moonshae), but look in the bottom center. Is that a castle, or skyscraper-type structure? Is that a force field, or bubble of magic? And off to the right: a landing strip? For some kind of aircraft (Jet, etc) or an aircreature (Dragon? Pegasus?)

What does this suggest to you?

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Fratellis Seven Nights Seven Days on MVM

Last time I had a Fratellis video here it was 2011, and the band had split after two albums. Turns out that split was a five-year hiatus, with a new album released in 2013 – and a 4th album due out this August. (The reunion and new albums was only recently discovered. I have, of course picked up # 3 and pre-ordered # 4.)

This week’s track, in celebration of this news, is from the third album (We Need Medicine).

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Approaching Biltmore – December, 2010

Through the trees along the driveway, just before the right-hand turn for the grand approach to the front of the house.

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Google Maps – Expanding to Yosemite

I’m not a climber. Correction, I’m not a rock climber – I’ve been known to climb up and around things – hillsides, trees (when I was younger), but rarely going vertical for more than a few feet unless it’s a climbing wall (and even that’s a rare thing for me, at this point).

Which is why I think it’s cool that Google Maps is diversifying their available locations, even into parts of nature. Specifically, there’s currently [24 June 2015] a link on the main Google page linking to an exploration/climb of El Capitan in Yosemite. Now I’m tempted to go write something…

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Thursdays, Renamed

You might have noticed the last post carried a new sort of title. The repurposing of the “Repurposing” thread has been completed, and the name has now been changed to “Story Prompt Thursday.” likely to be shortened to “SPT.” The “Repurposing” category will continue to be used for those entries for easier continuity.

As a reminder, the plan is still for it to be a photographic thread, interesting images from around the internet (with the images themselves hyper-linked back to their source).

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Story Prompt Thursday – In the Forest

Is it morning? Late afternoon?

This one easliy lends itself to Fantasy: I’ll admit, one of my first thoughts here is of the Hobbit, maybe the early entrance to Murkwood… or of the scene in LotR: Fellowship, where Frodo & his hobbit company first encounter the Rider, just after leaving the Shire.

But there are other possibilities that can be explored. What sort of stories do you see here?

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Post-MFA reflections

It feels odd, writing this now – as opposed to when I actually graduated back in January. The thing is, this is the first June since 2012 (when I started) that I’ve not had to make the trip for school. I won’t have to make that trip again – I can, and likely will (there is a separate Workshop that runs concurrent with the June Residencies that I might try to present at), but that’s the fun part. That would be as a professional gig, under different obligations than as a student.

To say there is a unexpected, heightened, sense of withdrawal right now would not be incorrect.

It’s a feeling that I’ve not had from any of my other programs. It’s the connection based on the power of stories – of exploring them, creating them and helping to make them better – shared by people with similar visions. Residencies were heady experiences, once the initial shell-shock of the first few days wore off.

Add to that that the guest speaker for this Res is Chuck Wendig, an author I have been following for the last few years. He’s actually someone that has a fairly good following within the program, at least among the Spec Fic writers.

In that vein, a few bits of Wendig-ian advice, appropriate to this initial post-MFA period that I’m going through – and a reminder to those just starting:

And oldie but goodie that I’ve shared before:

A Writer’s Prayer:

Speaking to the process:

And finally, where Neil Gaiman says, “Make good art,” Wendig offers a more blatant battle cry for the trenches:


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