Writers Guild Third Sunday Writing Workshop; Sonnet’s Last August Interview Link on Everywhere Stories
“Join us for this generative writing workshop. You will be provided with prompts and have the opportunity to share your work.” This was a members only activity of the Bloomington Writers Guild, despite some other offerings on hiatus for the summer (but First Sunday Prose will resurface on August 7!), held at the Monroe County Library, so on a warm sunny afternoon I and seven others had a go at it. MCs were Joan Hawkins and Lisa Kwong and, following introductions plus six-word “memoirs” composed on the spot (hey, I’ll tell you mine as a mini-lagniappe: “feet smell/ nose runs/ built backwards”), we wrote what came to us in ten-minute time slots for three successive prompts. Thus for the first, on “Where I’m From,” I offered an unrepeatably bad poem glossing the four geographical areas I cite sometimes in biographical notes. So it takes me a little time to warm up. Then, second, we had to write an apology but avoiding apologetic words, in which I in effect demanded to know what’s wrong with writing horror. And then third, on “Nature” (with the idea of speaking for something that can’t speak for itself), I wrote a mini horror story in which a disgruntled forest finds a way of getting its message through.
The bottom line: (1) the story, I think, will be worth rewriting as a sort of moody flash piece. And (2) it all was fun.
Also to round out the weekend, Editor Clifford Garstang’s EVERYWHERE STORIES Facebook page (see July 13) has a new item on it, a link to Sonnet O’Dell’s last-August interview on moi (see July 5, et al.), in which I describe my then-latest book THE TEARS OF ISIS. As I pointed out in offering the URL, Sonnet’s the one who asks purposely goofy questions among the more serious ones, that add a sense of surprise and fun — which one can find by clicking here. Also, as noted below, there will be a new interview October 24 which will take up my upcoming novel-in-stories due out next spring, TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH.