Discoveries and Inventions . . . Prompt #717

It seems there is a new-fangled contraption invented almost daily. Imagine . . .  before there were cars, printing machines, and cell phones . . . when these were new . . . Horseless carriage . . . Motor wagon . . . Model T Printing Press . . . Manual typewriter, Electric typewriter Tin can telephone . . . Telegraph . . . Rotary phone with curly wire attached to a wall, Princess Phone Electricity, hot and cold water from a faucet. Imagine what our parents, grandparents, ancestors thought of these. Will you engage in the next innovation? Imagine what the next invention will be. Just Write! #amwriting  #iamawriter   #justwrite


Trompe L’oeil . . . Prompt #716

Writing Prompt: Trompe l’oeil Trompe l’oeil is a French phrase that means “deceive the eye.” It’s used to describe a style of painting that uses shading and perspective to make a two-dimensional painting appear to be three-dimensional. Wikipedia From Webster’s Dictionary: 1. A style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail. 2. Something that misleads or deceives the senses, illusion. Examples of trompe l’oeil: Creative Blog Write about: Trompe l’oeil. Artist David Zinn has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan since 1987. For more than twenty years, he freelanced for a wide variety of commercial clients while simultaneously sneaking “pointless” art into the world at large. His professional commissions included theatrical posters, business logos, educational cartoons, landfill murals, environmental superheroes, corporate allegories and hand-painted dump trucks, and his less practical creations involved bar coasters, restaurant placemats, cake icing, and snow. Now, thanks to…


How Photography Inspires Writing

Memorable writing that sparks imagination. Lean in. Hear the writer’s voice on the page. How Photography Inspires My Writing By Simona Carini On January 18, 2016, walking around North Berkeley, I was brought to a halt by the look of a house: the right and left side were painted in different colors and the overall effect was that of a line bisecting the façade. I took a photo and resumed my walk but kept thinking about the house. At home, I wrote down what I had seen and the musings the sight had stirred, then distilled the material into my first poem “The Divorced House” which was published in the journal, Star 82 Review, together with the photo. At the time, I had been writing for almost 10 years, mostly about food and more recently memoir. Poetry was a new endeavor. As I developed my style and voice, I continued…


That Vulnerable Feeling

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” — Brené Brown  Note from Marlene: I think that sharing your writing is an act of trust and courage. That vulnerable feeling is real. #justwrite #iamawriter #amwriting


Totally Awesome

Memorable writing that sparks imagination. Lean in. Hear the writer’s voice on the page. Totally Awesome By Caitlin Cunningham I was an eighties girl. I embraced the radical change away from the disco and traditional rock music that I did not really care for when I was young. The eighties brought an entirely new sound that I loved. It was fresh and energetic. After I turned twenty-one, I went to nightclubs frequently in the eighties, I would dance to every song, not caring who asked me. I just wanted to dance all night long. And the outfits we all wore—so much black and neon. Most clubs had black lights that made our colored accessories glow… as well as the lint on our black garments. There were a few clubs I frequented regularly, both at home and at college. I remember one place that was a former Safeway grocery store converted…