Hello, friends of Clarion! Today marks the beginning of the 2011 Clarion Write-a-Thon. The Write-a-Thon is a way for writers who are not able to attend Clarion to feel part of the team and to take several weeks out of the summer to focus on their own writing goals. For the next six weekends, the…… Continue reading 2011 Write-a-Thon, Week 1
Clarion Blog visitor Heather C. introduced me to this week’s energetic and and edgy track. When you have 8 minutes to spare for a creative meditation, plug in some headphones, close your eyes and see what plays out on your mental movie screen as you listen to it. Don’t find it inspiring? Email me at…… Continue reading Clarion Call #18: Contrived
Click to enlarge the picture (courtesy of Pure Fantasy), but don’t stare too long. Just look it over until your mind starts percolating, then close the window and let your own imagination take over. Share with us what you see. There are only two rules for Clarion Calls: If you choose to try the assignment,…… Continue reading Clarion Call #17: Head Above Water
Your writing prompt for the week is “stud brand.” Ambiguity is your friend; use it! There are only two rules for Clarion Calls: If you choose to try the assignment, do not read the comments section before you post yours. This is a critique-free zone, and that includes critique of your own offering. Save your…… Continue reading Clarion Call #16: Stud Brand
Place this scene fragment in context: The last call for boarding came, and Gia picked up her bags. Her guardian followed close behind her as she joined the queue. She dared one last look over her shoulder, knowing that when she returned, she would no longer recognize the place. There are only two rules for…… Continue reading Clarion Call #15: Boarding Call
This week for our musical meditation I’m shamelessly trotting out an old favorite of mine that intriguingly blends a couple of ethnic flavors. Go on a trip with Loreena McKennit’s Marco Polo, and let us know where it takes you. I’m running low on personal favorites, though, so if readers have any imagination-fertilizing instrumental pieces…… Continue reading Clarion Call #14: Marco!…
A picture is worth a thousand words. But you don’t have to write a thousand about this one. As always, there is no “right” or “wrong” answer. Just write whatever comes to mind when you look at this photograph, even if your brain goes on a wild tangent. When it comes to creativity, “mental misbehavior”…… Continue reading Clarion Call #13: Octopus Fight!