Friday, 31 July 2015

Taxes, vinegar,carpenter

these are the 3 words for a current Mach competition.
I doubt that I will enter it...but they have piqued something.
Mash newsletter gave us this exercise to play with words.

What to do: simply pick a word at random, and type the next thing that comes into your head that’s inspired by that word, and then the next, and then the next. You do need to suspend your conscious thoughts somewhat for this.
The idea is to keep writing the association and if you stop,you have to pick another word.
I am going to adapt that and go with the flow of these 3 words.

vinegar- balsamic, wood, norwegian,spruce, bruce australian kangaroo, court, courtly medieval, spelling JK rowling, lucky, love, heart, rumi, dance, foxtrot, holiday, camping, film audio, audible, computer, online offline outside the line , criticism, harsh, ..
I just corrected spelling instead of moving on to another word.

Carpenter, wood, woods, tress, ferns, unfurling, poem, shakespeare, in love, family, conflict, genre, writing, facebook, waste, joining, joinery, dovetail, cooing, ceri, imagery , photo, Boston, pink. lilac, tress, house, hiding, sad, lost, found, paper, silk, kimono .
again, spell check.

taxes - biblical, moses, charlton, footballer, cricket,, fairness, light , spectrum, speculum, plectrum guitar, portsmouth, harbour, st ives, stripes, stars, arena, Bragg, show off, celebrate, birthday, cake, icing, singing madonna show off, extrovert, psychology.

and with this one, I got bored and stopped.
I have played this game out loud as 1-2-3 click and on the lick you say your word association- I found that fun.

These 3 words have given me an idea for a setting at least, which would use 'vinegar' but I wonder how I could include the other 2 without it just being a lazy way to mention them in passing rather than as a spark for creativity.




Spectral

spectral1
ˈspɛktr(ə)l/
adjective
adjective: spectral
of or like a ghost.

"a spectral, menacing face"

:ghostly, wraithlike, shadowy, phantom, incorporeal, insubstantial, disembodied, unearthly, other-worldly;
informalspooky;
rarephantasmal, phantasmic

"four spectral shapes moved through the thick yellow mist.

As you can see, I chose my word from the list  and the first thing I did was to google it...you can see one of the things I came across.

Spectral has an atmosphere  and somehow it also has a dimension.
The image I see as I consider this word is in front of me...in a dark room..wonder if I could use this as a way to move into a piece of writing per se...write now right now.

plus I was reading about show don't tell- wonder how I can incorporate that.

The room enclosed her senses...darklight unexpectedness.

Spectralight fragmented her eys, shards into the irises...straight into heart.

Sharp intake of breath disturbed the stillness .

No seeming source of light, yet subtle rose, dawn violet, antique gold fractured through that spectral light with unexpected invitation drawing her closer.. 

...so, I wrote creatively for 5 minutes after initial meandering.
I wonder how it will read when I return.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

an idea

I have recently signed up for a shedload of writing newsletters, but have not put pen to paper since the writing group this month.
One suggestion today  was to write a description of something and eg email it to a friend.
I am going to write it here and see what unfolds.


The pink sofa bed was once pure delight...finding something that fit the bill, comfort and design, but now it is showing its age, not so much by appearance. It has been looked after carefully for maybe 10 years, but its daily use has led to cushions more yielding than she would prefer.
She can feel them sagging beneath her as she lounges of an evening's TV viewing.
This cannot be good for her posture.
What to do about it?
One idea of course is to replace it. The thought does not fill her with joy.
She wonders what is actually required to restore it to its former glory...maybe a board under the 2 main cushions.
This morning she had a brainwave, and put her camping mat in between the bed base and the cushions.

It left a large amount of dark blue sticking out of one end, but it did provide the firmness she needed, and the spare camping mat sticking out actually also provided more necessary cushioning and comfort.
It would not win design of the year, but she felt strangely satisfied by this solution, however temporary.

I am now going to have a look through what I wrote.
I had to correct a spelling, but left everything else intact.
It is mainly factual, not very interesting to a casual reader, but the point is, I sat and wrote for 7 minutes, which is 7 more minutes than yesterday.

It would be nice to come back tomorrow and write some more