Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Spirit of the Gulf Challenge Update

Okay, so back when the bp spill happened, I blogged about it, The Gulf Coast Disaster, and Suzanne McDermott issued a challenge to all artists: she challenged every artist who receives this invitation to make one drawing, painting, collage — or to use whatever medium you work in — to create a piece of beauty with love and gratitude to honor some scene or living being in the Gulf. This is a consciousness raising opportunity.

And at the time, I promised that I would participate.

So here is my contribution.


I'm taking printmaking this semester for the first time. The above print was done from a dry-point on plexi-glass and is entitled, "Touching the pulse of the Gulf".

I made it from an image of my now 8 year old when he was 3 and visiting the Gulf for the very first time and managed to capture a moment of wonder as he discovered some of the life living in those waters.

NaNoWriMo

Okay, so I figure if I mention it in a public forum, it'll encourage me to keep up with it.

A friend of mine at school last week was talking about how excited she is about NaNoWriMo, and of course, having never heard of it, I asked what it was. It's a challenge to write an original novel in 1 month, starting November 1st and ending the 30th. The goal is 50,000 words by the end date.

It sounded interesting, but sort of slipped my mind. Until another friend of mine of fb, on November first, that I used to go to college with, mentioned that she was working on her novel-- and I remembered.

So I've decided to do it.

Have to admit, that first day, I was terrified. No prep work. No idea what I was going to write about.

Then I thought about what I'm good at-- fairy tales. And I remembered Arabian Nights, aka 1001 Nights. And inspiration struck and thus was, "Alabamian Nights" born. (:

The original Arabian Nights is supposed to have 1001 tales, but in all honesty, it has closer to 100, so I'm setting 100 as my goal.

I started to get behind this week-- I wrote the first day, but didn't get a chance to again until tonight. So I feel like I'm still 2 days behind where I want to be-- but that's better than 5 (;

Anyway, my grand total of fairy tales is now up to 4.

Now if you've read some of my previous blogs, then you know that making up stories isn't new to me-- I do it for my kids all the time. The difference though, for the novel, is that, even though real life is influencing the stories and choices-- I'm not actually making these up as I tell them to my kids. I'm just making them up.

So here's an excerpt from tonight's writing, in story #2:

Without thinking, she made a wish: “I would give –anything- that my true love return to me unharmed!”

Now frequently, it is said, that good fairies grant wishes. And just as frequently, it is said, that the Devil can’t resist desperation. Unfortunately for her, it was the latter listening that night.



And if that sounds enticing.... then I'm doing it right (;