7:23 — Atlanta
Another early morning here. The day ahead looks fraught, frenzied, and frazzling, so talking to all of you first, takes the rest of the day off my mind. How is everyone? Do you even have to ask, you say. It’s December 6th. I know. Although, having said that, I have worked on more poetry in the last six days than all of November. So, maybe frazzled is good.
I keep coming up with prompts over which I am excited because I know many of you will enjoy them, and then telling myself there is no use using them before January. Sigh. I’ll be glad when we are back to normal, or as normal as our lives get.
I am going to give you three Hopper paintings. You enjoyed the first so much. Even if all you have time for is to stare at the paintings for a few minutes, how nice is that?
Either, choose your favourite, or look for a commonality you wish to write about. Ignore the captions. For the moment these paintings are yours. Or, use the captions to spark something.
By now, most of you know how the guidelines for this type of prompt go, so I am giving you a link to the post with the first Hopper painting we worked with. If you responded generally last time, you may wish to follow one of the more guided suggestions. If you followed one of the more structured suggestions last time, you may wish to respond to a scene, without strictures.
Remember to stop and breathe in the next few weeks. If you are feeling particularly harried, stop whatever you are doing and put yourself outside whatever is happening for a few moments. Doing this not only regenerates energy, but also generates scenes for writing about. You become a Hopper looking at a scene that you wish to paint with words. Before you dive back into the frenzy, jot some notes, or take a photograph to remind you later…in January.
I shall see you Friday for the week’s roundup of prompts; and next Tuesday for the last of the Tuesday Tryouts before I go dark for the season [about two weeks]. Even if you don’t get a poem posted, remember that you can write and post at anytime.
Happy writing, everyone.