When I was getting laundry from the garage tonight, I noticed a package at Kathryn's front door. I felt sad; yet another thing to send back and write "Deceased" on it. However, I noticed it had my name on the package. It hit me-the books I won were here!
Along with the laundry, I carried the books in the house. Opened them up. Oh, my, my. All fourteen books were stacked up neatly in the box, saying "Hi, Jennifer! We can't wait for you to read us!" I smelled the spines. Felt the pages. Yes, they all had that new book smell. I love that smell. Such a lovely smell! I can tell you they all got along. I just sat there and I thought Wow. My words gave me this opportunity to read these books. What a fantastic feeling.
So Red Room, you have given me so much this summer, it's my turn to give back. With a writing exercise. I recently did this in a writing workshop and I want to try it here.
This is from Lynda Barry's fabulous new book, What It Is. People should build a shrine to Lynda Barry, that's how good she is. What It is is a great new book about writing, and gives writing exercises for people to do. Here's one:
Quick, give yourself 3 minutes to make a list of the first ten mothers you can think of...
just write their names:
LOOK OVER YOUR LIST AND CHOOSE ONE. HINT: PICK ONE THAT CAME TO YOU RATHER THAN ONE YOU THOUGHT UP.
Now, picture this person in a place you have seen her before.
Where are you?
What are you doing?
What is she doing?
What time of day does it seem to be?
About how old are you?
About how old is she?
Why are you there?
Why is she there?
Is there anyone else in this image? Who?
Is there anyone who just left or may be coming?
What kind of mood does this mother seem to be in?
What does she look like?
After all this, write. Post it under "Other People's Mothers." I'll post mine on Sunday (I'm taking a couple of days off to write and loaf) I don't have books to give, but hey, isn't your own writing a great gift? Anyone? Anyone?
Just give it a try. Be cool, RedRoomies.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries