Jesse Van Horne (author, poet, artist, and landscape designer) has written a book about carefully examining indoctrination in our world. He encourages his reader to discover what their own lenses (the way they see the world) are and what it means that they are there. Stay tuned for a full review in the days to come (in the ART IS LIFE section).
From RIGHT NOW (Tuesday April 27th at 5pm) until midnight tonight you can get this book for free by clicking the button below.
A couple of weeks ago I went to a write-in at the Denver Art Museum with my rad librarian friend, Emily. We tracked a small pack of creatives (don't try that at home kids, we're trained professionals!) up to the fourth floor. In the midst of the Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial gallery we were tasked with finding relics that spoke to us in some manner that we might do a twenty minute free writing. In this case the subject was Gods & Monsters - right up my alley - but were told to experiment at will by the charming fellow leading the exercises. It was so much fun and productive as well. I spilled out pages of notes on both new stories and new characters and elements for the world I've been creating for a good while now. I highly recommend trying this at any museum or really anywhere that strikes your fancy (whether guided or by your lonesome).
Anyhow. To make a long contest description short. Thanks to my librarian pal, Emily who spoiled me with a museum membership, I was able to return to the scene today where I also snapped a picture of the piece shown above.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU! Write a short piece (story, poem, entertaining vignette) that is 300 words or less and send it to CellarDoorBooksLtd@gmail.com by the 26th of this month. There will be a prize that I may (or may not) choose to announce before the deadline. The submission will also be printed in Pale Crow or another publication of ours.
May the best imagination win!