15 January 2018
“The non-violent resistor not only avoids external, physical violence, but he avoids internal violence of spirit. He not only refuses to shoot his opponent, but he refuses to hate him….”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Make art about nonviolence, about avoiding “internal violence of the spirit.”
13 January 2018
Thinking a lot about the ancestors, about how my DNA report reads like a mini United Nations, about the courage and desperation and desire they must have felt, possessed, to leave their homelands, from eleven different regions of the globe, leaving all they knew, for all kinds of reasons, some forced and others willing, escaping starvation, violence, but all without any idea of what lay before them.
Did they all know they would never go home again? What will it must have taken to survive. Do I carry that same strength of will? Do I honor what it took, what they went through. with my own life? A life I owe them?
Make art about who dances in your blood.
11 January 2018
“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” -Audrey Hepburn
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”-Aldous Huxley
“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”-Henry David Thoreau
I have always needed a lot solitude. These days I need even more.
Make art about solitude.
9 January 2018
Recurrent dream about a train trip, in the 1800s, traveling by train with someone I love, but in another time, another life.
Make art about trains, about riding a train, about the song of a train whistle.
10 January 2018
The lessons never end until we leave the body.
Make art about a lesson learned recently.
7 January 2018
Woke up hearing a beautiful tenor voice singing this song.
“When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you…..When darkness comes, and pain is all around, Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind….”
“Sail on, silver girl, sail on by. Your time has come to shine….”
Make art inspired by the last song you heard. Or about bridges. Or about being there for someone.
Seeking Submissions on the theme of The Undiscovered Country
Deadline: January 31, 2018.
From their website:
“Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer, neurodivergent people of color. We seek poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction,hybrid genre works (8,500 words or less), and art by neurodivergent writers and artists for our Issue 16. SUBMISSION PERIOD: December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018.
Our theme for Issue 16 is “The Undiscovered Country.” We took our inspiration from the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but you might also remember that the phrase “the undiscovered country” appears in Shakespeare’s Hamlet as the title character speaks of death: “from whose bourn no traveler returns.”
So, don’t limit yourselves to works that depict space exploration. We’re looking for creative pieces that explore themes of venturing into unknown lands, new ways of thinking, new interpersonal relationships, building new civilizations and cultures…you get the idea. We’re especially interested in works about journeys from which one does not expect to return unchanged, if one returns at all. We invite contributors to submit work that fits the theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired.
We also seek essays on the impact of neurodivergence on the creation of literary works (8,500 words or less) and book reviews (1,000 words or less).
The philosophy of our journal is unique, so we ask that interested creatives consult our submission guidelines before sending any work to us. Our guidelines are available on our Submittable page and on our general guidelines page.”
5 January 2018
Make art about gossip, about those who feel the need to gossip, about the fear and envy that drive gossip, about the sad look-at-me of those who feel the need to stir the pot, about turning away from the gossiping tongue.