"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

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Daily Prompt Love <3

14 January 2018

Make art about that door you opened. 

door

 

Daily Prompt Love <3 Diaspora In the Blood

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. 

DNA me

Daily Prompt Love <3 Hands, Remember

12 January 2018

Muscle memory has been used synonymously with motor learning, which is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition. When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems….”-Wikipedia

Make art about what your hands remember. 

hands

Daily Prompt Love <3 Alone

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.

clouds in my head

Daily Prompt Love x 2 <3 Trains & Lessons

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.

train

10 January 2018

The lessons never end until we leave the body.

Make art about a lesson learned recently.

lesson

Spring Openings for One-on-One Manuscript Consultations!

Spring Openings for One-on-One Manuscript Consultations!
 
Choose which works best for you: an intensive weekend at The beautiful Porches Writing Retreat, owned by the fabulous Trudy Dean Hale or a distance consult–four weeks focused on your book via email, mail, & phone.
 
I’d be honored to help with your writing.
 
From my most recent consultation:
 
“My weekend consult with Mary was the best writing instruction and editing commentary I have received since I started working on my first novel. She was incredibly well prepared with an in-depth knowledge of my plot lines and characters. She asked me the right questions to help me articulate where I wanted my novel to go, and was able to share her wealth of experience as a teacher to help me make my characters more real, and my writing much more smooth. I truly enjoyed my weekend with Mary, and am grateful for having had chance to work with such a talented teacher.” -Marni von Wilpert
 
Email me and let’s talk about how, working together, we can make your beautiful work even better!
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One Seat Left in March Promptathon Workshop at The Porches!

There’s still one opening in our March Porches Promptathon!
 
Spring Promptathon at the fabulous Porches!
 
All Brand New Prompts! Join us for a full weekend of prompts at the beautiful Porches Writers Retreat!
 
March 9-11, 2018
at the beautiful historic writers retreat The Porches, in Norwood VA, owned by the gracious Trudy Dean Hale
 
Come write with us! To reserve your spot now, email trudyhale@gmail.com and tell her you want the this spot in our March prompt workshop!
 
5 Sessions of Diverse and Intriguing Prompts designed to inspire, incite, and ignite your creativity!
 
This workshop will be a fun and generative weekend of inspiration focused on generating new writing in a supportive and easy environment. The weekend is open to writers of all genres – poetry, fiction, nonfiction– even to those who think they’re not writers! As a group, we’ll go through five different sessions of prompts and exercises designed to ignite creativity, inspire new ideas or reinvigorate old ones, maybe even giving ourselves the push to finish something we are currently working on!
 
After writing, participants will have the option to share what’s created for gentle feedback, if desired. Perfect for those who want some inspiration, and to simply write to gather new materials!
 
Join us for a weekend of freewheeling creativity and encouragement! And I cook for you! 🙂
 
$275 – includes described three-day workshop, one shared evening meal prepared by instructor, light breakfast fare Saturday and Sunday mornings, and the beautiful relaxing accommodations at The Porches.
 
Message me on Facebook, or email carrollhackettma@gmail.com
 
Pass this on, please, to any you think might be interested! Thanks!
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