Archive for the ‘Barbara Mayfield’ Category

First Person Story Museum

Friday, January 25th, 2013
The Glory of Green Glass

The Glory of Green Glass

Barbara here. I live in Philadelphia now, so I like to give my writer pals in Santa Fe a head’s up about my next prompt. Plus I am bursting with excitement about it:

The First Person Story Museum is here in Philly. It is an aspect of the dynamic First Person Arts organization. They believe in stories like we do, except bigger.

For our next prompt, we will go to the First Person Museum website, find out what type of object is the story prompt that week, each write a flash piece on it, and then submit it to the museum for exhibition on the website right then and there.

You can go right now to the site and read wonderful short -short stories inspired by personal objects. And/or you could write and submit a story about this week’s Featured Type of Object: “From the Kitchen”.

How great is this! And I am not even making it up.

 

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Spare Time

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Kitchen shelf at my friend Hillary's house. She is so into china.

Kitchen shelf at my friend Hillary’s house. She is so into china figurines.

Susan’s recent prompt at writing group was “SPARE TIME”. So I wrote a list of my characters in the Mrs. Iptweet book and what I imagine are their favorite spare time activities. I think Mrs. Smithee writes letters to her relatives to be opened upon her death.

Now I share one of my very own personal Spare Time things: I love to take pictures of any oddball thing I see. Somehow noticing the quirkiness that happens during the course of an “ordinary” day – as if such a thing existed – reminds me there is no such thing as an ordinary day.

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Poppy’s Legs….a writing prompt

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

“Jakey, were one or two of his legs missing when Poppy died?  I can’t remember…”

How’s that for an overheard conversation? I’m giving every body a headstart. This is the next writing prompt I’ll be bringing to our Friday Group.

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Writing at The Hummingbird Cafe, Pecos NM

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Land of Enchantment

Land of Enchantment

Hey Writer Pals Worldwide,

Next time you are moseying around the Santa Fe area, I suggest you take a drive east, through the Glorieta Pass, down Route 50 to the Village of Pecos, where there is a honest-to-goodness river, AND the Hummingbird Cafe.

When you get to the Pecos intersection – you’ll know when you are there – turn left. The cafe is across from St. Anthony’s Church. You’ll find it. Cafe is open Thursday through Monday 9 til 3.

It is a throwback, the real deal. Say Hi to Tess and Nancy, eat some food, hang out, buy some local art and crafts. Write a scene in your novel, while sitting at one of the funky tables. I like the one with the carrot-print tablecloth.

Last Saturday, the marvelous Tess put together an Author’s Night – the first time this cultural experience happened in Pecos, as far as we know. Four authors read for 30 enthusiastic locals. I was glad to lead the program by reading the first chapter of The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me. I gotta thank the sound guy – his microphone was so good, none of my P’s popped. It was brilliant.

And books were sold that night. Thanks, Pecos!

I love the Hummingbird Cafe vibe. Writing and Storytelling groups are forming, planning to meet there. Artists are everywhere.

Will try to get a photo of the Hummingbird to post soon.

Write on!

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Neil Gaiman – Inspiration

Monday, May 21st, 2012

 

Green Hair

Green Hair

http://bookriot.com/2012/05/18/neil-gaimans-commencement-address-at-the-university-of-the-arts/

I share this link from BookRiot.com  – for those of us who make art. It’s just a few minutes long, he has a sexy English accent, and you will be newly thrilled and committed to being the artist you are.

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Somatic Workshops for Women and Writers – Taos & Santa Fe

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Body-Mind = Somatic Education

Body-Mind = Somatic Education

This whole Somatics thing is really something.

First of all, it’s taken me weeks to get what Somatics means.

Briefly and in my own words it means: tapping in and accessing the wisdom, power and knowing of one’s BodyMindSpirit. Emphasis on BODY.

I really like this work for both health, peace of mind and creativity reasons. I attended a workshop in Taos, NM 2 weeks ago. Taos is just up the road from me, I am so glad to say.

In Taos, Robyn McCulloch is doing what she calls Women Generating Workshops. Powerful stuff! Fun and fascinating! The focus is women-only and generating one’s heart-directed vision.

In Santa Fe, writer, poet, coach Renee Gregorio is running group and individual Somatic Education for Writers sessions. http://www.reneegregorio.com. I’ve worked with both Renee and Robyn. I recommend them.

All I can say is wowee zowee. Tuning in to BodyMind is the new Black.

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Carl Sagan and book magic

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Oh this is so heartening to me.   Carl Sagan on the magic of books

Carl Sagan on the magic of books

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Writing Classes and Workshops in New Mexico

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

We’ve had a few inquiries from our beloved blog readers asking about finding writing groups. I must tell you that our group started out as a class, and morphed into a “group”. I recommend attending classes, workshops and conferences, and joining writing organizations in order to connect with one’s peers or ilk, depending on your POV. Before you know it, you will be in a writer’s group.

WRITING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

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SOUTHWEST WRITERS MEETING WITH SHIRLEY RAYE REDMOND

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon – The Top 10 Worst Mistakes a Writer Can Make with Shirley Raye Redmond

Using practical examples from the 1955 film classic To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, Shirley Raye will reveal what successful writers should have in common with successful cat burglars–but too often don’t. An award-winning nonfiction writer and
former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican, Shirley Raye Redmond has sold 27 books and over 450 articles to a variety of publications.

SWW programs are held at the New Life Presbyterian Church, 5540 Eubank NE in Albuquerque. You can park on the dirt hill directly east of New Life Church for additional parking spots. Meetings are free for SWW members, $5 for nonmembers.

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TAOS WORKSHOP WITH ANA BACA

Mining Memories: Turning The Seed of Your HisStory Into Children’s Books (Weekend – Level: All)

Have you always wanted to write for children but don’t know how to get started? This weekend seminar will explore the process of children’s book writing: from mining your own memories, development of age appropriate topics, characters and themes, to finding a publisher and marketing your work to parents, teachers and children. Ana Baca’s most recent children’s picture book Tia’s Tamales (UNM Press, 2011) was honored with the New Mexico Book Award for “Best Children’s Picture Book” in 2011.

July 21-22, Taos Summer Writing Conference

www.unm.edu/~taosconf

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Top Ten Word Lists from Merriam-Webster – yaaaay!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Our pals at Merriam-Webster  have compiled Top Ten Lists. I especially like the list of words for colors and oddball insults. Vocabulary-building made easy.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/top-10-rare-and-amusing-insults/mooncalf.html

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2012 – the big event for kids’ lit

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

For all our kids’ lit writer pals, here is Publisher’s Weekly take on the week in Italy:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/51170–looking-for-the-next-thing–at-bologna-2012.html

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