Category: Creative Thoughts

The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc of Park Rapids/Menahga area announces the release of Volume 26 of “The Talking Stick.” This publication is a collection of prose and poetry by writers with a connection to Minnesota, including the work of M E Fuller’s flash fiction, “Abel March.”

Fuller is a Brainerd area writer and a member of the Brainerd Writers Alliance. An earlier flash fiction piece, “Crazy Dog,” was published in the winter issue, 2016 of Shark Reef, A Literary Magazine. She is a 2015 recipient of an artist’s project grant through the Five Wings Arts Council to work on her first novel, “Saving the Ghost.”

“The Talking Stick” 26 Book Release Party will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Blueberry Pines Golf Club in Menahga.

Books will be available for sale later this year at the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc web site at www.jackpinewriters.com, Amazon.com, and several northern MN book stores.”

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Artists everywhere, respond to these difficult times with images of relationships in comfort and love.

Siblings- ME Fuller, 2017

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Lesson learned today: Draw the sensual information out of the bullet points.

That’s the clearest understanding I have so far about the difference between showing and telling in literature. Back to writing. I have an entire novel to overhaul – an ongoing nightmare!

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Yesterday afternoon I spoke to a small group of retirees about the writing craft. Only a few were interested in creative writing, but nearly all were interested in sharing their life story to pass on to their descendants. Of course, how to get motivated to take on the task, well, there’s the problem!

Here are some things to think about that might get memoirists in motion:

  • Your life story is unique to you
  • You are the only one who can tell your life story
  • Your life story is important
  • It matters that others learn your life story
  • You matter that much!

Our local library has Oral History Kits available for checkout. They include a recorder, removable thumb drive, and a manual. Check with your local library to see if they offer kits. If not, here are some sources for how to get started to share your life story- make sure to explore these resources with your descendants.

Oh, and research your own information, too. These are just a few options to guide you on your storytelling path.

And remember, when sharing your story, make sure to use the five senses – What did events feel like, taste like, what did you see, touch, smell, hear? Provide texture and depth to your stories. Retell them in their fullest detail so those who follow can feel your life in your memories!

 

 

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In March, my husband and I, with my two BFFs in tow, traveled to Northfield, MN to see a homespun production of a community theater play written by my editor, Peggy Sheldon. I wanted to see what writing for a local audience could look like in a production.

Best Friends Forever (and Martinis)

Best Friends Forever (and Martinis)

I highly recommend giving this a shot when you need a break from the intensity of writing your novels or pressures from deadlines for articles. Write a slapstick comedy or a silly murder mystery, take it to your community theater group, and produce!

The Case of the Tawdry Tabloid

Sheldon invited audience participation. She provided a script and cues for the willing. One of my friends who was reluctant to act a part was recruited as a flapper in the end. The play was presented as dinner theater with hors d’oeuvres and drinks beforehand and a tasty entree was consumed before the play began.

Get your writing group together to create a play, talk it up to community actors, and HAVE A BLAST!

The Case of the Tawdry Tabloid

The Case of the Tawdry Tabloid

Since we were traveling to Northfield, I took a look online to see what else may be going on in the town. We found that Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College was exhibiting Irish photographers’ images of the changing landscape of Ireland.

Post Picturesque-Photographing Ireland

Post Picturesque-Photographing Ireland

Post-Picturesque: Photographing Ireland presents nine accomplished artists, resident in the Republic and Northern Ireland, who respond to the famously picturesque Irish rural landscape with new aesthetic and critical approaches. This ambitious exhibition, curated by Perlman Teaching Museum Director Laurel Bradley, introduces the following lens-based practitioners to American audiences — many for the first time: Gary Coyle, Martin Cregg, David Farrell, Paul Gaffney, Anthony Haughey, Miriam O’Connor, Jill Quigley, Anna Rackard and Ruby Wallis.https://apps.carleton.edu/museum/ireland/

We were all awed by the portraits exhibited by Anna Rackard, “Farmers.” Here’s an example (see more on her page “Farmers.”):

Portrait of Betty Giltrap, Anna Rackard, Photographer

Portrait of Betty Giltrap, Anna Rackard, Photographer

My husband and I left my friends in St. Paul and traveled on to Green Bay, WI to attend an Irish Genealogy presentation by the Ulster Historical Foundation, at the Brown County Library. Having recently learned that the other half of me is completely Irish, I’ve been searching out the relatives.

Irish genealogy can be tricky to chase because of the fire of 1922 in the National Archives. The story of that is worth a read. ‘All Irish genealogical records were destroyed in the 1922 fire’: Myth or fact? Now that I know where my Boddy’s are buried, quite literally, I can’t seem to learn enough about their parish and townland. I hope to be able to report to you in a year or so, from the very soil my ancestors once hoed and trod upon.

So that was March. Maybe in May, I’ll get around to sharing our April adventures! They’re not over yet to be sure.

Happy Spring!

 

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What’s your personal tagline?  

Write it. Paint it. Scribble it. 

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It’s late! And there’s your prompt. What is late? Late for what? Or wait – is it latte?

Write it. Paint it. Scribble on a wall. #amwriting #ampainting http://mefuller.com

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The most beautiful word in your world.

Write it. Paint it. Scribble on a wall.

#amwriting #ampainting http://mefuller.com

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I’ve been complaining loudly for months about how hard it’s been to write my first novel. I’d worked on the story, off and on, for a few years. In June of 2015, I applied for a grant from my regional arts council – Five Wings – to help me finish the book. With those funds, I took a class on how to write a novel (I had no idea how to structure the story to fill 90,000 words) and hired an editor to help me polish the first draft.

On March 5, 2017, I finished the novel and sent it out to beta readers for comments. For the next few weeks, I can let this project go.

I hate the book now. I don’t even know what it says anymore. I don’t like its words. The beauty of the inspired words was destroyed for me in the endless edits.

I didn’t feel that way when I was creating. I felt that way when I was editing and re-writing. The passion for the work went out of me and it became drudgery. I understand now, why so many great writers were depressed drunks! To face the beast that’s coming after embracing the beauty of the inspiration – well, it’s too much. I had no desire left to write another book.

Maybe if I’d been an English language major in college and had a degree in literature, the work wouldn’t have been so tedious. I don’t know, but I suspect that even the most learned and capable author has moments of despair and grief as the inspired concept is reduced to the mechanics and fine points of the finished product.

But yesterday, I was reawakened to the beauty of words. I remembered why I wrote the book. I felt the story I meant to tell. The happiness of enthusiasm for telling a story stood up inside of me, then sat by my side, held my hand, and shared a listening ear, as a young man, a spoken word poet, performed.

Yes!

The young man, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, is smart, sensitive, and clear in his message. He wears his heart for the work on his sleeve. He tells stories of being human while the audience nods in agreement. Yes! We can relate. We feel united. We’ve been so divided. I hear an unexpressed collective sigh of relief.

But it’s all just in me, in my own mind, I suppose. I didn’t know how hungry I was to hear a poet release me, like a butterfly captured in a jar, release me back into a lush garden, back into the beauty of words.

http://www.guante.info/p/spoken-word-videos.html

Guante performed at the Brainerd Public Library with support from the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Book Events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Write it. Paint it. Scribble on a wall. March enters like a lion. #amwriting #ampainting http://mefuller.com

 

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