Lynnda's theme today took inspiration from the classic 'Journey Around my Room’ 1794 by Xavier de Maistre (a soldier confined to his quarters for 6 weeks because he was caught in an illegal duel) we will explore our own surroundings to uncover material for intense, focused writing.
"Walk around the edges of your kitchen keeping you back to the wall. Notice everything. Touch the surfaces, notice how the surface feel. Notice what you see, both ordinary and anything you haven’t noticed before. Look at how things are arranged against the wall. What is in the middle of the room? Spend a few moments looking up at the ceiling what do you notice?"
"Imagine the room is a landscape. Think of the floor: is it a forest floor, a desert, the sea, a bog? Describe this imagined floor.
Thinking of the furniture: what kind of shapes do they form? Mountains? Icebergs? Giant trees etc?
Tall objects like cupboards or the fridge? What form do they take? Cliffs? Etc
Ceiling? What kind of covering? Sky? Or something else?
Now take these elements and thread them together as a short piece of writing in any form. Include your souvenir object. What is its function? What could it be used for in this new landscape? Does it have a story of its own?
Catrice's found object was this poem she wrote at the age of ten:
You can see some of Lynnda Wardle's writing here