Adventures and a short story

Happy 4th of July! I hope you all have a great holiday.

Yesterday I took some adventures with my family to Fort Meigs and the Toledo Museum of Art. I’ve been to Fort Niagara and Fort George in the past. Some of the demonstrators said that women had to be married to live in the fort and if their husband died, they had to remarry within a certain amount of time. Interesting, huh? So I began thinking of a story about a woman living in a military fort during the War of 1812. I’m going to do some research and see how this story develops.

At the Toledo Museum of Art I did my usual ekphrasis poetry. Ekphrasis is basically art in response to art. When I went to California this past March, I wrote lots of poems based on pieces at the San Diego Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I’ve been to Toledo’s museum before, but I wrote poems inspired by different pieces than I’ve done previously.

This morning I worked on a short story I started earlier this summer. One of my favorite parts of the writing process is to see how a story grows and changes into the final product. At points in this story I didn’t know where it was going, like driving in the dark without headlights (which I don’t recommend in real life!) I’m pretty happy with how this story is coming along. It’s not finished, but I have two thousand words so far.

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