These past few weekends I’ve been working at The Art Shoppe in Midtown Global Market, in Minneapolis with my fellow writers and artists. Being surrounded by fantasy creatures made of felt, clay, and glass started to make my mind wander. I thought about stories with small shop owners, artists in their studios, or some rebel character riding dragons.
I mean, a D & D day could happen in the middle of the shop and no one would blink an eye. I’ve meant some artists who stop in and seem to be in some kind of fantasy world. It might be what they’r smoking. I might silently judge – but only because I’m thinking about book characters. I also found that my kind of snap judgements are like cheese on a cracker. It’s usually more kind than most. Well, most people who talk out loud.
I thought of more places I wanted to visit as I rolled down my window this morning and the sun felt warm again. Yes, this is a Minnesota experience that signals spring. The movement of the sun is noticed by all those who froze this winter. I can’t wait to surround myself with flowering gardens, walk by the lakes, or spend time sitting in the shade outside.
Until the thaw melts, I might have to head to a museum to draw for a while and see what I feel in a gallery instead of a shop. Or, I could bring my imaginary dragons with me and see what think of the artists there. Hmm. I wonder if I could find someone willing to cosplay that day. Put a prompt on that thought and go out into the world in character or if you’re too introverted, make someone you know dress up like a character. Then, write for 5-10 minutes.
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