#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 20 & #SoCS: Overlapping Gray Areas

Family Clusters by Maria L. Berg 2021

After yesterday’s fun discovery, I created a family of new filters to try.

Every Family Has One by Maria L. Berg 2021

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Today’s #SoCS prompt,”black, gray, and white,” inspired me to take some rich black and white photos with my new filters. It changed how I perceived the shapes. I was more attracted to juxtaposing different shades of brightness and searching for depth.

Layers of Connection by Maria L. Berg

Shooting these filters in the mirror world was a very different experience. I’m glad this prompt inspired me to try it.

The Nuclear Family by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to title a poem “(blank) You.”

After You

have taken the first bite
(not to be polite)
and have not been poisoned

have crossed the threshold
and found safe haven

have stepped into the unknown
and not been devoured

have leapt and fallen
and not been broken

have immersed yourself
but not drowned

have put your hand in the fire
and not been burned

have put your head in the lions jaw
and not been bitten

have experimented and proven your hypothesis
that you are rubber and all others are glue

have left decency behind
and faced no consequence

we can follow without fear
the world demonstrated
and made plain

All in the Family by Maria L. Berg 2021

NaNoWriMo

I have to admit I’m glad I decided to start completely from scratch on this novel. Last night during a write-in with my regional ML, I finally reached a scene from the original draft that I liked. However, even though I liked it, I still only kept a couple lines of dialogue. Turns out what I liked about the scene was the secondary character. She never even got a name the first time around, but I want her to have more scenes, maybe turn into a confidant or side-kick. She has a straight-faced dry wit, so she can add comic relief and she is full of inside information that can be useful for my MC.

Today, I’ll take her through my character creation spreadsheet, then brainstorm where she fits into the plot. I also have a new character who is a private investigator. I wrote his first scene last night as well, so I’ll take him through character creation and plan out his scenes as well.

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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 19: A Shadowy Future

Bursting by Maria L. Berg 2021

I thought my idea for shadow wasn’t working. I created a paper shade for a lamp, thinking it would make cool patterns on the ceiling, but the paper was too thin. But then I used it over my lens hood and took it into my mirror world and got some really neat effects.

Ripples of Future Shadows by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a future poem.

Glimpses

Future shadows shimmer
through the darkest nights
They tempt and trick
with the pretense of knowledge
But it is useless knowing
pictures that can’t be
changed once seen
For a shadow is but a shape
of blocked light

A Reflection of Future Shadows by Maria L. Berg 2021

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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 18: This Unknown Thursday

Into the Unknown by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a Thursday poem.

Over at dVerse Poets Pub, Grace introduced the poetry form the Wayra. A short, syllabic, non-rhyming form that is new to me. She also challenged us to use onomatopoeia which fit well with my notes of the sounds of this Thursday morning.

This Unknown Thursday

Lap–these weaving waves
filled with golden light–slap rocks
after the skier passes
four heavy words travel
here “making the right decisions.”

Diving Into the Unknown by Maria L. Berg 2021

NaNoWriMo

Yesterday I had my first free day to write and . . . Nothing. However, today I have ten scenes planned, so it’s not that I don’t know where I want the story to go. My internet is being spotty, so I copied “The Gang Does a Word Crawl (It’s Always Sunny) into a text document and I am going to have fun and write my novel! How’s everyone else doing?

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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 17: Off Objects

X-files Kitty by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I finally have the day to myself and the prompt “Off “should fit well with my mirror world–images reflecting off so many surfaces, and the tilt of the mirror making everything a little off–but the sun came out, so those plans are off. I decided to go see what was popping off outside. A fish-eye lens really helps one see things that are a little off. Kitty is a very uncooperative model, but since he follows me around, he got in the pictures. ๐Ÿ˜

Kitty Long-legs by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write an object poem.

Obsessed with Oblivion

I object to objectifying this object.
obvious objectification obligates
obscurity–observation obfuscated
obnoxious oboe obbligato of objurgation

I object to any obvious objections
Obedient observers obey objectivism
obscure obligations obnubiate
oblong obesity in an obituary’s orbit

I, the object objectified obstinate
an obsidian obelisk of oblation obstructed
obligated to obesity and an obituary
an objective correlative to obsequy

Fish-eye Kitty-head by Maria L. Berg 2021
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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 16: Smashing Reality’s Form

The Key to Dimensional Travel by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I got to play in my mirror world a little bit and worked at smashing reality.

Smashed Reality by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s two for Tuesday prompt is to write a form or anti-form poem. That pretty much covers: write a poem.

Looking to Smash Something

I smack my lips
gnashing hacking
looking for something to smash
a rash satisfying crack
a brash act to trash
the track to which
I was lashed

Mashing the facts
to ash, I stack
the stash back in the pack
and attack the slack
dashing flack
I smash
through

Mirror World is a Smash by Maria L. Berg 2021
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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 15: This Day Tilted, Sped Up, and Left Me Behind

The Oracle in the Mirror World by Maria L. Berg 2021

Inspired by Es Devlin’s Masterclass, I spent part of yesterday and this morning creating a mirror world. I had big plans to play with the oracle ball I made and bokeh and all sorts of things. I thought it would be perfect for tilt because I tied one of the mirrors to tilt at about a forty-five degree angle, based on Es mentioning that was an old theater trick to make things float. However, life got in the way today and I didn’t get to play in my mirror world, so today’s images are process photos, but they’re still kind of cool.

Tilted Hearts by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a “speed up” poem.

A Day Tilted

this
morning
moves slowly
I catch the end
then move to mirrors
finish building the world
then the phone rings and I tilt

So much to do and fast
must speed up: you’re here
now no water
now no time
oven
“help”

Magic Mirror by Maria L. Berg 2021
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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 14: Tearing Out the Tears

An Afternoon Full of Tears by Maria L. Berg 2021

For today’s images I played with the homograph (words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings, and may be pronounced differently) of tear. Building on yesterday’s images and inspired by the work of Erica Baum and Tracie Morris from week 10 of ModPo, I physically put tears in some of yesterday’s oracle pictures.

Tear Along the Folds by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is “(blank) That” as the title.

I also took a look at Poetic Bloomings where the prompt is Absence.

Tear Into That

In your absence I will
tear into that
like the fangs of a bat
on the haunch of a donkey
in the dark

You won’t miss it
you won’t know
I’ll never tell

In your absence I will
tear into that
like a cat on a rat
pouncing and growling
then licking my lips
and leave bloody scraps as a gift

You won’t be as pleased
as I am with my display

In your absence I will
tear into that
like claws to a sofa
or brand new curtains
I will shred like a thresher
leaving only threads

You’ll be at a loss
for a cause

Tear the Lid Off the Box by Maria L. Berg 2021

NaNoWriMo

I made it to the regional Zoom meeting yesterday. It felt great to have my words almost done early in the day. I wrote the most words in a day so far this NaNoWriMo yesterday and hit 25K, the halfway point of the wordcount goal: All exciting milestones. However, in my story I’m about to write into Act II, so I’m also on track to create a 100k draft. The only thing that’s bugging me is my strange internal conflict of wanting a plan and having more fun winging it. I’m going to keep trying to map out everything I’ve set up so far and create some sort of map of how everything will come back into the story.

I hope everyone working on their novel is finding their groove and having fun.

Laughter and Tears by Maria L. Berg 2021
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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 13 & #SoCS: Forging an Oracle

Marble by Maria L. Berg 2021

For today’s images, I wanted to build on yesterday’s fun discovery. The eye photo from yesterday makes me think of an oracle. Then I thought of a magic 8 ball. I used to have one and really liked it.I found an online 8 Ball, but it just wasn’t the same. The physical holding and shaking of the ball, watching the words rise to the surface, how could I capture the feeling and experience? I thought of the joy of Erica Baum’s photographs of clever found text in the world. I have a triangle bokeh filter.

Then I looked at the theme for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday which is “cam.” When asked to think of a word with cam in it, of course I think of camera, then camera, then camera, so I put cam in a search and got “campfire.” I haven’t had a fire yet this yea,r and I had a small dry log and some kindling in the fireplace from a photoshoot I did in October, so I decided to light that up as my background. Not exactly a campfire, but though it is not supposed to rain again until tonight, the world outside is way too wet, so the fact that I have one small dry log is in fact “lucky.”

With fire as my backdrop for my oracle, I needed to figure out how I wanted to gather my questions and my answers. How would my oracle answer yes or no questions? I wanted to find the text on things around me, but how to get the words in my triangle, in front of the fire?

The classic 8 ball had 20 answers: 10 affirmative, 5 maybe, and 5 no. I started taking pictures of text I thought would make good answers. Then I saw my word jars on the mantel and thought, what could be more found-text oracle than randomly pulling nouns from a jar to represent yes, no, or maybe? So I pulled out 20 nouns and got to work.

Bubble by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a luck poem.

Feeling Lucky?

I must be
the luckiest person:
I went to the oracle
and the oracle said
Only Yes or No questions
so I asked: Will I
meet my soulmate?
They answered: nest
Which is exactly
what I needed to hear
It makes sense that I
should make a home,
a comfortable place,
for love to be drawn to
Then I asked: Have I
found my purpose?
They answered: smoke
which confirms that
life is fleeting and I
need to follow
my heart, so I asked
the question burning
inside: Will I
be remembered?
They said: flavor
And I knew I
would leave
good taste
in the world.

I must be
the unluckiest person:
I went to the oracle
who said ask only
Yes or No questions
so I asked: Will I
ever find love? and
they answered: sneeze
which only confirms
that I sneeze funny
and it puts people off
I asked: Do I
have a purpose?
They said: poison
Which is what I’ve been
dreading; I’ll have to
quit my job before
that go-getter poisons them
against me. He probably
has already, so I
asked: Will anyone notice
if I am gone?
They answered: key
Exactly as I expected.
No one will miss me unless
I don’t turn in my keys.

Yes or No Answers by Maria L. Berg

NaNoWriMo

Last night I did 20 minute word sprints with my ML (municipal liaison) and the part of my story that had me a little stuck opened up in a new direction. It really is amazing to me how just knowing that someone else is out there doing timed writings “with” you does actually make a difference. Strange human mental gymnastics, but whatever works. I’ll be trying the zoom write-in today and see if that works as well.

Fire Oracle by Maria L. Berg 2021
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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 12: Secret in the Raw

Secret Music Too by Maria L. Berg 2021

It took a couple days, but I found a moment of wild abandon! This morning, I wanted to try a new skill. I remembered my screw-on fisheye lens that I haven’t played with in a while, and noticed it made bokeh with some lights I had hanging. I put one of my shape filters over the lens. I am so glad I did! The short lens doesn’t create bokeh shape photography, but obscured in fun ways instead. I had one of those mornings like last month when the techniques I’ve been trying built on each other and today I created some photographs I really enjoy.

Secret Music by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a raw poem. The definitions of the word “raw” are a poem in themselves.

Every Day in the Raw

I come to the green
marked by lack
of refinements
not tempered
unbridled
vulgar, coarse
I come inexperienced
without understanding
disagreeably damp
and cold

I come abraded
or chafed
to the surface
very irritated
lacking covering
not protected
which leaves me
susceptible to hurt

I come to the naked–
not cooked
not processed
not purified
–natural state
unprepared or
imperfectly
prepared for
use

Secret Song by Maria L. Berg 2021

NaNoWriMo

I got burned out, as I had feared I might. So I won’t be getting the every day goal-meeting badges, oh well. However, I got back to it and caught back up yesterday. Today, I got up early, got straight to my morning pages, and made plans to explore all of my characters’ secrets, and put them on post-it notes, and put them on a timeline, and map out the scenes in which all of these secrets are revealed, and how they move the plot, and then have a wonderful writing day writing all these scenes. Then I started taking today’s pictures, and all I want to do is take pictures. And now it’s almost noon.

As you can see, I need to be more flexible. I still want to do the post-its with the secrets and brainstorm the scenes, but I’ll do that over the whole weekend and play a bit of brainstorm, write, brainstorm, write leapfrog each day. Hopefully I’ll get to the point soon where the words start to flow, and I’m not updating the NaNoWriMo page every 500 words, hoping it will be more than it is.

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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 11: Obscured Memories

I See Through You by Maria L. Berg 2021

For today’s images I thought it would be interesting to obscure my world with an object. I thought of those two yellow wiffle balls I found during my lost photos. When I went to grab one, I found a third. ๐Ÿคจ

Rain on the Concrete by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a memory poem.

Innocent Alteration

She’ll tell me
this never happened
but I remember

But I remember
she’ll tell me
this never happened

This never happened
but I remember
she told me

memories are malleable
innocently altered

each time we recall
a new memory
of that memory
is formed

how many times
can she tell me
my memories never
before I believe
until I hear her
every time I recall
her voice altering
every memory

Not Missing Anything by Maria L. Berg 2021

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