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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Words Count With Mama Zen

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I took a childbirth class.  Among other things, it taught various techniques to deal with pain and anxiety, most of which left me howling for an epidural.  There was one, however, that really worked for me.

Imagine yourself in the safest place you've ever known.  Let yourself sink into the details.  Feel the texture, the temperature.  See the angle of the light.  Breathe deep . . .

And, tell me about it in 53 words or less.

22 comments:

aprille said...

I've done what you said and now I am far too laid back to think of how to write it.
Reckon I'll stay here for a bit....

Lolamouse said...

Fifty-three words? How do you come up with your word limits? I think I'll use 53 as my lucky number today!

VaNdAnA ShArMa said...

53 words......I think enough to express our safe place:)

Helen said...

52 is my lucky number .. oh well, I'll add one for good measure today.

Ella said...

Love this! I tend to think of a calming place, when life is stressed~
Cool challenge-thank you!

:D
Yeah, how do you come up with the counter? Do you ask your daughter for a number-two digits? lol

Kerry O'Connor said...

I'm feeling particularly stressed and yucky today. When I got home from work, I climbed into my bed with all my clothes on and stayed there until it was time to make the supper!

mindlovemisery said...

Mine is a little older but I thought of it as soon as I read the scenario =)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Great prompt, MZ. The photo of that bed made me want to climb right in!

Susan said...

Yes, here I am again. I have not been writing the novel. But maybe now that you have reminded me how, I will use this image to get to what matters. Thank you.

hedgewitch said...

So--the white bed is a fantasy, right? Because, dogs.

I've gone to my safe place, and will be around to visit everyone elses' after chores.

Emma Major said...

I love you for this prompt, perfect inspiration , Thanks mama

Grandmother said...

Thanks for this evokative prompt, Mama Zen.

Fireblossom said...

What a wonderful challenge today, MZ. I can't wait to see what people come up with. I posted a Danny's poem this morning, not knowing today was your challenge, but I will write for this, too.

Loredana Donovan said...

Now, where would I imagine myself? Hmmm :) Lovely, MZ!

Margaret said...

I'm thinking & trying too hard with this one. They all have been horrible. Will give it a whirl tomorrow and link late...

Mama Zen said...

Hope that you all had fun with this one!

Susie Clevenger said...

What a great challenge Mama Zen...

Akila G said...

Done! but late here, nevertheless!

M. J. Joachim said...

Looks like a good one...let time be on my side today...

Other Mary said...

Once again I'm fashionably late, but I made it. Great idea for a write!

manicddaily said...

Hi MZ - this was a wonderful challenge. Thanks. k.

Maggie Grace said...

Haha...started writing without word counter and was already over 100. So relaxing to write about it. Couldn't find the perfect photo but I saw it in 2005.