|Rainbow in Camp Denali, July 2012 (c) C.M. Mayo 2012|
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We'll be looking at a variety of techniques, mainy from fiction and poetry, but one of the most basic for beginning a draft is simply noticing specific detail that appeals to the senses. From my notes from a recent journey to Alaska (you'll see it's not brain surgery):
Denali, of course. Spatulated lavender.
receding moose; levering hind legs
polkadots of Dall sheep on green
3 blues of Wonder Lake
eeee eeee eeee
freeway roar of distant river
cloudberry (spit the pip!)
Hoof N Woof honey (flowers of a season ago)
cinnamon gummy bear
unfriendly bear pelt
chocolatey-suave beaver pelt
sinking into spongy tundra mosses
Bright on the ground:
monk's hood; mushroom caps, sparkle of water
In the sky:
eagle; rainbow; moon
New to remember:
Michio Hoshino's photographs and mini-essays
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For further surfing:
>From the Workshop: Literary Travel Writing by C.M. Mayo, Writer's Carousel, Spring 2009
>Listen to my most recent Marfa Mondays podcast, "We Have Seen the Lights"
>Read some excerpts from my memoir, Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico.
>Recommended travel memoirs.
> Questions about this workshop? Just ask!