Snow Day Assignments: Tuesday Feb. 26
by Nynke Passi
Have a peaceful and productive snow day! Your assignments for Tuesday February 26 are:
1) Start Reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
2) Start acquainting yourself with Inventing the Truth, edited by William Zinsser.
3) Begin reading the excerpt from Maharishi at ‘433 by Helena Olson in your Syllabus Reader (Week One). If you have already read this selection from Maharishi at ‘433, there will be one or two copies of the book on hold in the MUM library where you can read at your leisure from the point where you left off previously.
NOTE: Get a good head start on all of your reading! Be sure to secure all of the textbooks. Ask friends in the dining hall, look at Revs and in town, in the libraries, borrow from and/or share with classmates, and/or order from Amazon (used copies under 5$ each).
1) Start your journal. Write in your journal daily for 30 minutes throughout this class. More prompts to follow in a next posting! So far today we wrote about a) Early memories of language and words; b) Any memories of light (which may also involve shadow).
2) Start a Muse Box of musings, a box in which you keep mementos, photos, objects that conjure memories, notes, reminders, lists of ideas, pictures from magazines that conjure memories, restaurant napkins, movie stubs, fragments of any kind, etc.. You can also include letters to your Muse (or “genius” as Elizabeth Gilbert called it), or whatever else you want–as long as whatever you include inspires you to write and remember!
3) Write one 6 word memoir that you illustrate, or write a number of ones if you don’t want to illustrate. Don’t settle for the first idea that pops into your head! Take your time. What makes a 6 letter memoir effective? Try to make your 6 word memoirs as succinct and interesting as possible. See previous blog post for ideas and examples! I just added more information, also on 6 word fiction and 6 word poetry, plus a contest where you can submit your work.
4) Write your “autobiography of the soul.” Instead of relaying facts of your life, share who you are really. Describe your deepest self/Self as if to a close friend. How do you move through time? How do you perceive the reality and nature of who you are? What are your flavors, characteristics, what are you like? You can write this as poetry, prose, or drama. Freely use symbol and metaphor. Your autobiography of the soul should be minimally 1/2 a page in length (if it is illustrated) and maximally 3. It can be handwritten or typed, as long as it is legible. It can be illustrated or not. Spend some time on this so you really get the right note and feel, capturing your own essence.
ON WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 27, AT 10 AM, WE WILL SHARE. IF YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE SHARING YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE SOUL, YOU CAN SUBMIT IT TO ME ONLY. EVERYONE WILL SHARE THEIR 6 WORD MEMOIR(S).
YOUR JOURNAL AND MUSE BOX ARE PRIVATE AND FOR YOU ALONE, JUST BE SURE TO WORK IN THOSE FOR AT THE END OF CLASS, YOU HAVE TO DOCUMENT TO ME THAT YOU DID THE WORK.