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We have Rulez which mean that most of what goes on in this term's writing group must stay there, but this was an enjoyable exercise and I don't see why I can't share my bit.

Yes, to draw a picture of our imagination. I found I needed most of a packet of felt-tips.

Then homework was to write an explanation and description. Here's my attempt:

My imagination, it would seem, is a place. It rests on fire, because it burns, and the flames lick up and around and into my consciousness at times. When I have an idea which works for me, it feels hot, and leaps around in my head. It’s a metaphor, yes, but it sometimes tipples over into more than that, because fire is energy, and energy is what an idea can give me.

The next thing I added was a stream of cool water, flowing, because the “flow” of an idea is also important, and It balances out the energy of formlessness of the fire. I suppose that’s what made me think in terms of the elements, because they are all necessary.

There’s a cabin, a home base, which allows me to centre myself, and a trail leading up into mountains, because mountains are wild and free and offer the chance of somewhere to go, a long journey into something blue and misty and unknown. There’s a tree with red fruit, because I needed to have something growing there, and a bright sun, like a child would draw, because you need light for the ideas to grow and develop.

So far it’s all quite realistic, but that’s not really where I am, so the rest of the picture is full of things that are much more metaphor, but still really important. Above the entire view is a book, which is flying, and little books are curling away from it into the sky, as they turn into birds and fly up into the sun. A magic being, half-angel, half-fairy, is also flying up into the light, because nothing works without some spirit. Beneath it is a spiral of water and air, mixing and spinning ever inwards into itself – or possibly outwards, toward the rest of the world.
Finally, in the corner, is the writing I do most of, which slightly embarrasses me, but which I love too much to give up. I write fanfiction in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandom, so there is a very rough sketch of Spike, the character who fascinates me most, and next to him a deliberate caricature of another character from the show.

I don’t know why my imagination is a place, but it works for me. There’s fire, air, earth and running water, a place like home to centre me, and wings to fly with when the writing is going really well. I like to curl up in my place inside my head when I start thinking about what I want to say, and everything moves on out from it.
gatty From: gatty Date: January 20th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Goodness, rulez. Must say that makes me glad I didn't audit in the end, anything that formal would have scared me off. But how is it going? How is the Latin & Italian & Drama?
gillo From: gillo Date: January 20th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
We wrote our own rulez, the most important of which was to play a lot and have fun. But also, the First Rule of Write Club...

The Latin is scary hard, the Italian is fun, though "challenging", and the drama is a hoot. How about you?
gatty From: gatty Date: January 21st, 2013 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Things are good! I ended up auditing seven basic plots, despite being told by C it was full. Just turned up at the class and tutor let me in, hurrah! So I am getting some writing time. Other two are much fun but the reading is pretty heavy going. All v enjoyable and much improved by snow.
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I really wanted to do 7BP; I might do it next year, if it's on offer. (One of the great benefits of being part-time is two chances to do courses!)

What are your other two? They have to be more fun than last term's theory.
gatty From: gatty Date: January 21st, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! I would say go for it, the tutor is fantastic, though it's not as focused on structure as I was assuming, but he asked us to give feedback through the term so the classes can be changed to suit us better.

My other modules are Sexual Geographies (fantastic) and Travel, Literature, and Anglo-Empires, which seems promising!
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Sexual Geographies sounded interesting, but I'm enjoying the drama a lot. What books are you looking at in SG?
gatty From: gatty Date: January 21st, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Villette, North & South, Bleak House, She (R Haggard yussss), Howard's End, The Spoils of Poynton, Mrs Dalloway & Voyage in the Dark. V interesting cross-disciplinary approach. We actually talk about books it is novel.
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
We talked about the meh-ness of Villette, but it fits the theme, and I adore N&S and Bleak House, which competes with Middlemarch for title of my favourite non-Austen novel ever. And Rider Haggard in that mix is awesome!

I'd have added Persuasion because location is so important in that novel and I am an Austen fanatic, but still...
slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: January 21st, 2013 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Verrrry interesting..... :)
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
rahirah From: rahirah Date: January 21st, 2013 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
That's very cool!
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Doing it was a lot of fun. And interesting.
amidoh From: amidoh Date: January 21st, 2013 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, this actually seems like loads of fun. Maybe I'll do it at work tomorrow (snerk).
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was fun. Are you still working for the Big Orange?
amidoh From: amidoh Date: January 21st, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
And wanting to off myself every day I'm scheduled in? Yup. TBH things aren't going great and I'll be on the first opportunitrain out of there :]
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. And seriously pissed-off with people telling you that you should be glad you have a job, right? Do you have plans?
amidoh From: amidoh Date: January 22nd, 2013 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
There are definitely days when I wish I had no job instead of one that is making me sick but needs the dorrah so. I've sent in some applications to places though, so eagerly awaiting them to get off their asses and hire me :V
gillo From: gillo Date: January 22nd, 2013 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Here's wishing you the very best of luck. There are real jobs out there, and one is destined for you.
lynnenne From: lynnenne Date: January 21st, 2013 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Hahahaha, Spike's Angel caricature is hilarious!
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nobody in the group recognised it, but it just felt right to me!
kathyh From: kathyh Date: January 21st, 2013 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
That's really lovely. Congrats on bravely admitting to fanfiction.

Spike's caricature of Angel is hilarious and allows me to use my favourite Angel icon :)
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I felt it was time to come out of the fanfic closet. After all, I know it has done a lot to hone my writing skills, so why not mention it? And Spike takes up a certain amount of my imagination surprisingly often!

The caricature started out as an attempt at a proper pic, but told me what it needed to be!
ningloreth From: ningloreth Date: January 21st, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you deliberately allude to Tolkien? You don't mention it in your explanation, but my first thought when I saw it was Tolkien -- and his imagination was very much grounded in place, with his maps and his illustrations...

I have absolutely no idea what I would draw! How, exactly, was the exercise worded?
gillo From: gillo Date: January 21st, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the Tolkien thing was definitely hovering in my mind, though "Over the hills..." can refer to lots of other things too.

She simply said "I want you to draw what you feel your imagination looks like." Many were a lot more abstract - there was a lovely spiral in segments, each of which held different things, and others wrote ideas and linked them with arrows. It was fun.
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