Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend ~ Muse

June 2, 2017 § 4 Comments

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The last couple years I lived on Whidbey Island a feral cat found my backyard a nice hunting ground. He (or she) sometimes sat for hours staring in my direction, oddly, I noticed, on days when I’d neglected my writing. Ever since I’ve considered any cat that crosses my path – especially a black one – my muse.

Saturday, JUNE 3, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm we’re writing again. Join me and my good FRIEND.

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xo Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

May 24, 2017 § 2 Comments

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Join me for another Virtual WriteAway over the shores of Puget Sound. 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

Click HERE to read about how these began and for a prompt or two, if you like. Write whatever you please. Bring your pen or keyboard to the view, even if you can only fly by for fifteen minutes or an hour during the six – I’ll be here, cheering you on. I believe everything we bring to and express in our writing has grace, beauty, and power, and that everything to do with writing – especially our desire to – rises, shimmering EVANESCENT.

xo Pierr

 

 

 

Virtual WriteAway: May 8, 11, 27

May 7, 2017 § 4 Comments

Join me virtually!  Monday MAY 8, Thursday MAY 11, Saturday MAY 27.

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10:00 am – 3:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time. I’ll be here on Bainbridge Island, WA writing away on several things. I’ve pulled out a few more projects that have been stowed in boxes and bins long enough. Seeing them with new eyes there’s a surge of creative energy building. I’m feeling optimistic about sticking with them to the end of first rough drafts on each of three, and a sixth draft of the fourth. I’m not jinxing them with big goals or deadlines. Going with the flow. Easy and fun. My only rule is a little bit each day. Even picking up a page and reading it counts as a little bit. Heck – showing up at all counts!

As always, I’ll have my trusty timer handy and a few other friends:writeawaytools-pierrmorgan-wordpressWritingAlone-pat-schneiderHeatherSellers

Are you in? Let me know in the comments if you’d like a cheer from me. Always happy to support the process. Whoo-hoo! Go – go – GO!  xo Pierr

WriteAway Virtually – April 15

April 14, 2017 § 4 Comments

WriteAwayApr15Join me for a day of word writes – click HERE for background.WriteAwayApr15-2.jpgSURPRISExo Pierr

WriteAway with Pierr: Saturday MAR 25

March 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

Join me – virtually! Always nice to have company.

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Click HERE for prompt ideas, and thanks for flying in!   xo Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green…The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City

March 22, 2017 § 12 Comments

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Easy as mudpies being GREEN…    ChildrensGarden copy   It’s Spring! Got Seeds?ChildrensGarden_fullcover copyby Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan – arrives in bookstores MAY 2, 2017 ~ my 65th birthday! Here’s A Peek at My Illustration Process:CG-goldfinch1

I use GOUACHE (“goo-wash”), an opaque watercolor, on Arches 140 lb Cold Press (textured) watercolor paper, and Higgins “Black Magic” waterproof ink, in a technique called “Gouache & Ink Resist” which I learned over thirty years ago at

Art Center College of Design.

CG-goldfinch2This technique celebrates backwards thinking…something my brain does naturally. What you want showing in the end is painted first to stain the paper. Gouache colors are mixed to a melty-soft ice cream consistency and applied thickly enough – details first – so when dry, the paint resists the ink. Paper is left blank wherever you want black or a black line.CG-goldfinch3When the paint is dry it gets a layer of waterproof ink.CG-goldfinch4When the ink’s dry, it gets a rinse at the sink!  (below is the Cover Art)  Water beating on the surface dissolves the paint, which runs, pushing the ink off itself in flecks…CG-goldfinch5…leaving a brilliant stain and earthy texture. Always a surprise.

I look the painting over for places where color washed away, not leaving enough of a stain, or where ink stuck too much. I wanted the packets to look fairly new, without much dirt on them, especially for very young readers to easily identify the plants and match them with flowers, fruits, and vegetables growing in the book garden.CG-goldfinch6Because Gouache is opaque, it paints over excess ink nicely. The Sunflower packet in these two photos is a good example of before & after ‘touch-ups.CG-goldfinch7Below is what the final endpaper painting looks like printed and bound. Carole and I can’t wait to personalize copies on the blank seed packet. The American Goldfinch seems curious to read them.CG-endpaper-frontThe back endpaper features Carole’s and my bio, cleverly placed on the flip side of the Wildflower seeds by Sasquatch Books’ Little Bigfoot design team.CG-goldfinch8Oh! I almost forgot – the green snail – it’s in every picture. Can’t wait for you to find it. Click HERE to read more – and buy! – The Children’s Garden on Sasquatch Books’ website. Thanks so much! And thanks too, for reading to a Child.   xo Pierr      

Virtual WriteAway: MAR 18

March 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

Join me Saturday Mar 18, 10:30 am-4:30 pm… WriteAway to your heart’s content.WriteAway-pierrmorgan-wordpressI like to play with my Muses via prompts randomly chosen from books. Like Monica Wood’s The Pocket Muse.img_5943 And Heather Seller’s Chapter After Chapter.writeawaytool-pierrmorganSome writers recoil at the thought of timed writing but to me it’s like a go! dive into deep water, knowing the bell will save me if I’m having trouble breathing. Other times I’m cruising the high seas and the bell has me stop mid-sentence which often reveals a perfect ending. Sylvia Nibley’s beautiful decks of Inquiry Cards are great prompts. Each time I pull the perfect question to mine the core of a character or situation. Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write holds short essays with an “Initiation Tool” at the end of each to try. writeawaytools-pierrmorgan-wordpress And new to me, but not (it’s 2003), Pat Schneider’s Writing Alone and With Others has an index “List of Exercises” and over 50 pages of “Additional Exercises” to keep you writing long past the bell. Hope you can join me. Write well! xo – PierrWritingAlone-pat-schneider

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