Dorah Blume | writing prompts
Dorah Blume is an author of historical fiction novels. Her latest, Botticelli's Muse, is a provocative story about Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli, the conflicts of Medici Florence, and the woman at the heart of his paintings.
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Parental Influence

Prompt was made up of objects at the workshop and random words plucked out of our “Word Bank.”
Objects: Bell bike helmet/motorcycle helmet
Words chosen at random from the word bank: pearl-eyed, benevolent, habitual, carving knife, wound
Author: Dorah Blume
Timed writing: 20 minutes

Approximate date: 6/2013
Location: Juiceboxartists workshop/Boylston St.

“You might as well take a carving knife to your body and start hacking,” Louise said. Her heavy arms wriggled with those appendages overweight women who wear floral frocks tend to display. Her son Billy snapped on his Shogun helmet just the same. He gave his mother a benevolent smile and let the back screen door slam behind him.

She would hold her Saint Christopher medal up to her lips. Pearly-eyed now with tears dropping into the sink, she would look at him through the kitchen window. Ever since he first rode his green tricycle down Jackson Street into oncoming traffic—she had caught him just in time—she was always afraid that he would wound himself terribly.

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Creativity unexpressed . . .

The handle for my twitter account and several other uses employs this medieval line drawing of what I have named The Walking Head, aka The Ambulatory Neurotic.  She first appeared way back in the year 2000, before blog posts existed. I was in Los Angeles, training to become a certified Bikram Yoga teacher. It had been a dream to travel around the world at the millennium. I posted myself as the Walking Head in search of her Astral Spine. She journeyed through the nine weeks (500 hours) of teacher training and then on to Kyoto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Thailand (airport only), Calcutta, Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Agra, and back to LA.

Today’s post introduces this walking head to you once more as she appeared (sadly truncated) in my first direct entry onto the medium.com blogger website. Here’s the link

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