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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Storystorm Day #10: The Color of Love

In today's Storystorm blog post, Nancy Churnin recommended paying close attention all through the day for situations or occurrences that might prompt a story, and so that's what I did. At one point, I overheard a conversation about what colors someone was, or was most definitely not, going to paint their kitchen, and got the idea for the story (or really, the poem) I wrote today. In it, I begin by asking simple questions about what color you would paint a certain thing (for example, what color would you paint an apple?) but then, the things begin to get a little more complicated (what color would you paint summer?) and soon, they're just crazy.

Here are two questions from the second half of the piece, when things have gotten quite abstract:
What color would you paint the year that you were born?
White.
What color would you paint the feeling that you get when you’re dizzy and fall backward onto your bed to let it all spin down?
Chartreuse.
There's also a middle section that turns the question around:
What would you paint purple?
An eggplant.
A monster.
The aunt that always wants to hug you.
The way you feel about insects.
I think the hardest thing about revising this story will be getting the colors just right. I also think this is going to be a dream assignment for some clever illustrator some day!

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