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Exercise #118 : "Of Time"

This is an exercise in generating imagery and, in a way, using synesthesia. Synesthesia is "a subjective sensation of image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated.* Some examples are as follows:
  • the sands of time
  • green-blue oceans of time
  • the unspooling thread of time
  • the gong of time
Keep going. How many more can you come up with? Really get crazy. Think of smells, tastes, textures, colors, shapes... Once you've done five minutes' worth, go back and circle your best two. Then try to use them sometime soon in your writing.


You know what's annoying? I've sat here for the last 5 minutes staring at my computer, but the only examples that came to mind were the ones already listed in the exercise. Ugh... Apparently, my mind isn't creative today. I have days like that, it seems.

Either way, can any of you think of anything? I'm at a loss.

In other news, today was the first day of the 2nd semester of my Junior year. It should be pretty good. I had my English class today, Third-Year Writing, and I'm actually looking forward to it. My teacher is a little eccentric, but I think she's a lot of fun. I have a feeling that we're going to be doing quite a bit of off-the-wall stuff.

Anyways, time to hit the books. Yes, I've only had 1 day of class, and I have homework. Oh, how I love college.


*For more on synthesthesia, see Harry Smith and Stanley Nelson's Synthesthetics / Edges of Sound, Robert E. Cytowic's The Man Who Tasted Shapes, and Patricia Lynne Duffy's Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens. For writers and poets, the most useful and stimulating of the three is Smith and Nelson's.


Dawn Herring said…
How about:
The wrinkled, leathery skin of time

The yellowed, curled pages of time
Stef Howerton said…
Oooh, those are good ones! Thanks, Dawn! :)
Elana Johnson said…
All of these are fabulous! I'm going to try this when I get home. I'll be back...
Suzette Saxton said…
This is an interesting exercise. I've had time on my mind lately. I love "the unspooling thread of time" the best.

Wish I could come up with one of my own. :-/
Suzette Saxton said…
This post has inspired me and lead me to finding my title. Thank you! I am blogging about you today.
Stef Howerton said…
I'm so glad I was able to help (although unwittingly haha)! :) And thanks for the mention on your blog! I very much appreciate it.

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