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Exercise # 189 - Up & Down

Describe the ceiling and describe the floor in:
  - the room where you are right now
- the last library you were in
- your childhood bedroom
- your last elementary school classroom
- a magnificent palace
- a wigwam
- a very peculiar wigwam constructed by a New York City-based artist

Oh, gosh, folks... A couple of these require me to rely on my memory. This is not a good thing.


The great thing about writing is that, if you can't remember, you can just make crap up. Success!!

1,2,3, GO!
The room in which I am currently sitting...
The ceiling is lower than I am used to, maybe 10 feet high. It's amazing what 1-2 extra feet of space between my head and the ceiling can accomplish. White paint covers the textured finish, making it look as if tiny stalactite droplets are threatening to break off and tap me on the head. They wouldn't cause any harm, of course, but it would certainly be unsettling to have one's ceiling falling down on one's head.

The floor is blanketed by a modest beige carpet that covers the unfinished floors of apartments the world over, and it's actually clean. It had been put in right before I moved in a few months ago, so I haven't had the chance to screw it up or stain it in some way... yet. Give it time, folks. Give it time.

The last library that I visited...
The Nashville Public Library!!! This place is grandiose, that's for sure. Depending on where I'm standing, the ceilings are either just out of my jumping reach or around 3 stories higher than my head. Expansive rooms with beautifully sculpted architecture (especially when books are involved) always reminds me of this:

If committing a little bestiality meant that I could have unrestricted access to this library, then...
call me a beast-lover, baby.

Don't even get me started on the skylights and wall-wide windows.

The floors are marble in in the grand reception area, and are shiny with wax and proper upkeep. There are a few tiles that have signs of wear on them, but it's not in that sort of "it hasn't been taken care of" way, but in that "there are so many people that walk through here on a daily basis that it couldn't be avoided" way instead. Ah, elegance.

My childhood bedroom...
I actually stayed in the same bedroom from the time I was 5 until I was 18. My bed changed a few times, and the wall color was altered, but the ceiling and floors remained unchanged for the entire time I was there. The ceiling was an off-white color and pretty unassuming as far as ceilings go. There might have been crown molding, but I can't be sure. It's just not one of those things I pay attention to. There was a ceiling fan in the center on which I frequently hit my head when I had a loft / bunk bed in my later years.

The floor was a nicer version of the carpet in my apartment bedroom. The fiber was thicker, and it was actually comfortable to lay on. Now that I think about it, I kind of miss that floor...

The last room of my elementary school career...
I went to a private school from 1st through 12th grade. The first 5 of those years were spent in the same hallway, the same classrooms, with the same people. You'd think I'd have some memory of what the floor looked like, that I'd have a mental picture of the ceiling that protected me from the elements for 5 years of my life... but no. I can't remember what that building looks like. I don't remember if the carpet (or linoleum.....?) supported my weight well or if it felt like I was walking on concrete. I'm getting vague flashes of brown, shiny flooring but I think that was middle school.

All I know is that I remember little (if anything) about it.

A magnificent palace...
Gilded floors... diamond-encrusted chandeliers hanging from expansive, 40-ft ceilings... What I wouldn't give to live in a palace for a few weeks (and by a few weeks, I mean forever).

In my mind's eye, I envision something that is a mix between the Taj Mahal, Buckingham Palace, and Versailles. Maybe even a little bit of Russian architecture (pre-Bolshevik Revolution, of course). British sensibility mixed with upper-crust Indian opulence and French history is what I imagine would surround me. Oddly enough, I don't see the frescoes of Italian construction despite my 10-day long trek there this past May. It's beautiful, but even for me that's a bit much.

A wigwam...
This one doesn't strike me as too involved. Dirt floor, maybe a fur rug. Wooden rods join at the top of the canvas to create a star of semi-protection from the wind and rain. I wonder if 

An artsy-fartsy wigwam...
So a New Yorker who has probably never seen a wigwam (I talk as if I've seen one outside of textbooks...) and likes to put together avant-garde displays if bizarre, "mind-bending" art has taken it upon him or herself to show the world how the Native Americans lived... with a dash of style added in. I'm seeing flashy, gaudy opulence. The dirt floor has been replaced by a hypo-allergenic, faux leopard rug that spans across the entire floor. Taking the open ceiling to new heights, what would have been rustic wooden beams are now stainless steel rods, bending outward to frame the sky above.

And that's all I've got.

Did you give this writing exercise a try? What did you come up with? Please feel free to share in the comment section below!

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Seriously... It could change your life if you let it.

I mean, how many people in the world have thought, "Man, I'd really like to write a novel..." or "I have an idea for a story that's never been written (to my knowledge)." Who better to write it than you?? Throw caution to the wind and turn into a social hermit for a month. You can do it, and the rewards are well worth it.

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I double dog dare you.



ms.composure said…
gr8 exercise!! i will def try this out!!
Well done for all your hard work in providing this high quality blog.

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