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Three Things: The Birthday Balloon Edition

2017 March 7

Today marks Hazel & Wren’s sixth birthday! While we celebrate quietly amongst ourselves, let’s write about a birthday balloon (or another occasion that calls for a balloon). Cheers!


Julie Blackmon, Birthday Girl, from Domestic Vacations. Photograph.


Jasper Oostland, Zwarte ballon (Black balloon), 2007. Acrylic/silver foil on canvas.


David Graeme Baker, Cutout, 2013. Oil on panel.


Three Things: The Family Edition

2017 February 20

This week let’s focus on family dynamics, or at least a moment in a family’s day. Will the moment you choose be mundane or fraught with emotion? Quiet or chaotic? Here are three moments in three different families to get you started.


Julie Blackmon, Stolen Kiss, from Domestic Vacations series. Photograph.


William Eggleston, Black family by the sea, published in Los Alamos, 2002. Photograph.


Larry Sultan, Close Up, 1992, from Pictures from Home series. Photograph.


Three Things: The Flying Baby Edition

2017 January 16

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This week I’ve been pondering flying babies. Oh fine, maybe not… maybe I just happened across one of the below photographs and I thought it would make a crackin’ good writing prompt. Either way: this week, let’s study these babes suspended in mid-air and come up with a story behind them. Go!



Julie Blackmon, Baby Toss, 2009. Photograph.



Stephen Marc, Chicago, Illinois, from the series “The Black Trans-Atlantic Experience“, 1988. Photograph. Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri.



Rachel Hulin, Untitled, from Flying Henry series. Photograph.