An Exercise in Suspense: Read some great advice from suspense expert Lee Child, author of very many Jack Reacher novels; see his techniques in action in a short-short story; and do a fun writing exercise inspired by John Gardner, Charlie Chaplin, and "cat scares" in horror movies.
A Very Dark Poem for the Season: Hear "the most frightening American poet ever" read his poem "December."
A Christmas Classic: Read and listen to the beloved prose poem "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas, and do a writing exercise inspired by it.
Go Spelunking in the Website of No Return: Make your own writing exercise by mining this amazing site, or just read it for fun. Maybe let a friend know where you're going and when you plan to be back; or better yet, tie a rope around your waist and give the other end to your friend with instructions to pull you out after a certain number of hours. Otherwise you could start reading and emerge twenty years later to find your eyes no longer able to tolerate light and your clothes rotted to rags.
|Josef Lada, from Detem, 1953, via 50watts|