Being Beastly

Today, I’m with the Southern Indiana Writers Group at the Southern Indiana Arts Council‘s Animals In Us invitational exhibit. We’ll be reading from our anthology BEASTLY TALES. Meanwhile, a PowerPoint presentation will be projecting words from the stories onto a screen. We got to sneak-preview some of the other exhibits when we set up on Thursday: sculpture, paintings, multi-media and other words. Everything from a collection of sculpted turtle shells to semi-abstract oil paintings of birds. Something for everyone. Y’all come.

The exhibit isn’t in the Arts Council building. It’s at 138 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana, in the same building as Colokial. It’s between Pearl St. and Bank St.

BEASTLY TALES is this: “Real and imaginary, tame and wild, within us and without us, animals have always touched our lives.” So you can see that it fits right in with the exhibit’s theme. The “cover girl” is T. Lee Harris‘ Boudica. Such a beautiful cat. Just as soon take your arm off at the shoulder as eat her dinner. She (the cat, I mean, not T) was named after the warrior queen of Britain who gave the Romans what for.

WRITING PROMPT: Pick a figure from history. What would he or she be like as a cat? This exercise will help you isolate key traits and mannerisms and what they represent, and apply them back to your characters.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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