she sent out a list of prompts for each day of the month of december with the theme of “year in review.” you write on her daily prompt and then post them to your blog.
30 prompts, 30 posts, 30 days (and i just finished nanowrimo today–50,000 words in 30 days).
not being one for end-of-the-year type of sentimentality, i thought i would switch it up this year and take a look back each day and see what i could come up with.
the first prompt? Trip. What was your best trip in 2009?
i spent the summer in North Dakota with my girlfriend who was the choreographer in a summer musical theatre production out there. i took the summer off from working and mostly drove around and took pictures of the sky and went to spin class at the YMCA and tried to write. my girlfriend grew up there and it’s where her many generational family still resides.
we drove out from NYC, and the time in the car was magical and suspended in the way road trips with someone you love are, and the three days it took to get there unwound me in the way that driving from urban to farm-country can do so righteously.
north dakota is a beautiful place in its sparse landscape and sky that touches all the way down to the ground.
The people who live there consider friendliness to be a virtue, and the absence of basic aggression that is within them as a generalization, was restorative.
people who live in wide open spaces tend to be gentler.
it’s a culture of space in north dakota, and it seems that space opens people up while at the same time calming them down.
i took hundreds of pictures of the land. I couldn’t get enough of it. the greens and yellows and blues and browns and pale wheat colors soothed my eyes like a cool compress.
enjoy the 3 photos i took below: