Memory’s Vault is just off the main trail in Fort Worden. Once housing coastal defense bunkers, it is now a place of contemplation. 7-foot high metal monoliths with porcelain enamel plaques contain poems by Sam Hamill. The artwork references gun battles and military function of the Fort.
During writing bootcamp in Port Townsend, it was hard to stay focused. Nature and U.S. military history is Writ Large there. I went far afield on hikes. The Memory Vault trail is off the beaten path. The area was originally built as a United States Army installation for the protection of Puget Sound. Now it’s a place for contemplation.
I was up at the crack of dawn hiking along Admiralty Inlet. The birds and lighthouse were a 5-minute walk from dormitory:
I did manage to focus on writing eventually. Here’s a 10-minute quick-write for a Fairy Tale craft lecture. The prompt? Re-frame Red Riding Hood to POV of my choice. In this case, the Voice is Red’s hood:
I advised the kid not to wear me on the way to Granny’s cottage. But she’s known around the village as “Red Cap” and lives up to the name and I am her favorite color. So I lost that battle.
Other than not listening to me, Red’s a good kid. She did not sass her Mom when she gave Red a loaf of bread, jug of milk to take to Granny. (But you should get a load of Red’s sister, Drusilla. Poster child for misbehavior. She used to blow smoke in Red’s face when Red was just a babe in the cradle).
So Red and I venture out. We find ourselves in a field of flowers. A Monarch butterfly alights on my peak. I twitch it off. The kid gathers daisies, Queen Ann’s Lace, bachelor buttons. She puts them in the basket with the loaf of bread, jug of milk.
We’re almost near Granny’s. But then the Wolf spots me. I know he wants to devour the kid so I shake from the peak of my cap to the hem of my cloak. My magic ripples down the garment, causing Red to drop the bread, milk, flowers.
“What’s going on?” she says.
“I have made us invisible.”
It works. The wolf darts at the bread and milk instead of us.
“Told you not to wear me in the deep, dark forest,” I say to the kid. “Red is eye candy for wolves.”
By the time we reach Granny’s door, we are out of breath. We ring the bell. She locks us in and the Wolf is left behind chomping away.
2 thoughts on “Bootcamp”
Oh my…that area looks absolutely spectacular! I’d never heard of Memory’s Vault so had to Google it. Looks like an amazing area to explore. How long was your writers bootcamp? Are you going to share anything else? I LOVED your 10 minute story – how do you write something like that in 10 minutes? I guess that’s why you go to boot camp – duh! Anyway, I loved the Hood’s perspective on LRRH!! So creative…!
Fort Worden IS an amazing place. The movie An Officer & A Gentleman was filmed there. It’s located in Port Townsend, WA which is quaint & Victorian. I was at writers bootcamp for a full week, but SO distracted by nature. Glad you liked the LRRH piece and YES I shall be posting more of my pieces. Thanks and Stay tuned!