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Theme responses: An agent of change

Sorry we’ve been a bit slack getting these responses up this month. Better late than never, I guess.

The ever-on-time Pseudo Rhys has come up with a lovely character, who you can see here.

We were joined this month by Enj, who came up with quirky piece.

Soph has a short written piece up here.

Thanks for playing along this month! Check out the new theme here.

~ Soph, Kate & Mr Sketchy

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Theme: “They called his name until it didn’t sound like a real word anymore, but he never returned.”

Wow. How did a week go by!? Sorry, we must’ve got distracted or something. Unfortunately that means you’ll have less time for this month’s project.

The theme this month is:

“They called his name until it didn’t sound like a real word anymore, but he never returned.”

This little sentence came to me just after Christmas last year when I was staying with my parents in Canberra for a week or so, and the family dog went missing. We spent so much time calling out his name, wondering if he’d ever come back. After three days, we all started to force ourselves to face the idea that he might not.

And then one morning he just showed up at the back door, exhausted, filthy and needing lots of cuddles. We were all very relieved.

Lost & found

~ Soph

Responses to this month’s theme will be due midnight Monday 1 August.

As usual, shoot us an email (themondayproject85@gmail.com) with your response attached; or, if you’ve got your own site, send us through a link.

Happy creating!

~ Soph, Kate & Mr Sketchy

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Theme response: “They grouped under the lamp post, alone.”

Somewhat unbelievably, another month has passed and it’s time to post up people’s responses. (Honestly, I don’t know where this month has gone…) We’ve had some great responses this month.

~ Soph

Pseudo Rhys got in early with his response, discovering he’s much more likely to hit ‘delete’ than he is to use an eraser on paper. You can see it here.

Mr Sketchy also went with a fairly literal interpretation of the theme, and played Photoshop. You can see his response here.

Jo (who runs Sparkapolooza, a side project similar to the Monday Project) has joined in this month with a lovely illustration. You can see her response here.

I’ve managed to get my act together and get my response typed up in time this month. You can read it here.

We’ve also had an anonymous submission — a piece of flash fiction. The contributor said they hoped I didn’t mind that they used my name for the main character in the piece. Not at all, of course! Here’s their piece:

“Where is he?” Sophie thought to herself as she scanned the ever-growing crowd.  “Dang him!  He said he would be here 15 minutes ago!  Sometimes I wonder which one of us is really the oldest.”  She wasn’t surprised that her brother was late.  He was always late.  Nor was she angry for that matter as she had long grown accustomed to his unreliability.  More than anything she was frightened.  Something so trivial had never bothered her in the past. That was before last week.  That was before the unthinkable happened. That was before her mother died.

Death was nothing new to her.  Her childhood was full of short-lived pets from fish to hamsters to her longest pet, a chubby yellow tabby named Butterball.  Both of her grandmothers had died when she was in her teens.  Her Grampy died a few years ago.  What was new was witnessing her mother in pain.  As she looked back through all her memories, she could not recall her mother ever suffering.  There were bumps and minor scrapes, but nothing that ever brought tears.  She had been invincible.

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If you’re still working on something that you’d like to submit, we do take late submissions, so feel free to send it through on an email (themondayproject85@gmail.com). Otherwise, enjoy working on the new theme this month. It’s due Monday 4 July.

~ Sophie, Kate & Mr Sketchy

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Theme responses: Beach Baths

I’m still hassling a couple of people for typed-up versions of their responses to the Beach Baths theme, but thought we should share what we’ve already received.

Duck Reach has posted a sketch up over here.

Pseudo Rhys has put his response up here.

Mr Sketchy has tried to avoid rambling about what’s behind the picture over here.

And I’ve put up a very rough draft of a short fiction piece here.

Thanks everyone for playing along! If we get anymore responses sent through in the next couple of days, I’ll add them at the bottom here.

For now though, check out the new theme, due Monday 2 May.

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Theme: Canberra Autumn

Canberra Autum

 

This is an image I took just outside my parents’ house in Canberra in the autumn last year. Canberra is stinking hot in summer and freezing cold in winter, but in autumn and spring it’s really very beautiful.

I usually find myself in Canberra in the in-between seasons — in fact, I’m heading there in a couple of weeks for the Easter long weekend — and the prettiness of those seasons never gets old. Canberra is oranges, browns and yellows in the autumn. As the leaves fall, the temperature drops. The air is crisp and the skies are clear. I revel in the chance to wear a coat, scarf and gloves.

Responses to this month’s theme will be due the first Monday of next month, 2 May.

As usual, you can send us through a link to the response on your own site, or, if you don’t have a space of your own, send us the file at themondayproject85@gmail.com, and we’ll post it up here.

Happy creating!

~ Sophie, Kate & Mr Sketchy

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Remember, you’ve got until midnight tonight to send us a response to last month’s theme; we’ll be posting the responses some time tomorrow. If you want to play along, get cracking and send whatever you come up with through to themondayproject85@gmail.com.

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Theme: Beach Baths

This is an image I took at the beach baths in Newcastle, just after I’d discovered (and subsequently become obsessed with) the Hipstamatic App. The day I took this picture, I went for a big long walk with a good friend of mine, and we talked about writing, strange architecture and all sorts of other things. I came away from that morning with very sore legs and lots of new things to think about.

Beach Baths

So it seemed appropriate that this photo should eventually make its way into a Monday Project monthly theme, since the circumstances of its creation were themselves so inspiring. The other reason for having this particular shot in March is that I often spend much of the third month of the year looking back over my summer (hopefully some of which has been spent at a beach); I like that Hipstamatic shots instantly evoke that sense of nostalgia.

Don’t forget if you’d like to share your ideas and your progress on the theme, drop us a line or leave a link in the comments to this post.

Remember above all else, have some fun.

Responses to this month’s theme should make it to our inbox (themondayproject85@gmail.com) by midnight Monday 5 April. We’ll do our best to make sure they go up within the week.

If you’ve got your own blog or online space, feel free to post your response up there, but remember to let us know it’s there, so we can link to it. If you’d prefer just to send us a file, that’s fine too (try and keep it small, if you can!), and we’ll post it up here.

And if you have any ideas for future Monday Project themes, please drop us a line.

Happy creating!

~ Soph, Kate and Mr Sketchy

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PS. Oops. We forgot to change the date of publication for this one. Rest assured that you can still send us responses to last month’s theme until next Monday, 7 March. You’ll just get a sneaky extra week to work on this theme!

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Deadline!

So the first monthly theme for the year is due in a week. We got the date a little wrong in the original post — the first Monday of the month is actually 7 March.

To give you some idea of what you might be able to do for this theme, here’s a work-in-progress on the theme by Pseudo Rhys, who’s a Monday Projector from way back. He calls this “Reducks”.

Hope you’re all having fun with the theme — happy creating!

Soph

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