This past weekend I visited both the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Besides the genuine pleasure of having a reason to leave my house and see something different than my four walls, I love consuming the art of others, be it writing, the visual arts or music.
Everything is Art
I find that even as little as an hour in a museum alters how I see the world, and suddenly even trash begins to look like a sculpture. This, for example, was just hanging out it in a random doorway. Doesn’t it look intentional? There’s a message in this somewhere.
Stories are Everywhere
Or take this tiny warrior, for example. On a random hike through a random trail, I came across this little person defending their tree trunk.
Storytelling is Infectious
I don’t know about you, but reading something really good gets me all itchy to start writing. Seeing beautiful paintings makes me want to paint. I stay away from cooking shows, or I’d never leave the kitchen.
The moment humans have any free time, they begin to tell and consume stories. And then they paint them onto a plate.
Leave a photo or some words about what you’ve seen recently that tells a story to you.
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Her short stories appear in the Bouchercon 2023 Anthology, A Stranger Comes to Town: edited by Michael Koryta, Secrets in the Water, After Midnight: Tales from the Graveyard Shift, River River Journal, Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017, and 1+30: THE BEST OF MYSTORY.
When not writing, Emilya works as a visual artist and reads massive quantities of psychological thrillers, suspense, and crime fiction. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family.