Sandbox Challenge #27: Where Have You Been?

Here’s a fun little 3-part creative exercise* — do one, two or all three parts depending on your time and inclination:


Write the alphabet down the left side of your page. Then list “places” you’ve been in your life (real, literal, metaphorical and imaginative) for each letter. Here are some of mine:

  • B:  Burning the midnight creative fuel
  • C:  Catching fireflies
  • I:  Imagination Island
  • P:  Paris
  • V:  Virginia
  • W:  Wild West Dodge City
  • X:  X-Raying my heart


Choose one of your places and write a haiku about it. Here’s mine:

I dream myself to
Imagination Island
Here I am at peace


Illustrate your haiku in any way that pleases you. (I’ve included my illustration above.)

I’d love to hear some of your places or haikus in the comments!

*Exercise courtesy of Jill Badonsky

Copyright © Sandy Ackers, Strangling My Muse: Struggling to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World,

2 Responses to “Sandbox Challenge #27: Where Have You Been?”

  1. 1 huzone March 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Big Sur
    Pacific on one side
    sea lions barking
    sunk deep in hot bath,

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