Triss, Mariel and I are having a writing workshop at home for the next couple of weeks or so. Today I had them do the Keen Observation exercises from The Writer's Jungle (my job is to be their writing ally and not freak when they make mistakes and act silly-- those of you who know me irl understand how much of a challenge this is).
Triss delighted in describing a bottle of bubbles. Mariel chose to explain a cantaloupe, going all tactile and kinesthetic on me, and filling a page (front and back) and a half with her observations.
I didn't think we needed to do the Keen Observation exercise because we already do so much narration, but now I think it was worth it. I just can't believe how much Mariel enjoyed that cantaloupe.