Creative New Year’s Resolutions: Final Chapters

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From Charlie Capp's adaptation of <em>Rime of the Ancient Mariner</em>
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In the final weeks of 2012, we asked Studio 360 listeners for their creative New Year’s resolutions. We followed up with a small group, promising to gently pressure them into following through on their artistic ambitions.

What is your 2014 creative New Year's resolution? Tell us HERE.

Linda Brewer is an administrator at a skin cancer lab in Tucson, Arizona. She resolved to write a short story for every month of the year and hasn’t missed a deadline. But it hasn’t been easy. “On the first of every month, I start thinking ‘What can this story be about?’ and then I don’t have two weeks to think that up,” she tells Kurt Andersen. “So I grab on to a wisp of an idea and start doing my laborious little riff on it.” Working so constantly on her stories, she became more aware of quirks in her style, like overplotting. “In a story, you can just plop a character down on the moon if you want to. You don’t have to build the whole scaffold to get him there.”

Read Linda’s story for November, “WWJLD?”

Seattle’s Charlie Capp has been working on a comic book adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. He’s kept a steady pace throughout 2013, creating illustrations for twelve stanzas each month. “I’ve got to stay on task because I don’t want to disappoint Kurt Andersen and public radio!” he told friends. With the albatross almost off his neck, Charlie has started looking into publishing options. Kurt is the first to enthusiastically endorse his epic graphic poem.

Scroll down to see a slideshow of Charlie's work in progress.




Slideshow: excerpts from Charlie Capp's adaptation of Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Music Playlist

  1. New Year's Day

    Artist: Karen Souza
    Album: Karen Souza Essentials
    Label: Music Brokers
  2. Albatross

    Artist: Fleetwood Mac
    Album: The Pious Bird of Good Omen

Page 6-14
As the ship propels itself across the ocean, a sweet breeze draws the Mariner's gaze outward, and he turns his attention from the unsettling sight of his dead comrades staring at him.

( Charlie Capp )

Page 6-15
Is this really his home shore? Can the Mariner's ordeal at last be at an end? 

( Charlie Capp )

Page 6-26
Drawn by the appearance of a strange ship in the harbor, the Pilot, his son, and a local hermit row toward the ship to investigate. The Mariner hopes that the Hermit can provide some absolution for his sins.

( Charlie Capp )

Page 7-1
The seventh and final part of the poem begins with a short description of the Hermit, a friendly local figure known to the Mariner, who has a deep spiritual connection to nature.

( Charlie Capp )

Page 7-5
The spooky, forlorn appearance of the ship brings to the Hermit's mind a scene of the wood in winter: cold, withered, and prowled by hungry predators. He's no stranger to the darker side of nature.

( Charlie Capp )

Page 7-6
Something is clearly amiss with this ship, and the Pilot is becoming unsettled as they get closer to it. The Hermit, however, is bolstered by his faith, and encourages further investigation.

( Charlie Capp )

Page 7-10
With a thunderous peal, the bay splits open, shattering and sinking the ship, leaving little behind but disturbed water and an echo. Good fortune, however, has brought the weary Mariner into the Pilot's rowboat.

( Charlie Capp )

Page 7-12
The shock of the waterlogged and seemingly dead Mariner springing to life proves to be too much for the Pilot and his son. As the Pilot collapses and the boy panics, the Mariner grabs the oars and makes for the shore. He is ready to be back on land, and isn't going to put up with any more nautical close calls.

( Charlie Capp )