A while back I posted a deliberate practice concerning descriptive writing. It was inspired by Shannon Hale's great gift.
I'm afraid my own attempts fall short of her mark. My first attempt to infuse the piece with rich description resulted in overload and confusion. Fortunately, my critique group caught me on it. My second attempt was far more successful, for I focused not on changing my style, but on what sensory details to reveal. I used less common senses of touch and smell in my story, and though I'm no Shannon Hale, I am proud of the result.
You can see the results, a free short story entitled "Lady of Deep Waters," here: