Another delight from Robert Okaji.
I’ve already reserved mine. Robert Okaji writes some of the most accessible poetry I’ve ever read. His works belong on every connoisseur’s shelf.
Please note: prepublication sales determine the print run, which means this stage is crucial in terms of how many copies will be printed and the number of copies I’ll receive as payment. So if you feel inclined to help this poet in his commercial endeavor (which does seem rather ludicrous), and are able, please purchase your copy during this period, which runs through August 11. The book’s tentative release date is October 6.
Take a sixty second vacation to the past.
With a warm spring finally here and hotter weather to follow, a store near me has filled its seasonal section with all things summer. Though still April, I saw stacks of Fourth of July themed party supplies, plastic cups for poolside use, and a display of various sunscreens. It was the sunscreen display that reminded me of a day trip I took years ago with my kids.
The three of us set off to spend a day on the beach of a small town I’ve visited all my life and I knew the kids would enjoy sun, sand, and saltwater. As for me, I immediately felt calmer simply leaving work, traffic, and fast-paced living. While the kids argued in the back over who would be first to get in the water once we arrived, I drove and looked forward to experiencing again the small town ways I love but see disappearing. It’s hard to describe those ways, but…
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Do you need a hero? We do. #writethis
Many years ago a wise woman asked, “Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?” I’m not sure she ever got an answer, but the concept got some serious radio play.
Though I feel that the term hero is applied much too liberally in this age (particularly in the press), I do find myself looking for a new hero every time I turn on the TV. Maybe I was groomed for the hero expectations, having grown up watching Spidey, Wonder Woman, and the Hulk. Regardless of how the interest started, the comic book/gaming hero character is one of my favorites. Though, unlike Wonder Woman, now we see figures behaving heroically in fiction are more reluctant than gung-ho.
Is this an improvement on an old trope? Maybe it reflects our need for a more realistic approach to righting the wrongs and overcoming adversity. Black & white…
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What are you writing about today? Get up close and personal with one of your characters – write yourself a letter from their perspective.
To our NaNo friends, those competing in the Brigit’s Flame contest this half of the month, and anyone who might just want a writing exercise – I give you the following challenge:
Compose a letter from a leading character [of your making], to yourself.
If you aren’t sure what to write about in the letter think of it as a resume or missive to a long, lost someone (you) who needs to be caught up. It’s a Dear Author letter containing your characters’ life histories.
Include any or all of the answers to the points below.
Whom or what your characters love and despise.
Details on education, employment, finances, political affiliations, social class.
Skeletons in cupboards.
Believer, agnostic, or atheist.
How afraid of dying are they?
Have they ever seen a corpse?
Glass half empty, glass half full, glass too small?
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Last day to vote on your favorite. Don’t miss out, start reading today.
It is time, dear readers, for The Mysterious to be unveiled. Five of our members responded. Now it is up to you, dear readers, to pore over their work. Meditate on it; discover its meaning for yourself.
Do take care not to give yourself over to the work so completely that you sacrifice your sanity.
Take care, as well, with those of our arcane community. Share your thoughts in the margins so that the artisans and conjurers might know your mind and feel your appreciation for their craft.
We did lose two writers from the October project [with fondness do we remember their contribution], but their sacrifice has spared the others from ejection as our area of study becomes smaller.
Go forth and discover The Mysterious –
Title: Better Off Not Knowing
Word Count: 855
Word Count: 2,211 words
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Something wicked this way writes!
No light, but rather darkness visible.
Your mission in this first of a four-week long competition is to write a maximum of 2500 words for the theme DARKNESS.
Shall you tell of a bleak landscape, a room full of shadows, or a lightless soul? What ideas spark when pondering the black? Write what you must!
All entries are due by Sunday, October 11th, 11:45 PM (EDT). The poll for submitting links to your entries will appear before midnight Saturday 10/10. BE READY!
Go be awesome!
One of my favorite movie scenes is in The Day After Tomorrow: A super storm is hitting New York, temperatures are dropping, and city refugees are holed up in the Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. Their best bet for survival is to set fires and huddle together in a single room of the massive building. What materials you reckon they use for setting those life saving fires? Yeah.
One librarian, Elsa, notices that the other, Jeremy, is holding tightly to an old bible. Snidely, she asks, “You think God’s gonna save you?” Equally snidely he replies that he doesn’t believe in God. This book is a Gutenberg Bible. He glares at the boys steadily throwing books into the fire and says: I’m protecting it. This Bible is the first book ever printed. It represents the dawn of the Age of Reason. As far as I’m concerned, the written…
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Don’t miss out on the writing fun. Come sign up for September’s writing contest with Brigit’s Flame.
(Aliens, Copyright Twentieth Century Fox film corp 1986)
Good Morning flames!
In just a few short days we will be posting a new prompt for the month of September hosted by yours truly Shane Bell!
Writing and reading along with my fellow flames here these past few months has been a lot of fun so I’m really excited to be hosting this month’s prompt and I hope to see a big turn out!
It is a topic that is near and dear to me and I think it’ll make for some excellent food for thought.
The time to sign up to participate in the prompt is anywhere between now and this upcoming Saturday Evening 08/29/15 at 23:59 (EST)
All you have to do to participate is comment below.
The prompt itself will be posted on Sunday morning 08/30 the year of our lord 2015.
Here is just a little hint to…
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It’s all fun and games until somebody loses a syllable. Can you haiku?
Good morning, my Flames.
Today we play with haiku,
Ready, folks? Okay.
If you do not know,
Haiku goes 5-7-5,
Have a look below,
I picked a pic just for you,
Now go make me proud.
One or all, your choice.
Share your haiku(s) in comments,
And thanks for playing!
Week Four is open to those who signed up! Link here: “The beginnings of all things are small.”