Incantation (NaPoWriMo)

After Elinor Wylie’s poem.  Photo by Vincent Botta on Unsplash   A coal black eye In a chalky face Sees the puddled ink drown A bone-white space,   And black words hiss From the page, “it is done,” While dark spots stain A white-hot sun   And dark billows crawl ‘Cross an ashen sky Reflecting the murk Within…

Instructions for Traveling to the Other Side (NaPoWriMo)

Photo by Sammie Vasquez on Unsplash. My first poem for NaPoWriMo. The italicized line is taken from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 66, which can be read here.   First, the breathing, Slow in and out, Trimmed to the heartbeat’s metronome, The traffic of the body Transformed into the momentum of glaciers. Tired with all these, from these would I be…

Tonight I Have the Urge to Write, But…

Nighttime is and has been consistently my best writing time. When it’s dark out and I’m winding down, my inner editor seems to wind down as well and I feel freer and more able to write. Some of my best poems have been written while sleepless at 2 AM and many of my story ideas…

Throwback Thursday #24–The Wizard’s Bride

I was flipping through an old notebook of mine yesterday and came across this bit of story, which I thought I would share for Throwback Thursday. This was written on the 27th of March 2011. Once upon a time, there was a wizard who fell in love with the beautiful daughter of a rich family…

Quadrille #3

Photo by Vedad Colic from Pexels Written in response to the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge here.   Awake in darkness, I Cannot close the gates The moon has unlocked within. Swathed against the cold, I can only open up the world And let the thought-creatures forth. A paper landscape welcomes them, The footsteps of the mind, Trailing into…

Buried

My most recent poem, built on a stanza I penned years ago and recently decided to finish. Now sable Night extends The velvets of her raiment; The swollen dark descends, Enclosing the bleak way, meant For quiet feet to tread alone, There where the thorny cobbles groan   And whisper of the past Things buried…

Throwback Thursday #23

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash Today’s Throwback Thursday story is one I wrote about a year ago. I began with the idea that I would submit it to a contest, but I had difficulty figuring out what I wanted to write and thus didn’t finish the story in time. I later finished it to submit to an…

Into the Snow #whatpegmansaw

Prompt: https://whatpegmansaw.com/blog/ 100 words (I forgot that I could write up to 150 words) The force sucked Andrew through the circle of blue fire and into deep snow. He landed face-first. “Ppptthb!” he gasped, staggering to his feet and brushing snow off his cotton pajamas. Why hadn’t he worn something warmer to bed? And then…

Throwback Thursday #22

I often feel the need to write about the topic of the unpredictable imagination. My brain often surprises and even alarms me with the things it pulls out of itself, and it can be helpful to process my reaction through blogging about it. Today’s Throwback Thursday post, written about a year ago, is an example….