Weekly Writing Prompt #95

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
June 26th 2017 #95

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | SICK | BITTER | FIGHT | SMILE | FAME|

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

Poetry Suggestions

Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

Fictional Suggestions

Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement

Proust: ‘Lived Fully’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
June 25th 2017 Part #104


We have such numerous interests in our lives that it is not uncommon, on a single occasion, for the foundations of a happiness that does not yet exist to be laid down alongside the intensification of a grief from which we are still suffering.” ― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

“The truth is that every morning war is declared afresh. And the men who wish to continue it are as guilty as the men who began it, more guilty perhaps, for the latter perhaps did not foresee all its horrors.” ― Marcel Proust

“For neither our greatest fears nor our greatest hopes are beyond the limits of our strength–we are able in the end both to dominate the first and to achieve the second.” ― Marcel Proust

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” ― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave

Coils of Living Synthesis | a short film

Short Film Poster by j.kiley

Visually abstract motion . Stimulating . No need to be High . but not necessarily a bad idea while watching ‘Coils of Living’. . . Personally . I recommend the latter . Whether in a normal state or High . the video makes everything feel acute and intensified . It is a visual and an auditory experience. A reliable explanation is written by the creator Max Cooper . below the video . and in more detail in the Vimeo web site. I love watching this video. – j.kiley


Max Cooper – Coils of Living Synthesis

Official Video by Mikhail Spivakov.
Csilla Varnai . Andy Lomas . Jennifer Tividad

DNA . what you see is still an indication of the types of molecules that control every cell in our bodies. It always amazes me how such a messy tangle of strings with a code running along them can direct and control something as complex as a human being!

Variations on a Line #1 | the painting

Variations on a Line © j.kiley ’17

by j.kiley

Clarified ideas spark
Whimsy caressing visions
Wisdom’s clues release secrets
Revealing shadows of Truth

© j.kiley ’17

I decided the night I wrote this message . To begin a series titled ‘Variations on a Line’ . Here . Now . It is a painting . Next time a poem . Whatever it wants to be . It will be . I will write it . I will paint it . I will create it . When it happens . It will appear on Thursdays . If the Muse wants it to . I will do my best to ‘make it so’ . ‘Time is all I need’ . Or . ‘Love is all we need’ . A bit or lot of both . Hope it is inspirational . – j.kiley

John Gardner On Life and Writing #16

Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers



“Life is like a drawing without an eraser”
― John W. Gardner

“Talking, talking. Spinning a web of words, pale walls of dreams, between myself and all I see.” ― John Gardner, Grendel

“One must be just a little crazy to write a great novel. One must be capable of allowing the darkest, most ancient and shrewd parts of one’s being to take over the work from time to time.” ― John Gardner

Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose


John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away.  –  j.kiley