Weekly Writing Challenge #61



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[own choice]–follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem-any theme
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables
Free Verse – No Limitations
All Use Syllable Count Except Free Verse
[Anything goes in Free Verse]
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

I Put a Spell on You

Trick or Treat

'shadows of a thousand years - dexter kozen

‘shadows of a thousand years’ – dexter kozen

I Put a Spell on You – Film ‘Hocus Pocus’ 1993 HD

between the shadow and the soul - anonymous

‘between the shadow and the soul’ – pablo neruda

5-halloween-orange-moon-silouetted-tree-images-on-branches-perfectALL HOLLOW’S EVE

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain; from the Old Irish samain). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”. Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

Remembrance: Marcel Proust #69

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #69
Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

Outside the Realm

“And so it is
with our own past.
It is a labour
in vain
to attempt
to recapture it:
all the efforts
of our intellect
must prove futile.
The past is hidden
somewhere outside
the realm,
beyond the reach
of intellect,
in some material object
(in the sensation
which that material object
will give us)
of which we have
no inkling.
And it depends
on chance
whether or not
we come
upon this object
we ourselves
must die.”

― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave

Madam President

Madam President – FiveThirtyEight

As the very first female presidential nominee of a major party, Democrat Hillary Clinton is already in a historic position. Come November, she could achieve another milestone: becoming the first Madam President in United States history. Yet behind the groundbreaking nature of Clinton’s candidacy lies an absence of women in elected office; in terms of female representation at the national level, the U.S. lags behind much of the rest of the world.

Created in collaboration between FiveThirtyEight and Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), the video here is an exploration of this disparity and the real difference that gender, regardless of party, can make.

You Don’t Own Me – MtC

Roars & Purrs

'maggie the cat'

‘maggie the cat’

I watched the First Wive’s Club just last night. It was still an amazing film after all these years. An inspiration to women who have reached over the age of 40. Why, I ask, does the world of the media, namely entertainment, films in particular, think women have died when they have reached the age of 40, when actually one’s life really begins. One gains wisdom and life is ahead of you, lots of dreams to fulfill. Women are more beautiful. Their acting has improved. Their lives are fuller. Women over 40 offer the world so much more than any man at any age could possibly compare to. Watching this film, empowered my mind, my soul, my body, and it was a fun experience to see women claiming their power from the men who choose women who look like babies that have grown breasts. That’s what they want?! Rather than having someone in their lives who is going to help then fulfill their own dreams. Why do men think that supposedlymaggie-the-cat-paw-print1 outer beauty is going to be more satisfying than a person with intelligence, experience, and someone who can talk with a brain that works. – Maggie The Cat

You Don’t Own Me – from First Wive’s Club
Starring: Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn

Always an Encore

idealistic vision © j.kiley

idealistic vision © j.kiley

by j.kiley

Armored weakness
Imagined motion

Shadowed brain
Restricted interface

Determined conclusion
Cancelled over-ride

A vision – a dream
A time to rewrite the past

A reversal of moments
Endings need to finish

An opening curtain
After the final encore

Always an ending
Wanting a new beginning

© j.kiley
free verse