John Gardner | On Becoming a Novelist | #29

“Sometimes when one cannot stand the story or novel one is working on, it helps to write something else—a different story or novel, or essays venting one’s favorite peeves, or exercises aimed at passing the time and incidentally polishing up one’s craft. The best way in the world for breaking a writer’s block is to write a lot. Jabbering away on paper, one gets tricked into feeling interested, all at once, in something one is saying, and behold, the magic waters are flowing again. Often it helps to work on a journal, since that allows the writer to write about those things that most interest him, yet frees him of the pressure of achievement and encourages him to develop a more natural, more personal style.” ― John Gardner
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 . including . 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

Weekly Writing Prompt #146

Weekly Writing Challenge #146
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction

(5) Words: | FUSE | PART | ROLE | TORN | TRAP |

*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: Persistent Upheavals Raise Up the Past | Remembrance of Things Pass #154


“Days in the past cover up little by little those that preceded them and are themselves buried beneath those that follow them. But each past day has remained deposited in us, as in a vast library where, even of the oldest books, there is a copy which doubtless nobody will ever ask to see. And yet should this day from the past, traversing the translucency of the intervening epochs, rise to the surface and spread itself inside us until it covers us entirely, then for a moment names resume their former meaning, people their former aspect, we ourselves our state of mind at the time, and we feel, with a vague suffering which however is endurable and will not last for long, the problems which have long ago become insoluble and which caused us such anguish at the time….Incessant upheavals raise to the surface ancient deposits.” ― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave

Picnic at Hanging Rock | Series | Trailer

Picnic at Hanging Rock Trailer (Amazon Series) Natalie Dormer

Rating . . . TV-14
Genre . . . Drama . Mystery . Romance . Haunting
Length (Ep.) . . . 1h
6 episodes on Amazon [Entire Season One is available on Amazon Prime]

There once was a film . very haunting . and not a remake of the movie Peter Weir directed . it is taken from the book. Three schoolgirls and their governesses mysteriously disappear on Valentines Day in 1900.

I’ve watched the 1st episode & it is everything you hoped to scare you . tease you . and keep you wondering what the hell is going to happen next. As for the Head Mistress . she is a treat & makes you thankful she is not yours. Watch with someone to make you feel safer & more secure. Excellent. Highly recommend. – j.k

The Staves Winter Trees | a short film

The Staves Winter Trees — Karni and Saul

An imaginative form of animation. One dimensional cut-outs, well defined and magically brought to life and mystically enjoyable wandering in the woods with creatures moving about to the rhythms and music of a guitar strumming tree. You’re drawn into the creative theatre of it all. It reminds me of my friend.

I Dedicate This To UNCLE TREE. A True Inspiration!!!

Music video for the staves winter trees made at Aardman animation.