Weekly Writing Prompt #98

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
July 17th 2017 #98

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*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: ‘An Unstable Element’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
July 16th 2017 | #107


“We are, when we love, in an abnormal state, capable of giving at once to the most apparently simple accident, an accident which may at any moment occur, a seriousness which in itself it would not entail. What makes us so happy is the presence in our hearts of an unstable element which we contrive perpetually to maintain and of which we cease almost to be aware so long as it is not displaced. In reality, there is in love a permanent strain of suffering which happiness neutralises, make potential only, postpones, but which may at any moment become, what it would long since have been had we not obtained what we wanted, excruciating.” ― Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove, Part 2

ghost of proust at grave

ROKU Trending Tweets | ‘Church Signs’

I faithfully watch Twitter everyday on ROKU with their Daily Trending Tweets. They alter as the day & night goes by . I decided to create my own impromptu postings of one’s I find trendingly outstanding. The following is just one of ‘THE BEST OF THE DAY SO FAR’ . . . Good Idea? We’ll see. – j.kiley

Tweeted by Ralph Hass_VO Actor @RalphH_VO

This Week In Church Signs:

signs re-created by j.kiley

The Legacy of Paranoid Thrillers | a short film

A film poster chosen from the list below the video. It stood out as one of the my favorite of paranoid thriller films. Warren Beatty is brilliant in ‘The Parallax View’ . and the scary excitement is well executed . just as watching the insides of the guts of several other choices I would recommend viewing.

I would say we are living inside a paranoid film from which we are unable to awaken. This is a scary and sad state of affairs when the paranoia comes from your own government’s actions. And a questionable leader who hasn’t a clue how to lead nor how to govern. Six months in office and all we get are frightening and absurd tweets fighting against his own paranoia about the press and both sides of the political isle trying to get him. The Emperor truly does not have any clothes but all those around him are too afraid to tell him.

The world conspires to push him out when in actuality he has stepped back from his position . turning over duties to his own family members. Each day they dig deeper into the well of treasonous behavior and flippantly wave it away as though the viewer were mad and imagining what they see . hear . and read.

Take heed when someone says the word ‘conspiracy’ . because someone calling something a conspiracy is often considered unstable . when in actuality calling something a conspiracy does not always mean someone is paranoid. A conspiracy can actually be a conspiracy. But I think the human mind prefers to believe only one person is behind what happens . rather than accept a group is responsible for something so heinous . one would rather think it was just one person or no one at all. It was just an accident.

People like believing in accidents . it’s preferable to thinking someone conspired to assassinate . for example: John F. Kennedy . Robert F. Kennedy . Martin Luther King Jr. . Malcolm X . John F. Kennedy Jr. It’s too bizarre to think another family was responsible . and others important in one form of politics or another . were involved in their murders. Easier to accept the false truth the government officials give us as answers to all the questions.

It’s no wonder Paranoid Thrillers are so successful . they speak the truth we hide deep in our minds . afraid the Truth might be too real to handle mentally . it really is too heinous to think about too deeply.

Take a look at this intriguing short film to see what filmmakers have created for our mental excitement. A great list of films and chosen episodes from two fantastic series . follows at the end (Mr. Robot & X-Files . are the mentioned series by seasons and episodes) . I do believe I’ve seen most of the films mentioned.

In my heart of hearts . I have my own theories about conspiracies . I find some are not far off from the truth. Enjoy the mind trip this short film with give to you. Watch closely and think about what you see and hear. – j. kiley


The Legacy of Paranoid Thrillers | Travis Lee Ratcliff

Paranoid thrillers are constant in cinema’s history, but at any given moment they reflect our specific anxieties back to us and reveal how we feel about our institutions.

Here, I explore how paranoid thrillers crystallized as a genre in American cinema and examine the possibility of a contemporary renaissance in conspiracy fiction.

Patreon: patreon.com/luxessays
Twitter: twitter.com/travratc

Referenced Films: All the President’s Men, Captain America; Winter Soldier, Chinatown, Cinema Paradiso, Citizen Four, Cutter’s Way, Double Indemnity, Get Out, Inherent Vice, Minority Report, Mr. Robot S1 E01, S1 E06, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Night Moves, Rosemary’s Baby, Seconds, Taxi Driver, The Conversation, The Manchurian Candidate, The Nice Guys, The Parallax View, Three Days of the Condor, Total Recall, V for Vendetta, X Files S4 E10

Appeared on ‘Expats Post’ Friday 14th July 2017 . Bastille Day . [La fête de la Bastille en France]

Join the Fight for #Net Neutrality

The Fight has begun again to save #NetNeutrality. Our present government. [The Trump White House and all its cronies] (what a joke . they are the thieves in the night) they are trying to role back time and destroy the conclusive FCC determination in 2015 to proclaim protection of #NetNeutrality. And once again Trump is going after the destruction of another Obama initiative . this time #NetNeutrality . a protection which opens up the free use of the Internet by all . not just overstuffed conglomerates who want to rule the world with their greed and shut down the voices who want to expose the Truth of what is happening in the world. – j.kiley

The Open Internet rules put in place by the FCC in 2015 are based upon a solid legal framework that has been sustained by the courts. The FCC Net Neutrality rules effectively safeguard the open Internet as an engine of innovation and investment and as a global platform for free expression.

Net Neutrality is one of the most important free expression issues of our time because without Net Neutrality, ISPs would be able to charge content providers more to access the Internet or to reach other users, frustrating the free flow of information. Moreover, without Net Neutrality in force, ISPs would even be able to block content they don’t like, reject apps and content that compete with their own offerings, and arbitrarily discriminate against particular content providers by prioritizing certain Internet traffic over theirs. This is especially critical for smaller and noncommercial voices, who would be unable to pay a new ISP broadband toll for “fast lane” service. Relegating certain content to the backwaters of the Internet in second or third-tier status reduces the visibility and impact of important voices in the local, national, or global media mix.

Without the guiding principles of #NetNeutrality, it is entirely possible Twitter would not have come from a somewhat quirky experimental 140-character SMS service to where they are today, an international company with thousands of employees and a service that incorporates pictures, video, and live streaming and connects the world to every side of what’s happening.

July 12, 2017, is a Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality and we are joining other high tech companies and the netroots community to encourage people to let the FCC know their opinion. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #NetNeutrality. If you would like to submit a comment for the record with the FCC, you can click this link and click on “Express” to get started. Express is under the heading ‘Proceedings’ . go to the far right . it’s lettering is in blue. Click and fill in what is necessary and write the message you want to send the FCC.

KEEP #NetNeutrality in place. Keep it safe.

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