John Gardner | On Becoming a Novelist | #28

“all writers, given adequate technique—technique that communicates—can stir our interest in their special subject matter, since at heart all fiction treats, directly or indirectly, the same thing: our love for people and the world, our aspirations and fears. The particular characters, actions, and settings are merely instances, variations on the universal theme.” ― 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 #145

Weekly Writing Challenge #145
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction

(5) Words: | MAD | CLEAR | MUDDLE | CASE | SOLVE |

*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: Memories Through the Pain | Remembrance of Things Pass #153


“Your real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.”

“For with the perturbations of memory are linked the intermittencies of the heart.”

“I felt that I did not really remember her except through the pain, and I longed for the nails that riveted her to my consciousness to be driven yet deeper.”

“We ought never to lose our tempers with people who, when we find them at fault, begin to [giggle]. They do so not because they are laughing at us, but because they are afraid of our displeasure.”
― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | a movie trailer

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

In Theaters June 22, 2018

Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.

Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

Rating . . . PG-13
Genre . . . Action . Adventure . Thriller
Length . . . 2h 8m

Directed by J.A. Bayona
Written by Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly
Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley partner with Steven Spielberg & Colin Trevorrow lead the filmmakers for this stunning installment. And Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer.

Wild Horses | a short film | a haiku challenge

Feel drawn into the Haiku Challenge. Give it a go. If you write . share your Haiku in the comment section. j.k ❣🌈😃


Illness strikes the muse
Her challenge awake in dreams
Creates no limits

© j.kiley 2018

Following its young lead as she battles the frustrations of her illness of M.E. & frustration with her mother, she is becoming more and more obsessed with horses. She begins to write a story which brings her a feeling of joy & excitement. When you’re stuck in yourself . writing is one of the better forms to express yourself to the world. Stewart’s 26-minute film takes a very internal story and makes it relatable and accessible by injecting it with energy and humour.

Wild Horses by Rory Stewart

Rated . . . PG
Genre . . . Fantasy . Comedy . Illness
Length . . . 26m 12s

Emma Curtis
Emma Cater
Ainslie Henderson
Stephanie Compton

Written and Directed by Rory Alexander Stewart
Producer – Rebecca Smith
Cinematographer – Samira Oberberg

Official Selection:
– Cannes Film Festival – Cinefondation
– Encounters Short Film Festival
– Raindance (Nominated Best UK Short)
– British Short Film Festival Berlin (Nominated Best UK Short)
– Glasgow Short Film Festival
– Belgrade Auteur Fest
– Denver International Film Festival
and other…