Friends of the Secret Keeper, I am writing this for Marge – or, as many of you know her, Jennifer/jennifer kiley/jk – because she cannot.

Marge’s stay in hospital and then short-term care has turned into hospice care. I am hoping to bring her home when she is able – and when I can be sure home is the safest, most comfortable place for her to be.

Until then, we take it one day at a time, treasuring every moment we have together.

The posts she had scheduled will continue to be published….

Good energy, thoughts, and, if you are so inclined, prayers are welcome.

Thank you.

Shawn MacKenzie



Eclipse Chaser | a short film| Haiku Review


The Challenge is to write a HAIKU REVIEW after watching the short film Eclipse Chaser . Feel free to write in Single – Couplet – Triplet Haiku Verses using 17 syllables per verse . Lines in 5-7-5 . Try to Review the short film below as close to your interpretation of what you viewed and how all your senses responded to it. Think of it as looking at a moveable painting.

If you decide to take on the HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE . Leave your Haiku in the Comment Section of this post on ‘the secret keeper’ . so others will be able to view what you have created. I will be posting my own HAIKU REVIEW just above the video of Eclipse Chaser.

If this film doesn’t inspire . don’t worry. A new short film will appear every Friday for you to try your skills at the WEEKLY HAIKU REVIEW CHALLENGE .

Here’s to engaging in the Haiku Review Challenge | Clinks & Cheers! – j.kiley

by j.kiley

Scarce wrinkle in time
Revolving primordial
Uniqueness is prime

© j.kiley ’17

Best Viewing Experience Open Video Full Screen

Vox | Eclipse Chaser | Hannah Jacobs

Rating . . . G
Genre . . . Narrative . Animated
Length . . . 55s
Creator . . . Hannah Jacobs
Animation . . . Sophie Koko Gate
Produced by Joss Fong

I had a swell time designing and animating these little scenes for a video by Vox about people who chase solar eclipses. An ode to the solar eclipse

For more of the longer version seek this LINK.

Time’s Side-Walk

Infinity time. Digital generated. 'time's side-walk'

Infinity time. Digitally generated. [‘Time’s Side-Walk’ – kiley]

by kiley

one extra thing
pushes the knife
in deeper
opens the fleshy
pink wall
tears the whole
into pieces

rubies stream
insides out
bloody brain
mind juices
run memories
divide reality
and fantasy
from illusions

once the ride
its only stop
is the end

to ease down
time’s side-walk

© kiley 16

Lorentz_transform_of_world_line relativistic time versus newtonian time

Lorentz transform of world line relativistic time
versus Newtonian time

Editor’s Corner 101.15

House of Words

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” …Lewis Carroll.

Scribe smallWhen I was a kid, aside from wanting to be a writer, part of me wanted to be an architect. To design and build houses – and castles – from the ground up. To focus on the 3-D aesthetic of what goes where and how it all fits together. As I grew up, I realized that you don’t have to build houses to focus on the elements of construction. And so today, I want to talk about literary structure, about how, as writers, we are architects with words. shot02

First, let me clarify: I am not talking about plot. Personally, I tend to be a little lukewarm about plot. But I love structure.

And at heart, structure is largely a matter of knowing – and keeping – a story’s time.

Long ago, one chilly Paleolithic evening, our storytelling ancestors sat around the hearth and talked about their day tracking woolly rhinos and dodging cave bears. And when there was a lull in the tale someone would invariably say, “What happened next?”

Such an A-to-B-to-C progression is, after all, how we live, and literature – even at its most fantastic – tends to mirror life. It is this familiarity, no matter how tenuous, which draws the reader in and lets them (us) say, “Yes! I can relate to that person/dormouse/dragon. They have elevenses before tea just like I do.” Time (1)

This is the natural flow of time, the requisite of history books, biographies, and Dickensian tomes beginning with “I was born.” Chronology. Day follows day, week follows week, year, year, in a logical progression. Just as you build a house floor to wall to roof, so you build a tale beginning to middle to end. This is the skeleton upon which we drape characters and plots, themes and lofty metaphors. Spanning an hour or a century, a linear sense of time serves as the most simple – reliable – framework for a story.

So, your foundation runs deep, load-bearing walls are in place, no holes in your roof. You have a solid structure; now, within reason, you can do most anything with it. As long as the ornamentation suits the tale, go for it. Add a tower for lofty perspective or a priest’s hole full of subplot and tangential intrigue. Paint the walls with psychedelic murals or line them with yard after yard of leather-bound books. These are the details of character and text that make fiction more than a string of events. Though remember: adding gingerbread to an intimate tale for the hell of it tends to read as just showing off. You want to enhance, not distract. cm-forbes-home-nw-corner-vista-and-park-8343-1892

You can even start having fun with time, an increasing used conceit of contemporary fiction. One of my favorite plays is Harold Pinter’s classic, “Betrayal,” which spins out across the stage from end to beginning, from good-bye to hello, last awkward look first fervid touch. And yet, as much as Pinter manipulated the presentation of events, his frame’s always solid.

Jeremy Irons, Patricia Hodge - "Betrayal"

Jeremy Irons, Patricia Hodge – “Betrayal”

Or you have something like William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” in which, without strict regard for chronological order, the Compson brothers (and Dilsey, the family cook) explore not only their relationships with each other, but also their personal relationships with time. In the end, Time takes on a character all its own, defining the Compsons as profoundly as any human connection they might have.

Leaving typical notions of chronology even further by the wayside is Julio Cortazar’s interactive lyric novel, “Hopscotch.” Escheresque in its complexity, Cortazar so fractured his temporal world that he provided reading instructions for the book – a sort of temporal GPS, if you will, lest you get lost. (If you haven’t read it, give it a shot; it’s a treat on many levels.) But even Cortazar doesn’t abandon a temporal framework entirely. It is still there, the underlying – if extreme – blueprint to his work.9780764946448_big

One last thought, strictly from an editor’s perspective. Flaws and deviations from sound structure are often easy to see and usually easy to fix. If you find yourself getting lost along your way, step back and see where you went down the wrong hallway, opened the wrong door, and backtrack to the basics.

Granted, not everyone has architectural sensibilities. If you can’t see something yourself, go to someone who can. That’s what editors are for.

OK. I’ve rambled quite enough.

For now.

Creative Musings: A Short Story with a Long Ending

creative musings [dragon]

A Short Story with a Long Ending
Written by Jennifer Kiley
Minor – A Short Film
Post Created by Jennifer Kiley
Created 27th March 2014
Posted on Saturday 3rd May 2014

for the fullest amazement & delight
open up video to full screen
watch & listen to the magnificent musician
she plays her heart from the light within
magical mystical astonishing visual dreamings
the music carries on through the mystification
once through do listen again
below is the short story with a long ending
but it is not as long as most long endings
it is a matter of the relative space
in the moment
it is a delicate story
read ever so slowly
ever so lightly
let the mind drift onto the images
and sensations
dream into the music
and out into the story
as long as it all lasts.

Minor – Janine Jansen

A Short Story With A Long Ending
by Jennifer Kiley

The rain had stopped.

I sat on a wooden bench under the red-leafed branches of the old maple tree.

The water had washed the air of all scents. What remained? The fresh smell of neutrality which cleansed the open area in the park.

She missed it. The young woman I was waiting excitedly to meet. I was a half hour late.

Would she leave realizing the importance of our making contact today?


I see her coming.

A smile is starting but I hesitate.

In slow motion, moments of an embrace lead into a kiss I feel will last forever. My death would come at the end of our lips melting into one.

But that moment will never come.

And time will be still until the ending of eternity.

En fin!!! © Jkm 2014

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The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death

tell me a story
The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death
TED Talk: Steve Cave
Notations by Jennifer Kiley
Created 6th January 2014
Posted On Thursday 27th February 2014

The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death

One day we realize we will die.

Bias: Where we get things wrong.

4 stories of Immortality:

Story 1: ELIXIR – [Myth of the Fountain of Youth] We want to avoid death. Science can cure death.

Story 2: RESURRECTION – I am this body. I can rise up & live again. [Reincarnation] Cryonics is having yourself frozen.

Story 3: SOUL – Leave body behind. Live on as a Soul.

Story 4: LEGACY – Live on through your work. Live on through your echo fame.

Be skeptical of all these stories we believe because we are biased. Because we are afraid pf death. Fear of death is natural but not rational. Too scary to believe we will be gone.

Quote from Ludwig Wittgenstein: “Death is not an event in life. We do not live to experience death.”

Our lives are bound by birth and death.

You just make it a good story – your life.