Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Calm

terrifying night,
thin, the veil, deathly still,
calm before the storm


For Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge, prompt words: Night and Spooky/Terrifying

The Flame

in the gloaming gloom
candlewicks charred from past trysts
yearn to be consumed
with no dread of ashy death
the flame’s fervid kiss is life


A Tanka for Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge. This week with a twist…to use synonyms of the promptwords: Fright/Dread and Night/Gloaming.

Jacket Blurb Challenge

I doubt they are best sellers, but these real titles are definitely unique. This week MindLoveMiserysMenagerie’s Sunday Writing Prompt challenged us to choose a few REAL book titles from a list and write a “jacket blurb” in 10 sentences or less. I chose two. If you’d like to give it a go you can find the list HERE.  To make things interesting, I also put together mock covers. As you can see, I had a bit of fun with it. 🙂

He has spent the last 20 years observing people from a 16 square foot, fluorescent lit, glass-framed booth collecting subway tokens, granting access to travelers from every walk of life on their way to destinations unknown. Retired city employee, Albert Morton has seen it all, including what he calls “Magnets”. These oblivious people seem to attract the spirits of the dead who haven’t crossed over.

Morton identifies himself as a “sensitive”. From childhood he has possessed the uncanny ability to see dead people.

“They come to the subway,” Morton explains, “because they’re confused and perhaps a bit lost. They know they need to go somewhere, but they don’t know where, so they attach themselves to unsuspecting travelers.” Morton claims to have helped hundreds of these lost souls find rest.

In People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to do About it”, Morton shows you how to recognize the signs of super-unnatural attachments and provides 3 simple steps to get those needy trolls off your back for good!

If you’ve ever felt goosebumps for no reason, you need to read this book!


Cherries Jubilee! Créme Brûlée! Bananas Foster! Chef Luigi Valenti shares the secret to creating fabulous flame-kissed gourmet dishes in his sizzling new book, The Pyromaniac’s Cookbook. All you need a blow torch! (…and fresh batteries in your smoke alarm and  um…maybe a nearby fire extinguisher.)

From desserts to main courses, Chef Luigi takes the mystery out of working with fire while providing life-saving tips in blow torch operation with a special chapter on burn first aid using items you can find in your own kitchen! You’ll be brûlée-ing in no time, and, without losing your eyebrows!

Amaze your family and friends at your next dinner party! As Chef Luigi always says, “Everything a-tastes a-better with a little flambé!”


Twittering Tale #56 – 31 October 2017


About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story based on that prompt in 140 characters or less. Be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun! I know it can be a challenge squashing an entire tale into 140 characters (spaces and punctuation included), but it feels so good when you are able to make it work…just ask some of these awesome writers below. They’re expert Tweeters!

Twittering Tale #55 – The Roundup


Photo by GuillermoEstrada at

Starting us off:

“Charly? Come on buddy!”
“Woof! Yelp!” Charly whizzed past, obviously terrorized.
“Charly!? Silly dog!”
“Not silly…LOOK!”
(140 Characters)

From Reena at ReInventions:
“We stand on the edge of history, as we enter a new world.”
“You stand the risk of being knocked over. Pedestrians are not allowed here.”
(136 characters)

From Lady Lee at Lady Lee Manila
Is it the end of life as we know it?
When perversity wins and we accept?
When equality loses and we bow?
And the king of the throne is a twit?
(139 characters)

From Leena at Soul Connection:
Chck Our Face Is Hidden
Dbl Chckd,Its Tunnel
U Rly Think Fun Sndng Pic 2Police Aftr Crime Or Smthng Else,Aftrall U Nowhr In Pic.

From Di at Pensitivity101:
They were told to ‘Follow the light’.
Freezing them to the spot, it came straight towards them.
Soon they were gone, and darkness resumed.
136 characters.

From Sandi at Flip Flops Every Day:
No closer to exit
ground slowly moving backward
Every step taken
they were staying in place!

Levers opened beneath them
found themselves falling
140 characters

From Fandango at This, That, and the Other:
I told them that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel, and there it was, bright, white, almost blinding. Is this how it all ends?
(140 characters)

From Francine at Woman Walks Dog:
The Tunnel and the Antique Lift
Hotels proud of their antique lift down to the beach
You’re kidding it stopped halfway down
Can’t ride in it again
5 mile walk back then?
Heads the lift   tails we walk
Its heads

From Willow at WillowDot21:
They walked towards the light,  the last of their kind.
Fear filled their bodies. Unknown to them the female carried another being inside her.

From Kathryn at AnotherFoodieBlogger:
I tore open the envelope of photos quickly, eager to see us three buddies smiling ear to ear. Doh! “Geez Jimmy, ever hear of backlighting?”

From Vivian at Smell the Coffee:
My heels echo in the tunnel.
The 3 figures before me stop.
With whoops of laughter, they charge!
My fangs elongate. Dinner time!
140 characters

From Peter at Peter’s Pondering:
This is part 3, and the happy ending. Part 1 can be found here, and part 2 here.
Fancy going hunting with Mum and me?
Come on then. I know a short cut to the woods.
So, off they set, the three of them together, forever!
(140 characters)

Wow! Alien babies, a prequel to a murder story, vampires, bats, faulty lifts, bad photography, death, the future, the end, the light, a spiraling matrix…you all outdid yourselves with this week’s challenge photo. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into your stories. Believe me, I know how hard it can be to limit oneself to 140 characters. As I have said before, you all a masters at it!

This week…today is Halloween, so of course, I had to find a proper Halloween photograph for our challenge. Actually, I’m giving you a few. Harvest Fest Scene by PaulBR75, Halloween Decorated House by Noupload, and Woman in Red by Smokefish, all from Choose one or all. Have fun! I’ll see you next week…muhahahaha!

Twittering Tale #56 – 31 October 2017

“Are you a witch?”

She never let on that her toothless grin and scary appearance was not a costume. On this one night, she could be herself.

(139 Characters)

Magnetic Poetry Monday

fools devour dirt
and dark secrets
as if it is delicious,
but it is poison
like fire in one’s
belly…smoke and


Magnetic Poetry – Poet Kit

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