Mel’s Midweek Writing Menagerie #7

Mel's Midweek Writing Menagerie

Welcome to my weekly writing prompt series. The rules of the challenge are simple. I’ve provided two options below, and there’s a handy link-up button at the end of the post, so you can upload your contribution and share it with others. If you prefer to use the pingback method, I’ll check out each link I receive. Here is the hashtag, should you wish to use it – #MelsWritingMenagerie.

But before we get to the prompts, I wanted to draw your attention to the entries from last week. Click on each title to read the full, original post (I’ve only provided a preview). Here they are:

Olga contributed the following poem:

Dig deep in the darkest corners

They are hiding

In the dungeons of fear

Away from the light of reason

Fantasy or real

Lurking in the subconscious

Dreams are their wonderland

Exalted in the media

They feed off screams

“I’ve always known that monsters exist.”

Beware of the ones that walk right by you

A time bomb waiting to be triggered.


If She Said Yes 7-2 Sorting It Out – An M.I. High Fanfic by Louise Findlay

I had to apologise. Why didn’t I see her motivations before? Kate usually didn’t have to spell it out for me. It was all my fault but Stella would blame herself. Her self-deprecating moods were poison to everyone, most of all herself. We hurt each other so much but I still loved her with all my heart. Love opened you up to the worst emotional pain but it gave you the most content feeling in your heart.

She would be in her office and that would be the problem. She would’ve locked it and I can’t get in. Pleading with her from outside the door would have to suffice.
“Don’t visit her. She’s mad” Someone advised.

Blending In by R. Todd

I’ve always known that monsters exist. Call it intuition. Call it a sixth sense. Call it being able to just see people for who they are. Whatever you want to chalk it up to, the fact is, they’re there and they don’t like being seen. Not one bit. And they go to extraordinary measures to make sure no one ever finds out.

One guy started to make a bunch of claims that he could see them, going to the newspapers and television stations. The night before he was to be interviewed, he had an unfortunate meeting with a trash compactor. Crushing as it was, it was ruled an accident. A woman started telling her friends that we were being invaded, two days later she decided to go swimming. She started by diving off the top of her twelve story building. Head first.


All entries are shared over at Featured Fiction.

So, on to the next set of prompts. Grab the badge and write a post based on either of the following options:


Option 1: Sentence Starter –

The first time I died, I was nineteen years old, and resigned to my fate; the second time was a different story.

This sentence can appear anywhere in the story. The maximum word count is 1,000 words. The genre can be any of your choosing; either factual or fiction based. You may use art to interpret the sentence, or poetry if you wish.


Option 2: Fanfiction –

Write a scene which highlights an unexpected connection between two or more of your favourite characters in film, television, or literature.

Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Seeking Solace, a collection of poetry by Callum McLaughlin

I’m thrilled to announce that Seeking Solace, a collection of poetry, by the awesome talent who is Callum McLaughlin, is now available. Here’s information about the collection, with the all important purchase links.

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Seeking Solace is a collection of sixty poems that span a variety of topics and touch on universal aspects of modern life, from nature and war to friendship, love and grief, with many others in between.

From the very air we breathe to the wholly make-believe, regardless of whether inspiration has come from the world around us or the most whimsical of dreams, the one common thread that unites them all is a desire to create poetry that is both approachable and relatable.

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You can get your copy at Amazon UK here

Amazon US here

Visit Callum’s Goodreads page here

or his blog, where you will be able to learn more about his work here

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As soon as I receive my copy in the post and I’ve had the chance to explore the treasures within, I will provide a review.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Not your run-of-the-mill Superhero

Some of you might know that I don’t write poetry unless I’m either challenged or psych myself up for it! Since Paul Burgess gave me a friendly challenge to write a Limerick, I decided to take him up on it. Paul has some crazy mad skills when it comes to poetry, and he favours the Limerick, so I’m hoping this hits the spot 🙂

It’s based on a character I’ve been dragging around with me for quite a while (Lance Legion), and I’m particularly fond of him.

I hope you enjoy it.

Not your run-of-the-mill superhero

Thanks for reading.

Mel

A Small Victory – Be Inspired Weekly Challenge #27

This week’s challenge calls for a Deptwwwbeinspiredcuain. As described by Amreen at Paint the World with Words, here’s how to write a Decuain –

The Decuain is a short poem made up of 10 lines, which can be written on any subject. There are 10 syllables per line and the rhyming scheme can be either: ababbcbcaa; ababbcbcbb, or ababbcbccc.

Here is my contribution to this week’s challenge. I hope you enjoy it (you might want to click on the picture to enlarge the text).

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Thanks for reading.

Mel

There is no greater gift than friendship – Be Inspired Challenge #26

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Before I get to my entry for this week’s Be Inspired Writing Challenge, I wanted to say a huge thank you to Amreen for her recognition, her support and her encouragement. She awarded me with a much sought after ‘Be Inspired badge’, and I will display it with pride. If you’d like to read the post, you can find it hereI always enjoy taking part in the challenges, not only because I am keen to improve my skills in poetry, but because they do exactly what the title suggests – they inspire me.

The challenge this week is to write a Clarity Pyramid, and here is my contribution:

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I know I’ve used the subject of friendship before, but I hope you enjoyed it. The friendships I’ve made throughout my life make me a better person, and it is nice to think about all the friends I have yet to meet, those who will touch my life as I, in return, touch theirs.

Thanks for reading.

Mel

Lighting the way – Be Inspired Weekly Writing Challenge – #24

ptwwwbeinspiredPerhaps it’s not the best way to start a post, but I’m going to be honest and tell you I struggled with this week’s ‘Be Inspired’ poetry form – Quinzaine.

The English word quinzaine came from the French word qunize, meaning fifteen. A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables.

These syllables are distributed among three lines so that there are seven syllables in the first line, five in the second line and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.

I gave it a go anyway, and here it is. I hope you like it 🙂

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Thanks for reading.
Mel

Hidden Treasures Buried Deep: Be Inspired Writing Challenge #20

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The Be Inspired Weekly Writing Challenge this week is to tackle a Memento poem (based on a holiday or anniversary). A Memento consists of two stanzas, with a syllable count of 8, 6, 2 – repeated twice in each stanza. The rhyme scheme is; a/b/c/a/b/c.

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A tricky one this week, but I had a great deal of fun with it.

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Mel