[Here is my entry for MindLoveMisery’s Tale Weaver #105, The Dark Side The challenge is to write a horror tale, something dark and scary (if possible…asking for “scary” is like asking for “humor.”) I usually don’t write this kind of thing, but here goes….] https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/tale-weaver-105-the-dark-side-02-02-17/ Some call them “entities,” the mysterious forms that appear out of the dark identities that linger beyond their time … Continue reading Entities, a dark tale of “what if?” for MindLoveMisery’s Tale Weaver #105
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Lost and Found They had searched frantically for hours when a member of the team found Emily’s teddy bear hanging vicariously over the murky water from the railing of the shuttered bridge. The authorities kept her mother far from the site, offering her coffee, as if they could protect her from the awful truth, while the sergeant called for… Continue reading Lost and Found – a Three Line Tale by Kat Myrman!
My reference to the Sword of Damocles, in a poem I posted a few days ago, has served to jog my poor over-loaded brain. I always think of the human brain as a vast library-like cavern, perhaps not unlike the wondrous university libraries, such as those at Oberlin College, and the Bierce Library at the University of Akron, which are two of the libraries where I did … Continue reading Re-discovering Classics of Literature
The Name of the Rose, Humberto Eco. (I love this book, have read it at least three times, its about a monastery library in the 12th Century.) Snow Treasure, Marie McSwigan (All-time favorite. My third grade Christmas present. About some Norwegian kids and German soldiers.) The Last Juror, Robert Grisham (I like Grisham, this is my favorite novel of his.) Wake of the Red Witch, … Continue reading My Favorite Novels
Please take out pencil and a piece of paper. Number from one to 10. (It doesn’t matter what kind of paper, and the numbers should be 1-10 in a vertical column.) You are to list (not necessarily in order) YOUR top ten Greatest Fiction Books Ever Written. You have 30 minutes to complete the list. Wow! Moments ago I read a page on selling books on eBay. … Continue reading So which are YOUR Top Ten Fiction Novels?
When I was about eight years old, our teacher read a book to us in class. Teachers did that often in those days, and I suppose they still do. I hope so! The book was Snow Treasure: A story of courage and adventure, written by Marie McSwigan, published in 1942. Here’s the back cover blurb: Now every sled ride was a matter of life and … Continue reading My favorite all-time book: Snow Treasure
When one of my daughters was about ten, her school bus came later than those of the other kids, so she and I had half an hour or so one-on-one time. I loved to make up stories, and some of my best (maybe) ideas came at that time. This means fiction…since I was a working newspaper reporter and writer at the time I was writing … Continue reading From Doorstep fiction writing— to unfinished dissertation (Re-posted)
One of my blogger pals was chatting about Science Fiction writers and novels, and mentioned several that I’m not familiar with. This is not unusual, as I rarely read the science fiction genre any more, in fact I think I would say my favorite are what I call “Lawyer Novels” written by and about lawyers and courts and fancy courtroom dance steps. My favorite of … Continue reading Science Fiction Favorites
The hunter crouched, peering over the tall grass, dreaming of his feral ancestors. Stalking a rabbit until he tired, the kitten crept cautiously to the box, and fell asleep on his soft flannel blanket. © Sometimes, 2016 Continue reading feral beginnings
When we were kids, back in the 1940s, we spent inclement Sunday afternoons lying on the living room floor–coloring books and crayons at the ready for “something to do while listening to the radio.” Then we would listen to a variety of shows which were aimed at no particular listening audience. Cowboys, Cops, and Crooks of all kinds were the favorites that filled the … Continue reading R is for RADIO shows in the A-Z
This is a question I have asked myself over and over– “if I am a writer, why am I not writing?” I AM writing, or thinking about writing, or reading some deathless passages penned during my starry-eyed youth. Poetry, expounding on the various virtues and lack thereof possessed by certain passages of fancy…romantic interests with which my life had been wrecked by unrequited love, or … Continue reading So if you’re a Writer–why aren’t you writing?
[Day Eighteen: Writing 101, Hone Your Point of View The neighbourhood has seen better days, but Mrs. Pauley has lived there since before anyone can remember. She raised a family of six boys, who’ve all grown up and moved away. Since Mr. Pauley died three months ago, she’d had no income. She’s fallen behind in the rent. The landlord, accompanied by the police, have come … Continue reading Spider to the Rescue!
[DAY NINE, Writing 101 prompt.] The day was warm and sunny, although the occasional breeze made the elderly woman glad that she had worn a light sweater over her faded bluejeans and tee shirt. She wore a straw sun hat, with a big sunflower design on it. She often sat in the park on nice days, watching squirrels, or kids, or people strolling along or … Continue reading The little red sweater…point of view
[Day 6, Characterization Exercise, WRITING 101.] Note: this person may be fictious. I was having some Mcnuggets and a chocolate shake, at a familiar fast-foods place where I had dined countless times before. It seemed odd that I had never before noticed the woman with the broom. Knocking over the shake was accidental, a careless flick of the hand. It made a “flup” sound as … Continue reading I recognized the blue, blue eyes in a stranger
[DAY 5 — entry for Writing 101] A note I found on a path in a crowded park, half buried in mud, almost invisible due to age. It doesn’t say much of anything, but it sends chills down my spine. The meaning is ambiguous. Suspicious person that I am, I decide that the best way to make the note known to its intended recipient–is to publish … Continue reading Ominous or obnoxious?