Colleen’s weekly tanka challenge #22

you hear mind the doors

the train is about to leave

if you are standing 

best brace yourself or you may

find gravity is no friend

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15 Quick Writing Tips !

Pen and Paper

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Posted by Melissa Donovan on January 26, 2017 on Writing Forward.com  

This list includes a mix of writing tips and some of the tips Melissa thinks are essential.  However, I believe that these are mostly for the beginner writer and can be used as a reminder for the more experienced writer.

  1. Read as much as you can (and make sure you read quality writing) and write every day — practice makes perfect.
  2. Acquire some resources: dictionary, thesaurus, style guide, grammar handbook, and books on writing.
  3. Join or start a writers’ group and get feedback on your
  4. Lower your expectations and allow yourself to write badly. It’s better to write crap than to write nothing at all.
  5. Feeling uninspired? Writer’s block is no excuse; find some writing prompts and exercises. Use them.
  6. Do you want to write a novel? Launch a blog? Submit your poetry? Set goals and then get…

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Twittering tales. #18 – 21 It’s show time 

I sat watching as the meteor shower continued overhead. If the ones I had been in contact with were coming, I knew it would be tonight.

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Ronovan writes #Haiku 137

As he cannot sweat

the pig lies down in the mud

to escape the heat

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Haiku. One word Friday 

Silently spreading

involuntary rictus

oscitant disease

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Colleen’s weekly Tanka challenge #21 The wreckers Prayer

Slowly, from the fog
a sailing ship approaches,
land ho is the cry.
Light my lamp to change their course
and put them into danger

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A Short Analysis of Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen

Oh for a trip to Maplins to purchase a time-hopping drone for a video record of Aristophanes plays and return with a, “Teach Yourself Ancient Greek as we used it,” book of course.

Interesting Literature

An introduction to a classic play

It has to win the prize for ‘classical play known under the most different titles’. Although not his most famous play, Assemblywomen is one of Aristophanes’ most interesting. It’s been translated as Congresswomen, Women in Parliament, Women in Power, Women Holding an Assembly, A Parliament of Women, and, of course, its most familiar title, Assemblywomen.

Written in 391 BC, it’s a wonderfully fun play, a comic fantasy about women being in charge of government and men reduced to feeble, pitiable creatures in drag. This makes it a great play to analyse and discuss. It even contains the longest word in all of literature: Lopado­temacho­selacho­galeo­kranio­leipsano­drim­hypo­trimmato­silphio­parao­melito­katakechy­meno­kichl­epi­kossypho­phatto­perister­alektryon­opte­kephallio­kigklo­peleio­lagoio­siraio­baphe­tragano­pterygon. It is the name for a fictional food dish containing meat, fish, and wine, and is 183 letters long – enough for six antidisestablishmentarianisms.

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Ronovan writes #136

Flesh a solemn grey,

bright, hopeful eyes, now fading

bloodstains in the  field

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Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

An encouraging way to highlight your profile and get your writing to a wider audience

ShortStops

Fictive Dream is open to submissions throughout the year. If you write high-quality, original short stories, then we’d like to hear from you. Your story may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, it must be well-crafted and compelling.

To find out more about Fictive Dream check out our website. 

See our submission guidelines here

Happy writing!

Laura Black
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Daily Post, daily prompt, lukewarm

Back in my younger days I had the privilege to serve in her Majesty’s Royal Navy. A great life and highly recommended. Reading this prompt reminds me of one all-abiding memory. On one of my ships, whose name I won’t bore you with, it was customary during the middle watch, i.e. between midnight and four o’clock in the morning, for just two people to remain on the bridge. The helmsman, meaning me, and the Officer of the Watch, a Hydrographic Officer in charge of the chart-drawing machine at the rear of the bridge. a Kingplot, if I remember correctly, with a propensity for strange jerky movements at rapid and irregular intervals throughout the night, alongside which he would sit with his feet resting on the machine, not wishing to be disturbed unless anything untoward occurred that I couldn’t deal with, such as a tsunami or Kraken attack, not common but entirely possible. About halfway through the watch I would put the ship onto auto-pilot and proceed down the four decks to the galley, naval kitchen, not Ben Hur cruise ship, to fetch us both a cup of tea, coffee or sometimes cocoa. The process of returning back up the four long flights of stairs and negotiating long, dimly lit passageways from the galley  to the bridge would often take at least twenty minutes and much to everyone’s chagrin but something we were all used to, by the time the originally steaming mugs  arrived at their destination, they were invariably, you guessed it didn’t you, lukewarm.via Daily Prompt: Lukewarm

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