Monthly Archives: March 2019

WHAT DO YOU SEE? MARCH 19/2019 An evening with Larkin.

F12F695C-3BA5-4FA4-8A0E-D01429E70635Philip put on his coat and hat. With the rather old but still functional library ladder tucked under his arm he walked out to the now quiet high street. Elated, he realised that the clear night sky held the promise of a stargazing bonanza.

Leaning the ladder against the old viaduct wall and ignoring the stark warning, bright in black on the mud-hued brick, he slowly started to climb. After fifteen minutes he found no inspiration so with a loud sigh he climbed down.

He shuffled home to his apartment. The thought of a tumbler of whisky while listening to a jazz record afforded him much pleasure.

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #245 Easy&Ride

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Taking it easy,

we’re just along for the ride,

beware the free lunch.

 

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Popular 1980s Fantasy Novels

I can think of no better collection to seek out, sit back, and enjoy the journey.

Thoughts on Fantasy

After the boom of the 60s and 70s the fantasy genre continued to enjoy mainstream popularity, with many 80s authors branching into new sub-genres and styles.  Fantasy tropes were so established that works of comic fantasy, which poked fun at them and were humorous in tone, became increasingly popular. Urban fantasy as we now know it also had its early roots in this decade.

Below I’ve listed what I believe to be the 12 most popular or influential fantasy novels published between 1980 and 1990. I’ve tried to use the original cover from that year where possible. Series titles are included in brackets:

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March 19, 2019 · 3:54 pm

Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt: Sign #writephoto

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I cant help thinking I should have been a bit more specific when I engaged that signwriter. I asked him to paint one of those old machines they used to  have in the children’s playground. I knew it wasn’t called a helter-skelter but just couldn’t think of the name. What did he do, went and looked it up online, that’s what he did and then thought he was being funny. I’ll give him, “Witches Hat,” when I see him.

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Carrot ranch #99-word challenge March 14: #Flash-Fiction Challenge #chisel

I tossed the small, bronze object from hand to hand. Just lying in the sand, a chisel. I marvelled at it’s delicate, tactile, feel. I was familiar with bronze statues, sculpted, sensual, in gardens or on antique, period tables. This though, was a tool.

I placed it in my pocket, placing my palm on a giant limestone block, one of thousands shaped by such tools. The still bright, painted hieroglyphs telling their stories. Through my translation I realised that this one told of an overseer stabbed to death by a haunted chisel. My pocket twitched and suddenly felt lighter.

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Thursday’s ten word photo prompt #tenwords

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Consumed by vanity she was absorbed in her own reflection.

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Photo prompt round-up: Tranquil #writephoto

Over 50 have joined in this week, great stuff and great fun to read or write.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Time
Passing
Ceaselessly
Caught by the stream
Flotsam and jetsom
Spiralling whirpools
Memories reflect themselves
In silent and unruffled pools
The river flows heedlessly onwards
Our tears and laughter define its essence

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The photo for this week’s prompt was taken on the banks of the river Wharfe in Ilkley, Yorkshire.The light in the photograph is strange and otherwordly. Careful editing would have corrected it, but I loved the lilac cast as a prompt.

Ilkley is a place I have loved all my life, mostly for the moors above the town and the memories that haunt every pathway… memories both my own and those of the far distant past of my people.

The rover that runs through the valley below is also a very special place. I paddled in its swift waters as a child, and as a woman watched herons fishing there. It was also one of the…

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WHAT DO YOU SEE? MARCH 12, 2019 #Tanka

safe in ignorance,

silver-scaled serpent, slumbers

in his snow clad nest,

overhead his nemesis,

pennant raised, prepares his lance

 

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Crimson’s creative challenge #18

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The coach trip was over. Unable to get the song  out of his head he gathered all the bottles he could find, he even put up a fence in case of accidents,  sadly none were green.

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One-Liner Wednesday – Duck!

The ice age happened so quickly we didn’t get the chance to flee.

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