A Stake to the Heart

david“If you show someone something you’ve written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.”

— David Mitchell, Black Swan Green
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So, what about Beta Readers?  When you write something, how many do you employ to get their opinion?  Do you have close relatives read it?  Perhaps close personal friends?  Strangers?  Members of your writing group?  Or do you read it, reread it, read it yet again, proof and polish and then simply send out your queries?  In your opinion, how many Betas should you have read your precious baby?  And who should they be?

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On another note, how many out there are participating in Camp Nanowrimo, starting April 1st?

Happy Spring, dingaling!  ;)  Oh, and happy Solar Eclipse and SuperMoon!  :D

 

Trust is Never a Must

Twas promises ashen left woman to scorn

Ripened with passion then love would be torn — Go!

Undone the marriage by lies, fury, and so

Sayist none — carriage departs thee at first dawn

Taunt and disparage me no more — I am gone!

 

Tis a bit brutal, yes?  Still, trust is something that can be your undoing, at least for me, so tis better to not.  I believe you can love deeply while still holding that barrier up to protect yourself and not trust, or not completely, anyway.  What do you think?  Do you easily trust?  Do you feel you have to have trust when you love someone?

Today’s prompt with The Daily Post’s Writing 201:  Poetry is Trust.  The form is Acrostic or Double Acrostic (which I tried my hand at) and the device is Internal Rhyme.  Won’t you join us in the fun daily challenge?  It’s only for 2 weeks!

 

 

 

 

The Journey Home

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Spent a small slice of life alone

Sent and spent, sailed, soared, sped and roamed

Then family three

Traveled much have we

You can bet the best trip yet has been the journey home

 

Yesterday’s prompt from The Daily Post was Journey.  The form was Limerick and device was Alliteration.  Won’t you join in with the poetry challenge?

How’d I do?

 

 

 

Rain Like Shards of Glass

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Tears blow angrily
Against drunken Castle Rock
Shaken but not stirred

or

The cork busted loose
Drenching steady Castle Rock
Like New Year’s Champagne

or (still not sold)

Rain like shards of glass
Pierced the crust of Castle Rock
All ran for cover

Which one do you like the best or none? I was searching and searching and searching for inspiration. Won’t you join us in today’s Poetry challenge through the Daily Post?  Today, it’s Water in the form of a Haiku with the device of a Simile.

Struck By Cupid’s Arrow

Cupid’s Arrow Struck Me

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It came in hard and fast

And there in his beauty, he stood before me

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Ian Somerhalder in all his glory

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Looking into my eyes with that sexy pirate smile

Lost in his gaze and my bewildered surprise

Not realizing all the while

I got it right between the eyes

Won’t you participate in today’s Daily Post?  Cupid’s Arrow“Cupid’s Arrow”

Smiley Faces in the Most Peculiar Places

I have a challenge for you.  A fun challenge.  It started on my Facebook page and I thought I’d share it with all of y’all.  So, here’s the deal:

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As I’m about to scrub bell pepper, onion, rice, butter and Lord knows what else off my stove, I notice a face smiling back at me. Before I remove its smile, I thought this might be a great lesson/game for all of us today. How many smiling faces can you find and snap a picture of and share it with us? It could be anywhere on anything or anyone. What can you find?

Submit any smiley faces you find, as many as you find.  I look forward to smiling back at your smiley faces.  ;)