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There’s a Story Here Somewhere: Inspirational Images from Flickr

*Looking for the Summer (June – August) Writing Challenge – Every Picture Has a Story? See below for details.*

Flickr is my favorite site to scout for images to use on my blog. There’s a wealth of Creative Commons licensed images and it’s easy to search for them. The images vary widely in quality and artistic value but I’ve rarely failed to find just the right one for a post.

And, of course, it’s all free…which might be the most important factor to a blogger who isn’t making money off her blog.

My Favorites stream over there is already jammed with more images than I can use in a couple of years but I just keep adding more. So many of the images I’ve encountered have captured my imagination, inspiring blog posts, stories and stories-to-be. Here are some that have really stuck with me even though they have no story…yet: Continue reading “There’s a Story Here Somewhere: Inspirational Images from Flickr”

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Got Apocalypse?

Apocalypse?I have, in the past, admitted a predilection for both disaster and horror flicks. And since a good many movies from either of those genres fall into the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic categories, it follows that I would also have a twisted obsession interest in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic stories.

Just what is it about the apocalypse that makes (some of) our hearts go pitter patter?

I suspect it’s the same reason that disaster flicks and horror movies are so appealing. Giant odds and hope. Throw ordinary people into the worst possible situation and watch them rise to the occasion (or die trying).

And maybe we also love it because, on some level, we all worry about the end of everything. We wonder whether will survive. We wonder whether our loved ones will survive. And we hope there’s a hero inside of us instead of a monster. Continue reading “Got Apocalypse?”

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Living the Fantasy Life

First of all, a couple of announcements:

  • The awesome Lara Schiffbauer is posting at the Life List Club blog. Head on over and check it out.
  • Stay tuned. I’ve got an offering for that April-May Writing Challenge at the bottom of this post.
And, now, on with the show…

I’m guest posting today and Nicole Basaraba’s Uni-Verse-City! She’s wrapping up the series on Writing in Different Genres and I’m doing a post on fantasy. I am way beyond thrilled to be part of this series. Please check out the other fantastic writers who contributed.

Living the Fantasy Life by Sonia G Medeiros

I blame my parents for my obsession with love of fantasy. As a child, I had what you might politely call an active imagination. I was often in trouble at school for daydreaming (though, really, I had already finished the work…usually). But did my parents act quickly to contain this? Did they enforce the boundaries of reality and the dangers of  dwelling in imaginary worlds?

Nope. Continue reading “Living the Fantasy Life”

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Is the Hunger Games a Winner?

The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘s best-selling novel, opened this weekend amid much fanfare and jubilation. Although I usually avoid opening weeks like bad sushi, especially when a movie gets this much fuss, I couldn’t resist checking it out. And, just as the novel unexpectedly seized my imagination, so did the movie. Continue reading “Is the Hunger Games a Winner?”

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Once Upon a Curse

Welcome to Parallel Tuesdays, where magic and science are two sides of the same coin…

What if your happily ever after was taken away along with everyone you ever loved? What if you were ripped from your world and imprisoned forever, without hope or even the memory of hope? What if your one chance at freedom didn’t even believe in happy endings?

That’s the premise of the new ABC show Once Upon a Time. Jealous of Snow Continue reading “Once Upon a Curse”

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Sacrifices and Secrets: Some Flash Fiction and a Mini Writing Challenge

Today seemed like a fine day to share some flash fiction with you. Here is one of my first pieces, written for my first Monthly Writing Challenge in March. The prompt was the starting sentence “I should have listened with both ears instead of one” and a word count limit of 250. You can find the original story post here.

There were many other fantastic stories entered in the March challenge. If you missed it, I urge you to sashay on over and check out the entries. You can find them all neatly listed in the March wrap up section of the April Writing Challenge. It’s amazing how writers can take the same prompt and create very different stories.

Without further delay, here is that first flash fiction piece weighing in at 250 words or less… Continue reading “Sacrifices and Secrets: Some Flash Fiction and a Mini Writing Challenge”

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In the Company of Wolves – Little Red Riding Hood, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we explored the meaning of Little Red Riding Hood and a bit about its origins. If you missed it or want to refresh your memory, you can find Part 1 here.

Little Red Riding Hood is a tale so rich with meaning and archetypal imagery, it begs to be reimagined and retold. Two such stories are Kait Nolan‘s  Red and Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red. Both novels draw us into the world where the Wolf is very, very real. Continue reading “In the Company of Wolves – Little Red Riding Hood, Part 2”

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Never Stray from the Path – Little Red Riding Hood, Part 1

Little Red Riding HoodOnce upon a time, a young Girl set out through the woods to bring her Grandmother a basket of goodies. Along the way, she met a Stranger who, upon learning where the Girl was headed, told her of a short cut. But the Stranger had tricked the Girl and, when she arrived at Grandmother’s house, the Girl found that the Stranger had eaten her dear Grandmother and intended the same for the Girl.

This is the story of Little Red Riding Hood. It’s an old, perhaps ancient, tale. Many different versions have existed throughout the ages, shifting sometimes Continue reading “Never Stray from the Path – Little Red Riding Hood, Part 1”

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In Time (a 500-word story)

Here’s some flash fiction for you, inspired by writing challenges from two fabulous writers, Ozlem Yikici and Haley Whitehall.

Ozlem Yikici’s Transparent Tapestries prompts:

  • Painting/Photography by an Artist: Maurice Utrillo’s Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, 1931 (It was this beautiful painting that planted the seed for my piece)
  • Random lines of Poetry by Poets: Lighthouse by Gerard Woodward
  • An Art Movement/Writing Genre: Purism

Haley Whitehall’s Dreams prompt:

  • This challenge is dream inspired. Everyone has dreams of some kind–day dreams, nightmares, goals for the future, thoughts about being someone else or living a different life. (This prompt immediately brought my opening line to mind.)

The Ruined House

In Time

In my dream, I make it home in time. Continue reading “In Time (a 500-word story)”