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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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And the Writer Said, Let there be Blogs (and a ROW80 Check-In)

blog fatigue: (blawg fuhteeg) noun

  1.  the condition of being overwhelmed by one’s blog and/or the number of blogs to read, often characterized by an avoidance of blogging related activities and a loss of the pleasure previously associated with those activities

Ill-GottenLast week, we discussed whether or not an epidemic blog fatigue was on the horizon. The consensus seemed to be that the risk of blog fatigue has indeed sky-rocketed but it doesn’t have to take any of us down.

Blogging and social media gives writers the opportunity to connect with a vast number of other writers, to see Continue reading “And the Writer Said, Let there be Blogs (and a ROW80 Check-In)”

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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)”

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Play it Again – Top 20 Rewatchable Movies

Check out this list  of the 20 most rewatchable movies by Pace J. Miller. Find movies you might not have seen in awhile but are definitely worth rewatching ( Die Hard, The Shawshank Redemption or any of the Indiana Jones movies perhaps) and maybe some you haven’t seen before but want to put on your to-watch list (Armour of God for me)… Continue reading “Play it Again – Top 20 Rewatchable Movies”

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Moon Dance (a 500-word story)

Here’s my piece for the July Writing Challenge – Moonstruck

Moon Dance

I danced for you.

“Gather, children,” the old one said. “I shall tell you how Moon King learned to dance.

“Long ago, there was only all-light when Moon King brooded in the sky. And all-dark when he walked the earth, searching for something to fill the great emptiness inside him. He looked but did not see, for he looked only into that emptiness….”

-ooo-

The girl stood at cliff’s edge. Arms outstretched. Looking down.

The sea beckoned her. Crashing against the rocks. Hungry for her blood. Continue reading “Moon Dance (a 500-word story)”