March/April Play-It-Again Bingo

February was brutal, with a week long out of town work assignment, and then March came in like the proverbial Lion, with a week lost to the mega stomach bug o’ doom. First thing that went out the window with all of that on my shoulders? All of my good writing intentions!

So I’m going to ease back in to writing with the rest of March and all of April working towards a blackout of my own personal 3X3 bingo card made up of the February Valentines Bingo prompts people have already requested, and more writing in worlds I’ve already started stories within that I’m interested in revisiting again!

Please feel free to claim spaces from the Bingo Card below if you wish to give me more prompts or direction on any particular theme or “world”.

“Someone To Care” – Zakiya Love I Told You So Villain Slowly Falls in Love with Hero/Heroine
Ace Hero/Heroine Doesn’t Want The Guy Demisexual “C. Herish” – Body Worship
Fantasy Centaur Body Worship “Morning” – Terrie & Marv Victorian Era Cross Dressing

Call For Prompts – Ysabetwordsmith’s Poetry Fishbowl

Ysabetwordsmith’s monthly Poetry Fishbowl is now open and this month’s theme is “nonsexual intimacies.”  They’ve written a whole series of posts about nonsexual intimacies, divided into sections, if you need some ideas.

Go Feed the Bard!

Published in: on February 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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February Valentines Bingo Fest

January was a HUGE Success with 11 prompt fills and a Single Line Bingo! Thank you to EVERYONE who participated!

This is my prompt card for the February 2017 Valentines Bingo challenge at the AllBingo site. I combined romantic, heartbroken, platonic, and erotic prompts so there is a blend of ratings, from tame to spicy, for prompters to choose from!

I’m reaching out again this month to friends and family to make suggestions for any word or phrase on the bingo card below that strikes their fancy and I’ll write at least 200 words of story based on their suggestion combined with the prompt word they chose. Prompts that have been spoken for will be turned Golden so it will be easy for everyone to keep track of what words have already been spoken for, and I will have all requested fills done by the end of the Challenge which is 2/28/2017.

200 words may not end up being a complete story in and of itself, but I’m using this exercise as a way to increase my writing capacity, so I’m making sure to set reasonable goals that I’m likely to reach rather than crashing and burning right out the gate!

Some stories I’ve already started that might fit well with this theme if anyone is interested in reading more pieces set within those worlds are:

Foxfire Stables – Pony Play Erotic Novel (Not available publicly, but known prompters may privately request the first chapter!)
C. Herish Whip Master – BDSM Alternative Universe fiction/erotica
Catfish – A snippet about a crossdressing spy/sabotuer
Morning – Time traveling Terrie & his empathetic partner Marv
Someone To Care – We met Zakiya, and left her in a pretty dark place…

Lets have fun and make another Bingo!

Morning-after regrets Drunken rutting Spin the bottle Human Pet Villain Slowly Falls in Love with Hero
Carnal Massage Best Friends Forever Queerplatonic Demisexual Housework
Falling Asleep Victorian Era WILD CARD – Fantasy -Centaur Dancing Adultery
Kneeling I told you so The Friendzone Is My Safe Place A Girl and Her Horse Gossip
Secret Crush Oral sex Chasing bubbles blown by someone else Ace Hero Doesn’t Want the Girl Body Worship

January Dark Fantasy Bingo Card

This is my prompt card for the January 2017 Dark Fantasy Bingo challenge at the AllBingo site.

I’m reaching out to friends and family to make Dark Fantasy suggestions for any word or phrase on the bingo card that strikes their fancy and I’ll write at least 200 words of story based on their suggestion combined with the prompt word they chose. Prompts that have been spoken for will be turned Purple so it will be easy for everyone to keep track of whats already spoken for, and I will have all requested fills done by the end of the Challenge which is 1/31/2017.

200 words may not end up being a complete story in and of itself, but I’m using this exercise as a way to increase my writing capacity, so I’m making sure to set reasonable goals that I’m likely to reach rather than crashing and burning right out the gate!

I don’t have any regular story series that I write which are dark fantasy, or any fandoms that I regularly write in, but suggestions can include those if anyone likes.

Lets have fun and make a Bingo!

Fog Alternate reality/universe Blood Fairy tales Captive
Apparition Gothic Historical Hunter Chains
Telepathy Fear WILD CARD – WIND Paranoia Hell
Disappearance Moans Slavery Regency Spirits
Devotion Guide Forgotten Visionary Gods/goddesses
Published in: on January 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm  Comments (12)  
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University of Iowa’s How Writers Write Fiction 2015

So thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this years How Writer’s Write Fiction, a massively open online course from University of Iowa. I started the class in 2014 but got very ill right at the beginning of the course.

If you’re interested in joining the course too check out How Writer’s Write Fiction 2015.

Voices Bingo Fest Card

I’m trying a new technique to encourage me to write more. I’m going to participate in a writing prompt community that creates monthly themed Bingo Fests.

This month’s theme at http://allbingo.dreamwidth.org/ is Voices and the point of this theme is to explore new styles and emotional overtones in your work. The suggested length is 200 words or less. This should help keep me moving through the prompts, since there’s no pressure to have a completed work, just a drabble investigating each new feeling.

If anyone wants to suggest a particular idea feel free to make suggestions in the comments. Prompts that have been spoken for by someone will be italicized and blue.

Filled prompts are bold and green.

This is my bingo card for the fest:

baffled brave exhausted welcoming sincere
angry encouraging haughty bored amiable
playful peaceful Just Wing It cynical lyrical
harsh sad sedate friendly desperate
mournful amused melancholy candid creepy
Published in: on September 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Spring Ephemerals

Today was my personal celebration of Spring. Its slowly creeping tide of green can finally be seen outside my door, and the highlight of the season for me is the arrival of the spring ephermerals. Those stunningly beautiful flowers that are only here for a week or two each Spring, and then are suddenly gone again.

Here in Michigan, many of them are woodland flowers. Luckily for us, Mother Nature takes a wide view on what counts as a woodland. Even just a few trees are enough to make habitat for a surprising array of flowers! Here is my patch of woodland:

Just a strip of trees between two apartment communities

Just a strip of trees between the two apartment communities, net even really green yet.

The leaves and the bugs arrive together.

The leaves and the bugs arrive together.

A few faithful old friends have arrived:

Woodland Violets

Woodland Violets

A Yellow Trout Lily

A Yellow Trout Lily

A cluster of White Trout Lilllies

A cluster of White Trout Lilllies

A few new friends I don’t know the names of:

Very brilliant blue on a vine with deep green glossy leaves.

Very brilliant blue on a vine with deep green glossy leaves.

A carpet of delicate white flowers.

A carpet of delicate white flowers.

A bush with brilliant fuchsia buds that opened to pale pink blossoms.

A bush with brilliant fuchsia buds that opened to pale pink blossoms.

And some of my personal favorites:

Clusters of delicate fern foliage topped by fancy little pant like blooms. These are Dutchman's Breeches!

Clusters of delicate fern foliage topped by fancy little pant like blooms. These are Dutchman’s Breeches!

A close up of a single stalk. This is a dicentra related to Bleeding Heart.

A close up of a single stalk. This is a dicentra related to Bleeding Heart.

And the ones I look for every Spring - the Trillium Grandiflorum or Great White Trillium!

And the ones I look for every Spring – the Trillium Grandiflorum or Great White Trillium!

Finally, to end my walk, I spotted this and used my zoom very carefully to capture her photo:

Mother Blue Jay sitting her nest!

Mother Blue Jay sitting her nest!

Enjoy your Spring, and all of life’s ephemeral pleasures!

The Warmth

I know Winter’s reign has ended, but here in Michigan Spring is still a weak young thing, and it’s cold and brown all around. So I’ve been wanting to snuggle up, and listen to the crackle of a fireplace. If “the hearth is the heart of the home,” then perhaps if I had hearths like these to work with then they’d also provide the pounding rhythm of a fascinating tale.

An incredible fireplace that evokes both fire and water in its wave of stone.  Created by Eckerman Studios

An incredible fireplace that evokes both fire and water in its wave of stone.
Created by Eckerman Studios

A rustic hearth awaits the return of the Hedge Witch. Photo from Panda Country Primitives

A rustic hearth awaits the return of the Hedge Witch.
Photo from Panda Country Primitives

Warm and cozy, awaiting a simple romance.

Warm and cozy, awaiting a simple romance.

Round and weighted, a warm fire for an old Magician.

Round and weighted, a warm fire for an old Magician. Created by Standout Fireplace Designs

Zen and organic. A Master will sit long and contemplate these mysteries. Photo via Fine Homebuilding

Zen and organic. A Master will sit long and contemplate these mysteries.
Photo via Fine Homebuilding

Published in: on March 24, 2015 at 11:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Yurts & Cabins!

I’ve lately been fascinated by primitive dwellings.

Imagining the creatures that may dwell inside, the mages, elves, trolls & secreted away beauties…

Here is a glimpse of one of my favorites! Cae Mabon’s Roundhouse or Yurt!

Cae Mabon Yurts in Northern Wales

See the rest of the retreat HERE!

Stunning grass roofed dwelling. I absolutely adore the stone & brickwork. It seems very organic.

Meditation room at The Findhorn Foundation and a photograph by John Coldwater.

Findhorn Foundation & EcoVillage

And how is this for a true Tree House?!

Roots!

A historical glance back…to the Viking era:

A modern reconstruction of the original "long house" of Erik the Red's clan

Published in: on August 31, 2011 at 11:58 am  Comments (1)  

Lavender Fields Forever

This week I’ve been redecorating our apartment bathroom & while looking for inspiration for colors, art, etc. I’ve come across some of the most dreamy & inspiring visuals. These are lavendar fields!

As you look through – just imagine the SCENT! Sun dried grass, moist earth & the sweetly herbal lavendar fragrance thick on the air. Ahhhhhh…

Medieval Dreams

Royal Purple

Deep Wine & Golden Wheat

Blue Skies!

Lavendar Field in Provence, France

Pastoral Bliss!

Published in: on June 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm  Comments (4)