Haiku Friday – Nightmare & Horror

The Writer Next Door | Vashti Q

Hi, everyone! Welcome!

My best friend, Sophia won’t stop wailing and howling in the middle of the night. “It burns, it burns!” she screams. I visit her at her mother’s house, where her ashes are kept in an urn, but it doesn’t help.

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Night terrors visit

Sleep’s become a memory

I fear the darkness

The blue in his eyes

became the new shade of my

nightmares––Don’t wake me.

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Nightmare and Horror are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challengeevery Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines

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December 28: Flash Fiction Challenge

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Ice crystals lace silver threads of intricate patterns across glass so thin I feel surrounded by frozen cellophane. Any minute I expect ice-spiders to skitter across the glass, adding more crystalline webbing. All I hear is the distant hum of a neighbor’s snowblower, chewing mounds of white drifts, recreating front lawns into winter parking lots.

Then snow crunches and squeaks, alerting me to the return of the Huskies to the top of the deck. The door handle is so cold I fumble several attempts to open it. Two dogs with enviable fur puff through the door, their breath froze in the moment, driftless and white. Everything is white, and this porch is officially below zero (Fahrenheit).

We all rush into the welcoming warmth of the kitchen, quickly closing the seeping snow and leaving the unseen ice-spiders to spin their webs until it warms or the earth shatters.

Lady Lake Superior…

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Weekend Writing Prompt #35 – End of Year Challenge

Sammi Cox

Things are a little different for the final Weekend Writing Prompt of 2017, as you will see…

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take one of the challenges below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

 End of Year Challenge

Photo Prompt


Do any or all of the following – it’s up to you!

  • Post a link to your favourite response to a Weekend Writing Prompt so we can all revisit it again.  If you posted your response in the comments copy and paste it below.
  • Answer…

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Around The Swamp


These are a few shots taken as we headed out to the heron rookery.

Ibis, normally very loud and shy, have calmly settled in around edges of the cypress tree area. Below a few foraged between the cypress knees (upward roots).

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For now the Great Blues have been hunting just on the out skirts of the main rookeries. As more birds move in they will probably need to move further out due to competition.

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