Moon Ate the Dark Challenge: Patricia Harris

Patricia Harris writes to the “Moon Ate The Dark” challenge

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Patricia Harris is a dreamer, crafter, gamer and digital artist who loves creativity in life. A half mad poet, her writing is found all over social media and various other websites, including coffee house writers. She is a devoted mom who can be found doing a variety of art when she isn’t penning poetry and writing words. She is half of the indie publishing company Fae Corps publishing. Her collection of writings include a memoir, children’s books, and poetry.

For more from Patricia, check out Facebook or Pattimouse

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WRITER’S WORKSHOP, Get Ready

The Writer’s Workshop at Go Dog Go Cafe

Go Dog Go Café

bf915402-6571-40be-9d49-53886bb1ff7cFirst Draft

I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you all to join me Saturday of next week as we start the Writer’s Workshop at Go Dog Go Café. Get your pencils and your prose ready and come prepared to be challenged and have fun.

(44 words. Never start with “I” and every knows this is the Go Dog Go Café. Needs tightening. I am cringing reading it out loud. Never a good sign.)

First Rewrite

Join me on Saturday of next week for challenging fun as the Writer’s Workshop is kicked off here in the cafe with the inaugural prompt. Don’t forget to sharpen your pencils and be prepared to sharpen your prose.

(38 words. Starts with “you”…better, but still clunky. Needs stronger verbals. “Kick off” is a mixed metaphor…we have a baseball theme. “Inaugural” is wrong imagery…feels political. Passive tense “is kicked off” should be changed to…

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Bodies at Rest and Motion

Christine Ray – New Love Adventure

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I have always loved
the first time
with a new lover
the sense of adventure
discovery
experiencing their skin
for the first time
unclothed
vulnerable
lining up our curves
our edges
exploring how our bodies
fit together

I have always loved
running my hands
unhurriedly
over a new lover’s
uncharted topography
inquiring about scars and tattoos
lazily connecting
constellations of freckles
with a trailing finger
seeing what shapes emerge
reading the history
of a body

I have run my hands over
skin taut with youth
flush delicate and pink
I now tangle my fingers
in salt and pepper hair
memorize laugh lines
observe how the passing of time
gathering of experience
both softens someone’s edges
while simultaneously revealing
something lean
authentic
true

© 2016 Revised 2020 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

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Heart of the Storm, Part 1

Christine Ray – A foray into Fan Fiction

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I have a confession to make.  I have a fondness for Fan Fiction and back in the early 2000’s I even tried my hand at writing Lord of the Rings fanfiction.  These pieces have rarely seen the light of day, but sometimes a writer has to take some risks. . .


It was a perfect early spring morning. The last of winter’s snow melted in small frosty puddles, leaving patches of fresh mud along the forest floor. Underneath a bed of autumn’s fallen leaves, fresh blades of grass poked through with determination in sprigs of bright green. The air was fragrant with the smell of fresh earth and the earliest of spring buds. Sun dappled weak golden rays through the trees, giving the copse of trees a soft glow. The air was starting to warm slightly, reminding the forest of the lazy, fertile summer days that were ahead.

Nevlotwen of…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Adjustment Reaction Explains the Public’s Response & Trump’s Failure to Respond

Calico Jack – The Narcissist In Chief versus The Virus

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I think we all had a we’re so fucked momentas the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s remarks at his lie-and-lie-some-more event at the White House in which he lied to the American people about the coronavirus and the US response to the impending disaster. It’s funny. Most people will experience an adjustment reaction when faced with a disaster as great as a deadly pandemic. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber just remains flaccid, which is the generous way of describing the appointment of Mother “the highest breasted queen to ever grace Blair House (allegedly) Pence as covfefevirus czar.

Adjustment Reaction

The term adjustment reaction denotes a combination of the stress response and compensatory adaptive mechanisms that characterize the behavior of an individual who experiences disruptive life events, usually of an unpleasant nature, according to StellaChess and MahinHassibi.

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America’s Not Ready for a Woman President. That Shouldn’t Stop Us From Nominating One.

Who will decide when the time is “right”?

Drifting Through

“She found herself in a world full of men. Watching them slowly destroy all her plans,”
The Angel and the Fool, Broken Bells


You can be anything you want baby girl.

I tucked a blonde wisp behind her ear and smiled at her. I believed it to my core. My brilliant, stubborn daughter. The world was an endless landscape for her to navigate. I would raise her to be independent and confident and to fight her way through anything that stands in her way. This was my vow as her mom.

Years later she placed her hand over mine as we cast a vote for the first woman president. My teenage son leaned in and placed his hand on top. His enthusiasm caught me by surprise, making emotions catch in my throat. The moment felt important. It felt like hope.

We all know what happened next.

The blatant…

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The Daily Song: 1200 Days

Christine Ray shares a remembered song.

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Revisiting some of my daily songs from the early days of Brave and Reckless.  Hope you enjoy.

1200 Days

Just four words

That I must ask of you

They’re not just words

‘Cause they show all my love for you

All my certainty

Forever will not fade

The soothing sound

Of your first with my last name

Twelve hundred days

It lifted me down on one knee

Thank you for loving all

I’ll never be

Cause when I look in your eyes

I see our baby’s first steps on her own

And the front porch lights

They light the way to lead me home

‘Cause your hands they heal my body

And your voice is so sweet to my mind

I don’t want another day without you

Oh darling,

Will you forever be mine

I asked your fathers permission for your hand

And I promise right beside you is where…

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Moon Ate the Dark Challenge: Senryu / Bound in Love’s Fragrance – Goff James

Goff James takes up the “Moon Ate The Dark” challenge

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Bound in Love’s fragrance
Smothered in passion’s kisses
The moon ate the dark
Image courtesy of Olga Beliaeva

Goff James is a grumpy eccentric who, in the darkness of night, plays with words and tries to write poetry.

You can read more of Goff’s writing at Art, Photography and Poetry

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Heavy Mental: an advanced review from Nicole Lyons, author of The Lithium Chronicles Vol. I & II

A beautiful review of Kindra M. Austin’s “Heavy Mental” by Nicole Lyons

Kindra M. Austin

“Two new lungs

inflate within my beaten chest.

I watch the rise and fall;

my eyes are like an infant’s, opened

for the first time,

and I want to see.”

  • Kindra M. Austin, The Rise and Fall

“You don’t like what

these

eyes

reflect,

and I’m the one who

disintegrates.”

  • Kindra M. Austin, Disintegration

“The sun remains

godlike in the firmament,

and I can still love the warmth on my face.”

  • Kindra M. Austin, Butter Yellow, Unmelting

Within the pages of Heavy Mental, Kindra Austin lies, and lays her heart out for all of the world to feast. And feast, we do, on this, the pinnacle of her soul’s work.

To say that Heavy Mental has catapulted Austin and her work into the same literary sphere as Plath or Cohen or Atwood is as true as the sky above and our souls below. And I, a ride or die fan…

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