The Dream House

HLR – A house of dreams, not all the same

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I should’ve realised that we weren’t going to make it on that sunny June afternoon when we were wandering around that big empty house in Essendon. Your eyes, those topaz stones I could never get sick of studying, were watching our future children playing in the garden (a boy first, you’d insisted, then a daughter). Your own face was childlike that day, so full of excitement and hope. You were babbling, saying things like, “Can you see yourself cooking me dinner in this kitchen?” You were envisioning a future that I couldn’t imagine, let alone see.

I tried. I wanted to want it too. All I really wanted was you but if having a kid or two was what I needed to do to keep you then that’s exactly what I’d do. But I was terrified. I was terrified of a tiny version of us growing inside me. Panicking over…

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Quotable Poe Week Three-Donna Mathews

Donna Mathews – Kindness to an old man – Quotable Poe Challenge

Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. His voice is raspy and weak as he pulls me in close. “My darling girl. My beautiful, darling girl. Why?” Rebellious tears roll down my cheeks. I want to be strong and stoic but I’m not. The wooden stake protruding from his chest spells an end for us both…he is dying and I am free.

mirror reflection
turning this way and that way
finding sheer delight
confidence filling a heart
bewitching monstress dancing


© 2019 Donna Mathews

Donna Matthews started writing a couple of years ago when her children started leaving her nest. She enjoys writing poetry, prose, and short stories.  In addition to writing, she also loves to read, paint, take pictures, and explore the world on foot. She is passionate about helping others find their voice in both the writing and art communities.

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Daily Writing Prompt: The Dark Chrysalis – Eli Colter

The Daily Writing Prompt for 10/18 – The Dark Chrysalis

Brave & Reckless

For October, I decided to embrace the Halloween season and use titles of short stories and books discussed in the enjoyable and informative new book Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction as my Daily Writing Prompts.  These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and/or Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to me at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • #the title of the daily theme
  • #MonsterSheWroteChallenge
  • #braveandreckless66

or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

  • #the title…

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The Narcissism of Capital

Although I could argue that the narcissism the author finds in capitalism also clearly characterizes other systems (examples, the old Soviet system and monarchies), the behavior he describes is generally accurate.

O Society

by Mawr Gorshin Infinite Ocean edited by O Society Mar 13, 2019

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Introduction

Analysis of the 1944 film adaptation of Gaslight, leads to a recognition of ‘political gaslighting.’

In abusive interpersonal relationships, the abuser fabricates, denies, and distorts the truth to disorient the victim. The super-rich, as well as the politicians and the media who work for them, also do this lying and disorienting, but to the public as a whole.

We all know how emotional abuse can happen in families, school, the workplace, and online: psychological abuse on the ‘micro’ level. Now, let’s discuss it on the ‘macro’ level, how it exists on the geopolitical level, for this is, no doubt, a far greater problem.

Many parallels are seen in the comparison of narcissistic abuse and class conflict. Donald Trump is as obvious a narcissist as he is a…

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Daily Writing Prompt: The Graveyard Apartment – Mariko Koike

The Daioly Writing Prompt for 10/17 – The Graveyard Apartment

Brave & Reckless

For October, I decided to embrace the Halloween season and use titles of short stories and books discussed in the enjoyable and informative new book Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction as my Daily Writing Prompts.  These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and/or Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to me at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • #the title of the daily theme
  • #MonsterSheWroteChallenge
  • #braveandreckless66

or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

  • #the title…

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Shed

Jan Malique – The whip of the Muse

Strange Goings On In The Shed

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Back to a semblance of normality, or what passes for normal in The Shed. My last post, involving a spot of visionary work, a serpent goddess, and mind expanding navel gazing ignited the creative fire slightly. Alas, the spirit struggled to maintain the flame for long. The ‘powers that are’ have a task for me, which is yet to be revealed. Unfortunately procrastination has waylaid  me for some time, its siren call lulling the creative urge into torpor. I appreciate writers are apt to fall into this state of being from time to time.

The fallow period has a purpose, not always clear though, which can be frustrating. In my mind’s eye I can see the interior of a temple, ancient Egyptian of course. There’s a scribe’s palette lying on the ground. It’s a small hall lined by brightly coloured columns, with a few braziers providing light…

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Quotable Poe Week Three-Bob Wertzler

My contribution for Week Three of Quotable Poe

Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

– The Premature Burial

NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS

At night at the circus

Is the big top empty

Clowns, acrobats, freaks

Tucked cozy in bed

Crowds so too at home

Children dreaming of

Wonder, thrills, and joy

All the animals fed and

Down for the night

Silence reigns the

Deserted tent?

Oh, think again

It is not so

The show must go on

Generations of performers

Departed are there

Some reprise their final,

Fatal performance endlessly

The fall from the high wire

The tiger rebels forever

Dispatching the Tamer

All of them trapped

Keeping the show going

In the shadowy borderland

Between Life and Death


© 2019 Bob Wertzler

Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and…

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Poets of SMITTEN Speak: Katharine Love

SMITTEN poet, Katharine Love – “I have been Smitten and long to be Smitten again. I wrote the poem Nantucket as an aspirational poem, hoping that my words call Her into my life.”

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Katharine Love is a psychotherapist and poet. Katharine has just finished her first book, a memoir called The Lesbian Chronicles. Katharine currently resides in the resort town of Collingwood, Ontario with her circus puppy Lucille Pearl.

I love writing both prose and poetry. Poetry gives me licence to access more of my creativity as I can be both truthful and blur the truth in a way I would not with prose. I love writing poems for women loving women, as we are not often represented in poetry. I am writing for women like me that want to read poems with a queer bent.
Woman Motivational Quote Facebook Post(41).pngI was thrilled to find out that Smitten was going to be about lesbian love and not erotica. Erotica has never been something I’m comfortable reading nor writing. I think it’s much sexier to let my imagination run rampant rather than reading something explicit and graphic. For…

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Spare and Found Parts – Georgiann Carlson

Georgiann Carlson – A worthy, but fruitless search

Brave & Reckless

she spent most of her time
looking for spare parts
she thought
that if she could find their hearts
she could put them back into people
and they would be able
to recognize what they needed
in order to be kind and peaceful
but search as she may
the only thing she found
was death


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

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