Saturday, September 24, 2011

Second Campaign Challenge

I took up Rachael Harrie's dare. Please go to her linky page and LIKE me (Number 71) if you like my entry. The entries at the top have many likes already, and the ones near the (current) bottom are falling flat although many are really good. So, please, please go and read entries and vote for those you really like.

Here's the challenge:
Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should include the word "imago" in the title, and include the following words: "miasma," "lacuna," "oscitate," "synchronicity". If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post. For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!

Of course as a German, I had to look up all the obligatory words (except Imago; I'm a forester and I have had more experience with those than I care for), and it took my quite a while to figure out that 'oscitate' means 'to yawn'. Well, why use a simple word when a difficult one will do.

Here's my entry (crossposted from my homepage blog). I hope you like it. It's got all the requirements (obligatory words, mirror, and 200 word restriction). This time, it's more or less non-fiction (albeit with a little added imagination).

The winged Imago

Slumber receded. Light registered on her brain. She oscitated. Was it time to wake already? If she opened her cell too early, the miasma of the breeding pond would kill her. If she left it too late, her strength might not suffice. She twisted and stretched. The cell was awfully tight, and her back itched. She rubbed it against the upper side of her confinement. Yes, that helped.

A tear in the fabric of her cell. Oh dear. She stopped moving. Was it safe? Her ears listened to the slightest sounds from outside. Birdsong – far away, thank the Mighty Blue. Not a single frog croaked below – didn't mean there weren’t any.

She couldn't stay in here forever. Did she dare? Carefully as not to disturb the world outside, she left her cell. It proved harder than she had expected. She arched her back, pulled out one dainty leg after the other, and stood there – waiting – listening. The lacuna she had left, an empty shell beside her. A hunger pang shot though her abdomen. She needed to hunt as soon as her body hardened. In perfect synchronicity, the dragon-fly spread her wings and soared over the blue mirror of her kingdom.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nearly Done!!


I've nearly finished my Non-Linear Fairy tale Murder Mystery "Chasing the Grimm Reaper". Less then 2000 words to go. I also created the cover art for it. Do you like it? The spooky picture in the background is by cherryblossoms24.

Now I will only need to get through the revision and then, it'll go up on Amazon and Smashwords. I'm really looking forward to that, although revision is bound to be a nightmare.

Also, I stumbled over a flash-app where you can create cute ponies. Look at my forest-unicorn. Isn't it absolutely cuddly and sweet?

People who program something like this must be very dedicated, and I appreciate it. Try it out for yourself if you want.

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Campaign Bloghop


as a campaigner (Why do I always want to write champaigner?) I decided to become part of a bloghop (actually more like a ring or circle), where every participant (eleven in total) links to the next in the chain. Out theme is "Who started your dream?" and I just posted my entry on my homepage-blog. Check it out of you're interested.


P.S. I got another award, the Versatile Blogger award. Before I can put it up, I've got to do some research. Since I'm very busy writing the end of "Chasing the Grimm Reaper" (see the widget at the sidebar?), I'll cope with that at a later date. Promised!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Flash story -- please vote for me


in the course of the campaign mentioned below, I took part in the first challenge. We had to write a flash story with 200 words max and the opening phrase of "The door swung open". If we wanted to make it harder on ourselves, we could make the story exactly 200 words and/or add the ending phrase "the door swung shut." Want to read what I came up with? Check out my website and if you like the story, hop over to Rachel's blog and vote for number 186 (that's me).

Enjoy my tiny wee free story,

Saturday, September 3, 2011

totally non related to writing -- is it?


pondering what to write next, I realized how many people talk about the weather when they don't know what to say. I decided that for once, this is probably a veritable subject. If you look at how freakish this summer has been... In Germany, temperatures went from 7°C in the morning to 29°C in the afternoon. Hurricanes and tropical storms seem to be on TV more often than politicians these days. I call that crazy.

Does this come as a surprise? Not to me. Many people have been warning us for such a long time that climate changes will come. Well, here they are, and I fear they're here to stay. Is there anything we can do about it? I don't know but I do sincerely hope so. I want my kids (and not yet born grandkids) to grow up in a world where they don't have to fight unfavorable weather conditions to survive. I try to teach my children to treat nature with more care. Why not use the bike or your own two feet rather than the car? Why not wear another jumper so I can keep the central heating down a bit?

I know those are drops on a hot stone. But a wise man once said: If a lot of small people in a lot of small places to a lot of small things, they can change the face of the world.

I know it works. I am currently seeing traditional publishers (even the BIG ones) look around in confusion not comprehending the Indie-eBook-publisher Revolution. Those are small people in small places and change already started.

Let's get the ball rolling for nature too.