Poetics: Songs of Unreason (d’Verse Poets Pub)

Find the prompt here at the pub

“He went to sea in a thimble of poetry.”- Poet Warning, Jim Harrison

He went to sea in a thimble of poetry,
knotted loosely to words,
strung along the thin web,
laid out above the waters.

The vessel fills as words
engulf his mind and mist rises
to keep the chamber empty
ready to fill once more.

And as the tides roll and recede
he clings to the line
and stays afloat
until his mind weaves words
sending him back to shore.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

Simply 6 Minutes- 1/25/22- Reconnected

Daydreaming away to relax

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This prompt asks us to create a story -using the photo- in only six minutes.
To write your own, or read others, follow the link at the bottom of this post.

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Jasmine leaned against the tree drinking in her view of the breathtaking mountains. Soon, her real-time vision clouded and was replaced with images from legends her grandfather had told her.
The mountain became a living history based on ancient wisdom. Spirit guides came into focus offering her a grander view of life. All became so crystal clear! She was insignificant but vital to a connected universe… part of a larger plan.
When the eagle’s shadow crossed her face, she awakened. Her worried heart had been replaced with a calm, and balanced, soul.

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Bear Mountain

Who is hunting who?

A Unique Title For Me

Bear Mountain got its name because it gives off the illusion of two bears intimidating a wolf, who has no business being in their territory.  Is it just a deception, or are there bears lurking beneath the surface of these hills?  I can clearly see the bears, as they are not hiding, but this picture contains more than meets the eye, and sometimes the most shocking things are hiding in plain sight.  Papa bear is ignoring the wolf, as he does not see him as being a threat, but mama bear does not want him around her cubs, so she is getting ready to charge at the wolf to run him off.  Wolves have been known to kill bears occasionally, but only the young, the old or ones that are in a weakened state.  A lone wolf wouldn’t stand a chance against a full-grown bear, and even when they are part of a pack, wolves are…

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Simply 6 Minutes : 25th January 2022

Perhaps a new fable is made


Christine over at Stine Writing has provided us with another stunning picture to work with this week.  The more you look, the more you see………..
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Creatures frozen for all time were granted just six days of life each year.
The mountains would pulse with fever, breath would be sighed in scrolls and they learned centuries ago to live side by side rather than fight for territorial domain.
Eagles would circle the land, casting long shadows over the landscape, but even they were left to Time’s devices and awoke on the same six days.
It was an uncanny bonding of souls and instinct, young and old, prey and predator, but had a strange harmony as if each species were glad to breathe in the air and remember days long passed when they were warm blooded and not figments of someone’s imagination when the sun set.

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From my desk: 01/25/2022

The shed is being assembled as we speak!
After moving into our new home we realized it is big enough for two but there is barely any storage. It is a block house on a concrete slab so no basement. After realizing we won’t have enough room even after downsizing a million times we decided on a shed. Tuff Shed from Home Depot. Great quality and a pretty good price. Beats putting an addition on the house!

This isn’t necessarily what ours will look like but it is an example of the sheds they build.

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I got a call that the kitchen cabinets are coming tomorrow. Once they arrive David and I have to check to make sure none are damaged and then the contractor will come to install them. Right now we still have the sink and dishwasher but once they start we have to tear those out. I am quite nervous because the counter won’t get installed until after the cabinets are in and they come out to measure. Who knows how long that will be! Our bathroom sink is so small I don’t think we could wash a coffee mug. I guess maybe the tub or outside! As it is we are eating so much processed food because we have no way of cooking. No complaints for real though…I’m lucky to be getting it done.

I have been listening to a lot of stories on Audible, especially while I build my miniatures. I have three custom orders to fulfill now! I will be posting the book reviews. Most of the stories are good, some I could have lived without. One story that I loved, which I may or may not have written a review for on my blog (I will have to go back and check) is The Marriage Pact. The Institute by Stephen King was also amazing!

Have a peaceful week!
My ETSY store is now called Stine Miniatures!
I would love to change my blog to StineWritingshire but that is still in the deciding phase…I love “shire”.

Book Review: Deadly Games

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Deadly Games by Sally Rigby is a suspenseful thriller which weaves sociopathy and coming of age in a twist of serial murders.

George, short for Georgina, is a professor at University in the UK. She is a scholar in forensic psychology and knows about profiling and looking at evidence, but she isn’t a detective. DCI Walker on the other hand has learned all she knows from being on the job and doesn’t have the patience for book learners who have no experience in the field. That is until she gets to know George and sees that although George is learned through books, she has a good sense of reality when it comes to character and behavior. When a serial killer is out hunting University students DCI Walker begins to trust and admire George for her help with the case. But they are running out of time. DCI Walker has made too many mistakes and is about to be knocked down to desk duty. George doesn’t want to leave the case and DCI Walker is determined to solve it.

I gave this book three out of five stars for its predictability. The plot, although familiar as in other types of psychological thrillers, is unique in its details and does lend itself to interesting characters involved. Although the author did very well in throwing curveballs to have the reader second guess their suspicions, there wasn’t a depth to the story to lend itself as a new series that will have novelty and unexpected events. The writing itself is good and the story line is plotted out well. It was definitely worth reading and I did want to hear the entire story. Most likely I will look for the second book in the series when it gets published to determine if my idea of predictability is false. 

©2022 CBialczak Book Reviews

Book Review: Kill Your Brother

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Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath was an impressively complex story despite it being on the shorter side of novel lengths. It is just as predictable as its title yet surprisingly unpredictable. I was impressed with the author’s ability to take a single incident and turn it into a complex psychological thriller with many facets of surprise.

Elise is looking for her brother Callum. She seems to be the last person willing to think that Callum has done anything wrong. But Elise has a reputation which leads to problems of her own. She doesn’t have a support system and is financially tapped so looking for Callum has got be creative and done alone.
Elise does find Callum but the only way to save herself means sacrificing her brother. She has a lot to think about and needs to determine if her brother is worth it all.

I gave this story 5 out of 5 stars for its complexity and plot development. I was surprised by the twists and turns and even more blown away with the author’s ability to take one question and incorporate a variety of convoluted characters keeping the reader guessing and surprised to the end.

©2022 CBialczak Book Reviews

Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 01/25/2022

Welcome to the 6 minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

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*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!