Here we go with A to Z

Today begins a month long dance with the letters A to Z and the A to Z challenge.

This is the fourth year I have done this challenge and each year has been a different rollercoaster ride. Last year, I did the challenge (weakly) after sustaining a fractured wrist that required surgery. Just before the challenge, I fell again and badly sprained the other wrist. For days I used a pencil in my mouth to draw and type comments. (no joke.)

This year I am hosting short stories written by three of my favorite writers: Steve Slack, Matt Harrill and Newt Livesay. People seem to die when these guys show up so enjoy their styles. For my week, I retapped a noir serial I wrote several years ago. We have run out of body bags for our victims so paper bags will have to suffice.

I have all the stories on top of my blog under A to Z Challenge or you can just look for today’s letter below:

A is for Avarice                          G is for Gluttony

B is for Betrayal                        H is for HiJack

C is for Curare Cure                  I is for Interview

D is for Docket                           J is for Jump

E is for Eros                               K is for Klan

F is Un Faithful                       L is for Lust

(the letters A-F written by Steven Slack, G-L by Matt Harrill)

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Pen of the Damned #horror #writers

Ever wonder what people who write and are damned do in their spare time???

Well come have a look at my prose this week: Pointed Ends is a melee of sorts. The question: can you determine who the real monsters are? In the end, I hope you get the Point. (smile)

While you are there- take a look at some excellent writing.

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I felt a painful jab in my arm.

“Don’t worry darling this will calm you down.”

Even though I had been married to him, I had never liked his smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Feature #writing #publishing #feature

 

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Next Friday June the 20th, I will be starting a new feature for my blog called “Friday Features.”

This is really a reintroduction of something I did weekly on One Stop Poetry. My objective then and now is  to introduce people in the blogsphere to artists, writers, poets, musicians and children in the arts.

If you or someone you know is publishing  a book (does not need to be for the first time), wants to feature some art or poetry, please contact me  at 4moondustdesigns@gmail.com.

I am also looking for Christian Writers with the potential for publishing your works of non-fiction or fiction.

Truth in Art #Picasso #art #haiku

The Seated Man by Pablo Picasso
The Seated Man by Pablo Picasso

You I have portrayed

true character in shadows

buffoon’s charade

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Buffoon’s charade

my painting hung in fame

you long forgotten

Carpe Diem’s prompt is to use art as an inspiration for writing. I believe that artists and writers share a kinship and as such inspire one another. What truth do you see that Picasso is unveiling?

Gnawing Nervousness … #shortyaward #twitter #atoz

One Stop Poetry - 2011 winner in arts
One Stop Poetry – 2011 winner in arts

It was crazy. A “little blog”, that created a community (on Twitter) for poets, then writers and artists, got huge overnight. A team of  8 people (Adam Dustus, Pete Marshall, Brian Miller, Leslie Moon, Gay Cannon, Claudia Schoenfeld, Jessica Kristie, Chris Galford) who never met, got the notice in March 2011 – “You are going to New York. You are selected as one of the six finalists for the Twitter Shorty Award.” My heart soared, my stomach sank. It was too much to hope for  considering we had just started in July.  As I got out of the cab in Times Square, I saw the smiling faces of the people I considered friends and colleagues standing around dressed to the nines. I shook my head the illusion vanished. “Sad that all these artists/friends could not share in this moment with us.” I opened my eyes looking for  Brian Miller and Adam Dustus wishing that Pete Marshall, our other founder, could have made it across the pond.

“It’s here. It’s now. I am really walking into the auditorium at Times Square.”

It’s not hard for me to imagine things, but this was one of those magical, real moments when they call your name and you’re actually awake. They were calling ours, “One Stop Poetry.”  There was so much chaos they couldn’t get me to the front of the auditorium in time to join my friends and accept the award. It didn’t matter we (each member of the community) were (virtually) standing at the podium as a collective accepting the award.

We tweeted to our supporters “We Won the Twitter Shorty Award for Arts” That tweet circled the globe to poets, writers, and artists.  Each of those folks were part of this. It was a moment to celebrate with them.

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After the awards, I met some other entrepreneurial types who had worked hard to get recognized, and I met a few who obviously stood out in the celebrity arena. Today, I read the first tweets I sent after our name had been called and felt the same pride and excitement. One Stop Poetry had done what we had sought out to do which was creating a community and giving a voice to the poet/writer even if he or she was in the beginning stages of his/her writing journey.

To you who are waiting on the edge of your heels to find out who will be the recipient of tonight’s award – enjoy the moment and celebrate anticipation’s finest moment.

“And the winner is…”

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Livestream from the ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Answers to the Question (One Shot Wednesday)

You ask

I answer

it’s not words

you are seeking

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you answer

I look closely

striving for something

to grasp hold of

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The question

freezes between us

it eludes the answer

like a game

of hide and seek

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We coax and prod

searching not finding

not realizing it’s the search

which brings us together

The Power of the Poet

Sometimes you just get lucky and strike gold on the first try. That’s what I feel has happened with One Stop Poetry.

After meeting and reading so many wonderful poets( on-line), Brian Miller, Pete Marshall , Adam Dustus, and myself decided to create a community for poets and writers. I know how much the inspiration means to me and we hope others will be inspired to create with words.

Join us any day of the week for poetic inspiration.  Please post and link your own works on Wednesday 12:00 am UK time for One Shot Wednesday.

What’s in the works:

Awards for the Poet of the Month

Prizes

Expression Page for Youth

Poet’s Forum

More ….

Help us dream about One Stop Poetry

The Power of the Poet

With a voice you speak

like a flag unfurled

you speak with a word

that can change the world

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Using words

express them away

it is possible

to change the world in a day

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Bring light to the world

some promise thrown in

reality to ponder

powerful words from within

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Poets give from their hearts

a vision they see

might just change

you and me