This is my new pet (he may think the same of me). He doesn’t have fur yet (give him a couple weeks), but he does cheer me and fill me with a warm glow every time I see him. He also looks at me with hungry eyes, like a pet, which could soon be a problem. He reminds me of one of the aliens from those Critters movies, so I named him Critter.
Today’s OctPoWriMo theme is Fur Babies. I really liked Jane Dougherty’s Serpent’s Tail form from yesterday, so I thought I would give it a try. I love my neighbor’s cat who has taken to hanging out with me while I work, but he makes me think of fleas and other parasites. Thus, I changed my theme to parasites.
He comes here to clear
appears with vocal demands
lands and begins to scratch
detaching pricks and brambles
ambles off leaving the sticky bits
habits for me to find
behind when least expected
projected reciprocal belief
thief of time and attention
distraction from my desires
tires of me on an untimely whim
grim our time has come to an end
pretend it is worth protecting
The image for Day 23 on the Pinterest board shows a simple, but eerie human head.
My take: This image makes me think that something inhuman is doing a poor job of painting on a human face.
Micro-fiction: After discovering youtube, the parasitic worm was sure it could apply a face that would disguise it among the humans.
Writing Process and Tools
Looking for more creepy image prompts? Head over to Danse Macabre for more Halloween writing inspiration.
Creepy verbs: scorn
Story Cubes Symbols: magic wand, magnifying glass, volcano/eruption, cane, question mark, arrow, apple, parachuting, rainbow
Woodland creature: moth – a whisper of moths, a universe of moths, a flutter of moths
Collective noun: a troubling of goldfish
Horror trope: Vacant motel
Oblique Strategies: Give the game away