Today’s OctPoWriMo theme is Lightness of being.
Playing in the morning light
The burden gone
No expectation, judgement
For the next adventure
Open to suggestion, surprises
The tethers loosened
Ground shifting, tilting
Swirling in light
Vibrating energy, electric
In a moment of discovery
Defies gravity’s hold
The image for Day 11 on the Pinterest board is a watercolor painting by Indonesian artist Dinan Hadyan. It shows two people with multiple animal masks around their necks.
My take: I imagine these masks having the power to turn the wearer into the animals they represent, or at least pass on an aspect of that animal when the mask is on.
Micro-fiction: After the fire, Suho and Woojin sneaked past the crime-scene tape and sifted through the rubble by the light of their headlamps. Suho found the masks unscathed under a pile of broken sheet-rock. The depictions of the different animal heads were so realistic, he thought they might bite. Woojin grabbed the fox mask from Suho’s hand and put it on. He transformed into a small, red fox and scurried away. Suho collected all of the masks and hung them around his neck. His mind raced with possibilities.
Writing Process and Tools
Let’s look at one more Celtic Cross Plot for our creepy flash fiction:
- The hanged man 2. Seven of coins 3. The Devil 4. Queen of coins 5.Knight of swords 6. The Lovers 7. The Sun 8. The Hierophant 9. Eight of cups 10. Nine of wands
Creepy verbs: condemn, doom, frame, judge, reprehend
Story Cubes Symbols: cell phone, airplane, parachuting, tree, light bulb, fountain, magnet, scarab, bridge
Woodland creature: wolf – a herd of wolves, a pack of wolves, a rout of wolves
Collective noun: a mob of wombats, a wisdom of wombats
Horror trope: power-outage
Oblique Strategies: Go slowly all the way round the outside
Wonderful poem in response to the prompt.
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