October 8: Breaking Boundaries #OctPoWriMo #Writober and #NanoPrep

Let Your Light Shine by Maria L. Berg 2020

This morning’s theme “Breaking Boundaries” inspired an exciting photo adventure. I looked at things I see every day with fresh perspective.


Read for inspiration and craft

Louise Glück won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature. Here’s an encouraging clip of her talking about poetry.

Recommended poem: Vespers by Louise Glück
Online journal: Poetry Foundation

Spotlight Poem from OctPoWriMo Day 7

I enjoyed the question/answer rhythm of RALLENTANDA’s triolet.

Breaking Through by Maria L. Berg 2020

Poetry prompt Today’s OctPoWriMo prompt is Breaking Boundaries

Forms Diamante or Table poem

I tried both forms .

Kindness and Cruelty

comfortable, warm
caring, accepting, giving
door, home . . . zoo, airport
trapping, attacking, emptying
brutal, harsh

Mine looks more like a mushroom than a diamond. I like that.

Tooling up for breaking boundaries

I’ll need scissors toseparatesullen skies
a saw toseverstone walls
a step-ladder toshattersharp fences
spanners tosmashslippery staircases
a scrub brush tosnapstrong wrong beliefs
a spade toslitscandalous taboos
spending money tosurpassscalding moats of lava
sandpaper tosoftenstubborn social norms
so suited Isearch still surroundings

The Hedge by Maria L. Berg 2020


For today’s visual prompt, I chose this image by Dominic Qwek

micro-story : People did odd things after being connected to Neurasys for a while. Many no longer felt the need to use their mouths or ears as they could communicate directly through brain stimulation. The Select, having unlimited wealth and the newest, hottest tech at their fingertips, always had to top each other, and took everything to extremes. Physical modification became the fashion, leaving many not recognizably human.

Read for inspiration and craft

Horror flash fiction story Wishing for Ants by Michael Riera-Smith

Horror online magazine Hello Horror

The End of the Tunnel by Maria L. Berg 2020

NaNo Prep

I think I’ll play around with imagery today: Create collages, upgrading the now to my future world. Then, I’ll write descriptions of how my protagonist walks through and interacts with my images.

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