October 14: Truth #OctPoWriMo #Writober and #NanoPrep


Read for inspiration and craft

Recommended poem: The Real Meaning of Inferno by Lauren Scharhag

Online journal: Poetica Review

Spotlight Poem from OctPoWriMo Day 13

Crypt or Chrysalis by Kathleen Allen

Poetry prompt Today’s OctPoWriMo prompt is Exploring your truth.

Forms Villanelle or Cascade

Feeding Fears

An other-worldly black widow incapacitates
mesmerisms’s ghost on the stairs
satiated as a bat that drained a goat
nourishment natural to gritty horrors

Predators locked in the trunk crawl
over the soul-sacrifice of trapped next-door neighbors
wide-open, silent screams their new embouchure while
an other-worldly black widow incapacitates

She scurries through the chaos mind
spying on wriggling prey
glistening drool forms and drips on
mesmerism’s ghost on the stairs

Watching the collector arise from the grave
to shock the teenage scarecrows
leaving a blood red message or trail
satiated as a bat that drained a goat

Eyes and mouths without minds
uncovering the buried fears
giant ants knocking at the cave
nourishment natural to gritty horrors


For today’s visual prompt, I chose this photograph by Gregory Crewdson

micro-story : He couldn’t stand that scraping sound under the bathroom floor for another day. He chiselled through the tile, and cut through the wood. He gripped the hammer, prepared for something to run out: a mouse, a rat, even a opossum, but nothing came. The scratching continued. He couldn’t see anything in the darkness. He grabbed his flashlight and slowly reached down.

Read for inspiration and craft

Horror fiction story Blood Magnolias by J. Check

Horror online magazine Dissections

NaNo Prep

Today, I am going to continue to update my daily planner. I’m going to look through my posts and journals from previous NaNoWriMos and search for when I had my slumps and how I got out of them. Hopefully, by planning ahead for tough days, I can avoid them.

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