October 17: My Wild Rhythm #OctPoWriMo #Writober and #NanoPrep

I saw this video of fun, old Halloween music on A.M. Moscoso’s MY ENDURING BONES and I thought it fit nicely with today’s theme. There are a bunch of similar videos on Youtube, so my day’s soundtrack is set.


Read for inspiration and craft

Recommended poem: Her Strong Enchantments Failing by A E Housman

Online journal: All Poetry

Spotlight Poem from OctPoWriMo Day 16

A Halloween Bedtime Story by Judy Dykstra-Brown
I enjoyed this fun Halloween rhyme.

Poetry prompt Today’s OctPoWriMo prompt is My Wild Rhythm

Forms ABC poem

We Each Have Our Thing

Asps aggravate Agatha while
Barracudas bother Brendon and
Calliopes creep out Christian when
Dracula deeply disturbs Devon
Electrical storms enrage Evangeline, but it’s
Frogs that freak out Freddy
Ghouls greet Gretchen gleefully while
Horrifying headless haunt Harry
Ichabod icily isolates ill-wind when
Jack Frost jumps and jives
Killers keep kicking Kenneth and
Lampreys lick at Lulu
Monsters menace Mandy while
Necromancers needle Nick and
Open graves’ odors obfuscate Olivia when
Poltergeists pester Penelope
Quagmires quell Quincy’s quickness
Rats require Ralph’s rancor
Spirits stress Susan and
Telepaths terrify Thomas
Unctures unbalance Unis
Voodoo vexes Vincent while
Wicca worries Wanda
Xenormorphs x-ed Xavier
Yeti yammers at Yolanda, but it’s
Zoospores and zoysia that zap Zach to zip


For today’s visual prompt, I chose Dreamer. 362/365 by Louis Lander-Deacon

micro-story : I had been looking down, trying to decipher the arrows on his phone when the brakes squealed and the car swerved wildly. I grabbed the dash, anticipating a collision that didn’t come. His chest heaved under his bloodless face. He didn’t answer my questions, only pointed to the street. I didn’t believe my eyes. I decided it was shock that made me see a woman, in the glow of the headlights, floating, horizontally, as if sleeping, about seven feet over the road.

Read for inspiration and craft

Horror flash fiction story The Horror Next Door by Chris Mills

Horror online magazine LetterPile

NaNo Prep

Since today’s theme is Wild Rhythms and it’s the first weekend I’m not working on a story for the Writer’s Games, I’m going to start recording some fun sounds for my original soundtrack.

  • I’ll find some Youtube videos of drum beats I think will be good and practice for a while.
  • I’ll pick some fun bass effects and work on some riffs.
  • Record some piano melody lines to come up with some theme ideas.
  • Record some theremin while watching a movie with the sound off.
  • Record some sound samples: wind, waves, birds, etc.
  • Sample other instruments: harmonica, hulusi, flute, tambourine, talking drum, Tro Ou, etc. and see what combinations sound like the future to me.

Today’s going to be super fun! I hope you have some fun plans as well.

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