#Writober Day 2: Feelin’ a little batty

Bat on the Blood Moon by Maria L. Berg 2022

R. I. P. XVII Readers Imbibing Peril

Peril of the listen! This morning I finished listening to Dante’s Inferno. I think Clive Barker was heavily influenced by this work while making Hellraiser.

Tourmaline .’s Halloween Challenge

Today’s prompt is “Bats.” I used the same fabric as I did last year, but I turned it into filters to vespertilian effect.

Halloween Bats by Maria L. Berg 2022

Writober Flash Fiction

Today’s visual prompt is a picture of “Duchesse,” a soft sculpture by Amanda Louise Spayd. I’m going to stick with my theme of happiness in grief and grief in happiness. I feel like it guided yesterday’s story well.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s story, The Strange and the Familiar

Her mother pushed the doll toward her, twisting it to make the bunny ears and arms move, but it stayed completely stiff, staring into Vespasiana.
“Go on, honey. Take it. I know you’re missing Grandma. I bet that’s why she gave you this special friend. So you can talk to her about it,” Mom said.
“Grandma didn’t like dolls, or lacy things.”
“Sure she did. You just didn’t see them because she kept them packed away to keep them safe.”
“Mom, I don’t want it. It’s creepy. It stole Grandma’s teeth.”
Vespasiana’s mother turned the doll and her eyes grew wide as if looking at it for the first time. She shook her head and bit her lip. “Well, take it to your room. Your Grandma specifically said she wanted you to have it. It was in her will, so it must be worth something. Take good care of it.”
She shoved the bunny-eared thing into Vespasiana’s chest, so she instinctively hugged it, then went back to making dinner. When Vespasiana stood frozen, staring at her with a helpless look, she said, “Go on. Put it in your room, then hurry back for food. I’m making spaghetti just how you like it.”

Maria L. Berg #Writober7 Day 2

#Writober Begins Tomorrow: bring on the spooky thrills and chills

Here Comes Writober photo by Maria L. Berg 2021

In my mid-September post How to Capture the Love in Apathy and the Apathy in Love, I spent a little time looking forward to fun events in October. Now it’s almost here, and I hope you’ll join me for all the reading, writing, and photography fun.

R. I. P. XVII Readers Imbibing Peril

Peril of the Short Story! So far I’ve read a couple stories from The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, but had to return it to the library. I have it on hold, so I’m waiting to be able to check it out again. While I’m waiting, I have H. P. Lovecraft’s stories in The Dunwich Horror and The Colour out of Space to keep me feeling creepy.

Peril of the Screen! To start off my Halloween horror binge, I watched Hellraiser and Hellbound:Hellraiser II. I used to have a lot of problems with blood, and body horror, so maybe that’s why I remember these films as being scary. Now they are mildly gross, but the monster effects are entertaining. I also found my Muppet Show VHS tape with the Alice Cooper episode and the Vincent Price episode, so I’m enjoying watching that.

Peril of the Fiction Read! I haven’t started yet, but I have a lot of thrillers on my kindle I want to read. I’m going to start with These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall. I won a copy of The Year of the Monster by Tara Stillions Whitehead from Library Thing Early Reviewers, so I ‘ll also be reading and reviewing that as soon as I get it.

Writober 7

This year I’m returning to the original #Writober format of writing a flash fiction story each day. I think in the past, I found this goal overwhelming (and thus dropped out) because I was trying to write stories of just under 1,000 words. This year I’m thinking of writing stories of 250-500 words. If I get excited by my idea, I can always write more.

Each flash fiction will be inspired by an image. I’ve put this year’s selections in a folder on Pinterest. If you would like to join me, the images can be found here. I’ll be starting with the image in the top left, Fairy tales? haha, please . . . by AlvaroCardozoW.

I hope you will join me and put a link to your story in the comments, so I can read and appreciate it. If you can’t commit to a flash fiction story every day, that’s okay. Join in whenever the image inspires.

Tourmaline .’s 2022 Halloween Challenge

I found so much inspiration from this photography challenge last year. Here’s this year’s calendar:

I found the challenge a couple days after it started last year and missed “Monster” (and pumpkin), so tomorrow won’t have a comparison to last year. It’ll be a fun, new challenge.

I will still be exploring contradictory abstractions. The first couple of weeks of October I’ll be looking at wisdom and naivete, and truth and fiction to finish out the big 5. It’ll be interesting to see how my quest to capture images of these contradictions will interact with the Halloween prompts.

And I’ll be participating in the wonderful prompt from dVerse Poets Pub, so it’s going to be a busy, busy month.

Since I will be posting every day, I guess I’m also participating in Blogtober which I read is a blogging challenge to post every day in October.

What costume should I make this year? I would love some suggestions.

Come back tomorrow for the big #Writober kick-off celebration with some Stream of Consciousness Saturday too!