Posting Notes

Posting Notes: In post title, please use this format: Title - Prompt Name (if applicable) - Author Name, then repeat in "Labels" at bottom of post. Post longer pieces under a jump break. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Reinvention - Amanda A. Arcieri

The night wind gently treads
O'er the meadow's darkened mist;
A silver sphere rises
In the northern sky amidst

A glinting cosmic wonder
Of starlight aura glow,
Glistening--e'er whimsically--
Upon a sheet of powder snow;

As each lies in wait
For that single moment, true,
In melancholic solitude:
The Rite of Beginnings Anew.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Dragon and the Spire by Ken

A rather surreal mood piece. Dreams have always fascinated me, by virtue of the fact that anything can happen when your asleep. This story is an attempt to capture the proper feel.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Amethyst - Amanda A. Arcieri

A gem so precious;
Hidden 'neath mound
Of powder snow-
Rarely found,

for, angels themselves
Are far too impure
To lay eye on her heart,
Though they kiss heaven's shore.

A stone, so noble
That even the wise
Bow at her throne
When'er her name sighed.

And yet, I, less worthy
Of the lowest vicinity,
Dance, unharmed
In her eternal divinity.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Unpishtim Part 3 by Ken

Currently Untitled - by Kate Z.

This is the first chapter of a story I'm currently working on. Since it's the first chapter, no explanations necessary! Hopefully there's enough hints in this to clue you in to the setting and etc. I'm actually in the process of totally rewriting this - inspiration struck this morning, so I'm changing parts of the plot, particularly the events of this chapter, quite a bit. I figured I'd upload the old one before reworking it though, just so it wasn't a total waste of time.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Pastel Manse Part 1 by Ken

This is a side story to my ongoing story "Of What Measure" and features many of the same characters. You could say that it's seasonal, given that it takes place on the Solstice. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Utnapishtim by Ken

This is the first chapter of my stab at Scifi that petered out when RL got a hold of me a year ago. If you've read "Of What Measure" the main characters name should be familier, but hey, we all have names we like to recycle. I'd love to know what you guys think.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Price of Freedom--Holly

Thought I'd shake things up a bit and stop posting short sci-fi stories. I wrote a couple of poems about 9/11 this year as a way to reflect, especially with the whole mosque thing. I wanted to know how I really felt about it, nine years later. The one I posted earlier was written to my brother, but this is the one where my anger really came out--I find that I still get mad when I think about it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Little Clove - Amanda A. Arcieri

A flower, so pure-
So innocently sweet,
Awakens the senses;
Quickens the heart's beat.

A deep blue sea
Stirs with passion-
My soul, my being
Drown in waves, crashing,

That by your spirit
Rise yet higher,
And in their embrace,
Serve to inspire

Angelic treasures:
Latent, but ever present;
Quiet, yet ever watchful
For your smile, so pleasant.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Of What Measure Chapter 3

More backlog. I'm swamped with finals. Hope you guys enjoy it


Hey guys! I hope everyone will join me in welcoming my good friend Jana aka irishais to our blog! She writes really fantastic stuff and I think you're all going to enjoy it!

I'd also like to welcome my friend Rachel! Her poetry is awesome and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her work!

- Kate

And also my friends Bethny and Andrew from Wagner, along with (hopefully) some more kids from the Wagner Creative Writing Society! Hooray more authors! Welcome one and all! -Richard

Saturday, December 4, 2010

An Overview of the Yaddith by Ken

Hey guys. This is a bit of backround to those weird little snippets I posted early on. It give a little insight into Nycal's people and why he acts like such a dick. Enjoy!

A Losing Game - by Kate Z.

I feel like a delinquent poster, sorry guys. This is a small excerpt from a dystopian type story I've been mulling over for quite some time now. I thought it would make a better comic book than anything, but I think a big part of that was my lack of confidence in descriptive writing. And getting experience and building confidence is the point of this blog, so I thought I'd give it a shot. This particular scene is actually a flashback involving two of the main characters, and I think it stands well enough on its own without me having to explain that much about the actual story. I will say that the characters are rather young - the narrator is a 17 year old girl (at this time) - so there's some immaturity in the tone, and it's on purpose. Also, I'm totally not settled on the place names at this point, and I'd love to hear suggestions because the ones I've used are more like placeholders than anything. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Of What Measure Chapter 2 by Ken


Kingsport wasn’t like other cities, especially at this time of night. No one was quite sure how to explain it. The difference wasn’t in the tenements, where artists worked on their latest masterpieces before dropping from exhaustion an hour before dawn. It wasn’t the ocean, lapping at the shore just a stones throw away. And it wasn’t the fog, ever present even on the brightest day, and, so old timers said, brought dreams vivid and powerful. It was all these things.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Layna-by Holly

This is a companion piece to "Science vs Romance" as a character profile of Layna. Once I get my full crew figured out I might start to spin them together into a full story.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Of What Measure, An Interesting Time by Ken

This story takes place in a universe that has become know to myself and Richard as Interesting Times. The concept has been with me since high school, and I have several versions of the world and it's characters. This is the latest version. Enjoy

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Science vs Romance - Wedding Dress Prompt - Holly

I wrote this a few months ago without any specific future in mind for it. The title is borrowed from a Rilo Kiley song.

My Lady - Wedding Dress Prompt - Richard

Here's "Something New", short, starting something I'll be continuing. I generally rely on pretty lengthy description and haven't worked a lot with dialogue, so I'm trying to fix that. Also trying to make medieval-period characters talk like they're people and not Hamlet. Let me know how I do with both.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Gift - Wedding Dress Prompt - by Kate

Here's my response to the "Wedding Dress" prompt; inspired by "something borrowed," I decided to work on an excerpt from an original Star Wars story I doubt George Lucas would ever allow me to publish. The Star Wars setting is borrowed but the characters and the rest of the story are all mine! The story is set sometime in the 1500 year gap between the Old Republic era and the events leading up to the films. The expanded universe hasn't explored this period of time - to my knowledge - so I feel comfortable inserting my small bit of Star Wars history here.

Also, YIKES, this is long! I appreciate you sticking with me! 

Tear of the Ghlak by Ken, Pt. 2

Short one today!

Monday, November 22, 2010

How to Use 'Jump Breaks' for your Posts

Hey All! In the interest of keeping our main page simple to browse, from now on, please posts your work using a jump break. Follow the link for more instructions!

Tear of the Ghlak by Ken, Repost

Hey dude! Thanks for the comments. I think you might have mispressed a button, becuase those comments appear but the story doesen't. That, said, I'm reposting it. Hope you don't mind

In the mists of pre-history from the end of the Devonian to the fall of the Rock, life and civilization existed, civilizations that could scarcely be imagined. Nations like Pious Nasir, where the Smilodon theocrat in his ruby mask spoke for a god whose sacrament was delusion. So too do the legends speak of the Kled Principalities, and reptilian Raptor Lords who rule them. Bards sing of the flying city of Zura, with it’s lich prophets, and Yaddith, glorious Yaddith, the Empire of the Pole, whose crystal towers pierce the heavens.
It is a history that is not true, but now, let us see what could have been, in the Dreamtime, at the dawn.

For my brother - Wedding Dress Prompt - by Holly

This is a poem I wrote around the anniversary of 9/11, thinking back on how the tragedy affected my family. I don't usually write poetry, so I would appreciate feedback.

You missed my last year of high school
because a man in a uniform handed you some papers
sending you to a place we’d been happy to ignore
a pit of sand, drowning in oil and fire

Begin - Wedding Dress Prompt - By Richard

Welcome everyone and thanks for coming on board with Write Now! Quick restatement of our purpose: to get all us lazy writers to start writing with discipline, as often as possible, and to get feedback from other writers to strengthen our skills.

We'll kick it off this week with our first prompt, which you can see to the left. I'll update with a new prompt every Sunday Night (I'll email to notify you and goad you into submitting!) Use the prompt, ignore it, make fun of it, write a better prompt and post it, whatever you like, just write!

Here's my first, falls into the "Something Old" category, wrote it for my creative writing class in London, 4 years ago. Criticize, interpret, edit, rip it up.