Welcome to the Blogger Daily with a small selection of posts I have enjoyed recently.
The first post is from poet and children’s author Frank Prem and he shares his thoughts on what around us inspires us to write.
Use of Writing Prompts: Selflessness in Contemplation
Following on from previous thoughts about inspirations for writing, I have been contemplating a little, as I edit, on the role and use of writing prompts as inspiration.
It is true, of course, that all writing is in some way ‘prompted‘. What I’m thinking about and want to discuss just a little, is the role and use of specific prompts, like:
. a word
. or a phrase
. or an image
Politika of the Pipples – capturing an apocalypse
The first poem that made me feel like a true poet/writer was called Politika of the Pipples, written for a spoken word competition away back around year 2000 or 2001. Politika was written in response to a phrase that had to be included entire within the body of the poem. The phrase was outlandish – who will be left to play the post-apocalyptic violin. I now realise it was most likely intended to inspire a speculative fiction (after-the-next-war) type of response.
I went off in a different direction. There are many kinds of apocalypse, and many different ways and needs to cope with them.
We are seeing some of this in the USA as I write, I think, and I truly am amazed at how relevance seems to reinvent itself.
Head over to read more about the writing prompts Frank shares including using Picture Images as Inspiration: Frank Prem Use of Writing Prompts
The next post is from D.G.Kaye, Debby Gies with her first Q&A for 2021 with guest fantasy author Vashti Quiroz-Vega.
Q & A With D.G. Kaye – Featuring Vashti Quiroz-Vega and #NewRelease – Rise of Gadreel
Welcome back to my first Q and A for the 2021 season. I’m thrilled to be featuring friend and author, Vashti Q Vega today for a little Q & A and some insights about her riveting new book, The Rise of Gadreel, which I recently devoured and reviewed for my first Sunday Book Review of 2021. Vashti’s book is the 3rd in this engrossing fantasy angel series of good versus evil.
No thanks to Amazon for NOT displaying my review on their dot com page as usual, as they seem to treat us Canadians like lepers. But I really did put it up on Amazon too, as well as on Goodreads. But onwards, now that I got that out of my system, let’s get to know more about Vashti and her beautiful book!
Head over to find out more about Vashti and her latest book, including an excerpt to whet your appetite: D.G. Kaye Q & A with Vashti Quiroz-Vega
Now time for a book review from Claire Fullerton for Mandy Haynes and her short story collection.
Sharp as a Serpent’s Tooth by Mandy Haynes.
In Mandy Haynes’s collection of Southern tinged short stories, Sharp as a Serpent’s Tooth, characters are as different as Jayhawks and Starlings, they grin like possums, and, if in need while in someone’s bad graces, are told they can go get what they want “their own dang self.” Throughout the assembly of Haynes’s five, compelling stories, her character-intensive narrative is urgent and breathless, so regionally pitch-perfect as to feel indiscreet:
“Now don’t roll your eyes at me,” the narrator of short story, Junebug Fischer says. “You know dang good and well Rita’s daughter did not get pregnant on her honeymoon. And you know same as me that she shouldn’t have married that no count Tucker, pregnant or not.”
Head over to read Claire’s review in full and find out more about Mandy Haynes: Review by Claire Fullerton for Sharp as a Serpent’s Tooth by Many Haynes
Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. have a good week.. thanks Sally.