16 April 2014 @ 08:31 pm
Good evening, Flames!
Logged in and saw that Wednesday was blank so I figured I'd jump in and say Hiiiiii!

I was just listening to The Beatles 'Revolver' and one of my top 10 favorite Beatles songs "Got to get you into my life". In addition to having great energy, that song reminds me of my youth and Sunday afternoons spent skating with my friend Amy at the local roller rink. It was one of the few places my parents would drop me off, with a little cash in my pocket, to spend a few unsupervised hours away from home. I had to be 11 or 12, so that kind of trust from my parents was a really big deal.

Amy & I would play the stand-up arcade games and practice our version of figure skating in the little side rink. We would sing along to all the songs and take turns pretending to be Kira from 'Xanadu' or one of the dancers in 'Fame'. There were rarely boys there more interesting than our own imaginations, so for most "couples only" songs we would take turns pushing each other around the rink to practice our slow spins and skating backwards.

Those mysteriously carpet-covered walls are the hallowed halls of some of my favorite childhood memories - all of the innocent ones decorated with unicorns, rainbows and posters of Rick Springfield, where the only arguments were about what was the better color (pink or purple) or who was hotter (John Taylor or Andy Taylor).

What activity takes you back to memories of carefree innocence?
 
 
15 April 2014 @ 05:36 am
Well hello there!

As we have three contestants competing this week, there won't be any eliminations. Please cast your votes, read and comment between now and 9pm EDT, Saturday April 19.


Poll #1964654 April Week Two Poll!!!
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 3

Week 2 Poll!

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hwango's entry here!
2 (50.0%)
darlinleo's entry here!
1 (25.0%)
bluegerl's entry here!
1 (25.0%)

Just For Fun!

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keppiehed's entry here!
1 (50.0%)
bluegerl's entry here!
0 (0.0%)
missflyer's entry here!
1 (50.0%)


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14 April 2014 @ 02:05 pm
Sorry for the late arrival. LiveJournal led me to believe I didn't know my password anymore, so I entered a different one and got locked out. I had never logged in from my new phone before, so I was lost and hopeless.

We take a great deal for granted, don't we? So much comes so blissfully easily to us that we don't even notice. In fact, we notice so little that we have somehow managed to interpret our leisure as inconvenience. I just complained because I had to wait an extra hour to use an interconnected network of computers and mobile phones to post a message with the potential to be seen by billions of complete strangers all over the world. I COMPLAINED about that incredible luxury, just because I had to wait sixty minutes to do it, and even after digesting these thoughts, I will do it again in a heartbeat.

When you finally take a moment to consider it, which everyday luxuries do you manage to find room to complain about?
 
 
13 April 2014 @ 05:38 am
Howdy, m'dears!

I hope you all are having a magnifique weekend!

The week 1 poll has closed, and here are the results:

Congratulations to our week one winners, hwango and darlinleo!

Also continuing onto week 2 we have jlly_coppercorn and bluegerl


keppiehed and missflyer, I hope you will write just for fun for the rest of the month, and join us again in May!
 
 
12 April 2014 @ 11:30 pm
One has to love the month of April, esp here in the Ohio Valley. Tomorrow it is supposed to get in the 80s and then down to the 30s for the week. An amazing thing is that many of the fruit trees blossomed between lunch and the time I got off work.

And April, for those unaware, is also APAD...or April Poem a Day. It also used to be Script Frenzy, created by the same people who give us NaNoWriMo in November. Alas I am a bit behind for APAD which means at some point I will have to do double duty.

Do you ever do any of these events? APAD, ASAD (August Scribble a Day), NaNoWriMo. And do you think it helps you as a writer?
 
 
12 April 2014 @ 07:02 pm
Thus starts one of the holier of weeks..Palm Sunday tomorrow and Passover Monday. You may ask, if the Last Supper was a Seder meal, then why are they not together? Because the Early Church Fathers arranged it that way. Which to me seems somewhat silly, but what do I know,eh?
Much better, of course is the competitions here at BF, and of course now we are getting back in the routine of chatters, which help to build the community. So what has been talked about on this week before sacred weeks? (and how am I going to follow that next week? oops. )

Monday has mistvieh talks about the addictive qualities of TV, esp now that we have netflix, hulu etc. What do you need to watch? want to watch?

Tuesday and the intrepid lacombe returns for a chatter. A nice change, and as it happens, what he is chatting about.

Tuesday. Yes I know, I just said Tuesday. Consider it a two for tuesday, with mistvieh talking about vices.
Wednesday? call for Wednesday? or not as the case may be.

Thursday cedarwolfsinger talks about haunting. Have you been? Is there someont/thing you would or would not like to haunt you?

Friday jlly_coppercorn talks about hosing patios and how it helps writing. And how you get inspiration.

A reminder that you have until 2100 EDST to vote on this week's entries. The deadline for this week's topic is Sunday 13 April at 1700...I am guessing EDST And that topic would be...glare

And next week's topic is out...which is (small drum roll please?) glow
 
 
12 April 2014 @ 03:34 pm
Hello friends!

Whoa... TWO Saturday topic postings in a row?  That mod must have it together all of a sudden....

When submitting for the contest, link your entry in the poll below to have it incorporated into the voting poll at the end of the week. Check out t Main Contest Rules for info on how the main contest works!ift

Keep in mind that if you DID NOT submit an entry for week one, you will not be eligible to compete in the Main Contest, but are still free to continue on Just For Fun (and request edits) if you’d like.

Please note also at for the ease of assigning editors and ROAR readers, we request that you include in your submission an approximate word count as well as a genre - just "fiction," "poetry," "non-fiction," or "screenplay" will suffice. Thank you!

For those who aren't sure how to link your entry: copy the link in your browser's address bar when viewing your entry, then paste it in the submission box below. Optionally, you can add HTML to make your link clickable by others. To do this, check out these instructions.


April is a themed month; we will resume unthemed topics for May.

Your Week 3 Topic is ..
Glow

If a glare is the angry, vicious side of light, then glow is when it's joyful. In the daytime, a glow is angelic, suggestive of a deep and sacred power that emanates from within.  At night, it's mesmerizing and magical -- the hypnotic glow of the will-o-wisp, the beauty of the stars, and the flame that drives moths to hurl themselves to their deaths.  At the bottom of the ocean, a glow is precious -- the trick of the lantern fish, who lures sea creatures to their deaths.

What is the primal urge that draws us in to the glow, even when we don't understand why?  Why does it represent power, mystery, and a fundamental element of desire in all living things?

You can't shine of you don't glow, you know.  Shine on this week, you crazy, flamey, diamonds.


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Poll #1964333 Week 3 Topic!
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What type of community editing would you like on your piece this week?

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Your entries are due by Sunday, April 20th, 2014. I'll close the poll at 5pm EST at the earliest.  Good luck to you all this week!
 
 
Current Mood: Cheery
Current Music: Sara Bareilles - Many the miles
 
 
11 April 2014 @ 09:33 am
Good morning and happy Friday Flames!

I've had some ideas for this week's 'Glare' prompt, but I'm falling behind on writing anything down. I hope you are doing better on that score.
It was great to see more participants last week! Let's keep that forward momentum and maybe nudge a few of the other members into joining us.

I've been really focused on home maintenance this week. We spent nearly $1,000 to have our patio repaired on Tuesday. When my sweetie came home from work that day and surveyed the work he seemed so disappointed (in his daydreams he had hoped to come home to a magical patio of travertine). Basically the guys had lifted all the sunken spots in the existing pavers to level it all out and get rid of some problem areas that used to puddle and get really muddy. They did the repairs but not a clean up of the old caked in mud and mold - not that we were paying them to.

So in an effort to make him happy, I spent a huge chunk of my day yesterday hosing down the bricks with a super, high-pressure nozzle. I used the time of mundane tedium to play through a few scenarios with the story prompt and see which one carried me away. I think I'm fortunate that I can become so absorbed in my thoughts that three hours of hosing down bricks and getting spattered with mud (let's pretend it was only mud) can be a time of inspiration and creativity. I usually "write" best when I'm driving, vacuuming, showering...any activity where my brain can put the body on auto-pilot and let the thoughts flow freely.

How do you work best on your writing? What setting(s) lends the best backdrop? Where does your inspiration find you?
 
 
10 April 2014 @ 02:11 pm
Sorry I didn't get to this in the morning -- it kind of got away from me.  I am the chauffeur in my house, so it was "take sister to medical appointment" morning.

Question of the day:

What dead person would you least want to be haunted by?


  I think I would not want to be haunted by Jack the Ripper.  He  seemed to be so consummately evil, that I would potentially lose my mind if he were haunting me.  I might be fascinated about his thought process but I think he would get tedious after  bit.


So -- ring in.  Who would you least like to be haunted by?

 
 
08 April 2014 @ 11:59 am

Holy macky facky, I almost forgot I had to do this! I got a call back on that interview; one of only TWO candidates chosen to proceed to the next interview level. I'm probably gonna flip out. I did get my espresso in beforehand, which is probably the only reason my brain turned on. I love espresso, and that's a little weird. There was a time when I thought coffee was disgusting, and I actually kind of looked down on people who couldn't function without it. Now, as someone who finally fits the product description "Enclosed: One adult.", I GET IT.

Some people go to Starbucks for a Frappuccino or a milky, sugary, creamy coffee delight. I? "Four shots over ice with two fingers of 1%, please." Espresso and ice. Fuel of champions. I like to think this is mostly just substitution. See, for a couple of years in my youth (so, like, seven years ago), I had a meth addiction. Apart from the obvious selling point that is being high as a kite, I have since learned that I was self-medicating a mental illness with which I could not cope while sober. After I quit the drugs, the illness came roaring back, and it took me five long years to find a way to conduct myself without giving in to my shortcomings. Since moving back here to Arizona in 2012, life has changed for me. Dramatically. As with most things, my illness has been exacerbated by the dramatic shifts. Without a meth addiction to fall back on, and because I also quit smoking and have no health insurance, espresso, dark chocolate, and daily B12 vitamins are my as-close-as-I'm-gonna-get cocktail for staying vigilant and in control. Sometimes, a vice is survival.

What are your vices? How would you describe your relationship with it/them?

 
 
08 April 2014 @ 06:18 am
Howdy, my lovelies!

I'm very excited about this poll!

Welcome back to those of you who haven't competed in a long time! It is great to have you with us!

This week there will be two eliminations. So, between now and 9pm EST, Saturday April 12, please cast your votes!

Have a great week, y'all!


Poll #1963826 April Week One Poll!!!
This poll is closed.
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 7

Week 1 Poll!

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keppiehed's entry here!
1 (5.3%)
hwango's entry here!
5 (26.3%)
jlly_coppercorn's entry here!
3 (15.8%)
darlinleo's entry here!
5 (26.3%)
missflyer's entry here!
2 (10.5%)
bluegerl's entry here!
3 (15.8%)

Just For Fun!

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bluegerl's entry here!
5 (100.0%)


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07 April 2014 @ 11:17 am
Happy Monday, little Flames! Did everyone have an eventful weekend?

My weekend has been consumed by my favorite entertainment. There is a lot to watch on television nowadays. Every season there is a brand new wave of pressure to love a different show. I'm fairly immune to most hype. I never liked Seinfeld, I know nothing about Friends, 30 Rock went right over my head, I have no idea about Heroes, and How I Met Your Mother bores me. Those are only a few examples of things I failed at liking. However, when I manage to discover something I love, I become loyally fanatical about it.

All Saturday night, -- until well after dawn -- my boyfriend and I stayed up watching all of the second half of The Walking Dead Season Four, just because he has the DVR and I don't. It was almost a religious experience for us. Maybe your one night a week with your significant other should be spent doing other things, but that was what meant the most to us. This morning, I watched the premier of Game of Thrones Season Four and it was better than morning coffee. Now, I have just discovered that House, M.D. is on Netflix. I may explode.

How susceptible are you to being sucked in by what's on television? Do you have a pattern or a specific tendency? What are your favorites, if any?  
 
 
05 April 2014 @ 04:17 pm
Have you ever noticed that the sorting hat from Harry Potter looks like a witch's hat. Which in turn looks like the coned hats that medieval Jews were required to wear in much of Europe.

Another thought. Are zombies popular in part because they are without individuality? Something that both sides of politics accuse the other of.

Horror. The twins, Horror and Fantasy, seem to take turns in being popular. Speaking here of literature. In other medias there is certainly room for both, along with younger brother Science Fiction.

Do we really even need these labels? What do you think?
 
 
05 April 2014 @ 04:11 pm
Yes thus went the first week of April. In fact for some of you it is already the second week. Please do not drink all the coffee before we get there? A reminder from lacombe that we still need someone to be in charge of editing. Drop him a note if you are interested? And if you know anyone who would like a rear chimney as an entree please let me know. And what are we editing? Well, the prompt for this week is "Shade". Meanwhile...

Monday and mistvieh asks if you are shaped by the security of your environment. Or paranoia as the case may be.

Tuesday with jlly_coppercorn asking us about April Fool's pranks.

Wednesday. mistvieh returns, this time talking about the effect and reaction of music.

Thursday Why look, it is cedarwolfsinger. Cannot see her? Well that is because she is talking about invisibility.

Friday and jlly_coppercorn talks about being competitive.

Also on Friday, lacombe gives you an advantage by showing us the next topic. Luck with that, and with the coming week.
 
 
12 April 2014 @ 02:21 pm
G'day my friends!

Posting much earlier than usual this week.  The Week 1 Topic is still open, so no worries there.  Thanks for everyone's patience and enthusiasm!

When submitting for the contest, link your entry in the poll below to have it incorporated into the voting poll at the end of the week. Check out t Main Contest Rules for info on how the main contest works!ift

Keep in mind that if you DID NOT submit an entry for week one, you will not be eligible to compete in the Main Contest, but are still free to continue on Just For Fun (and request edits) if you’d like.

Please note also at for the ease of assigning editors and ROAR readers, we request that you include in your submission an approximate word count as well as a genre - just "fiction," "poetry," "non-fiction," or "screenplay" will suffice. Thank you!

For those who aren't sure how to link your entry: copy the link in your browser's address bar when viewing your entry, then paste it in the submission box below. Optionally, you can add HTML to make your link clickable by others. To do this, check out these instructions.


April is a themed month; we will resume unthemed topics for May.

Your Week 2 Topic is ..
Glare

Light in its sharpest form, it's both a reflection and a concentration of energy -- the line between elemental expression and personification.  It's the incidental and fatal glare of the setting sun as it sets, the strategic glare of the sword of a glimmering knight as he blinds his enemy before an attack, and the beam reflected off a mirror that starts the tragic fire.

We imitate the harsh glare of light ourselves, shooting a painful glance to retaliate against those who do us harm. Remember -- a glare, whether sunlight or an expression on a face, is nothing more than light in our retinas. And yet, its ability to cause physical or emotional pain is undiminished.

Will your glare be light, look, or mystical?  The choice is yours.


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Poll #1963456 Week 2
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5

List your Week 2 entries here!

Submit your JFF entries here!

Please post the genre of your piece first, followed by word count, and then by warnings.

What type of community editing would you like on your piece this week?

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No holds barred!
2 (40.0%)
Moderate.
0 (0.0%)
Gentle.
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None, please!
3 (60.0%)

Would you like feedback on grammar, punctuation, and technical writing feedback this week?

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Yes.
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I am *NOT* interested in having my entries sent to ROAR participants.
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Your entries are due by Sunday, April 13th, 2014. I'll close the poll at 5pm EST at the earliest.  Good luck to you all this week!
 
 
Current Mood: Groovy
Current Music: Eric Hutchinson - All Over Now