Month: July 2021

Bygone

Right here where tough deodars burgeoned for years
With blooming flower beds and brazened beasts,
I now behold concrete blocks with my peers
And swirls of dust rising upon tarred streets.

โ€˜You Are the Only One That Can Tell Your Storyโ€™

Conceding that she writes when an idea or inspiration strikes, implying thus that she does not have a calendar per se, Cat, who considers herself an eternal learner, tells us thatย Bosco and the Beesย is a work of love. โ€˜I have written, re-written, edited, teased, swapped and fused certain characters into each other. Itโ€™s been fun!โ€™ she explains. โ€˜It started as a fun idea when my kids were younger and becoming avid readers. Bosco is a young fairy searching for his lifeโ€™s path, something that speaks to his heart. Itโ€™s the kind of story I would have loved growing up,โ€™ adds the writer, who admits working on the book has required a lot more discipline and dedication than ever before.ย 

The Tag

He sits up and swings his legs off the slab, then looks back at that precious white face. Yes, she wants to stay. Maybe a little while longer wouldnโ€™t hurt, after all. Rising to his feet, he straightens his tie and buttons his cuffs before heading for the door. He stops abruptly, letting out a slight sigh and pulls the tag from his pocket. He replaces it around the cadaverโ€™s big toe and steps from the room, making his way down the corridor to his office. He picks up the telephone.

โ€˜Selling Is Soul-Crushing; But Who Else Is Going to Sling My Hash to the World?โ€™

Author Ann Wuehler admits she has not been writing as much as she normally does. Speaking toย The Literary Juggernautย in an exclusive interaction, the quinquagenarian, who is currently residing in Eastern Oregon, close to the Snake River and Hells Canyon, says she almost always sets herself on a schedule to break free of the general hopeless malaise coupled with impotent fury. โ€˜I try to start writing or doing something ‘writerly’, such as submissions, by nine every morning. I try to make it a habit,โ€™ she begins, adding that she has lately been wanting to write, which she asserts is a good sign. โ€˜I have stayed up late into the night writing at times, of course. Or jumped into it nearly as soon as I woke up, eager to continue. It depends. On mood, on time, on if the project is due or just something for me,โ€™ she explains.

The Knight Set Right

The knight that night with might set right
Each plight of men with tempers frayed;
The men then penned their thoughts then light
And journeyed to far lands as aides.

Communicating the Gaps

In the advertising world, marketing professionals often like to instruct or brief the creative department verbally. Although it is prevalent in agencies to submit a written brief, which runs into about 25 pages, verbal instructions are inevitable for managers, who might turn hostile to their words later. Marketing pros also frequently use their body language to express some ugly facts and figures about the project. And writers must read between the lines! However, those who write have to be specific while working on their projects. They should need clarity; to arrive at this clarity, they will need to ask questions to the marketing team.

Altered Mien

When Morning and Night met again that day
To greet the ocean of marred, frozen milk,
I bade adieu to Ball of Fire to bilk
The shadows that had wrecked my life, my stay.

Nighttide

The night stepped out
Like a prima ballerina
From the monumental shadows
That reached the very heavens
Concealed awhile
Behind the great mountains of granite grey
That separated the tranquil realm
From the world outside

A Dying Moment

Did dying moments stretch out like elastic, the final split second of your life protracting for longer than anyone could ever know? Heโ€™d learnt that male mosquitoes live for an average of ten days, yet their perception of time may allow for this short lifespan to feel to them like what we know as months. The smaller the animal, the faster its metabolic rate; the faster its metabolic rate, the slower the passage of time appears to them. Try to swat a fly and youโ€™ll have your proof. Heโ€™d even skimmed some papers hypothesising a possible solution of mankindโ€™s distant descendants to the eventual end of the universe: manipulation of their metabolisms to experience the final centuries of the cosmos as countless millennia.

โ€˜Writing Is an Important Part of Who I Am’

When we ask Duane if there is anything he would like to tell budding writers who lose motivation if their works do not do well, he says that you never know what people will like or which of your works will strike a chord with someone. โ€˜Focus on the actual writing and on reading as much as you can. Keep learning and growing; never convince yourself that youโ€™ve arrived and that everyone else needs to discover your greatness. Keep trying to improve your craft and find more readers. Network with other creatives and help promote their work so that you may learn from each other,โ€™ he explains.ย 

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