Archive for March, 2013

30Mar

Chilly Mind

Guru Tony says … Severe cold & snows in UK are expected to have killed 1000s of elderly. Let’s also not forget the squeeze on the poor & govt complicity.
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Polly Ticks says … EU bailout agreed for Cyprus, but at what cost? I can’t get it out of my head that they were bullied. Are Europe’s big boys at it again?
My Economics page

Dr Illya Ness says … Genetic markers close to allow screening of possible cancers before they appear. Science miracle or new depression as we know how we’ll die?
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My Writing Tips

To cooperate
And pact full of clauses, too
Devil in detail
***
SOCIO-DEATH: ‘Why did belief in
ghosts wane?’ repeated the spirit. ‘It
was when all those old Socialists died.
Atheists all, they went on strike.’
***
The ghosts were active
I saw them everywhere with
My mind stuck in past

To sit atop mind
No fears, nightmares – just peace
Ascent from the pit

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Loch Ness Monster – lake creature; cousins in isolated lakes worldwide. Hallucinated evolutionary memory of when ancestors first broke surface of water.
Labour Party (UK) – political party for socialism. Now socialism is gone, they’re pointless. Yet, when a country has no ‘left’ it falls over.
Lancelot – most famous knight. Remembered for his love affair with Guinevere. Chivalry was as dead then as now.


Harry Fang says:

CURTAINS: When the curtains moved I
jumped. What was behind them? Finally
I conquered my fear and looked. Nothing.
Then shock. I have no curtains.
***
MATERIAL: He was a material witness.
He’d seen the bunny steal the eggs. The
rational people knew he was mad. Easter
Bunny doesn’t exist – in August.
***
MEAL TIME: Witchfinder cursed; his prey
had escaped. Hungrily, he looked around
the kitchen. Spied her pet. In the pot!
It would be a familiar meal.

I, HORROR
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24Mar

Momentary Government

Polly Ticks says … UK Chancellor drops tax on beer by 1p in an attempt to win people over while imposing a spare ‘bedroom tax’ on the poorest. Disgusting.
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Guru Tony says … Gas supply to UK threatened as cold causes rise & a pump fails. How delicate our ‘efficient’ systems are nowadays. Gross inefficiency.
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Dr Illya Ness says … Warning of ‘perfect storm’ in UK farming – weather, disease & commercial pressure. What do you expect with govt by city boys? Wellbeing begins with food.
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THE CRIME POST
My Writing Tips

We love whodunits
Cosy settings disturb not
Murder from armchair
***
DRAMATIC: He blamed the face tattoos
on his fingers. His ‘gang’ did the crime.
Such drama as the jury decided. Mad or
bad? Judge suggested amputation.
***
Whodunit? Easy
So obvious from the start
Always the writer

Such great fortitude
She rose above victimhood
Imposed by the self

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
King – ruler by right. No one above him, does as he pleases. Dying out? No! Most individuals now.
Karma – fate as effect from cause. East: moral consequence for next life. Known for millenia. Science eventually caught up.
Kin – family. Used to mean of blood. Now: close group. Was guide between person & State. It had to be diluted.


Blogger Bard says:

MOMENT: He stole my moment. Life is
defined by such moments – a brief
chance for success or failure. He stole
my moment. A kind of murder.
***
A list in one hand
A bucket in the other
List spreads to body
***
CONSCIENCE: To realise I’d done it was
the hard part. Even in the mirror I turned
away from myself. Maybe that’s why I gave
myself up. No mirror in my cell.

I, DETECTIVE
by Anthony North
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17Mar

Clandestine Francis

Dr Illya Ness says … Worldwide rise in superbug resistance to antibiotics. Over use in food & medicine is bound to cause the little nasties to evolve. Stupid us.
My Illness page

Guru Tony says … As I predicted, new pope is a PR man. And what PR! South American & to be called Francis. Great brand. Keeps non-Europeans & Italians happy.
My Religion page

Major de Ranger says … Just as Argentina gets vocal about the Falklands again we get an Argentinian pope. Global PR may soon be bad for UK. Let’s not fight over it.
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FUTURE ZONE
My Writing Tips

Continuity
Continuity, conti …
Haiku don’t allow
***
LAUNDER: Red Luna had to read the psyche
report on humans. ‘Hid their self behind
a mask,’ it said. Soon caught, wearing a
literal mask didn’t wash.

Alone with the stars
Cacophony of silence
So loud is the void

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Jack the Ripper – media myth arising when clever individual murderers concocted a monster so as to avoid suspicion.
Janus – god of new beginnings with 2 heads looking front & back. Yet, looking both ways, shouldn’t you have the wisdom to get it right first time?
Jupiter – the planet that inspired so many supreme gods – yet no substance; full of hot air.


Blogger Bard says:

CLANDESTINE: He’d found the truth.
The aliens had come to Earth so long ago.
Now, so clandestine, you can only see
one when you look in the mirror.
***
Momentous moment
Cacophony of a life
Pearly Gates open
**
MYTHALIENS: The alien invaders
resembled unicorns in the west, huge birds
in the east, fauns in … Shapeshifters,
it was decided. Shifting perception,
offered the shrinks.
***
In a moment, born
Progression of moments, life
In a moment, gone

I, SPACEMAN
by Anthony North
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14Mar

Greenery

Does mood affect my reading? Yes. I have
to be in the mood for a particular genre.
Hope you’re in the mood for apocalypse in
a green kind of way with my MicroNovel.

GREENERY
an Eco-MicroNovel
by
Bloggger Bard
***

Ch 1. The Past: Stonehenge; towering stones say nature is mother. The Present: Towering banks say man thinks he’s king – light into shadow.

Ch 2. The stones soak up nature spirit, create Eco-Warrior as one day he’ll be needed as man leaves the natural cycle & advances – destroys.

Ch 3. Today: nature designed by man; mere greenery. Good to smell but he doesn’t know that if petals were sharp they’d bite off his nose.

Ch 4. Afraid. People leave home-box in car-box for office-box; forage in shop-box for food-boxes. Fear of nature has them boxed in.

Ch 5. Our villain is a metaphor for the bastards who pollute. Mr BigBiz sits in his office, greenery nowhere. Boxed in more than most.

Ch 6. Tick Tock Men serve him. They used to be human but now are machine-like. It’s no conspiracy. When minds think alike they act alike. Blind.

Ch 7. Lost souls of dead things belch from exhaust & chimney, but now they gather, choke, as Eco-Warrior returns with the wind & the heat.

Ch 8. BigBiz is taken – poured into a pipe, mixed with air (low carb diet?) & pistons pound & explode; vomit him out as the oily slime he is.

Ch 9. But Eco-Warrior is not yet finished. Fuel rods expel & heavy water seeps into every molecule & a mini-sun radiates, pulling atom from atom.

Ch 10. Now BigBiz is part of nature himself – not greenery but real as tendrils climb & trees sway, branches – tentacles – wrapping him in fear.

Ch 11. Chain-reaction now as hypermarkets erupt, junk food forming slime as shoppers forget therapy & sink, celebs popping as the zits they hide.

Ch 12. And banks evicerate, their wealth pointless now, their high towers turning to stone as nature declares bankruptcy of man; loan terminated.

Ch 13. Standing stones taller now. Triumphant. And Mother Nature nurtures child in her womb. This time the umbilical cord will remain.

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10Mar

Budgeting Icarus

Major de Ranger says … How to slash UK defence budget. Buy equipment that is needed for defence, not expensive stuff purely to keep Big Biz contracts going.
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Dr Illya Ness says … Life expectancy shorter in UK? Not surprised. Decadence follows greatness with no values or meaning & govts who don’t think of people. Without wellbeing, bad health.
My Illness page

Polly Ticks says … Plans for secret courts for cases of national security pushed thru UK Parliament. I cannot express the shame I feel regarding our politicians.
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RATTLERS’ TALE
My Writing Tips

Tried to fold pages
Origami has failed me
Broken my Kindle
***
PARTAKE: He knew which part ached
the most. Obstacle courses were a real
pain. And the high wall? The instructor’s
neck ached looking up at them.

Sensational past
Sensational future soon
Why is now a bore?

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Icon – cultural image of change, of perfection, and what we’re supposed to aspire to be. So aptly named: I con.
Icarus – failed stunt pilot with a warning from myth: that our aspirations can be the death of us.
Iceberg – a metaphor for mind, intent and knowledge. We see the tiny tip, a vast expanse hidden, mysterious and dangerous.


Blogger Bard says:

CROSS: He was cross when they broke
the Cross. Maybe he shouldn’t have crossed
them, but a crossroads was coming. Maybe
they get cross ‘cos the symbol says cross.
***
WAVES: He watched the waves roll in
and out; a metaphor for his indecision –
’til he held him down so long ago. He hoped
the waves would never decide his fate.

INMATE, EARTH
by Anthony North
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07Mar

Shapes

When the clocks change and it gets darker,
that’s a good time to take out my complete
collection of Poe, father of so many genres.
I suppose the following SCARY MicroNovel
could be in his tradition.

SHAPES
A ScarySciFi MicroNovel
by
Ulrika Feyn
***
WARNING: You might find some scenes scary
***

Ch 1. Sue had called me to the lab. Nano tech; atom sized robots. The Boffins had done it! But when they showed intelligence & disappeared …

Ch 2. ‘They began making shapes,’ said Sue, ‘of their own choosing.’ It was hard for her to go back so soon after her husband died.

Ch 3. But she shaped up. It was strange to see the lab, shapely, modern, isolated, & so close to the the graveyard. A strange justaposition.

Ch 4. Earlier, in the village pub, the old locals had told about strange shapes they’d seen. They had their own pentangle shapes to ward them off.

Ch 5. We were outside, looking at the graveyard. We saw a skeleton hand punch up from the ground. ‘O’ell, they’re out agin,’ said a local. He ran.

Ch 6. So did we; back to the lab. Taking an existing shape had increased their power; & when they came thru a keyhole, their dead eyes chilled.

Ch 7. Soon there were dozens of them. The Boffins tried to cut their power but as they were touched, their own eyes glazed over & were lost.

Ch 8. We ran thru the wood the Nanos on our tail. Ahead of us we saw torches making their own shapes & we bumped into the locals, chanting.

Ch 9. Sue had gone. I searched; found her. Shocked, I saw her dead husband approaching, about to touch. Yet she smiled, touched his face …

Ch 10. It was a scene from a Gothic novel. Torches flared, lighting up the woods. Chants abounded; pentangle shapes flew & the Nanos fled.

Ch 11. Denouement came by the lab. Surviving Boffins came out, machinery whirring; locals closed in – & Sue walked hand in hand with her ghost.

Ch 12. Finally, in a flash, the Nanos were gone. A calm descended. But who won? Science? Superstition? Love? I cuddled Sue as she cried.

Ch 13. So that’s my tale. But is it over? The Nanos were never found. Some say they integrated into the Net, waiting. Check your laptop … NOW!!

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I, SPACEMAN
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03Mar

Elective Hallucinations

Polly Ticks says … UK Tories forced into 3rd place in by-election as far right UKIP come 2nd. When major parties occupy mediocre middle ground, fanatics strike.
My Politics page

Guru Tony says … EU facing turmoil as another comedian causes political waves in Italy. Ah, the EU, so big, so fragile. Metaphor for a house of cards.
My Economics page

Dr Illya Ness says … Alcohol epidemic in the UK? Yes. So many people have no meaning, no identity, and now, no hope. Don’t look to the drinkers, but the system.
My Freedom page

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A haunting breeze lulled
Trees swayed between this world and
Next … Or was it I?
***
IDIOPATHIC: ‘His reason obscure,
action spontaneous,’ said the counsellor.
‘Like so many today he just lost his
head.’ Diagnosis: IDIOt psychoPATHIC.
***
Haunting Melody
Dirge for lost souls as waves lap
Davy Jones welcomes

Tomb raider finds Royal
Mummy wakens; rises – says:
‘Put that damn light out!’

MICROPEDIE IN 55 WORDS
Halloween – festival where the veil between living & dead is thinnest, so we send our children out into the dark.

Hallucination – the reality we experience when the reality we believe is real is shown not to be.
Heart – pump infected by emotion; organ of love, poetry & a warm glow. Now, an Ode to my central heating pump …


Blogger Bard says:

UNLIMITED: He’d booked unlimited time
in the mystical experience. All knowledge
flooded in – so many lives. When he
returned he was a ghost of himself.
***
ORDEAL: She was soaking. Accused of
witchcraft, the water ordeal. Drowning
meant innocense. Surviving meant guilt.
She lived, ’til the noose pulls.

WONDER – latest MicroNovel
in 13 Tweets

Ch 1. When the secret was stolen the Mandarins wondered who it was. Panic hit the heart of Conspiracy & it was no wonder I was called in.
Ch 2. I was with Wonder at the time, having a wonderful time, but it would be good to be in action again. The order had come from the Top
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I, HORROR
by Anthony North
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