nightmaresnightmares by KatzyDavus
She awakes with a scream, her tiny hands balled into fists and tears shining in her big blue eyes.
It takes a few seconds of heavy breathing before Dot realizes what she just experienced was a dream. Well, that time it was. She can still hear the sounds of the nightmare in her antennae: the terrified whispers of the ants around her. The raspy breathing punctuated by shrieks of fury and hunger. The loud thump-thump, thump-thump of the cruel heart beating in the chest behind her. And the voice, that awful voice asking questions that drip with sarcasm as he carries her toward the monster.
What's the matter, you scared of grasshoppers? he chuckles darkly, placing her in his lower hand so she's at eye level with his deranged pet. You don't like Thumper?
Dot squeezes her eyes shut and the tears slide down her cheeks. The darkness is only comforting for so long before images from her nightmare materialize in the light da
I cry.I feel a sadness in my soulI cry. by KatzyDavus
aching and spreading and filling
my eyes with the unfallen tears, the
unheard cries of children without mothers to hug
and mothers without children to hold.
I cry for the little girl who takes
her last breath and stares at her
brother with big, empty eyes, once
so full of life and glittering with
tears, glowing with the light of fireflies.
I cry for the boy who did everything
he could and still it wasn’t enough, who
bites his lip and tries to stop the tears
from falling even as he sits beside the fire
that swallows his sister and carries her into the sky.
I cry for what was, I cry for what
could have been, and I cry for what will
be… but mostly I just cry for the children,
for the sparks that dance along the dark
horizon and for the hope that dies with the sunrise.
Writing Tips - Read BetterThe most common wisdom told to new-coming writers is that you have to read a lot. Before I say anything else I will say that reading more will (usually) help you in a variety of ways that I'll go into by the end of this. How true is this? Well, I think that this is a little bit misstated. Reading, on its own, will not make you a better writer. It'll make you a better reader, to be sure. But it's kind of like... expecting to be good at making Italian food by eating Italian food. Sure, you can figure out what you like that way, but just eating it on its own will not make you know how to make the food.
You need to write a lot. If you've read every book in the world, but have never written a sentence, then you will not be a good writer—almost certainly. Writing and reading are different skills. Reading is like learning about art history. Writing is like painting. Reading is useful, almost certainly, but if you assume that that's on the highest pedestal, you are probably doing things
Your feelings are validI once read
that a teaspoon of matter
from a black hole
can weigh thousands of tons
so think about that
when someone tells you
your problem is no big deal
it may not look
like you have the weight of the world
upon your shoulders
but it sure can feel like it.
Throwback ThursdayYou know what I miss?
The simple days
of aimless buses and trains,
like magic carpets
that helped us to escape,
if only for a little while.
I miss the endless walks
that led to hours of
strip mall shenanigans--
spinning in desk chairs,
petting that little blind kitten,
and reading anything
from cheesy joke books
to Frost's melancholic verse.
I miss cheap deli lunches,
discounted coffee house milkshakes, and
midnight conversations on the swings
at your old elementary school,
with the moon so bright that
I could see your T-shirt.
Remember that time when, hot chocolate in hand,
we followed the sound
of live fiesta music
sailing on the hollow winter air
until we nearly crashed
a Hispanic family's party?
Or what about the moments
of heartbroken silence
when we discovered
the ruins of a piano
at the church
that was once your daycare?
I remember climbing, barefoot,
halfway up Ricky's fence
to watch his illegal fireworks
and stealing Mom's car
in the dead of night,
just for store-bought Chines
Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad WorldbuildingOne of the first mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror) makes is front-loading every little bit of information of their world that they painstakingly made. One of the last mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction makes is giving stupid details of their world, unknowingly retconing things, and explaining things that don't need explaining because this usually ends their career or irreparably damages a franchise. Today's lesson is about "bad worldbuilding" because the hardest part of actually creating a fictional world is giving too much detail.
This one is going to be different for different types of media. For example, most television shows have a build-as-you-go kind of feel (think Fairly Odd Parents), while a series of novels is usually planned out from the beginning. As an aside, if you're planning out an entire series of novels, make sure that at least the very first one can stand completely on its own to the point where
You Deserve to SmileDo what you have to do to be happy.
Eat an entire chocolate cake,
Swallow all the pills you need to take -
'Medication' isn't a dirty word.
Wear a princess dress
Or a band t-shirt with
Jeans in distress -
Boy or girl or anything in between,
Stand before that mirror
Take a twirl
And see how beautiful you are.
Go for a run,
Have some fun,
Watch Netflix until your eyes burn,
Curl up in bed -
Take a vacation from your head.
Phone a friend
And talk for hours,
Or stay in your room
And wait for the darkness
To end -
No need to pretend,
Just do what you need.
Paint a picture
Or write a sonnet,
Or just sit still
And breathe -
Pick some flowers,
Just for yourself -
You are just as special
As anyone else.