First thing’s first, Week Three is underway! Draw us toward your epic conclusion in ACT III.

April’s collection of poetry is still growing. Check it out here.

I consider myself a gifted writer. I have to, or I’d never share anything with anyone and you’d be reading a Chatter hosted by some other weirdo with a silly nickname. I like to think my strong point is short fiction, but I’m working on novel projects, so I’m hoping to hone that skill. I specify “fiction” because I’m not a non-fiction writer. I mean, I can write about myself in the sense of a blog entry, but to write a true memoir? I don’t know. I think my tendency toward makin’ stuff up would interfere at some point, such that the lines between fact and fairy tale would blur pretty dishonestly. My mother tells me it’s because we’re Irish. “We’re just full of blarney. We really can’t help it.”

So, alright then. I’m full of blarney. You’d think a person so full of blarney could put a talent like that to good use whenever the fancy strikes. After all, isn’t it the same drill, just applied to different subject matters or goals? Let me stop beating around the bush. See, there’s a new position open in my office and I’m trying t0 go for it. The application process requires a cover letter, and so I set about writing one. I didn’t even manage the first paragraph before I realized I was only spinning bull-spit and just barely representing myself truthfully. So, I tried again. On the second draft, there were more hard facts, but entirely too many superfluous words (kind of like the word superfluous, am I right?), and a lot of flowery language. It didn’t take me long to get frustrated.

Dry, straightforward reality just doesn’t appeal to me. It never has, and maybe that’s why I’m a writer. “I reject your reality and substitute my own.” Why? Because my version of events is far more colorful and interesting. Problem is, no prospective employer is going to use my walking-talking-human-Thesaurus skills to evaluate my eligibility for a desk job that requires, at best, only the ability to use spell check. Alas… the artist sabotages herself by doing the only thing she knows she’s good at.

Does your talent or style as a writer ever bleed into other parts of your life, with unwanted consequences? Does a tendency toward verboseness ever muddy the waters when all you need is to be blunt? Are they little inconveniences like an overly poetic cover letter, or truly disruptive complications?

Good morning, Writers of the Flame!

As you know, RicoChey has challenged us to write a four part play or story for the month of April. Week One, ACT I pressed us to start some interesting tales. It's time to see how ACT II was shaped from the prompt - "Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wisemen say it is the wisest course."

This line was taken from Act III of Shakespeare's Henry VI, part 3 and was spoken by [deposed] King Henry VI himself. In the scene, he is passing through the woods - disguised because he was a man with a bounty on his head - and worrying aloud, thinking he is alone. But in Shakespeare's tragic histories, no one is ever alone. A character can always expect to be overheard and then found out because they said too much.

Did our writers reveal too much? What kind of adversity will their characters face? Let's jump in and find out.

Your reading list:

Title: Pain
Author: ayumidah
Word count: 696
Warnings: none

Title: A single mind, awake.
Author: bluegerl
Word count: 960
Warnings: pc and no warnings.

Title: Adversity
Author: Kathy/darlinleo
Word Count: 222
Warnings: none
Cento Poetry

Title: Willa the Wisp Act 2
Author: skyllairae
Word Count: 1,059
Warnings: none

Title: Never The Wisest Course
Author: jlly_Tami
Word Count: 978
Warnings: still none


Title: Let me embrace thee.
Author: bluegerl
Word count: ~1,000
Warnings: no

The polls close by 11:45pm on Wednesday (EDT).
With this competition the goal is to write a four part story, so we will suspend weekly eliminations and choose the best, complete work that meets the three acts and an epilogue criteria at the end of the month. There will be a poll each week to provide feedback for the writer on how well received their story was, but the votes that choose a winner will not happen until May 1st.

Remember when you are voting to consider how well the writer has met the criteria given.

The contest is now closed to new competitors, but we encourage any latecomers to submit as JFF if their inner bard is provoked by a prompt.

Be sure to spread some comment love, let your fellow writers know they are appreciated. If it's an off-site blog and you have trouble with commenting, feel free to share your comments here and we'll pass them along. In fact, I encourage you to share some [constructive] public thoughts below with the community. Let's talk about what we read, together.

We love it when our Embers write, but we also need the community to come together and read what's being submitted. Even if you didn't have time to write this week, please take a few minutes to read and encourage your friends to read as well. Share our fire!



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