Writing Wednesday: “Cardiac”

Cardiac

A body is colloquially
70% water.

Bones range in density
and thus in mass
and gravity’s pull.

How much blood and viscera
contribute to my ““obesity””?

Does each mouthful of spit,
each blood donation,
each lungful of
recreational smoke
make me fatter
and heavier
and more attracted
to the earth?

My heart is full
of blood
of guilt
of love
of speed
of necessity.

My heart pumps
weaker than I’d like,
too slow for my lungs to dance with,
and at least I can change
my muscle’s strength.

But the potency of runny red rushing
from top to tail
tip to crest—
I cannot measure;
weak or strong?
fast or slow?
this or that?

Who deserves a metaphor
from a suffering body
unsure of its

downfalls & struggle & weight?

Writing Wednesday: Predictive Text Poem

Yeah I’m sure the best price

online for a few weeks of my own

and a bit more than a year

or more than a year.

I am not a problem with the following:

models and battery life performance

after one of our refurbished Cisco

available to buy and sell used or new

on a map and I.

I am a the the

same time of the most I don’t have to feel for a bit

like to be a good day out out

for the next couple of years.

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This month’s Writing Wednesday series hosts interviews with characters from my WIP. The last interview! Meet the antagonist.

First and foremost, your name and a little bit about you.

My name is Harlow and I’m a student at the Academy with Zephyr.

What is your fondest memory?

My most recent fond memory is when I showed my Academy acceptance to my parents. We celebrated with a party at our house and hired a cook from over the mountains. The food was different, but delicious.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Long fingernails, whether they’re on my own hands or someone else’s.

Would you rather be a bird scared of heights, or a bird who couldn’t fly?

A bird scared of heights. A bird could face its fear, but a bird who can’t fly like its kin might as well be dead.

Which would be a more painful way of dying: drowning, or burning?

Burning. I think it’s slower and more agonising. And if you manage to live through a fatal burning, you’re more scarred than if you survived drowning.

If you could be reincarnated, what or who would you like to be in another life?

Lava or magma would be fun.

More about this WIP can be found on the writing projects page.

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This month’s Writing Wednesday series hosts interviews with characters from my WIP. Here’s one of the supporting characters.

First and foremost, your name and a little bit about you.

Gabriel. I’m trying to get into an Academy.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

When I discovered my magic abilities. I knew I had a natural talent. I suppose my talent itself is my greatest accomplishment, and I’m always trying to get stronger.

Which is the greatest virtue?

Persistence.

You hear a noise in the dark and you’re alone. Do you investigate with curiosity, ignore it, or brace yourself?

I investigate with curiosity.

Which would be a more painful way of dying: drowning, or burning?

Drowning would be. The death is more overwhelming. It works from the inside out.

If you could be reincarnated, what or who would you like to be in another life?

I’d like to be someone in another city. Maybe not in this country or the one over the mountains, but somewhere with more people.

More about this WIP can be found on the writing projects page.

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This month’s Writing Wednesday series hosts interviews with characters from my WIP. Here’s one of the supporting characters.

First and foremost, your name and a little bit about you.

Thank you for having me here. I am Imani. I am twenty years old and a very optimistic person.

What makes you laugh so hard you cry?

My sister, when she is at her best. She has always been silly and goofy.

Where do you go when you’re angry?

When I am angry and upset, I go to the forest trails outside of my village. It is the opposite of quiet: birds, wind, my footsteps all bring me back to the world.

You see two paths in front of you: one leads to a vine-covered set of ruins, and the other leads to a small cottage. Which path are you drawn to?

I am drawn to the small cottage. I imagine it in the early twilight and smoke floats out of a chimney, and a light shines through many windows.

Which would be a more painful way of dying: drowning, or burning?

I prefer not to answer. My parents and their siblings drowned many years ago.

If you could be reincarnated, what or who would you like to be in another life?

I would like to be a person born into a city like the one near the lake or in one over the mountains.

More about this WIP can be found on the writing projects page.

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So, this month’s Writing Wednesday series is going to focus on my characters for my WIP. Here’s the second interview!

First and foremost, your name and a little bit about you.

Dwyn. I have a twin brother. I love the lakes and rivers. This town isn’t big enough for me anymore.

Which talent would you most want to have?

If an unearthly talent counts, then underwater breathing. I hear there are mermaids in the sea, so maybe I could join them. If I must stick with conventional talents, then flexibility, as in bodily flexibility. Back-bends and contortions and that nonsense.

On which occasions do you lie, if ever?

I’d lie to keep a secret, but I’d also lie to get out of a deathly situation. I try to be honest in my life, without casting sugar on painful situations. A life in trading, however, showed me a grey area between lies and honesty—“persuading” would be a gentle word for it, actually. Let’s call it persuasion instead of lying.

Would you rather survive in a damp cave or an expansive desert?

Damp cave. I’ve lived my whole love in the desert, worked most of my recent years under a scorching sun, and as much as I like to be warm, some humidity might be a welcome change.

Which would be a more painful way of dying: drowning, or burning?

Burning. As much as I love the sun, I wouldn’t want to feel like I’m swimming in it.

If you could be reincarnated, what or who would you like to be in another life?

Mermaid. Mermaid. Mermaid. Or a bundle of algae.

More about this WIP can be found on the writing projects page.

Writing Wednesday 14

I wanted to share a bit about my current WIP—entitled THE PILGRIMAGE—and the characters are the most important part. Here’s a brief interview between myself and one of the characters!

Welcome to Coryl’s blog! We’re so grateful you decided to let us interview you, with your busy work being a character in an upcoming novel. Thank you so much. First and foremost, your name and a little bit about you.

My name is Zephyr. I’m #2 in my class at the Academy, where I’ve just been sent by the Mistress on an assignment in order to complete this year’s training as a Mage’s Apprentice.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A house with a solid foundation, orderly furniture, and tile floors. Every room has a well-watered plant. My sister and father are safe in our homeland.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Tolerance.

If you’re outside at night, does your attention wander to the stars or the dark?

My attention wanders to the stars.

Which would be a more painful way of dying: drowning, or burning?

Drowning would be more painful. You’d feel your weight and the internal burning. I think the death would be slower, with no steady progression toward it. When you burn, there are different levels of depth that the fire can inflict pain on, like your skin, then your tissue, and so on. I think it’d be easier to know how close you are to your suffering finally ending. They’re both terrible, unfortunately.

If you could be reincarnated, what or who would you like to be in another life?

A tree in a remote land so I can see how tall I grow.

More about this WIP can be found on the writing projects page.

Writing Wednesday 13

Sevenling 4

He left a voicemail on my new cell phone
and a letter at the backyard door
to tell me he moved out of state.

I called the number he wrote,
heard a message of non-service,
and sent a bounced email to his address.

Our daughter studies abroad.

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Writing Wednesday 12

Sevenling 3

She wanted to ride the Ferris wheel
and see the pier on the coast
from the bumper cars’ queue.

Her father skimped on last month’s cheque
and gave her balloons with horses
instead of dogs

like I told him.

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