Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Sympathy”

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Time by onurkorkmaz

Simpler times have come and gone for us

Yearning for a past that is no longer in reach

Moving forward toward a future with no clear destination

Perhaps we are bound for better things?

Anything is better than this void we exist in

Time is wasted by twiddling thumbs

Here we are expecting changes to occur

Yet nothing comes to pass without action

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Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Horror”

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Industrial Nightmare 5 by wb-skinner

Helpless and entangled in the chains of a well-oiled machine

Only hope for survival is escape, and even that–unattainable

Revving of the foul engine, blades twisting and churning

Reveling in the fear, drenched in the despair and pain

Openly salivating grease and blood, eager to sink into flesh

Rending of bones and shrieks of horror complement the groan of gears

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Affection”

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Black and White by IMustBeDead

It was finally Sunday again. The week always seemed to drag on, making the wait all the worse, as if it were a month in-between each visit versus a few days. But it was finally Sunday again. The day Yasmin got to see her again, framed by fading sunlight with the music of waves to dance to.

At about six p.m. they pulled into the small gravel parking lot, got out of the car and walked the short way to the small cliff that was their rendezvous point. This time of year, the sun would be close to setting by about six o’clock, a cool breeze coming off the sea to ruffle their hair and redden their cheeks.

Every Sunday, for what seemed like so long now but not long enough, in Yasmin’s opinion, they would come to this cliff they had found by chance and sit on the edge, staring out into the horizon and watching the sun slowly descend. Sometimes they talked, sometimes it was comfortable silence. There was more talking now than there used to be, since they were separated during the week, and so this was the time Yasmin and Clara would catch up. They talked of family, new friends, college, and how much they missed each other. But they were close enough to home that they could both return every weekend, and see this Sunday sunset together.

Clara happily skipped the last few steps to the cliff’s edge, breathing deep of the sea air and letting it out in a gust of relief. Yasmin was still close to the water, even when away at school, but Clara was further inland. These weekly trips to their cliff were a reunion for not only the girls, but also for Clara and the sea. Her home away from home.

“Good to be back,” she said, her traditional beginning every Sunday evening. The sea seemed to crash harder into the cliff as if to say hello in return. Yasmin came to stand a step behind Clara, wary of the edge even after all this time, as Clara stretched and raised her arms over her head.

And as Clara raised her arms skyward so too did the waves rise to meet them, as if she had magicked them upward into a roiling, seething mass. Perhaps she had—it couldn’t just be Yasmin, imagining the mystical nature of her movements, the wickedness of her smile as Clara turned to her, beckoning to join her at the cliffs edge. But how wicked could it possibly be when her gentle hand took Yasmin’s own, warming it with the heat and glow of her endless supply of soothing energy?

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Confused”

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5.45 AM by PascalCampion

Completing this picturesque view of the horizon with

Only the sky, the sea, the sun and myself to fill in

Nuanced blank spaces, even still I

Find no answers in the dark and vast

Unknown, despite the sunshine fighting for me

Spilling over the edge of the world, trying to shed

Even the barest amount of light on my muddled thoughts

Do I deserve to have my confusion dispelled?

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “You”

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No words, just notes by PascalCampion

Shall I make a list?

Of all the things that make you, you?

Let’s start here, right here

This bashful dimple in your cheek

Having to listen to someone praise you

Ah, there’s another for the list

Your humility, so admirable

And your night-sky eyes,

Coupled with your shy smile,

That sends tingles down my spine

The feelings you incite in me

Could that go on the list?

Your dedication, your drive

You put all of yourself into everything you do

And it shows, really shines

And perfectly complements your weathered hands

The hands of a hard worker, a kind helper

Hands that completely cover my own

And fit snugly, fingers laced with fingers

Where am I, how many is that?

The things that make me love you

This list isn’t just for me, you know

Because, while I love you dearly

These beautiful qualities of yours?

You, more than anyone, should know them all

It is you, after all

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Without”

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Don t stop believing by PascalCampion

Withered fingers claw desperately for missing pieces

Imagining their life, how different it would be, if only, if only

Try to define this emptiness, this state of without

How do you fight this feeling of always wanting?

Openly bare to the world, with nothing to fill the void

Utterly left bereft of the thing to make it all whole

These things take time, but too much results in stagnant purpose

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Cold”

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cold by Franiuk

Chilled and shivering with blistered feet in ice and snow

Open eyes squinted in pain, the harsh wind biting at

Lids and lashes covered in frost and numbness

Definitely, this was a mistake

Even all the determination in your body can’t warm you

Requiring far more than willpower to just,

Simply, even imagine a warmth that is no longer there

Try as you might, this struggle is endless

Icy wind like frigid knives piercing your skin

Little left to do but kneel in this blizzard, defeated

Leaving you colder still

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Soft”

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A Mother’s Love by danielaurin

Stirring the air with each small puff of breath

This baby sleeps soundly

Comforted by the presence of their mother

Who sits, gently rocking back and forth as she leans on the crib

Watching with wonder at this small life that has joined, and bettered, her own

Who’d have thought something–someone–so small

So new to this world and with no experience

Could bring such joy and happiness?

With the lightest of touches

The mother gently traces a finger down the babe’s cheek

Soft to the touch

Lighter than clouds and purer than snow

The mother sighs in bliss

Eager for her child to awaken and see the world

Unboxing – J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, November (Dec.) 2017

Happy Friday, guys! Here I am with yet another box from Loot Crate’s J. K. Rowling Wizarding World subscription series. Fair warning, if you are subscribed to this box and either have not received or opened it yet, there are spoilers of the contents below. And as always, this is not a sponsored post. Also want to say that this one was unfortunately delayed due to “an unexpected production delay” for one of the items inside. But now it’s here!

Lots of images inbound, and as usual, feel free to click on the images to see a larger view for more details! (And apologies for the formatting on smaller devices!)

I typically try and keep away from anything that might spoil the contents for myself until I get the box, even the theme. This time that didn’t happen because of the delay (Loot Crate sent an email with some details and apologies), but all I knew was that the theme was “Secrets.” And from the seal on the box, I was excited for maybe some Weasley twins secrets, or the Marauders.

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Diving into the inside for the first peek, the box interior is decked out like the Marauder’s Map, and we can see a t-shirt, a box and something else on top. And to the guide that is included in every box, confirming the “Secrets” theme, this box contains magnets, a picture frame, a t-shirt, coasters, a collapsible tote, and a pin, the common-item between all the boxes.

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Just from the quick glance and reading about the items, they definitely seem to go along with the “Secrets” theme, which is great! Moving on to the first item, it’s the t-shirt! It’s a nice dark blue with an image of the moon and the Whomping Willow, but that’s not all–it also glows in the dark! Unfortunately my shirt didn’t have enough juice to power the designs enough to get a nice picture, but it features Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs in their animagus/werewolf forms.

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Next is the picture frame, a secret-box type one modeled after the painting of Ariana Dumbledore from the Deathly Hallows. I really like the idea of this item and how fitting it is to the theme! The picture of Ariana included is also one of those lenticular printed cards, so that she appears to move, as paintings in this universe tend to do. After opening the magnet-latched side, the inside leads to the Room of Requirement, as it should. 😉

The whole of the frame/box itself feels a little precarious, though–the surface feels like it’s already starting to crack a bit, and the lid feels like it’s not very stable. Might just need to tighten a screw or two, but it definitely makes me nervous about hanging it on a wall in the event it fell (or that it might cause a fall). Would probably be better suited to sitting on a dresser or something.

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Next we have the collapsible tote! Honestly I was afraid to unfurl it for a picture because of how difficult it would be to stuff back inside nicely again (spoiler: it was difficult, and does not look nice, but that’s probably just me), but this is another item I love the idea behind. Number 12 Grimmauld Place is where Sirius Black lives/hides (as well as the Order of the Phoenix) in the Harry Potter series, and is hidden in plain sight by meshing into the rest of the living space that surrounds the building. Very fitting, then, that this tote modeled after this place would be a collapsible one. It’s a decent-sized one and is made of that thin, canvas-y type of material.

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Then we have the coasters, which according to their description are a piece of the Blind Pig speakeasy from the Fantastic Beasts film. As far as what they’re made of it’s nothing fancy (I’d fear for a drink with condensation to sit on them and ruin the image, but who knows–they may surprise me), but the design is neat and it’s a nice, usable item to include in this box. (And I’m all about stuff that I can use!)

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Then the magnets (yay magnets!). Keeping with the theme again, these are the same flaming letters that Tom Riddle (Voldemort) uses in the Chamber of Secrets to spill the beans to Harry who he is. The little letters are punch-out magnets from the main sheet, and this way you can spell whatever anagram is available to you. (I hid mine under my suspended work cabinet–who knows, maybe I’ll spook whoever stops by if they stoop down and look.)

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Last of course is the pin, in the shape of Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, made into a Horcrux by the aforementioned Voldemort. I’m still obsessed with pins so I already like this one anyway. It feels nice and hefty and is very detailed–if I remember right the pins rarely disappoint.

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That’s all for November’s (December) 2017 Wizarding World subscription box! I feel like the overall theme was very connected this time, however the quality of some of the items left me wanting a little bit. The ideas behind everything were awesome, so here’s hoping that they hold up to time and use.

Let me know what you guys thought of this box and post, and if you’d like to see more of these! And if you got this particular box, what d’you think? How was the theme, the goodies you got? I love sharing stuff like this so more people can see and enjoy the potential goodies out there! Hopefully it generates some interest to get more subs to it–the more the merrier! (Plus with more people, we might get even neater stuff!)

Have a great weekend, and happy holiday season!