Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Without”


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”


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”


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.


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.


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!)



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.)



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.


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!

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Endings”


Sometimes you just have to say JUMP it by PascalCampion

Ever optimistic, you search the horizon for a new beginning

Never once believing in such a thing as an ending

“Don’t you know,” you’d say, a cheeky grin on your lips

“If you only anticipate the end, you won’t enjoy the rest.”

Nothing really ends–this moment, this year, this life

Gently coasting in a sea of memories and instances

Something as mind-boggling as time can’t force this to end

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Hate”


Scream by Slawa

Hot, heavy and smothering

A thick blanket of emotion that

Rather than coddle and comfort

Itches and irritates the sliver of sanity

That remains in the recesses of my mind

Even the smallest action of yours

Whether directed at me, someone else,

Or nothing at all

Stirs a force within that my body can’t contain

Breathe, breathe

Even breaths hiss through gritted teeth

Nothing can calm my absolute hatred

Your very existence sets my blood boiling

And no one else seems to feel the same

They don’t see you–the real you

And how?

Willful blindness, ignorance, perhaps

Or your powers of deceit

Manipulative creature that you are

You are not of this earth

And my hatred is the only tell

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Lesson”


The lesson. by PascalCampion

Leading lines and filling shapes, counting brushstrokes as they

Empty each cavity of its color, transforming this expanse of white

Space into a canvas worthy of framing, the tiny, eager hands of my

Son prove to me his passion is on par with my own. Even with my

Older age, the joy on his face, the glitter of inspiration in his eye

Nixes any doubts that this path, if he chooses it, will treat him well.

Writing Prompt Wednesday – “Sleep”

Bright Young Minds [31/365] by DaphneNg

I shut my eyes in hope of sleep
Gently closed, or tightly clenched
Despite the method I still see




Bright and vibrant and so distracting
“No rest for the wicked,”
They seem to titter
The flashes almost acting as letters,
Words and phrases meant to tell a story
Or prevent restful slumber
Even now I see naught but

Lights lights lights

Blinding and desperate for attention