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Challenge Taken: Fated to Love a Recycled War-Hero

I wanted a challenge and a challenge I did get; Sonia G. Medeiros has come up with another blinder of a challenge (click here for the full details); essentially the challengees have to pick five words from the list on her post (the words I chose to use are in bold below) and add a word to the list (‘quintessential‘ is my submission) with a love and/or leap-year theme -oh and the word count must be 250. I combined this with the challenge I set (see here) and et voila; I give you:

Fated to Love a Recycled War-Hero

Clara squeezed her eyes shut and stopped breathing as she let herself silently tumble underwater toting Cornelius’ ring. It had become an unwanted, disorderly ritual she craved; every leap year she re-enacted what she considered became her idiosyncratic fate; despite her repulsion for her new form when in the sea, she always always welcomed the cool salty water; the silvery fins gasped through her already scaling skin. Her thoughts raced…


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Come on join me on a Challenge & Campaign

Remember remember sometime last year I took a dive into the Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign organised by Rachael Harrie?  Well, it’s starting over again (a mini one) and if like me, you want to meet and network with fantastic writers all over the globe then head on over to the Fourth Writer’s Platform Campaignsign-up and join one (or a few) of the groups found here.  This time round as well as participating, I am also a member of Rachael Harries‘ fabulous team (go on say hello to Michael Offutt, K.T. Hanna and Steph *waves*); I will (no doubt with the rest of the team) be working hard behind the scenes putting my organisation skills to the test (don’t be surprised if you receive an email from my good self :P ).  If you have any questions etc please do not hesitate in contacting us.  I look forward to hearing from you fab-tastic bunch of peops.  -Oh and don’t forget the #writecampaign hashtag on Twitter -come on join in with the conversations.  :D

And for those of you who love a good Flash Fiction Challenge, here’s January’s Picture Challenge.  Can’t wait to see what you come up with.
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Challenge (Re-)Issued: Turner’s Tapestries

Tuesday’s Triptych Tapestry:

I just realised I made a HUGE boo-boo with the deadline for this challenge *looks down and kicks an imaginary obstacle on the floor* I challenged you but set the deadline as 3rd September instead of 3rd October (I know!  How careless of me -must have been sleeping or sth…).  Therefore, to rectify this and give you a chance to prepare for this with good time, I’m keeping this open until 10th October 2011 (GMT), I will collate all the entries and post them with a new challenge on 11th October 2011 (sorry for the confusion).  I have amended the rules slightly, so please read the details below (I will make amendments on the schedule page soon(ish)), thank you for your patience. :D

(As always, there is a pdf document at the bottom of the post for those who may find this a difficult read.)

Challenge Issued: Turner’s Tapestries

Every month I issue a challenge to writers and artists alike; to come up with something inspired by the prompts I select and -though it’s still early days, the response I have received is delightful.  We are now into month three of issuing Flash Fiction Challenges -last month the challenge was Transparent Tapestries; these brave soul(s) rose to the challenge:

  • Sonia G. Medeiros’ story drew me with the opening line and then I was hooked; In Time -is subtle yet craftily written, a pure delight -a must read.
  • ‘s submission is a delightful read, if you have not read it yet please pop over and read the vivid imageries of Hot Chocolate -it made me want to be a kid again!
  • Me, Myself & I -As you already know, I have combined five challenges this month and it turned into: Once-Upon-A-Time -it seemed too basic to write but somehow there was something more, have a read and decide for yourself.

Sonia & Radha thank you for taking part -I hope you both enjoyed the creative journey. :D

The rules are quite simply this (I’ve made a slight amendment to the rules, please read the notes with the asterisk(s) before submitting your entry):

“Being an artist at heart, I have decided my triptych prompts will be based with an art theme running through it.  The prompts will have three parts to it:

  • Painting/Photography* by an Artist
  • Random lines of Poetry by Poets
  • An Art Movement/Writing Genre*

ADDITIONAL RULE

*I am introducing interactive prompts selections, please take note to where I have placed an asterisk (see above); these have one or more prompt types.  Please choose a prompt (e.g., painting/photography and art movement/writing genre) and add it to the comments below, the majority votes will indicate which prompt I will choose from -if there are no votes, then I will continue to select as I have up until now.

I will endeavour to select the above through the methods used by surrealist automatism (this will involve selecting imagery by opening books/webpage’s in a random manner).  You can choose any of the given prompts -or if you are brave and up to a challenge then use all three prompts!  The choice is yours.  Word count will be limited to 500-1000 (if it is slightly less or more I will not quibble).

If there are artists who feel inspired to take part with imagery or any poets who want to enter with poems -you too can join in -hey why not make it a mixed media piece!

**Please ensure you provide the link to your entry in the comments of the appropriate post so we can track your entry for reading as well as for collating in the next Flash Fiction Challenge.”

In honour of our busy schedules, I will keep the challenge open for a month.  I hope this gives you enough time to ponder on possible creative works.  May your muse inspire you always…

Your three prompts for the next four weeks are as follows:

Image sourced via: www.wikimedia.org

  • A few lines of poetry:

Just when I thought I couldn’t stand it

another minute longer, Friday came.

(Accounts of that have everything all wrong.)

Friday was nice.

Friday was nice, and we were friends.

If only he had been a woman!

-Crusoe in England by Elizabeth Bishop

  • Art Movement: none -for this month, rather than go along with an Art Movement I have decided to select a Writing Genre instead; for this challenge your genre is Comic Fantasy.

*If you are looking to enter with a Poem or a Visual Image then the word count is not applicable (having said that; fellow Poets, if you are generous with your words then maybe keep in mind to not over-exceed the maximum word allowance).

Well that’s the rules, the deadline is at midnight GMT on 10th October 2011 (I will be collating all entries in the next Triptych Tapestry which is scheduled to be posted 11th October 2011).

Enjoy and above all have fun!

In the meantime, if you want to see how the game I have devised is shaping up please pop on over to:  A Fun Game – In Your Head (Part Deux).

To read my last Flash Fiction Challenge click here: Challenge Taken: Hansel & Gretel – Our (Untold) Story

I will be back shortly (today) with my second entry for this week’s voice week, if you want to read my first entry have a look at this:  I Hear Voices – The First Fight.

Until the next few minutes/hours, have a relaxing interlude.

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As you already know, thoughts and comments are encouraged as always -even if it is just a word -as ‘all good discussions start with just one word‘.

Pdf document:  Challenge (Re-)Issued – Turner’s Tapestries

If there is a topic you would like me to look into and explore in my own yikici-kind-of-way then please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment box below or for those of you who are a wee bit shy drop me a line via my contact page or email me at admin[at]yikici[dot]co[dot]uk

Care to join me for some collaborative work or be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

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Challenge Issued: Turner’s Tapestries (A Reminder)

Tuesday’s Triptych Tapestry:

I was hoping to have written a Flash Fiction piece for today but I’ve had a busy few days and today my head hurts so I think I need a lie down away from the laptop.  The following two weeks will also be a bit busy for me therefore, I am unsure how my articles for the blog will fair; I will do my best to plan and schedule as and when I can.  If I fail to post according to my schedule, please be understanding; I will be back on top of things as soon as I am able.  In the meantime, here is a reminder to the challenge I issued a couple of weeks ago -as well as the entries from last month’s challenge.  I hope your muse will be inspired to take the challenge.

(As always, there is a pdf document at the bottom of the post for those who may find this a difficult read.)

Challenge Issued: Turner’s Tapestries

Every month I issue a challenge to writers and artists alike; to come up with something inspired by the prompts I select and -though it’s still early days, the response I have received is delightful.  We are now into month three of issuing Flash Fiction Challenges -last month the challenge was Transparent Tapestries; these brave soul(s) rose to the challenge:

  • Sonia G. Medeiros’ story drew me with the opening line and then I was hooked; In Time -is subtle yet craftily written, a pure delight -a must read.
  • ‘s submission is a delightful read, if you have not read it yet please pop over and read the vivid imageries of Hot Chocolate -it made me want to be a kid again!
  • Me, Myself & I -As you already know, I have combined five challenges this month and it turned into: Once-Upon-A-Time -it seemed too basic to write but somehow there was something more, have a read and decide for yourself.

Sonia & Radha thank you for taking part -I hope you both enjoyed the creative journey. :D

The rules are quite simply this (I’ve made a slight amendment to the rules, please read before submitting your entry):

“Being an artist at heart, I have decided my triptych prompts will be based with an art theme running through it.  The prompts will have three parts to it:

  • Painting/Photography* by an Artist
  • Random lines of Poetry by Poets
  • An Art Movement/Writing Genre*

I will endeavour to select the above through the methods used by surrealist automatism (this will involve selecting imagery by opening books/webpage’s in a random manner).  You can choose any of the given prompts -or if you are brave and up to a challenge then use all three prompts!  The choice is yours.  Word count will be limited to 500-1000 (if it is slightly less or more I will not quibble).

*I am introducing interactive prompts selections, please take note to where I have placed an asterisk (see above); these have one or more prompt types.  Please choose a prompt (e.g., painting/photography, art movement/writing genre – my choice for this challenge would be painting and writing genre).  I will pick an image/movement/genre from the majority vote -if no votes; I will use my regular selection process).

If there are artists who feel inspired to take part with imagery or any poets who want to enter with poems -you too can join in -hey why not make it a mixed media piece!

Please ensure you provide the link to your entry in the comments of the appropriate post so we can track your entry for reading as well as for collating in the next Flash Fiction Challenge.”

In honour of our busy schedules, I will keep the challenge open for a month.  I hope this gives you enough time to ponder on possible creative works.  May your muse inspire you always…

Your three prompts for the next four weeks are as follows:

Image sourced via: www.wikimedia.org

  • A few lines of poetry:

Just when I thought I couldn’t stand it

another minute longer, Friday came.

(Accounts of that have everything all wrong.)

Friday was nice.

Friday was nice, and we were friends.

If only he had been a woman!

-Crusoe in England by Elizabeth Bishop

  • Art Movement: none -for this month, rather than go along with an Art Movement I have decided to select a Writing Genre instead; for this challenge your genre is Comic Fantasy.

*If you are looking to enter with a Poem or a Visual Image then the word count is not applicable (having said that; fellow Poets, if you are generous with your words then maybe keep in mind to not over-exceed the maximum word allowance).

Well that’s the rules, the deadline is at midnight GMT on 3rd September 2011 (I will be collating all entries in the next Triptych Tapestry which is scheduled to be posted 4th September 2011).

Enjoy and above all have fun!

In the meantime, if you want to test yourself and the voices of the characters you come up with why don’t you take a gander at this game I have devised:  A Fun Game – In Your Head.  I hope to be back with a ROW80 update tomorrow (let’s see how plans fair), until then have a brilliant day.

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Copyright © Ozlem Yikici 2011 & Copyright © doodllz™ 2011. All Rights Reserved.

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As you already know, thoughts and comments are encouraged as always -even if it is just a word -as ‘all good discussions start with just one word‘.

Pdf document:  Challenge Issued – Turner’s Tapestries (A Reminder)

If there is a topic you would like me to look into and explore in my own yikici-kind-of-way then please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment box below or for those of you who are a wee bit shy drop me a line via my contact page or email me at admin@yikici.co.uk

Care to join me for some collaborative work or be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

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A Glitch in the System

Savvy Sunday Salutations: 

Dearest readers, I am late in posting this article today (I decided to have a few days off and now here I am Sunday morning trying to put together a post worth reading -hmmm; maybe I’m just pushing my luck a wee bit).  I have some (very little) news from Patrick Tulley; we have not discussed full reasons of his absence, but it seems he has a little too much going on at his end, I will keep you updated as and when I know more, until then you have to put up with me.  :D  Last week I talked about JMW Turner; this week (due to the time-constraint I have restricted on myself) I will continue with Turner -well I just want to concentrate on that anecdote I had left you with; that story has stayed with me since A-Level Art & Design, I feel it’s only fair I give it some deserved dues.

My ROW80 Update will follow the article below –scroll down to the end if you do not want to read the next bit (I won’t take any offence –well, I’ll try not to :P ).

(As always, there is a pdf document at the bottom of the post for those who may find this a difficult read.)

LESSONS FROM TURNER -PART DUEX:

There has been many things said about Turner -and no doubt, many more will be said.  -I know I said that last week, thought a bit of déjà vu was in order -you know the saying:

“A déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix…”

-Trinity, The Matrix (1999)

-well that’s me all over; a permanent glitch hanging over my head this Sunday; this translates into two things:

1) I just have to put up with it; and most importantly,

2) You just have to deal with it.  :P

For those who are asking, yes I loved The Matrix; very clever -it paved the way for the preceding films we’ve seen since -another forerunner in its’ industry; but today we are not talking about The Matrix.  Today we go back to Turner; remember that little story I shared with you last week, here it is again for those who missed it:

“It has been said that, Turner would have himself tied to the mast of a sailing ship whilst at sea to experience the storms so he could relay it into his paintings.”

From this anecdote, it is easy to visualise Turner conjuring up these masterpieces:

Shipwreck by Joseph Mallord William Turner

Slave Ship by Joseph Mallord William Turner

Both very different -yet very similar; the dynamics vary ever so slightly; yet that change makes a remarked difference.  In the first painting, there’s movement with an uncanny stillness in the darkness of the night sky -you can feel the waves tossing, the ship battling against the torrents yet there is an odd calmness which I cannot place; almost as if despite the conditions the crew and passengers are safe.  Then the second painting, with its vague-blurred lines gives that sense of gusto, panic and drowning under the most beautiful of skies -an impression of a moment -possibly captured as the anecdote portrays, a man tied to a mast taking in the moment; being whole with its subject -whatever the conditions may be, ironic or otherwise…  When we feed this idea into writing, we can see a similarity, -our characters.  To get to know them, to really get into their skins we become them -in parts or as wholes (some through experience some through research); we feel their pain, their love, their angst’s, their drive.  -When we are so close to our characters as Turner was to his subject; does that not make you feel that you have something solid, believable and writeable?  To create a masterpiece one needs to be fully immersed into their work -they must believe what they create or else it will fall away like dust…

Finally, as I leave Turner here, I want to share with you the painting that made me fall in love with Turner and on the next ‘Lessons from Turner’ (this will not always be on a Sunday, so keep an extra eye out on Monday’s, Thursday’s and possibly Friday’s too), I will do my best to interpret the painting and add some insight on how a picture can tell a thousand words.  Until then why don’t you analyse the painting and come up with your own thoughts.

Rain, Steam & Speed – The Great Western Railway by JMW Turner

ROW80 UPDATE:

If you want to see my progress-at-a-glance (from the first week through to now with all my goals -amendments included) please head on over to my ROW80-Round 3 page.

Overview since Wednesday:  This week has been a bit bleh with regards to word counts for Becoming- Mystical Realisations, but it has been productive nonetheless as I have been thinking and plotting about how to devise the next chapter(s).  I have to do some outlining as parts of the story had to change; so no words but some development on the story -albeit brewing in my head; this is a good thing.

In brief, here’s what I have achieved since Wednesday:

WIP word count:  0 /1,000

DiRosaYikici word count: 0/1,000

Blog post word count:  2514 /1,000

Combined effort word count:  2514 /1,000

Progress up until 11th September 2011:

WIP word count:  7,268 /40,000

Blog post word count:  29,618 /40,000

DiRosaYikici word count:  597 /40,000

Combined effort word count:  37,483 /40,000 (See the ROW80 progress bar on the side menu.)

Blogs visited (ROW80’ers & Writecampaign’ers):  37 in total

Beta-reader project:  On Chapter Six (that’s page 26 of 204)

I guess it has not been a bad week per se; though I always hope my WIP would speed up more than my blog posts -I know I should not grumble.  What with a slow start to today’s post, we find ourselves at the end of it, which means this is ta-raaa from me, I’ll be back on Tuesday with a Flash Fiction Challenge ;) I hope to see you then.

In the meantime, if you want to test yourself and the voices of the characters you come up with why don’t you take a gander at this game I have devised:  A Fun Game – In Your Head.  Have a fab Sunday and a great week following; till Tuesday adios amigos.

Copyright © Ozlem Yikici 2011 & Copyright © doodllz™ 2011. All Rights Reserved.

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As you already know, thoughts and comments are encouraged as always -even if it is just a word -as ‘all good discussions start with just one word‘.

Pdf document:  A Glitch in the System

If there is a topic you would like me to look into and explore in my own yikici-kind-of-way then please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment box below or for those of you who are a wee bit shy drop me a line via my contact page or email me at admin@yikici.co.uk

Care to join me for some collaborative work or want to be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

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Lessons from Turner & ROW80

Savvy Sunday Salutations: 

Dearest readers, I know some of you are looking forward to reading more insights from Patrick Tulley, unfortunately I have been unable to get in contact with him (he may have taken a holiday and failed to let me know *tut tut*), I’ll keep you updated when I know more.  In the meantime, I will open this Sunday slot to a few of my favourite bloggers and every now and again I will send some salutation love to people I admire in this lovely world we live in.  Last week my grandmother took centre stage and today, as promised, I will introduce you a pioneer in the Art world, my first choice Artist of all time is JMW Turner.  Those who know me will not be surprised with this decision of mine and for those who don’t, you shall soon learn muhaawaawaaaaah -or something to that effect. :D

My ROW80 Update will follow the article below –scroll down to the end if you do not want to read the next bit (I won’t take any offence –well, I’ll try not to ).

(As always, there is a pdf document at the bottom of the post for those who may find this a difficult read.)

LESSONS FROM TURNER:

Discussions from the past…

Why Turner?  Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was and is still one of the most important British Landscape painters.  My interest in his work began when I was doing my ‘A-levels’ at college.  Although I had looked at many other artists in the preceding years, I have always come back to Turner, each time examining a different aspect of his work.  Again, I am drawn back; this time taking Turner as a colourist, investigating how he used his colour and how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) influenced him.  Turner was a master of innovations, especially in terms of colour.  I consider Turner to be the grandfather of the Impressionists.  I believe he was a colourist ahead of his time and this is the theme I based my study on.  I have investigated how Turner’s work progressed in relationship to colour and light.  I believe I have achieved this by comparing Turner to other artists who have influenced him such as Richard Wilson (1714-1782) and Claude Lorrain (1600-1682).  These comparisons have enabled me to show how Turner’s use of colour changed gradually from his early work to his later work.  I believe I have successfully achieved this in my study by arranging Turner’s artistic career -of about sixty years, into three periods:  Firstly, his ‘early-years’ as a topographical student (1788-1812).  Secondly, his ‘mid-years’ when he developed mastery skills in landscape compositions as well as developing his individual artistic style (1812-1835), and finally his ‘late-period’ consists of working with the ‘sublime’ in an abstract way, using colour as the focal point (1835-1851).

In my study, I have investigated how Turner managed to create atmosphere using only colour and paint.  I have discussed how Turner used mystical landscapes and why they were so full of light.  I also aimed to find out how important Turner’s subject matter was to him, and if this changed as he matured.  In conjunction to this, I have also attempted to answer the following questions: ‘was colour and light the only thing that mattered to him in his later years?  If so, ‘did it take over the subject-matter of his paintings?’ “

…so was my opening chapter of my dissertation (thesis)…  I know, I cheated *blushes* -I was going to write something new but as I was clearing through my boxed stuff, I came across my dissertation and thought it was rather ironic and apt that I stumbled across this whilst I was in preparations to write a piece on Turner.  I re-read it (as you do) and thought the introduction chapter would best explain why Turner is my favourite artist and also it gives you a taster of what he is about…  Don’t worry I will not be writing the remaining chapters of my thesis here -that would be taking liberties.

Dido Building Carthage The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire by JMW Turner

Today, I want to discuss another aspect of Turner that I find admirable -his work ethics.  Turner started off as an eager topographical student, he studied hard and this, with his status allowed him a place within the ranks of the Royal Academy elitists.  It is interesting to note that Turner did not care for this ‘pretentious’ gathering but he was shrewd and knew he needed to be part of them in order to excel and make a living out of his art.  Turner kept in with the ‘in-crowd’, produced the works that would ‘sell’ -he was one of the few lucky (or shall we say clever) artists’ who actually reaped the benefits of his talents whilst he was alive.  Turner was smart; he understood that in the society he lived in, his vision of light would be frowned upon, so he deliberately kept these out from the critics eyes (though some lesser shocking ones he did exhibit and in turn was criticized severely).

Turner had travelled a long distance where his career was concerned.  He was undoubtedly, a genius in the making; he always seemed to be one-step ahead.  He knew how to get the recognition he wanted and played along with the rest of the Art World to get where he wanted.  He studied and persevered when all the critics were against him.  His vision of light had opened up new possibilities of abstraction, which was evident in Crossing the Brook (one of this months flash fiction prompts) and Dido Carthage.  With these and the vast amount of paintings/studies he Bequest in his will to the nation, Turner paved the way for Modern Art and its artists -especially the Impressionists.

There’s much said about Turner and possibly more to discuss; amongst which are lessons to be learnt.  To get to where we want to be we must study; stretch our minds and abilities.  We must not allow the critics to break us; if we need to improve, that’s what we must do; if we fall down we must learn to pick ourselves up as they say ‘sticks and stones…’  If we are ahead of our time (wouldn’t that be nice) -let’s take a leaf out from Turner’s book, let us embody our work, develop it but at the same time, work  within the constraints’ of the industry; when there’s an opening in the market and our style is applauded then let all hell break-loose.

Before I move on, I want to leave you with one thought about Turner…  It has been said that, Turner would have himself tied to the mast of a sailing ship whilst at sea to experience the storms so he could relay it into his paintings.  Are you that committed?  How far would you go for your artistic drive?

ROW80 UPDATE:

I have some update on Becoming, I am getting some more feedback from my beta reader, which is constructive, this has put me in a better mood.  The additions I made to the story plot (I had to introduce some characters earlier than I initially planned to), seems to work better so that is good news.  I was also worrying I was telling more than showing, but it seems I am more of a harsh critic of my work; I’ve been told the balance is right -yay; note to myself *must not be so hard on myself*.  With this positivity and the reminder of Turner’s remarkable work ethics, I believe more work on Becoming will be in the pipeline.  I hope that on Wednesday my WIP word count will rise *prays*.

If you want to see my progress-at-a-glance please head on over to my ROW80-Round 3 page.

New Goals (Tweaked & Lessons Learnt):

In line with my positivity, I am moving the goal posts (as the current combined blog/WIP word count is shattered -see below).  My previous ROW80 goals will remain the same as they are working for me; I just want to add:

  • Aimed combined word count for the last two weeks will be 40,000 (I’m sure I can manage another 10,000 within the remaining timeframe -what do you think?).
  • Visiting and commenting on at least 5 ROW80’ers blogs per check-in -for huge cheers; lets cheer all together! :D
  • Visiting and commenting on at least 5 Campaigners blogs too (daily -may need a rethink for this, watch this space) -let me hear you say ‘yeah’ *grins*

It seems I have been concentrating too much on my blog posts and not on my novel -and my ROW80-Round 3 page has highlighted this clearly in black and white so I took heed and amended my blog schedule so I can work in some time for my novel.  Yippieeeeeeeee!

Progress up until 4th September 2011:

WIP word count:  6,918 /28,000

Blog post word count:  24,850 /28,000

Combined effort word count:  31,768 /28,000 (See the ROW80 progress bar on the side menu.)

Well, that’s me done for today, I’ll be back on Monday with a muse or two ;) I’ll see you then, stay inspired and if your down in the dumps, remember Turner’s fighting spirit and do not be afraid to explore your skills, you may be a pioneer like Turner one day. *Wishful thinking*

Copyright © Ozlem Yikici 2011 & Copyright © doodllz™ 2011. All Rights Reserved.

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As you already know, thoughts and comments are encouraged as always -even if it is just a word -as ‘all good discussions start with just one word‘.

Pdf document:   Lessons from Turner & ROW80

If there is a topic you would like me to look into and explore in my own yikici-kind-of-way then please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment box below or for those of you who are a wee bit shy drop me a line via my contact page or email me at admin@yikici.co.uk

Care to join me for some collaborative work or want to be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

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Challenge Issued: Turner’s Tapestries & a Campaign

Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign

Copyright © JYS at A Writerly Pensheep

Before I issue you with another tantalizing triptych tapestry (I know, but please be patient), I wanted to announce that I will be taking part in the Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign (I’m really excited).  The what?  -I hear you ask…  To tell the truth I had not heard about the campaign either -not until Anne-Mhairi Simpson mentioned it on her blog -Anne-Mhari thanks for the heads-up. :D Essentially, from what I gather, it’s a platform where writers of all kind interact with each other (similar to ROW80 but with no set goals -other than engaging with each other and building platforms together by sharing experiences and advice etc, etc, etc…).  I am hoping this will teach me more and hopefully I will become more focused and network better and effectively as well as sharing my newfound wisdom with you all.  For more information, please head over to Rachael Harrie’s blog.

(As always, there is a pdf document at the bottom of the post for those who may find this a difficult read.)

Tuesday’s Triptych Tapestry:

Every month I issue a challenge to writers and artists alike; to come up with something inspired by the prompts I select and -though it’s still early days, the response I have received is delightful.  We are now into month three of issuing Flash Fiction Challenges -last month the challenge was Transparent Tapestries; these brave soul(s) rose to the challenge:

  • Sonia G. Medeiros’ story drew me with the opening line and then I was hooked; In Time -is subtle yet craftily written, a pure delight -a must read.
  • ‘s submission is a delightful read, if you have not read it yet please pop over and read the vivid imageries of Hot Chocolate -it made me want to be a kid again!
  • Me, Myself & I -As you already know, I have combined five challenges this month and it turned into: Once-Upon-A-Time -it seemed to basic to write but somehow there was something more, have a read and decide for yourself.

Sonia thank you for taking part -I hope you enjoyed the creative journey. :D

The rules are quite simply this (I’ve made a slight amendment to the rules, please read before submitting your entry):

“Being an artist at heart, I have decided my triptych prompts will be based with an art theme running through it.  The prompts will have three parts to it:

  • Painting/Photography* by an Artist
  • Random lines of Poetry by Poets
  • An Art Movement/Writing Genre*

I will endeavour to select the above through the methods used by surrealist automatism (this will involve selecting imagery by opening books/webpage’s in a random manner).  You can choose any of the given prompts -or if you are brave and up to a challenge then use all three prompts!  The choice is yours.  Word count will be limited to 500-1000 (if it is slightly less or more I will not quibble).

*I am introducing interactive prompts selections, please take note to where I have placed an asterisk (see above); these have one or more prompt types.  Please choose a prompt (e.g., painting/photography, art movement/writing genre – my choice for this challenge would be painting and writing genre).  I will pick an image/movement/genre from the majority vote -if no votes; I will use my regular selection process).

If there are artists who feel inspired to take part with imagery or any poets who want to enter with poems -you too can join in -hey why not make it a mixed media piece!

Please ensure you provide the link to your entry in the comments of the appropriate post so we can track your entry for reading as well as for collating in the next Flash Fiction Challenge.”

In honour of our busy schedules, I will keep the challenge open for a month.  I hope this gives you enough time to ponder on possible creative works.  May your muse inspire you always…

Your three prompts for the next four weeks are as follows:

Image sourced via: www.wikimedia.org

  • A few lines of poetry:

Just when I thought I couldn’t stand it

another minute longer, Friday came.

(Accounts of that have everything all wrong.)

Friday was nice.

Friday was nice, and we were friends.

If only he had been a woman!

-Crusoe in England by Elizabeth Bishop

  • Art Movement: none -for this month, rather than go along with an Art Movement I have decided to select a Writing Genre instead; for this challenge your genre is Comic Fantasy.

*If you are looking to enter with a Poem or a Visual Image then the word count is not applicable (having said that; fellow Poets, if you are generous with your words then maybe keep in mind to not over-exceed the maximum word allowance).

Well that’s the rules, the deadline is at midnight GMT on 3rd September 2011 (I will be collating all entries in the next Triptych Tapestry which is scheduled to be posted 4th September 2011).

Enjoy and above all have fun!

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As you already know, thoughts and comments are encouraged as always -even if it is just a word -as ‘all good discussions start with just one word‘.

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Bittersweet ROW80 Goals Cherished with Love

Savvy Sunday Salutations: 

It seems I have misplaced Patrick Tulley -or he may have gone AWOL; it won’t be long before I send out a search warrant ;) in the meantime, I’d like to to take this opportunity to pay homage to someone who as had a great influence in my life -some of you may think that person is JMW Turner -but no (keep an eye out for him this Tuesday and possibly next Sunday).  The person I have on the tip of my tongue is someone I cherish dearly and love to bits; today I want to talk about my grandma…

My ROW80 Update will follow the article below –scroll down to the end if you do not want to read the next bit (I won’t take any offence –well, I’ll try not to :P ).

(As always, there is a pdf document at the bottom of the post for those who may find this a difficult read.)

CHERISHED WITH LOVE:

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We all have someone we look up to, love and respect -and many of us have more than just that one person.  One of my special people is my grandmother, there has been moments where I have argued with her (when I did not get my way as a child) but many of my memories of my grandma is fond and full of warmth.  She is a strong woman who has brought up four children as a widower, maintained her farm in her village (Artvin Yusufeli Kιlιçkaya), became a midwife to many children, earned the respect of her peers (family & community), moved around to different parts of Turkey (even came to the UK) -my first memories are from when she was living in Istanbul.  A well travelled, well loved and above all a well respected individual who instilled good values into people’s hearts with her love of faith.  Whenever I go to Turkey, whomever I meet; always asks of my grandmother and whenever she goes to Istanbul to stay with my aunt -most days/nights there are visitor popping by to show her their respects.  I rarely see this kind of homage here in the UK (although I know of a few individuals who have a similar closeness with their family and community).  My gran is now too old to travel (no one knows exactly her right age but last I asked I was told she was at least 98 years of age -that was a year ago); in the last few years she has began to show signs of dementia, though this does not hinder her inner beauty or her-now-childlike banter.  There’s something about my gran that warms my heart and brings a tear to my eye…

My gran is also a feisty character (in a mellow-type-way -don’t ask, she just manages to be feisty but not, if that makes sense :) ).  I remember last year when I was over in Turkey and it was the month of Ramadan (just like this month) -despite her old age and ailments, she insisted on fasting and at times refused to eat when dinner was ready.  :D I guess now that the month of Ramadan is coming to an end and the feast festival of Eid-al-Fitr is upon us, my thoughts have gone back to my gran.  This has brought out the love I cherish for her and also some bittersweet memories and because of this I have shared my thoughts and love for this uniquely special woman.  You must have someone as special in your life; I’d love to hear your thoughts and anecdotes…

BITTERSWEET ROW80 UPDATE:

Since my last update I have not written anything towards Becoming (I share your sentiments exactly *tuts*) however, my blog word counts have amounted to 3071 + 878 (the ROW80 page -see below) + 903 (today’s post) -so that already over the 0-500 daily word count so I’m happy *cheers*.  Although, there has been no movement on Becoming, I have created a page for ROW80 as I promised to do so; please hover over the Social Interactions tab (menu header above) -you will see the ROW80 section there.  Despite the lack of word counts towards my Novel, there has been development on the written word at least -and taking heed and strength from my beloved grandma, I am humbled to say I have achieved a bittersweet goal today.  How has your week held up?  I know some fellow ROW80’ers have had tough weeks, but I am certain its being washed away as we speak and a new day-is-a-dawning for all, stay positive and keep on writing -I salute you all. :)

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As you already know, thoughts and comments are encouraged as always -even if it is just a word -as ‘all good discussions start with just one word‘.

Pdf document:  Bittersweet ROW80 Goals Cherished with Love

If there is a topic you would like me to look into and explore in my own yikici-kind-of-way then please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment box below or for those of you who are a wee bit shy drop me a line via my contact page or email me at ozlem@yikici.co.uk

Care to join me for some collaborative work or want to be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

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