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Different Styles, Indifferent Ways

I’ve been thinking a lot this past few weeks, trying to understand why I am unable to write the words I want to on my novel, why I have not started to work on my short story properly and why my painting is still untouched. Then it occurred to me -I must be suffering from Gauguin’s syndrome, confused? Let me explain…

Sometime last year (with a good mate of mine) I visited an exhibition by Paul Gauguin which was hosted at the Tate Modern. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience -yes, it was overcrowded and at some point it was quite stuffy but I digress. Whilst viewing the paintings it surprised me to see Gauguin had struggled to find his own style until quite late in his years. I was bemused to note that he attempted to work by adopting styles of the various impressionists (composition being the area he deliberately challenged) and he also tried very hard to incorporate lots of colours in his paintings which I found did not work for him but eventually he came to his own and his paintings in his later years shows that he learnt from his peers and became the artist we appreciate today.

Here’s an example where his style mimics Paul Cezanne‘s very closely (the first painting is the work of Cezanne and the painting below is Gauguin’s -see the resemblance in style?):


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My ROW80 progress-to-date. . . so far so good?

This week and a half has been meshed with me being productive as well as, well, not so much…  I will analyse the whys and why not’s in Wednesdays check-in (a creative insight from Paul Gaugain will be shared).  In the meantime please have a peep at my progress-to-date-page and let me know how I’m fairing.

For those who like competitions check this out: Cold Open Comp & Turner’s Triptych Tapestries (that’s for the flash fiction lovers within you; hope you take part).  I’ll now get back to some writing…  See you all on Wednesday. :D

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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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Guest Posting over at Rance Denton’ The Action Prose

Heya to all you lovely readers and wanderers of the blogosphere; today I’m guest blogging at The Action Prose as Rance Denton’ guest.  What a fabulous honour it is and a great opportunity to have a rant on a subject that I have been thinking about for some time now.  Please follow the link below by clicking on the title to read the article and say a quick ‘hello’ to Rance too (who is an awesome person, writer and blogger).

Opinions and Assholes: “Trust me, I’m a Doctor.”


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A Story… Looking Good on the ROW80 Front

After my odd week last week -and my realisation of what was going on on Monday (if you haven’t read Monday’s post, do so as I had an epiphany on how powerful our mind can be and how it can affect our daily lives) the past two day has been relatively productive.  This change in the breeze is a welcome relief. :)

I’ve visited and commented on all my allocated team for Sunday’ check-in (a promise is a promise). *yay*  I’ve written two blog posts (including this one), a guest blog post for Rance Denton over at The Action Prose and added 240 words to Our Story Begins; here’s a snippet:
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ROWed Under -it’s been Difficult…

I should have updated my ROW80 page yesterday and posted it as a fabulous update on the ROW80 linky list; but I couldn’t, my heart was not in it -nor is it today; but I owe you guys some form of noise, so I will babble about what’s been going on (well, I’ll try)…

I was trying to find a balance between my inner and outer world -AKA as my writing and my world outside of writing; the two parts of me are not gelling as well as I hoped it would.  When one goes well, the other is neglected for a while; then when one goes from bad to worse the other becomes non-existent as the guilt for messing up riddles me with many holes which I find difficult to heal.
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Challenge Issued: Turner’ Triptych Tapestries

It’s been months since I issued a challenge -or even took part; and now my patience is wearing thin (who said patience is a virtue ;) ).  So, hence forth I have taken on a challenge set by Sonia G. Medeiros (she’ll be my next fab guest blogger on Sunday, so keep an eye out for that); my entry to her challenge is below (a fifty word story which has to contain one of the words on her prompt list) -following that I have last month’ participant(s) and a new challenge for you to take on…

En Route

A shiver went down my spine; strands of hair moved with force; it tickled in an uncomfortable way.  Casually, I tilted my head to free the strands; it wasn’t enough, my hand gingerly swept over the annoying section; it pierced my finger, it throbbed; a wasp tumbled onto my bag.
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Life ROWed a Wobbly at me…

…and it’s all looking Super!

Hasn’t this week flown past?  I cannot believe that we are in week two and my goals are starting waiver just a wee bit -why you ask?  Well, I gave the life around me more of my focus and this naturally impacted on my goals; but I will not quibble because I know I’ve still met a good part of my goals and slowly but surely I will get it all in perspective and will be flying through!  Shall we do a quick-fire ticking off?  *nods* I do too. :)
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I’m Baaaaack -with a ROW80′er Sponsor Promise


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‘Alo-ween to y’all NaNoWriMo’s with a Blah-Blogging and an Ominous MIA Attempt…

Monday’s (Muwahahahahaaaaaa) Meandering Muse:

An ‘appy ‘Alooo-weeeen to you-aaaaaaaaaallllllllllll…  Muwahahahahaaaaaa.  Halloween’s been and nearly gone in the UK (it’s not that huge over in my part of the woods, so there are no interesting ghoulish stories to tell); besides I’m not a huge Halloween follower (my stories say otherwise I know!).  However; this year, to mark the occasion, I managed to write one spooky story Sarahann’s Warning; this I have decided to enter into a competition.  Haley Whitehall devised a Horror Flash Fiction Contest -seeing Haley introduced me to Flash Fictions, it’s only fitting that I should enter this competition -so I did.  Please pop over to Haley’s blog and check out the other entries too. :)
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Just Because I Care…

…I Listened to What you Say…

(Let’s celebrate the new look with a cake.) :) This is a very quick blog post as I am very tired and also very excited to share this bit of joyous news!  I know the previous blog theme has caused viewing difficulties for some of you and I have been looking into this for a long while; today I want to do the grand unveiling of the new theme. :D There are still some kinks to iron out; but I’ll get there eventually (maybe a few more scheduled maintenance works are in order; let’s wait and see).  In the meantime, I have added some new imagery (artwork from a while ago) and also some photography.  I will no doubt edit these as time passes by; but I just wanted to share a little something with you as I absolutely ADORE my new theme!  If you share the same enthusiasm too then please give a shout out in the comments box below.
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Challenge Issued: Triptych Turkish Delights

Triptych Tapestry Tuesday:

The next few weeks’ Challenge is set -and it comes with a prize (see at the end), so if you are interested and feel inspired please take the challenge, I dare you! :D

Challenge Issued: Triptych Turkish Delights

Last month we had one challengee (see below).  To view last month’s rules click here: Challenge (Re-)Issued: Turner’s Tapestries.

A fellow campaigner took part in the challenge, he did not post the said entry on his blog but in the comment section of the initial challenge; therefore, I will copy and paste it here and link him back to his blog.
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Male Power isn’t All it’s Cracked up to be

Savvy Sunday Salutations: 

Today we kick start off the new Savvy Sunday Salutations format with non-other-than our resident guest blogger Patrick Tulley; I thought it was appropriate to take the plunge with someone we already know.  As previously mentioned Savvy Sunday Salutations (with guest bloggers) will now roll out on a fortnightly (two-weekly) basis.  Guest bloggers will write/create an article of their own choosing -my only condition is that it must be something they enjoy writing/creating.  In addition to this, I will be interrogating carrying out a semi-interview-type question and answers session with my victims guests. ;) So, dare I say, you are all in for a treat.  Happy reading!

Male Power isn’t All it’s Cracked up to be

I wanted to share an interview I listened to recently with Warren Farrell, the author of the book, ‘The Myth of Male Power’, that’s available on Youtube. I found it fascinating and seemingly connected many of the dots for me, when it came to contemporary gender issues. I have been toying with writing about this subject for some time now. I will admit to a fair amount of anxiety in doing so, since men are often attacked for taking a position on issues that affect women, even though I believe this issue affects both genders equally.  This probably goes some way to explaining the almost resounding silence on this issue from men, which is why I step into this subject with gingerly steps of course. I apologise for the rather lengthy video interview (19 parts) -which is why I am going to break this subject up into parts over the coming weeks, so as to get a more overall picture including some of my own criticisms of Warrens views.
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Sandy’s Weighted Game

A Special Triptych Tapestry Tuesday:

I have been toying with the idea of writing a blog post about the difficulty I have in being able to differentiate between showing and telling then Rachael Harrie comes up with this ‘Third Campaigner Challenge: Show Not Tell -so it was only natural to take part and see how I fair with this challenge. :D

Third Campaigner Challenge – Show Not Tell

Here are the rules for the challenge -in Rachael Harrie’ words:

“Write a blog post in 300 words or less, excluding the title. The post can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should show:

  • that it’s morning,
  • that a man or a woman (or both) is at the beach
  • that the MC (main character) is bored
  • that something stinks behind where he/she is sitting
  • that something surprising happens.

Just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: “synbatec,” “wastopaneer,” and “tacise.” (NB. these words are completely made up and are not intended to have any meaning other than the one you give them).”
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A ROW80 Re-Shuffle is in Order…

Savvy Sunday Salutations: 

I have some exciting new developments to share with you with regards to the guest blogger feature we will have here on yikici.  As you may/may not be aware, Sunday’s feature will focus on bloggers who I feel fits in with what my idea of ‘Savvy’ is (my definitions vary to some extent, but overall people with a fresh outlook and those who are very engaging get my savvy-vote-of-approval).  I have asked these (watch this space) fabulous souls to write/create a post which they enjoy writing/creating, following this, there will be a short burst of questions and answer sessions -just so we can get to know them all that better –isn’t that just cool? :D

Resident Blogger, Patrick Tulley, will kick it off this coming Sunday, 23rd October 2011, (the next guest blogger will feature a fortnight after); if you are intrigued and want to find out what Patrick likes to write/create etc, please feel free to pop by then and check out his savvy post.  For the time being, let’s get back to my ROW80 check-in.
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Challenge Taken: Sarahann’s Warning

Saturday’s Showcase Sketches:  

Since I turned my attention to my family these past couple of weeks, I have not been able to write as effectively as I would have liked to.  Today; however, I have had some ‘me time’ and a little story unwrapped itself –courtesy goes to the fabulous prompts of Ken Broad (AKA ‘The Magician’).  To check out his rules (and also an interesting history on who Sarahann is) click here; Ken, you wanted an Octo”boo”er story fit for Halloween, I am hoping this meets the mark. :D

Sarahann’s Warning:

Something happened; it happened just before I reached here…

I can’t remember quite, what.

Something happened; a cold irksome feeling took a-hold of me; memories-a-haze, it failed me…

Glass, ice, stone?

My hands moulded, shaped-in quicksand-like; that’s what engulfed me.
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*Sings* “Celebrate 100 Posts -Come On!”

A Special Post & A Special Triptych Tapestry Tuesday:

*looks around several times then continues to sing* “…woo hoo!”  Yes, I know 100 posts already!  *dances a merry jig* For all the times I have used the word jig, you’d think I was Irish!  :D

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A celebration is in order and I racked my brains to think what would be the best way to celebrate this milestone (very difficult with a head cold/flu) and today a spark ignited.  *grins*  Today’s post will be reminiscing on what happened during the last 100 posts with a few statistics, a very brief ROW80 update (as I have not really done much) and I will end it with a different Flash Fiction Challenge, I hope you enjoy today’s read.

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

From Humble Beginnings…

I started off in the blogging world back in March 2011 -seven months and counting; and it has been one heck of a wondrous journey.  I have had soooo much fun and it has helped me greatly with my anxiety/panic attacks as well as depression, without this experience I am unsure where I would be today.  This writing expedition has been a humungous learning curve for me (and still is), for those who think blogging is simple and easy -how wrong can you be; it is extreme hard work and so I salute many of my blogger friends, you guys are doing an amazing job!  There has been a few who have already celebrated their 100th milestone and I kept wondering if I would ever reach the big ‘100‘ and now it has arrived I cannot believe it -someone pinch me! :D

I know I have a knack of writing waaaaay too much at times (my mind’s-A-buzzing when I sit down to write) so please bear with me as I try to collect my thoughts out onto this post.

GENERIC STATS:  In 100 posts there has been 680 comments, 491 spam comments (thank you Aksimet for blocking them) and 7,638 visitors to the blog ‘woo hoo‘ thank you (each and every one of you) for popping by and reading my odd rambles. :D

SEARCHES:  The top searches that has resulted an influx to my blog are as follows:  Nutella Cake(s), Turner, Nutella Cake Recipes, Cake with Nutella, Cute Creative Love Quotes, Transparent Tapestries, Precious Moments Quotes, Crescent Moon and Stars and Hansel & Gretel.

I have just carried out a Google search and have found out if you search any of the above (Barr the quotes searches and the moon and stars) my blog shows up on the first page of the Google search!  That certainly has made my day.  :D  Though I have to say, my moan about Nutella seems to be a good call as that is the most searched topic -how ironic is that?!

MOST COMMENTED POSTS/PAGES:  If you want to catch up on the discussion here’s the top five commented articles:

  1. Self-Publish or Not – That is the Question – 29 Comments
  2. A Mixed Bag of News, Updates & the First Campaign Challenge - 28 Comments
  3. My New Goal: ROW80 -What’s it all About? (Updated) -  25 Comments
  4. Challenge Taken : St Pauls at High Tide - 22 Comments
  5. Ozlem Yikici - 21 Comments

A RANDOM SELECTION OF ARTICLES:  I have favourite numbers and based on them I have listed the posts 1 through to 100 according to which number corresponds with them, take your pick and have wander down memory lane with me…

MY PERSONAL FAVE’S:  As writers, I am sure we all have favourite snippets, writings that we have written (I definitely do) but here I want to jot down a few posts I enjoyed writing and at the same time had fun with.

HIGHLIGHTS SINCE BLOGGING:  I never knew what kind of world was out there in the blogosphere and then by chance I started on my journey and stumbled across Twitter and there was like a pow-wow moment; a whole new universe full of fellow writers hit me.  I was hooked; the journey it has taken me into has been truly inspirational -my fellow Twitter pals  (you know who you are) and then my super-duper blogging buddies embraced me with open arms and the sense of community and friendship just blossomed.  Even when rock bottom hit someone always kept up the encouraging cheers and wisdom.  And now there is G+ too so even more people to connect with. :)

I have been blessed with wonderful people and opportunities; ROW80 was (and still is) a great way to get my writing in check and then the Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign and it was mind-boggling (I still have not got to grips with it fully -partly because my personal life just got too hectic that I had to take a back seat; but regardless it is still one of my highlights so far) and Voice Week was just fab.

Since writing and blogging I have written over 60,000 words -something I thought I’d never achieve so I am still in shock, really and truly -I recall; saying someone pinch me; surely I’m still sleeping! :P

Most of you know my dilemma with going self-hosted and then I took the plunge -that too brought with it a plethora of new things to learn (and I’m still learning).  I am currently working with Ian (my fave techie-friend) and we are hoping to have a lighter background for the main reading sections as I know there have been some concerns for visitors and readers alike -so, please pop back to check it out.

Winning an online course with Tiffany Lawson was another great moment (October 2011 is study month).

Having guest blogger Patrick Tulley was a superb experience too (Patrick and I are in talks of what’s next for his posts -keep an eye out for further news soon).

I mustn’t forget my recent creation: A Fun Game – In Your Head; I can see this developing into a regular game once every six months or a year -what do you reckon?  If I developed it further would you take part in the next round?

Finally, one of the major highlights for me was when I was interviewed by Mindi Anderson; here’s the interview for you to read: Ozlem Yikici – The London Novelist.  It was a great experience and I thank Mindi for the opportunity.

ROW80 Moments:

I have to admit I have started round four rather slowly *grumbles* I suppose I should be grateful I had family over and I spent quality time with them (if only I did not catch that pesky head cold/flu).  Therefore, other than the two posts I have written for the blog there has not been much writing happening.  I will ensure I have a better update by the coming Sunday (just trying to get my groove back).  This means, I’m still here, I will write some more soon(ish) in the meantime know that I am happy and getting better and will hopefully bombarding you all on your blogs and Twitter -get ready for a rush of yikici. :P

PS:  My lovely critique pals, I will be making tracks soon, please be patient with me whilst I sort myself out.

Challenge Issued: Triptych Turkish Delights

Finally, for all you patient challenge takers, we come to this month’s results and challenges.  Last month’s rules can be found here: Challenge (Re-)Issued: Turner’s Tapestries.

A fellow campaigner took part in the challenge, he did not post the said entry on his blog but in the comment section of the initial challenge; therefore, I will copy and paste it here and link him back to his blog.

Alan E. Marling submitted this poem with this explanation: “I am not sure that I understand the triptych challenge, but I’ll offer this submission for the picture:”

“The desolation of Rome leaves all in permanent fall,
Browns and yellows staining,
Faceless friends remaining,
Shallow pools will never wash away it all.”

Thank you for rising to the challenge Alan. :)

This month’ challenge are purely picture prompts chosen by me; they stem from my own creativity and has a slight Turkish twist to it.

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I will let you loose to write in any genre you feel comfortable with but seeing we are in the month of October and Halloween is just around the corner, a slightly Halloween(esque) style would also be gladly accepted.  Keep the word count to around 500 words (if you go over slightly it’s not a biggie -just have fun).

The deadline for this challenge will stay open for longer (just cause I felt like it); which means I set the deadline to midnight GMT on 21st November 2011 (I will be collating all entries in the next Challenge Issued: Triptych Tapestry which is scheduled to be posted 22nd November 2011).

I will set a prize for this challenge too, I will offer my beta-reading services and creative thoughts on design etc to one lucky participant (whose name I will randomly pick out of a hat); so, if you like the sound of that start-A-thinking -or if you prefer just take part, you will not be forced to take the prize if you do not want it.

Well, that’s all me for now -I’m extremely pooped (it has taken me a WHOLE day to write this -am so out of synch it seems!), so on that note I bid you all a sweet farewell, I hope to grace your screens on Thursday with a Topical Tête-à-Tête’, until then ta-raaaaa! :D

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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:  Sings Celebrate 100 Posts – Come On

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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ROW80 Goals-A-Starting & NaNoWriMo-A-Decisions-A-Planning

Tricky Tuesday’s Treachery:  

Dearest readers/visitors, as you are aware I have been (and still am) busy with spending time with my family who have flown over from Turkey to see me; this has limited my time and therefore I have been unable to do my regular writing sprints.  This pattern is likely continue until next week.  (Apologies from now).  I will aim to do my best -though today I have noticed I am coming down with a cold/flu, have a sore throat (so annoying!) and my brain just wants to sleep (I’m doing my best to keep my eyes open whilst writing this).  Anyhoo, the reason for this post is to a) let you know why there may be some silence at my end (as explained above), b) what to expect and c) ROW80 has started too… :)

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

ROW80:

ROW80 has started this week (Monday October 3rd 2011) and I have been sooo looking forward to it.  Due to my unexpected busy past week I have been unable to finalise my goals; therefore, I want to loosely write it here and once I get back into my routine (and feel a whole lot better after this pesky cold/flu) I hope to make more sense of the goals in my head.  In the meantime, if you want to take part in ROW80 but are still unsure what it is all about then head on over to the ROW80 webpage, follow the instructions (not that complicated) and sign up. :D

that complicated) and sign up. :D

My ROW80 Goals (for now):

  • Write at least three blog posts a week.
  • Write and edit at least one short story a week for the short stories book I’m planning to publish by the end of the year.
  • Start studying Tiffany Lawson’ (The Triple Threat Behind Staging A Scene, Oct. 2 – 30) online course.
  • Read at least 3 chapters per week of the book I’m doing for the beta-reading.
  • Start working effectively with my critique group.
  • Think about how feasible it will to take part in NaNoWriMo this year as I may have to go abroad in November to see my gran (unexpected plan).
  • Visit at least 5 blogs per day and comment on at least 3 posts.
  • Attend the ROW80 Twitter Party on October 5th 2011 (health permitting).  Why don’t you join us -further details can be found on Jenny Hansen’ blog.
  • Take two days off per week for family, friends and ME-time! :D

I will amend these goals in the next two weeks as I feel better and I fall back into my normal routine.

What to Expect…

I plan my next blog post to be on Friday (the final stage of the Fun Game: In Your Head), following that my 100th post should make an appearance on Sunday.  I am hoping to focus more on writing my stories, and getting them published more than just writing blog posts as I have done in the last round.  For this reason, I wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo this year but it seems the whole family will be coming together in Turkey to see my grandmother early November and I really want to go and see her.  This will mean I will have to forfeit NaNo as I am unlikely to have a space to sit down and type away (family gatherings are always so hectic and demanding) therefore, I am totally undecided and torn, any insightful suggestions will be gladly considered.  If I do take part in NaNoWriMo another thing I need to evaluate is my username, I signed up back on May 2011 with my alter-ego doodllz and now am wondering if I should use yikici instead.  I held it to a vote and the final count came to doodllz 4.5 and yikici 7; I am thinking if I do take part I could always sign under doodllz as yikici’ doodllz -what are your thoughts?

I best end this post here, I need to take herbal remedies, get ready and be prepared to do some more sight-seeing: Natural History Museum & The Science Museum.

Have a fabulous day.

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What are your plans for this week and ROW80?  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:  ROW80 Goals-A-Starting & NaNoWriMo-A-Decisions-A-Planning

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 want to be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

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Earthquakes -How they Changed my Outlook (Part Deux)

Saturday’s Showcase Sketches:  

It’s been a while since I shared a piece of artwork with you (the last artwork I shared was: Earthquakes – How They Changed My Outlook); therefore, today I thought it was the perfect day to display another painting from that Degree Show exhibition…

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

Exhibition:

As you may know, the running theme for this exhibition was Earthquakes, their impacts and humanities hope…  With the next piece I showcase here, I will give you a detailed account of the reasons behind this exhibition, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy what you view.

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Mixed-Media, Oil on Canvas

Exhibited 2000

Degree Show, University College Chichester

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What emotions does this piece evoke in you?  With the little bit of information I have shared here, what thoughts has that conjured up (if any)?

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:  Earthquakes -How they Changed my Outlook (Part Deux)

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 want to be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

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I Hear Voices – Fighting the Fifth

Voice Week – I Hear Voices: 

It’s the final day of voice week.  (Not fair!  I was having fun. :( -Stephanie, you must organise this again :D )  There has been a lot of creative entries, why don’t you pop on over to here and check them out.  If you have missed out on my previous submissions, click here (voice 1), here (voice 2), here (voice 3) and here (voice 4).  Here’s ‘voice 5′; my entry for today continues with ‘The Fight’.

UPDATED: I have amended the below text; therefore, if you receive email subscriptions please have a re-read so that you enjoy the piece as it should be.  I edited late lastnight so it was not perfect, this morning I was not feeling great so I could not check it until now; I hope this does not inconvenience you too much.

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

The Fight – Voice 5:

“Hit her, hit her” it encouraged.

I refused.

Hit her!”

My teeth crunched –I didn’t budge.

“Kill her” the voices said; they became two, three , four…

Hit her

Kill her

Push her

My fists clenched.

Her nails dug in deeper, skin pierced, lined, scarred, bleeding.  It stung –my eyes, misty; I turned to leave; her fingers twisted my skin –my gut reacted as I spun around; my claws sliced her arm.

Did that just happen -or was that my messed up mind?

Kill, kill, kill” the words swam in my head

‘Go away’ I wanted to scream, my eyes brimming; I ran up the stairs.  I kicked it shut; it locked.  With my feet I sunk into the floor, my scratched hands clawed my ears –the voices sang harder, louder into a deafening shriek.

Hit

Kill

Push her”.

“Sweetheart, are you alright?” her soft voice filtered through the chaos of my mind.  “Please let me in.”

I crushed my eyes tight, my fists melting into the floor; I mustn’t open the door, I just can’t…

Hit

Kill

Push

“Kill”

Kill

Kill

My skull found the door with a thump.

I mustn’t; not whilst they’re here, this strong; she’s safer on that side of the door…

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So, that is the final voice for this fab-tastic challenge.  What do you think of it?  How does this voice differ from the last four voices (if any)?  Do you have a favourite voice?  Which one etched into your mind?

(I have not been able to pop by blogs and comment -still catching up with my family, I will do my best in the small pockets of free-time I have; I hope you can be patient with me.)

This is all from me for now, I’ll be back tomorrow with a Showcase Sketch (possibly an artwork or poetry -I can’t decide just yet; if you want to help me out, then by all means please feel free to let me know in the comments below).

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:  I Hear Voices – Fighting the Fifth

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Want to read more?  Here’s a selection for you:

Like poetry?  Here’s a couple of my favourites:  HomelessnessBarking Dog (Haiku)

One of your firm favourite reads:  Challenge Taken: Moon of Change – The Prologue & Epilogue

A book review:  The Trust a Novel by Sean Keefer

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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 want to be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

Haşema tesettür mayo

I Hear Voices – The Fourth Fight

Voice Week – I Hear Voices: 

It’s day four of voice week!  There has been a lot of fabulous entries, why don’t you pop on over to here and check them out.  If you have missed out on my previous submissions, click here (voice 1), here (voice 2) and here (voice 3).  Here’s ‘voice 4′; my entry for today continues with ‘The Fight’ (the first one to be 100 words exactly -woo hoo!).

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

The Fight – Voice 4:

So what if I pushed her?

Her eyes steamed,

Her lungs exploded…

My thoughts giggled as the pranks, taunts enraged her more.

My eyes strained to listen then danced as it peaked through the gap in the door; she picked up speed, engines roaring; she slipped.  I began to shake as if an earthquake struck -a tsunami to follow; I let the pressure release, doubled up as my sides hurt from the hilarity of her response –always the extreme, a drama queen!

So what if I pushed her?  She needs to chill out, let me be and forget about dad.

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Did I succeed in creating a good voice?  How did you find the voice; can you guess who this voice belongs to?  What kind of character might they be?  How does this voice differ from the last three voices (if any)?  Tomorrows voice just came to me and I think it will be just perfect for the task at hand. *grins*

I’ll be back tomorrow with another post for voice week (the fifth voice for the same scenario above).  So, until tomorrow, think smart and remember to keep smiling and staying-A-positive.

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:  I Hear Voices – The Fourth Fight

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Want to read more?  Here’s a selection for you:

Love challenges -particularly Flash Fictions?  Take this month’s (extended due to error on my part) challenge (you still have time to participate):  Challenge (Re-)Issued: Turner’s Tapestries

Life inspirations:  My Encounter with Fate!

One of the most searched topics and one of your favourite reads: The Joys of Nutella Cake –My Angst with it!

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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 want to be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

Penye mood kapri takım

I Hear Voices – The Third Fight

Voice Week – I Hear Voices: 

It’s the third day of voice week!  There has been a lot of fabulous entries, why don’t you pop on over to here and check them out.  If you have missed out on my previous submissions, click here (voice 1) and here (voice 2).  Here’s ‘voice 3′; my entry for today continues with ‘The Fight’.

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

The Fight – Voice 3:

I noticed the cuts on my hands as I locked the door with all my strength; the pain singed through to my gut.  I collapsed to the floor; tears crept down my face.  My body shook as she pulled on the door handle, her fists pounding on my back; if I didn’t love her so much I would leave, that was my option but I couldn’t, I knew that, it was no longer a choice for me –it never was, I couldn’t leave her, not after what dad did to her.  No, it was not an option; I just have to grin and bear it.  This has to be a teething problem, yesterday was the first since dad left and now this…  She’s only looking out for my best interest –well, I hoped –no willed that to be true.  I gritted my teeth as I begrudgingly stood up; I turned to face the door, now was not the time to be afraid, I reached for the lock, she needed me too.

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Did I succeed in creating a good voice?  How did you find the voice; can you guess who this voice belongs to?  What kind of character might they be?  How does this voice differ from the last two voices (if any)?

I’ll be back tomorrow with another post for voice week (the fourth voice for the same scenario above) and possibly a Thursday Topical Tête-à-Tête (all depends how today pans out).  So, until tomorrow, have a delightful day -remember to keep smiling and staying-A-positive.  You deserve the best in life so why don’t you take steps towards that goal of yours. :D

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:  I Hear Voices – The Third Fight

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Want to read more?  Here’s a selection for you:

Love challenges -particularly Flash Fictions?  Take this month’s (extended due to error on my part) challenge (you still have time to participate):  Challenge (Re-)Issued: Turner’s Tapestries

Life inspirations:  My Encounter with Fate!

One of the most searched topics and one of your favourite reads: The Joys of Nutella Cake –My Angst with it!

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

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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 want to be a guest blogger?  If so, email me at the above address.

Yeni inci korse

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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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 (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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