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Friday, June 13, 2014

Freak Flag Friday: Featuring "Mirror" by Amber Box!

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It's Freak Flag Friday at The Realm!

Welcome to the Freak Show!
Today, we get our freak on with a slightly spooky poem written by a multi-talented and truly poetic writer of multiple genres 
Amber Box
It's perfect for this Friday The 13th!

Welcome To The Realm, Amber!
Let your freak flag fly high! 




By: Amber Box

Fleeting glances of the scars
The smooth, sharp imperfections
A mirage, in the glass before you

Amorphic ghost of the unknown
Staring back at what it sees
Before it, behind you, inside

Holding hostage the visions you seek
Murky reflections of clarity, blurred
Matrix what you want to find

The shadowy shifts of a phantom
That only exists in the eyes of the seer
Of the one that stands before the mirror

Afraid of what you might see?
In the reflection of yourself,
In the mirror before you?

As you walk out the door
Does your reflection follow
Deep into the night?

Or does it remain, your ghost
Left to haunt the black
To stalk your emptiness?

The reflection is you
As you face yourself
 In the depths of your mirror

~ * ~

Amber Box
Writer. Editor. Photographer. Dreamer

Amber Box is an editor and freelance writer of non-fiction and poetry. She is currently working on her first novel as well as a young children’s series. Amber resides in Texas with her husband and three small children: Lincoln, London, and Emerson.  She has recently been featured in The Penmen Review and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in creative writing from SNHU, specializing in fiction.  You can follow her experiences on her blog at



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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tipsy Tuesdays ~ Fire Safety For Writers?

Tipsy Tuesday
June 10, 2014


Writing Is Like A Fire Inside


 Today's Tipsy Tuesday brings you tips on fire safety.  

What? Fire Safety For Writers?  

Yes. When dealing with fire, it's always best to play it safe.  

Tip # 1:  It begins with a small spark.

That's your idea-- your "What if?".  The idea expands into something more than "what if?".  The answer to "what if?" is always "because...".  Once you catch the "because..." the only cure is "Why?".  The "why?" has side effects.  The most common side effect is intense burning and itching.  Okay, maybe not itching, but definitely intense burning.


Because... Now the spark is a flame. 
(See what I did there? *grins*)

Tip # 2:  This is where it gets painful.

Don't ignore it. It will become excruciating if you try.  The flame drives you to sit at your computer... forgetting to eat, dodging phone calls, and wondering if you secretly enjoy being slowly tortured to death.  You suddenly realize you have to write.  Writing is the only thing that controls the burn.  Whatever you do, don't leave a burning flame unattended.


Because... Now the flame is a fire.
A big one.

And you suddenly realize...

You're so excited and you can't contain it another minute.
So you let it out.
If you don't, you might spontaneously combust.
You have made fire!

You are so proud of yourself that you just have tell people about the fire.  
You might even invite them over to see it.  
If you're the really generous sort, you start handing out torches.

"Here, have some.  Isn't it pretty?"

"Oh, you want some too? Here you go."

 "Wait, here's one for you!"

 "It's okay.  I have enough for everyone!"

Pretty soon, everyone has some of your fire. 

What's wrong with that? 



Because... Now your fire has gone out.

You were so busy running around lighting torches and passing them out to anyone that would take one that you weren't there to stoke your own fire.  It died down to a flame and you weren't there to kindle it.  The flame fizzled out until not even a spark remained and you didn't even notice. 

Now all you've got is a pile of ashes.

Oh, and you reek of smoke.

Tip # 3:


"Be careful how quickly you give away your fire." -Robert Bly 


If you spend all your time talking about your story, you'll never find time to write your story.'s great that you're excited about your story.  

It wouldn't be worth writing if it didn't set your soul on fire.  It's okay to talk about it, briefly.  Tell people you're writing a story.  Tell them it's Science Fiction, or Chick Lit, or whatever it is. Tell them it's going to be amazing, because it will be.  Just don't tell them your entire plot, setting, and what your character's motivation is.  No one wants to buy the matches if they can get the fire free.

That little flame is always looking for a chance to blaze.  Let it.
Just let it blaze inside of you.   
At least until you write "The End". 

 Fire Safety Tip Of The Day:

Put on your fireproof panties, take hold of that flame, and lock it away in a safe place.

There will be plenty of time for you to set the world on fire once your book is finished.

♪♫ Come on baby light my fire ♫♪

Comment with your best writing tip below!
I'll send you something
if you can light my fire.  

Bookworm Smiley from
Tipsy Tuesday Recommended Book:

Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers 
by Susan Shaughnessy

Did you miss Musing Monday's post "The Fire Inside"?

~> Read It Now <~


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Monday, June 9, 2014

Musing Mondays ~ The Fire Inside

Musing Monday
June 9, 2014

D.M. Kilgore

Today, I'm sharing my poem "The Fire Inside".  

Writing is like a fire inside, but I'll tell you more about that tomorrow.  I know having an internal inferno is scary, but don't fear!  I'm going to tell you all about fire safety in tomorrow's Tipsy Tuesday's post.  So, be sure to tune in tomorrow.

I'd locked this poem away for a while, planning to save it for formal publication, but last night I decided I'd really rather share it with you! 

So here it is, and I hope you'll enjoy it. 

Leave me a comment if you do.  I love hearing your thoughts and chatting with you!


by D.M. Kilgore

Words rain down

Like fire

I dance naked

In the flames


By the passion


With the need

To bleed

Upon the page

Beautiful words


Hear me


Feel my heart


A soul

On fire

Amid words

Cast off

I'm reborn

I rise

Like the Phoenix

Only ashes


Copyright D.M. Kilgore, March 24, 2014 
All Rights Reserved

Phoenix Photo Credit: Wallpaper Abyss
Quote Credit: Christopher Poindexter
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