Archive for November, 2015

Quoted in the Grove:
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
~Winston Churchill

Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart.
~Phyllis McGinley

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
~George Eliot


Posted in the Grove:
With weekly practice and individual commitments to writing on the increase, the last couple years have witnessed a continuing improvement in the quality of work coming out of Thurs Word Games. With NaNoWriMo and illness laying waste to attendance at Thursday exercises, maintaining a weekly newsletter becomes harder to justify. This would make now a good time to rest and stretch a bit, then resume by reaching for the next level in Wordgrove’s writing game. When the Wordgrove Post & Review returns it will be with a new focus, published on a limited basis while staying with the old format.

Thursday chats and exercises will continue on Writers Platform and this editor will review all drops as before, but this newsletter will only publish when six accumulated pieces meet the single new standard for inclusion. To be published, each work will be looked at for that one quotable line, sentence or haiku that shines and stands out as a polished gem. Such scripted jewels are easily recognized. The thinking here is that the reach for that one quotable line will structurally nudge the surrounding work into stronger writing, thereby improving its neighborhood and the piece as a whole.

Beyond the prompts coming out of Thurs Word Games, authors should consider this an open invitation to write on any topic in any style desired. Length is limited to 500 words. Longer pieces should be hosted online by the author with a link provided. Wordgrove.com will be happy to provide pages upon request. Questions and suggestions should be addressed to BarTalk

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Quoted in the Grove:
Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
~John Maynard Keynes

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
~Oscar Wilde

Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.
~Flannery O’Connor


Posted in the Grove:
A quiet week in the grove.

Prewritten for Thurs (11/19) @6pm PT/9 ET is: a picture: http://wordgrove.com/driftwoodhorse.html


@Writers Platform

Prewritten: corridor, sphere



Catching up with old friends… enjoyed our time together, but now it is nice to have my peace and quiet intact again.

Funny how they remember things that I do not, and vice-versa. It is fun to see things from others’ point of view. The corridors of our high school saw some insane things back when… How sad that I spent so much time and energy worrying about things that were, and are, so meaningless.

The tiny red and white sphere bobbles up and down in the water. Now this has meaning!



Cupid’s Holiday

I dread the jolly atmosphere
of ‘give me’ and ‘I want a …’
I face the holidays in utmost fear
more than dear old Santa

I spread the season’s joy
like legs of wine on crystal
I join up every girl and boy
and need no threat of pistol

I thread their hearts with arrows
who enter the season with relish
I unite the parts willing to go
down the corridor labled Hell-ish


Impromptu: haiku ~ metal

~MissMerry: haiku

Sword bearing markings
Viking wrought steel, sharp and fine.
Metal tests mettle


BarTalk: not-a-haiku

metal wings in blue
statue tethered to the ground
skies cry without you

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