“Painting Clouds,” #FlashFiction

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the time or presence of mind to write some flash fiction. I’ve yearned for this weekly challenge from Carrot Ranch much like someone would miss chatting with an old friend. So, hello my old friend, Carrot Ranch. I’m glad to be back!

The June 27, 2019, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that involves paint. It can be fresh, peeling or in need of a coat. What is being painted and why? Go where the prompt leads! Respond by July 3, 2019.

Image by mayahawk from Pixabay

I measured the pigments into the old jelly jar using an ancient long handled spoon used only for my spell casting rituals. Slowly, I dribbled rain water from the last storm into the vessel and stirred with a clockwise motion. My eyes snapped shut as the colors swirled behind my lids pulsing with a life energy that desired recognition.

The contents of the jar spewed forth in a magnificent arc of light gracefully materializing into the shape of a rainbow – a manifestation of the divine. I smiled, content to paint the clouds with the stuff dreams are made of.

“The Collective,” A Tanka

It’s that time of the week and if the itch to write has turned into a slow burn… Get writing!

Join my weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge and get your brain waves thinking in new ways. Write some poetry!

This week, I’ve used the word, “ethos,” as my synonym for character and “altruism” for the word, affection. The words led me back to the fairy nymph collective portrayed in my debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy.

fairy in nature

Image Credit: The Swamp Fairy designed by Wendy Anne Darling of Bookxeedo Book Covers

The Collective rules –
in the fairy nymph ethos,
dictates altruism,
toward the care of the earth
predetermined by the gods.

©2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

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In my novel, the Collective is comprised of seven fairy nymph clans who are differentiated by the color of their eyes which mimics the colors of a rainbow. I took some liberties with the Greek myths, to say the least.

I used the symbolism of a rainbow to represent the elements of the supernatural, hope, and enlightenment.

“In Thai (Theravada) Buddhist mythology, the rainbow represents a staircase linking the earth to the heavens which the nagas (member of a class of mythical semidivine beings, half human and half cobra) can descend to the earth.” (Khandro.net)

Fairy nymph Clans in THSC

Nymphs are divided into types (here, alphabetically) and where they reside on the earth.

Alseids (groves) color: violet

Dryads (forests) color: orange

Hamadryads (trees) color: yellow

Meliaes (meadows) color: blue

Naiads (springs and rivers) color: green

Oceanids (the sea) color: indigo

Oreads (mountains) color: red

The Fairy Nymph Collective resides between the tears in the fabric of time called the horizontal realm. The nymphs were placed here by the gods to protect Mother Gaia.

My protagonist, Abby Forester received the gift of clairaudience from the gods for a reason. She acts as a liaison between the human world and the Collective.

Abby’s ability to communicate telepathically with the animals, birds, insects and even the fairy nymphs require her to shoulder a responsibility most teenagers wouldn’t be able to handle. Soon it becomes apparent that the blessings of an inheritance sometimes require the repayment of a debt.

Intrigued? You can find the novel here:

fairy witch rainbow magicThanks for stopping by! ❤

#Colorado Dreams – A #Haibun

Welcome to my contribution to my Weekly #Poetry Challenge, where you can write your own Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the prompt words of past & future.

The best poetry has layers of meaning.

Image credit: GeniusQuotes.net

The meadow fairy hovered in the crisp air. Her wings beat the air in a slow rhythm – transparent, barely discernable in the evening light. Her body was long and lean much like the tall grasses she hid in. Her blue eyes captured my attention. In an instant, I knew she was a Meliae fairy nymph. Each of the seven nymph clans was represented by a color from the rainbow which manifested in the pigmentation of their eyes. With that realization, I knew something magical had possessed me.

Colorado dreams –
blending my future and past,
whispers of our fate.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

I found this picture on Facebook. This is the starting point for what my meadow fairy will look like.

See you June 6th! ❤

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Samhain, Fairies, and Symbolism in Your Writing

With the Samhain (Halloween) celebration just around the corner, I wanted to gaze back into the past to see how this ancient festival evolved and became the holiday we celebrate today. Besides, if you write fairy fantasy, you’ll want to incorporate some of the ancient myths and other such symbolism into your work. It is important to make a connection to our ancient past and long held beliefs. It gives your work a realistic touch.

Samhain (pronounced: “sowin”) is from the Gaelic for “Sam,” which meant “summer,” and “fuin,” which meant “end,” giving us the definition of “summer’s end.”

mysticalmind.com also shares the fact that the Irish separated the year into two halves to represent the seasons. Summer occurred from May 1st – November 1st, while Winter was from November 1st – May 1st. Samhain marked the beginning of Winter. Samhain Eve, (Halloween) became the night to celebrate before the first day of winter began.

So what does Samhain have to do with fairies? Plenty. The Irish believed that during the celebration of Samhain Eve, the portals into the Otherworld swung open allowing the fairies and supernatural beings to roam the earth. Now, it is easy to make the connection as to how our Halloween traditions evolved into what they are today. I came to the conclusion that Halloween was invented by the Irish!

Even more interesting is how the Irish interpreted what the fairies were. There was a belief that the fairies were angels who were not good enough to be saved nor bad enough to be lost. mysticalmind.com also shares: “The ancient Irish Book of Armagh calls them, the gods of the earth.”

Magickalenenchantments.blogspot.com shares:

“Possessing the power to bewitch or bedevil humans with their illusions, known as glamours, fairies gradually found their way into the myth and folklore of many European cultures.”

“Glamours,” used in the sentence above was a new definition for me, and I had to look it up!

Glamour originally was a term applied to a magical-occult spell that was cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wished them to see when in fact it was not what it seemed to be.” Glamour-wikipedia.com

Even more interesting, was the widely held belief that on Samhain night, when the fairies freely roamed the earth, they grabbed unsuspecting humans and placed them under a permanently enchanted status. This bewitching was said to cause people to go mad, or to die from some strange incurable illness. I couldn’t help but think what a great way that was to explain a medical condition that didn’t have a cure.

The legend also specified that every seven years the fairy beings captured babies or small children which they would then sacrifice to their god.

The number seven is significant in early folklore and Christianity. Seven was creatively used in many myths and fairy stories.

The Seed of Life, mysticalnumbers.com

Seven circles intertwine to form the symbol called “The Seed of Life.” The Seed of Life symbolizes the six days of creation. The central circle symbolizes the day of rest.

Seven also represents the seven colors of the rainbow. Isaac Newton classified the seven colors of the rainbow as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. (ROYGBIV).

My research has played a huge part in the writing of my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy. I believe that sharing some of the old myths in new ways in our writing gives our story credence, even though it is a fantasy.

The use of symbolism in our writing gives our readers a way to relate to our story by creating a deeper meaning to our words.

WritersHelpingWriters has an excellent article entitled, “Five Important Ways to Use Symbolism in Your Story.” Click the highlighted link to the site above to read the blog post.

So tell me all you fantasy writers out there. How do you incorporate symbolism into your novel writing? Do you look to holiday celebrations for inspiration? Inquiring minds what to know!

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#WQWWC – Writers Quote ‘Thursday’ Writing Challenge – “Believe”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

I lost my head this week and literally thought it was Ronovan’s week! Ah well, what do you do? Thanks for being patient with me. That is what happens when you have fifty things happening all at once.

The best part of this whole situation is it made me realize (again) all the great participants we have who take part in this challenge each week.

So today, I am honored to share Vashti’s post, called “BELIEVE.” I was so taken with her writing and in the selection of her theme, that I would like to thank her by using her theme this week. Thank you, Vashti! ❤

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There has been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “HOPE” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)

Ellen Best 24

Lady Lee Manila

Judy E Martin

The Writer Next Door

Always A Writer

Two on a Rant

Annette Rochelle Aben

Method Two Madness

Magnanimous Word

I Maniking Blog

A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales

Morpeth Road

Daily Echo

Postcard From a Pigeon

Weaving Gold

Randoms by a Random

Silver Threading Fairy Whisperer

WELL DONE!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “BELIEVE.” (belief, or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday (this week it was posted on Thursday), we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

I’ve reused one of my favorite quotes from Roald Dahl about believing in magic. And yes, it is no secret about how much I adore anything magical. But just think about the kind of life you might have if you never believed in anything magical or worse yet, you lost hope…

This rainbow actually appeared during a thunderstorm here in Colorado last month. The definition of the double bands is awe inspiring. I know this rainbow is caused by weather phenomena that involve moisture and sunlight. So, close your eyes and just think for a moment, if you were an ancient human and saw this same sight.

It would be magical! How could you not believe in magic after seeing such an amazing sight?

Believe in rainbows and look for the magic. It’s right there in front of you.

Hugs and see you next week when Ronovan will dazzle you with his talent!

ROY G. BIV or Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Silver loves rainbows!

Rainbows are some of nature’s most beautiful displays. In the part of Florida where I live, rainbows only appear in rare circumstances. Unlike when I lived in the mountains of Arizona where we had regular rainbows during the monsoon season each summer.

I took this photo a couple of years ago in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Nature outdid herself that day. She gave us a double rainbow! Thanks to the Daily Post for sponsoring this event each week.

Thanks for visiting today. I sure enjoyed seeing you all!

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Word Snap Weekly–Waiting for the Rainbow

Rainbow Guaranted

Just like the rainbow at the end of this haiku, I cannot wait to be finished with the painting in our house.  We are down to the master bedroom, the living room, and the dining room.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The paint has made everything look brighter and warmer.  The color is called classic taupe.  It reminds me of the color of coffee after cream has been added – warm and inviting.

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Our family room

Thanks Amanda for hosting Word Snap Weekly.  I look forward to this event every week.  Below is the information so that you can become part of this event too!

Word Snap Weekly

Word Snap Weekly is a unique challenge, designed to inspire creativity from photographers, visual artists and creative writers.

There are no set themes or prompts, you choose the snapshot/image that most inspires you. Be as creative as you like – then add your words.  You are free to explore any form of creative writing you wish, e.g Poetry, WordArt, Quotes, Short Fiction etc…
The challenge will run Sunday to Sunday approx 12 p.m. (GMT) You can post anytime during the week, and I will share your posts on Twitter.
If you join in, it is expected that you will like or comment on the other entries in the challenge – including my own entry – yes I need love too!

In the interest of promoting the challenge, please follow the steps given below to enter.

  • Create a new post and title it Word Snap Weekly + your post title
  • Tag your post Word Snap Weekly
  • If you create your entry on other social media, or share your post to them the hash tag to include is #wordsnapweekly
  • Link your post URL to the inLinkz grid, selecting your inspired photo/feature image.
  • Display the challenge badge on your post or sidebar. Download the badge here

So that you don’t miss the start of the new week, I recommend you follow Unique Art Chic by email.  Click here to go to the website.

Thanks for stopping by to chat for a bit.  It gave me time to put away all the paint brushes for the weekend.  I look forward to seeing you all again!

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Weekly Haiku Challenge # 9

Ronovan Weekly Haiku Challenge

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge is here!  From Ronovan Writes:

If you want to refresh yourselves on a bit of Haiku in English, although you do not have to stick to that particular style of Haiku, it’s just my particular style to use, click here.

For Tips and Guidelines refreshers click here.

This weeks two words to use in some form, meaning you can use another word that means the same thing are:

Before you start!

I have a link that will help you out. Remember for Haiku in English the total syllables are 5 for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the last. This the Haiku I use. I don’t really hold people to that for this but if you want to do it in the 5/7/5 manner, the traditional way, then try that. The link I have for you is . . . howmanysyllables.com. Simply type in the word and find out how many syllables it has. Also for synonyms and antonyms go to thesaurus.com.

The prompts!

Fluffy & Rainbow

Ronovan Writes says, “Yes, I know the words are a little different than normal. However I promised a friend’s daughter that I would let her choose the words this week. I made the mistake of saying fun and uplifting. So she decided to stick it to me with these. She picked Rage and Flammable last week. Yes she has a very odd sense of humor.”

I created the image below using FotoFlexer.  You simply upload a photo and add your words to the image.  It is a free program and has given me great results.

My contribution is as follows called, “Rainbow Guarantees”

Rainbows

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