Saturday, 3 February 2018

The Jangerwoe And The Sonnerbrow

All alone in the Jibwar she walks,
Her head held by strings,
That reach and twirl and twine,
And pull her step by jolting step,

The dawn chorus wake,
And let our their quarks and snirls,
Closing and shutting,
Reaching and scrunching,

Below the boughs of the great Cantwo,
Small Crinkles leap and jump,
Spreading their thoughts like dances,
Across the mildew covered ground,

Then out of the swirling fog,
Comes the snarling Jangerwoe,
Creeping and sneaking,
Whining and grine-ing,

Only in the faint light of the Bulborpour,
Can the Sonnerbrow see his foe,
His jewelled eyes wandering low,
His testing snout held high,

In much the way of things that come to pass, 
The old and young must flee, 
And as the beasts begin their dance, 
A hush falls over the Jibwar,

The Gibgab and the Periwonk,
The Mellirmot and the Rancidune,
The Hatchpen the Flurcus and the Crinkles,
All cease their noise and cower low,

Amongst the shadows she fearlessly walks, 
And she is all that is not still,
Blithely she sings only to the song inside her head,
Her eyes as milk as snow,

And in the darkness trembles stir,
Weaving and knotting and linking,
As the the Jangerwoe takes his stance,
And the Sonnerbrow prepares for war,

A flash of noise and a crash of light,
Illuminate the ring, 
As beast stalks beast around and round,
And the Moorweves tendrils sing, 

The fight is long and bloody,
As teeth and claws do slash,
And rip the nightscape at the seams,
And scatter red like paint,

The ends and tips and flares light up,
And scatter patterns far,
As the beasts below writhe and swipe,
Their victory locked in flair,

Until at last with a crack like thunder,
The Jangerwoe stands tall,
His triumphant roar resounding, 
His opponent dead upon the floor,

Yet even that sound which echoed,
Did nothing to turn her silver hair,
And on and on she skipped and tripped,
Her wandering hands her guiding,

His duty done the Jangerwoe released,
Pushing away from his place of success, 
He retraced his steps to the fog he'd left,
And took with him his crown,

And all around the Jibwar Proons did merlow,
And the little Crinkles reappear,
Sniffling and snuffling through the Moorweves tendrils, 
To the Sonnerbrow's body steal,

Under cover of darkness the Jibwars secrets held,
And from the depths and holes and corners,
Came all those hidden both big and small, 
To gather there where giants fought,

With one beast dead and the other gone, 
The rest were free to pick,
And each chose one little part, 
Of the Sonnerbrow for themselves,

The Lilper took a jewel from the eye, 
The Cantypi took a hair from the head,
The Flanten took a claw as long as a hand, 
And Crinkles shared the tongue,

When all was said and done,
And every scrap of Sonnerbrow claimed, 
There lay upon the ground nothing left to tell, 
Save the mark of crumpled earth and time,

As the moonglabes glittered,
And the sparnfroes swayed,
The Jangerwoe slipped into sleep, 
And the Jibwar's peace fell upon it once more,

Amid the rocking raucous noise,
Of Perriwars Ornaths and Sloozes,
The milk eyed girl wandered on, 
Her mindful song her voiceless guide. 






Monday, 30 October 2017

The Butcheress

Here's one for Halloween;


Through the darkened woods she stole,
Butchers knife in hand,
Following a single groan,
That was the only sound,

All night long she sought her prey,
With calm and steady steps,
Waiting for the hour to come,
Upon which she could act,

The hunted knew his time was near,
Could feel it on the wind,
The ragged breaths that followed him,
The stench that filled the air,

She caught him once before that night,
With silver flashing blade,
Now ruby drops fall from his side,
As he fights to stumble on,

Between the moonlit trees at last,
She saw her chance had come,
And letting out a fearsome screech,
She leapt upon her prey,

The hunted felt his life force flee,
As the blade cut through his skin,
And the last thing that his eyes did see,
Was her frightful manic grin,

The trees that night bore steady witness,
To the crime between their trunks,
And as ruby drops sprayed through the air,
A life that night was lost.



R.A Hill

Thursday, 12 October 2017

4 Spooky Writing Competitions You Can Enter This October

With Autumn now in full swing and Halloween just around the corner it's the perfect time of year to start, or finish, writing some spooky stories. Will it be gruesome? Or ghastly? Perhaps yours is a ghost story? Or is it full of grisly zombies? As we draw nearer to Halloween let your mind wander into the darkness to find wicked witches and evil ogres, creepy vampires and hair raising werewolves, dreadful demons and grimy goblins. The sky is the limit, or perhaps it's the bottomless pit in the back garden of that abandoned house at the end of the street...

I've had a look around and found four terribly spooky writing competitions that you can enter this October!

1.
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Horror Scribes are looking for very short stories, only 300 words, around the theme of Deja Vu.
Your entry must be in English, the deadline is the 22nd of October, and the winner will receive a £10 prize paid through paypal.
If you want to enter have a look at their website. Horror Scribes


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Dark Tales are looking for horror and speculative fiction short stories for their monthly competition.
The deadline is the 31st of October, the entry fee is £4, the story must be no longer than 5000 words, and the winner will receive £100 plus publication in their next anthology.
If you want to enter have a look at their website. Dark Tales


3.
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The Furious Gazelle Halloween Contest is looking for excellent writing in any style following the Halloween theme. You can submit up to five pieces and there is no entry fee, there is a prize of $50 and a book of their choosing for the winner, the top contenders will all be published online, and the deadline for submissions is the 26th of October.
For more information have a look at their website. The Furious Gazelle


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Fanstory are running a Halloween Poetry Contest and are looking for poems that capture the fun, horror, and excitement of this time of the year. All types of poem are accepted, the entry is free, the deadline is the 31st of October, and the winner takes away $100 for a cash prize.
For more information and how to enter take a look at their website. Fanstory



Happy Spooky Writing All! 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Word Play

I love the English language, it's so full of strange sounds and broken rules, and more often than not, several words that describe the same thing. Sometimes just picking which one you want to use can be a challenge in itself!
Of course most of us are happy sticking to the words that we use commonly, the ones that we all understand and are familiar with, especially when it comes to conversation. But I must admit to a bit of a weakness for the one's out there that don't get used quite as often as they could, and the one's whose existence have been almost forgotten, and there are so many of them! 
Strangely beautiful, complex, lilting words that seem to slip around your tongue and fall out of your mouth. They're oddly complex, and in our modern world with our easy to understand every day words, there really isn't a need for such a complexity, such an intricacy in design. But perhaps it is for precisely that reason that we need to hold on to these words, because they are no longer needed, and because, like some half-remembered message from the past, they speak to us of the origin of our wonderful language. 



I've spent some time recently looking for some unusual words, some words that have slipped out of common use and can only seem to be found following a foray of the internet, or a dip into the mysterious depths of the dictionary, and I'd like to share with you some of the one's that I've found recently.  


Absquatulate - To leave somewhere abruptly.

Enervated - Drained of energy.

Anfractuous - Winding, Circuitous.

Noisome - Having an offensive smell.

Cacoethes - An urge to do something inadvisable. 

Superbious - Proud and overbearing.

Tellurian - Of the Earth, inhabiting, or an inhabitant of, the Earth.

Umbriferous - Shady.

Pulchritude - Beauty.

Cyanic - Blue, Azure.

Eurythmic - In harmonious proportion.

Pusillanimous - Lacking in courage.

Erubescent - Reddening or blushing.

Ensorcell - To enchant or fascinate someone.

Hodiernal - Of today.


I hope this collection of strange and unusual words has served to entertain, and possibly even to inspire, you. 

As a writer I enjoy the challenge of trying to put these unusual words into pieces of writing, weaving them into text, and making them a part of my stories. When it works, which it often does, I find the almost musical sounds of some of them can seem to add another kind of depth to my work. 

Either way, it's always interesting to experiment.




Saturday, 22 July 2017

3 Great Writing Competitions You Can Enter For Free This Summer!

Hi Scribblers,

I've been having a nose around this morning and I've found three great writing competitions that you can enter this summer, that are absolutely free! So I thought I'd share them with you.

1. Costa Short Story Awards




This is a great competition to enter. The winner is chosen from five shortlisted stories that are posted on their website and voted on by members of the public, there's a cash prize of £3000, a word limit of 4000, and it's totally free to enter. So what are you waiting for?
The closing date is the 4th of August 2017.


2. Seat 14C Contest



This is a really interesting competition with a bit of difference. The challenge here is to write a short story from the perspective of the passenger sitting in seat 14C on a flight that accidentally winds up going 20 years into the future.
With great scope for an exciting sci-fi adventure, a prize package that includes a trip to Japan, and totally free entry, how could you resist this competition?
The closing date is the 25th of August 2017.

3. 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

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This competition doesn't open until the 1st of September 2017, so if you're thinking of entering then you've got a bit of time to prepare. You've got between 2,000 and 5,000 words to write the best piece of unpublished fiction you can, in English. Winners in each region win £2500, and an overall winner receives £5000. And it's completely free to enter!
The closing date is the 1st of November 2017, and with so much time to prepare your story you've got no excuse not to enter!


Happy Writing!