#3linethursday: The Clown’s Trunk

This post was written in response to this weeks’ Three Line Thursday prompt. Three lines, 30 words maximum.


            Photo by Boris


The Clown’s Trunk

Lipstick smeared on bruised lips. Blackened tears.
‘Let’s play,’ He said, then pointed.
‘Would you unlock the trunk, my dear?’


Clowns are such sinister characters, and well, their trunks, they’re just the most sinister objects on earth!

I can’t remember exactly, but I’m sure I was afraid of clowns as a child, and I still find them spooky to say the least. Who doesn’t?

I’m really curious about this trunk, ‘though. What’s inside? Funny tricks or more scary props?

In yesterday’s post it was Eve haunting my subconscious, and today it’s Pandora’s Box stalking me.  Quite by chance (I suppose), I also received a message from an unknown admirer who compared me to Eve! Is there a message for me there?

Like life itself, we never know what’s in store, good or bad, and we can bank on having our share of both, sooner or later!

At the moment things are good. No serious health problems for anyone in the family. Work’s fine. Book one and two are doing well, and book three’s on the way (my expectations are modest).

I can’t complain, but I’m not ready to open the trunk and look inside…

Are you?

Check out today’s other poems, or join in yourself, here.

I’m the proud winner of this edition! Here’s my badge to prove it 🙂

Year Two Week Five Winner: Luccia Gray

I Won a print copy of Light Lines!

“This was terrifying. Well done to the author. I can see the creepy face and feel the panic. A perfect tale for the picture…and now I can’t sleep. ” Judge’s Thoughts.

#3linethursday: Mary’s Monster

This post was written in response to this weeks’ Three Line Thursday prompt.


Picture by Bruce


Mary’s Monster 


A spark gave life to the monster in her mind,

The twisted ink from her quill ignited the blaze,

Her fingers drew the blood which spilled onto the parchment.


On 31 October 1831, the first revised edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, was published. This version, which was revised by the author, is the one mostly published and read version of this classic horror story, which also has gothic, romantic, fantasy and even science fiction elements.


Draft of “Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1797-1851)


We have all heard versions of the story of Frankenstien’s birth. It goes something like this:

During the rainy summer of 1816, there was a long, cold, volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora. Mary Shelley, aged 18 at the time, and her lover, and later husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, were visiting Lord Byron at his villa by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Sitting around a log fire during the unusually cold and rainy summer, they amused themselves by reading ghost stories. Byron then suggested they each write a ghost story.


Mary Shelley by Richard Rothwell – Scan of a print. Original housed at the National Portrait Gallery.


The short story Mary Shelley started that chilly summer evening became Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, which was first published in three volumes, anonymously, on 11 March 1818 by a small London publishing house.

It has become one of my favourite novels, and one of the most well-known 19th century literary creations. Frankenstein’s influence on modern culture and psyche is easily recognisable and understandable.


Frankenstein’s monster by actor Boris Karloff (Universal Studios)

Our rebellion against the inevitability of death and loss, and the need, albeit the futility, of rebellion, is a recurrent theme in life and literature.

Shakespeare knew literature was our only hope of influencing, and perhaps even living, beyond our short mortal lives:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

(From Sonnet 18)

I’m currently reading, and enjoying,  as part of Rosie’s Book Review TeamAlmost Invincible a biographical novel about the life of of Mary Shelley, which I’ll be reviewing shortly.

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#3lineThursday & #NationalPoetryDay ‘Drops of Light’

This post was written in response to the picture prompt at Three Line Thursday.

It’s a simple and creative writing challenge: One picture. Your response. Three lines. Maximum thirty words. More information here




Photo by Matt


A drop of your soul

Gushed into my heart

Flooding the world with our tide.



National Poetry Day. Theme: Light

National Poetry Day is on Thursday 8 October 2015 & the theme is Light. Celebrate our 21st birthday with a poem you love . Here’s mine!


Inside my mind

Golden dreams

Hidden. My




Now go write some poetry! It’s liberating. It’s fun. It’s creative.

Three Line Thursday #3lineThursday Week 28 and #WordBookDay 23rd April

Today is World Book Day according to UNESCO, to commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes.

And it’s Thursday, so it’s also Three Line Thursday. Being the efficient blogger, writer, and teacher that I am, I’ve linked both events in this post!

This is the photo prompt for Three Line Thursday. Rules: Three lines, no more than ten words per line.

The Naked Tree

Inspiration is like a naked tree.

Yet her artful pen crafts a budding orchard,

While the reader picks mellow fruit hanging from loaded stems.


Writers imagine people, places and events, and build them up into stories, or poems, or flash fiction, or novels, and other types of fiction, while readers reap the fruits. That is why I’ll always prefer reading; it’s easier and more enjoyable.

Writing is hard. I mulled over the 24 words in The Naked Tree for hours, and anyone can read it in seconds; that’s how hard writing is! (I won’t tell you how many hours went into my novel, although I enjoyed almost every minute of it). On the other hand it’s rewarding to know that you can express your feelings, and reach and move people you don’t know and will never even meet.



To celebrate World Book Day, at the Adult Education Centre where I teach English in the south of Spain, we have been carrying out ‘literary breakfasts‘ in our half-hour morning and afternoon breaks all week. Students and teachers talk about and discuss their favourite books, over coffee and biscuits.

We also prepared a Flash Fiction Challenge in English and Spanish (their native language). All the entries were printed on mini cardboard books and displayed along the main corridor, as you can see in this picture.



Prizes, book tokens, were awarded today. This is one of the winning flashes.



It wasn’t easy for them to write a 100-word creative flash with a first sentence prompt, in a foreign language, but they made a great effort (I did promise to make sure it had a positive effect on their marks!).

I’d never used flash fiction in class before, as I teach mainly use of English, which doesn’t include much literary creativity, but I was surprised how much they enjoyed writing, and talking about what they read. I’m definitely going to do it again.


How have you celebrated World Book Day?

Those of you who are teachers, have you used flash fiction in the classroom?