Saturday Show & Tell 11/5/16

Saturday Show and Tell – a showcase of things each week that lit up my brain and fired my imagination. Enjoy!

Fairy tale adaptations are all the rage right now. It’s a lovely time to be a reader. However, not all anthologies are equal. There are quite a few out there which leave me feeling a bit down. They don’t spin it hard enough, it isn’t bold beyond my own creative realm, or it doesn’t retain any wonder, so I sigh and go looking for better.

Here it is. The better. The best, even.


The Starlit Wood (edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe) gathers together pretty much all of my favorite authors and settles for nothing less than spun gold. I will be buying this collection to re-read over and over for feels and inspiration. Every sentence shimmers. My favorite so far is the story by Genevieve Valentine; it’s dark and sharp and slicing.

  • Wolves, the mother calls them, when she speaks of young men. Oldest daughters don’t fear much anymore — they don’t fear enough –but a wolf can still make a girl pause at the window and glance into the woods, just in case. 

                                                                             – from, Familiaris, by G. Valentine

Even the dropcaps in this book are creative and inspiring! I love a good illustration, don’t you?



Microfiction or Hint Fiction? Heard of it? Me, neither.

A few authors on Halloween did a Trick-or-Treat for adults where the candy was free books. I merrily went along, dressed in my pajamas, collecting these sweets off the internet. One of them was Ashes Burn Season 1: Ashes Away by Tyrean Martinson.


Each page is like a poem, but not. Each page tells a story in less than five sentences, and each page is a character’s POV, so you end up with a full “book” by the end. Well, this is part one, so you’d need to get the next one to have the completion of the story, but you get what I mean. It’s a neat little trick of compression and an economy of words. I highly recommend you try it. It’s free on Smashwords, so there’s no harm if it turns out not to be your thing.


I’m continuing my self-education quest of learning poetry forms. This week I learned about the villanelle,  the septolet, and triquain chains. That last name makes me giggle a bit, so I worked on that one first. I adapted a free verse poem I’d already written into this form, and I like it much better than before. I’m learning that for me, free verse is okay as a skeleton, but form forces me to say it better. Have you explored any of these poetic boxes? If so, did you like it?

As always, the dialogue starts with you. What inspired your creativity this week?



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