October & Halloween Themed Poetry Videos

The final Halloween video was published today. I've had a great deal of fun putting these videos together and reading the different poems involved.

Check out the newest one called Pale Shades.

There are two versions of this poem (as well as other poems). One version contains text of the poem inside the video while the other does not. Pick and choose your favorite!

Once you've seen Pale Shades, move on to the Playlist for more October and Halloween themed poems including my own called Nightmare Visions mentioned in a previous post here. Cheers!

Nightmare Visions: Poetry Reading

Click photo for poetry reading

Welcome to Nightmare Visions! The reading of this poem is now up. I wrote it in October of 2010 and, since it's October once again, it seemed logical to create a video of this poem.

I hope you enjoy it.

Please let me know what you think. The audio needs some improvement due to the fact I am using my phone, which is all that I have at the moment. Other than that, I think it turned out pretty well. Below is the poem read in the video linked above (click the thumbnail picture).

Nightmare Visions  

I’m glad you could come to visit
and keep me company this night.
Have you seen the marionettes
hanging on my wall?

Silly little things, aren’t they,
insignificant don’t you think?

They do seem to glance my direction;
What could they possibly want of me?
No, I did not put them there,
my aunt hung them, telling me

“Here you are my darlin’ girl,
to keep the evil spirits away”
... as she hammers yet another nail.

Shhh…

I have a secret to share with you.
These puppets,
these puppets freak me out.
Their tiny eyes slowly move,
following me as I cross the room to leave.
Elevated hands lift upward,
reach out for me,
without the pull of string.

My childhood? Why do you ask?
I do not speak of it much but…

Nightmare visions of unexpected darkness,
lights turned low and screams in the night.

As grandmother stood in the doorway
dabbing at the corners of her mouth,
mother would whisper assurances
“they were not death screams, my child,
just an owl hunting in the orchard.”

I do not recall an orchard near our house.

They could not fool me, could not hide
yet another victim they had devoured.
And the souls of their prey?
Well, come closer and I will tell you,
whisper it in your ear.

I am more certain each day,
each year that passes,
that their souls have been locked inside
the bodies of these creepy little dolls
now hanging on my wall.

I know it sounds ridiculous,
farfetched and absurd,
but each moment I come closer to the truth,
their faces grow darker, more evil.

Their eyes sink deep into wooden sockets,
turning black and bleeding
into the back of their hollow heads.

Do you see them?
Tell me you see them!

Claws protrude
where small puppet hands once hung;
Nails black as the darkest night.

And now, look!

Blood soaked teeth, a few here and there,
sharp enough to slice out my heart.

Check my pulse!
No, please don’t go!

Clutch my wrist, be sure I’m still alive.

Look over there, there in the corner,
I see the newest puppet!
It wasn’t there this morning.

It sits in the corner…
watching me.
She looks so familiar, doesn’t she.
A small frown sits upon her lips,
is that a tear I see?

Oh, no,
Oh dear god no….

Really, you should probably leave now.

It has taken me too long;
The realization of my end comes too late.
This puppet is a vessel, a prison for my soul.

There sits another puppet… over there!
Do you see it, does it seem familiar?
It sits upon my dresser…
right…
over there…
staring at you.

Is that a rapping at my door…
Mother has come to whisper in my ear.

It won’t be a death scream my child,
Just an owl hunting in the orchard.

Written by Phenix JiRa (jkl)
All rights reserved

NaNoWriMo – Story in Process

This year I am participating in the NaNoWriMo! I have been working on different aspects of the story however decided recently that the outline method is not always the best for me. I'm now switching up to a story board.

Recently I met an author who writes soft romance novels and she uses a story board to help gather as much information as possible before the writing process. I'm a bit backwards but not so far along that this method can't help me.

These novels will be under the pen name of Jill Starlight and progress, publication, and other details will come out on a website with that same name at a later date.

The novel I am writing is a cozy mystery set in a small town and with the main character living on a farm with her best friend who moves in to help manage things. There is a lot as to why they live on this farm as well as what their relationship is and how it develops. More to come.

Fast Fiction Friday (#15)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: Take out a personal ad...

 

Prompt #2: The captain called in the Last Chance submarine...

 

Prompt #3: Kill the king, the king is dead, long live the king...

Fast Fiction Friday (#14)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: Haunted typewriter...

 

Prompt #2: There's a crocodile in the backyard...

 

Prompt #3: Star Trek, bad pizza, and my girlfriend's uncle...

Gaming Videos

I’ve posted a few Yahtzee with Buddies videos featuring Dice World seasons. So far we’ve gone through DW Undersea and DW Maestros and I’m currently working on a new season as I’m typing this post. These games are fun for me to play but the commentary is even more fun. Take a quick look if you’re interested at all in Yahtzee games on your phone/computer or even those played in person using a pad of paper.

Here is a link to the play list featuring the Dice World Season called Dice World Maetros.

Let me know what you think in the comments below or on the videos themselves. Thanks!

Fast Fiction Friday (#13)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: Traveling back in time, one change has made it worth the effort!

 

Prompt #2: Trapped on an island off he coast of nowhere...

 

Prompt #3: Magic at the DMV...

New Halloween Videos

Hello everyone!

During the month of October, I am uploading poetry reading videos about Halloween and the month in general. These readings are found on YouTube under the name Phenix JiRa and there will be approximately 2 videos per week (possibly more).

One Haunted Eve Video

I’m finding the process of reading poetry and listening to how it sounds a bit daunting but still a lot of fun and educational. With each video, I think I’m getting better than the first one! As of today there are two Halloween videos posted with two October themed poems coming next week. After that, there will be at least 3 more videos about Halloween posted!

I’m excited to see what people think of these. AS this is a new YouTube channel, there are only a handful of followers so it may be that comments and likes come much later down the line… maybe even next Halloween rather than this year. That’s okay as this is all for my enjoyment and hopefully others will like it as well.

Happy Halloween!

Don't be too scared!

Fast Fiction Friday (#12)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: A cruise ship murder with a happy ending...

 

Prompt #2: Write something for Pixar that they would hate but still produce...

 

Prompt #3: Worthless stolen items... or are they priceless?

Fast Fiction Friday (#11)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: Three stolen credit cards later...

 

Prompt #2: An old scalp mounted in a picture frame...

 

Prompt #3: A roll of the dice... a decision has been made...

Fast Fiction Friday (#10)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: A lit cigarette without an owner...

 

Prompt #2: The time capsule item was by far the oddest...

 

Prompt #3: The ancestor from 1878 came to visit today...

Fast Fiction Friday (#9)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: The cracked vase...

 

Prompt #2: Our Grand Canyon hideaway...

 

Prompt #3: It was a dark and stormy night... in the Bayou...

Fast Fiction Friday (#8)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: Still living in the 70s... [80s, 90s, etc]

 

Prompt #2: Tripping over something horrible...

 

Prompt #3: He never should have crossed the state line...

Fast Fiction Friday (#7)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: MY ghost visited me with disturbing news of YOU...

 

Prompt #2: The lost pirate's eye patch...

 

Prompt #3: Reason 74 to not jump out of an airplane...

Fast Fiction Friday (#6)

The following are three Fast Fiction Friday writing prompts. Remember, set your timer for 30 minutes and write without stopping or editing or thinking beyond what your natural mind wants to write. If you want, leave a comment under this post describing what you wrote or letting me know you used it!

 

Prompt #1: You had me at "howdy stranger"...

 

Prompt #2: A cold cup of hot tea...

 

Prompt #3: The empty grave of my ancestor...