Monday, September 1, 2014

Poetry Challenge—Introducing the Englyn: Form 10—the Englyn Toddaid

An englyn is a form of Welsh or Cornish verse, with a reputation of being hard to master. It has several different variants, all of which are governed by strict rules. This week, we’ll look at the englyn toddaid, which is a cross between the toddaid form and the englyn.
The englyn toddaid consists of a verse at least four-lines long. The first line has 10 syllables, the second has 7, and the remaining two or more lines have ten syllables each. The rhyme is introduced in the seventh, eighth or ninth syllable of the first line, and repeated at the end of the remaining lines. The fourth syllable of the second lines uses rhyme or consonance to echo the last syllable of the first line.

Dragon’s Wrath

Furious, the dragon marred the blue skies.
I saw him fly, far too soon.
I saw him setting fire, felt fear anew.
I saw his shadow and knew what to do.

Who had stirred his angry heart to war
raided his stores, golden art,
and fled, the dragon’s vengeance, war to start?
Now wizards we must call to do their part.

And when we the culprits hunt down and find
then we will bind those who clown
with dragon’s horde, thus reaping dragon’s frown
for ev’ry man who dwells within this town.

And thus the dragon’s peace we seek to earn
—winter is bleak when crops burn—
and wizards will with dragon speak to learn
what must be done, the great beast’s wrath to turn.

Why don’t you give it a try? Try writing at least one englyn toddaid for each day of the week.
You can find out more about how to write englyns from the following sites:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress Report: Week 5 August 2014

Well, the week started well, but ended without reaching the 7,000-word mark. Between getting sick and then trying to catch up, I didn’t get any writing done – not even on Saturday. So, we’re a good 3k behind schedule. Next week is university break, but I have a 2,500-word research essay to do, and a presentation, so probably not going to get a lot of writing done before the next round of madness starts… and THEN I get a break. Wish me luck and self discipline.


New words produced: 2,530
Old words revised: 426
Works completed: 8 (for inclusion in longer works)
Works revised: 0
Covers created: 0
Works published: 0
Works submitted: 0
Competitions Entered: 0
Bloggery: 1,267

Tier 1 Tasks

  • Annual 13: Added 1,000 words
  • Annual 14: Added 2,448 words
  • Annual 23: Added 1,388 words

Publishing Tasks

  • Created 6 blog posts for this blog;

New Arrivals

The following ideas arrived this week:

  • ShortStory361—Black Dogs and Pixie Luck: another piece of flash urban fantasy fiction set in the pixie-dust world;
  • ShortStory362—The Death of Miss Delight: another piece of flash science fiction set in the world of Odyssey, Oberon and Miss Delight.
  • ShortStory363—A Delightful Revenant: another piece of flash science fiction set in the world of Odyssey, Oberon and Miss Delight
  • ShortStory364—I Live for Winter: a piece of flash science fiction about a rescue gone wrong
  • ShortStory365—Whale Song: a piece of flash futuristic fiction about whales
  • Poem433—The Troll Lord’s Queen: a fantasy poem about trolls;
  • Poem434—The Koschade’s Grove Treaty: a science fiction fantasy poem about dragons and star pirates;
  • Poem435—The Bladesman’s Lament: a fantasy poem about a cursed sword;