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Monday, July 21, 2014

Poetry Challenge—Introducing the Englyn: Form 5—the Englyn Cyrch



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 cyrch.
The englyn cyrch consists of a four-line verse. Each verse has seven syllables. The final syllables of the first, second and fourth lines rhyme. The last syllable of the third line rhymes with the second, third or fourth syllable of the last line.

Full-Moon Frolic

Pixies dance in the moonlight
Unicorns romp with horns bright
Dancing the long night away
Dancing, a magical sight

From the forest, satyrs creep
Bring their pipes, their wine long-steeped
Amidst fern-lined magic stills
Laughter fills the forest deeps

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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Poetry Challenge—Introducing the Englyn: Form 4—the Englyn Unodl Crwca



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 unodl crwca.
The englyn unodl crwca consists of a four-line verse. The first line has seven syllables, the second has seven, and the third has ten, and fourth line has six. The first, second and fourth lines rhyme, and they rhyme with the seventh, eighth or ninth syllable in the third line.

Night-time Hopes, Daytime Dreams

In the dark, the headlights gleam
Slice the night-time like a scream
Let no man know just what you dream, tonight,
For nothing is what it seems

Darkness sometimes is your friend
Daylight nightmares brings, not ends,
Sometimes it’s best to keep hidden away
The secrets which courage lend

When the dawn comes, bold and bright
Chase away the doubting night
Bringing out into broad daylight, your friends,
Those who give you strength to fight

Not all daylight nightmares bring
Some draws out the precious things
The only ones our hearts will sing to praise
who keep our spirits rising.
Why don’t you give it a try? Try writing at least one englyn unodl crwca for each day of the week.
You can find out more about how to write englyns from the following sites:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Progress Report: Week 2 July 2014


This week work and studying for next semester took a lot of time, but at least I wasn’t sick. Writing got done, so I’m slowly catching up on where I wanted to be for the next release.

 

Overview


New words produced: 5,359
Old words revised: 2,894
Works completed: 0
Works revised: 10
Covers created: 0
Works published: 0
Works submitted: 0
Competitions Entered: 0
Bloggery: 417

 

Tier 1 Tasks


  • Annual 13: Added 1,314 words
  • Annual 14: Added 5,445 words

Tier 4 Tasks


  • TweenNovel1A—Orb Wielder: 1,117words

Publishing Tasks


  • Created 3 blog posts for this blog

New Arrivals


The following ideas arrived this week:


  • Poem401—Allies in the Dark: a poem about were-creatures;
  • Poem402—Long-Lived, the Dragon Lies: another poem about a dragon;
  • SciFanNovel2A—The Way of the Kesserak-Ra: a science fiction-fantasy blend about dynasties, dragons, and fantasy battle.
  • ShortStory327—The Full Moon’s Grace: a piece of flash horror fiction;
  • ShortStory328—Weed Dragons of the Medilo: a piece of flash science fiction about a researcher in the Medilo swamp;
  • ShortStory329—Pixies in the Machine: a piece of flash urban fantasy fiction about the pixie dust world;
  • ShortStory330—Ice Shards and Fire Flowers: a piece of flash science fiction about the dangers that colonists might face;
  • ShortStory331—Braving the Storm: another piece of flash science fiction set on a world of deadly lightning storms;
  • ShortStory332—Vengeance Oaths and Unicorns: a piece of urban fantasy fiction set in the pixie dust world—this time with unicorns.