• Inspiration,  Poetry

    Tripping Down Shakespearean Lane

    Today I want to chat a little bit about the creative literary genius known as William Shakespeare – one of the finest poets to ever walk the earth. One of the things I love most about him was his ability to weave hidden commentary in just about everything he wrote. The comedy The Taming of Shrew for example has some sinister underlying themes about control and conforming to society. Everyone is laughing, but underneath the silly, lighthearted overtones is a wild independent girl who is being conspired against and dragged down into the cookie cutter mold of society. A simple switch in tone, and this play would be quite alarming! In the comedy A…

  • Poetry,  Work-In-Progress

    Dance of the Bumblebee…

    Hey Folks! Today I want to share some poems that were inspired by a forthcoming WIP: The Shades of My Shadow. It has rather dark themes, and is, hands down, going to be the darkest story I have ever written. It’s also leaning toward the most realistic, but I won’t know how heavy my supernatural elements will be until I start writing it. I’m a little nervous. Okay, I might be a lot nervous. I’ve been wanting a certifiably crazy MC for a while now. I let myself write a pseudo-crazy one a few years ago and the people who read it didn’t take to her too well. I did…

  • Poetry

    Poem: For A While…

    It’s poetry week again at The Narcissistic Rose Cafe! Lol! Today’s poem was inspired while I was trying to watch the movie “Blood & Chocolate” (based on the novel of the same name by Annette Curtis Klause). It’s a decent book and movie if you’re into werewolves. I was thinking about the pack leader Gabriel and why Vivian (the main character) seemed so against becoming his wolf queen. Because, like really, I liked Gabriel (in the book). He was the hot in hot sauce. And the actor who played him isn’t bad either, though they did make his character considerably more icky in the movie. Which I didn’t really appreciate,…

  • Poetry

    Poem: “Hope” (What Do I Dare To Dream)

    This week’s poem is another lovely original by me. Since I’ve gotten back into poetry, inspiration strikes at the most random and mundane of times. I’m trying to be less scared about posting stuff. Poetry and song lyrics have to be the only writing mediums in my life I don’t edit. Unless I think of another way to say a line that I like better. 🙂 I even edit my journal sometimes. Lol! So you can imagine, it’s really nice and relaxing to have something I can just write and walk away from, even if it’s not great. And I’m so excited to be writing poetry again, right now I…

  • Poetry

    Edgar Allan Poe Can Be Light & Fluffy, Too…Kind of…

    This month’s poem is by my favorite poet and short story writer. He had this amazing ability to trick the reader with unreliable narrators. They win your trust. You root for them. And by the time they reveal their true nature it’s too late. This is a talent I very much hope to possess myself one day. The Cask of Amontillado is this trick at it’s best – a great example of a narrator you think is transparent and telling you everything but isn’t. I can’t recommend that story enough. That and The Masque of the Red Death. Stephen King is another author known to use this approach and do…