Microfiction challenge A Journey: the entries

Are you sitting comfortably, children? Here you go then, a collection of brand new fairy stories to  get your teeth into. Thank you to John Bauer, wherever you are, for the inspiring illustration. And thank you for all your beautiful fairy stories!

Lady Lee

We are going, the horse gallops – Ladyleemanila

Di (I hope Pensivity is Di!)

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/microfiction-challenge-26-a-journey/

Reena

Santa’s Blessings – REINVENTIONS BY REENA

Ken

Parting in Blue | rivrvlogr

Lorraine

https://myfrillyfreudianslip.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/jds-microfiction-challenge-journey-herensuge-and-his-sisters/

JD’s Microfiction Challenge Journey: Prelogue – Lorraine’s frilly freudian slip

Michael

Microfiction challenge #26: A journey | Morpethroad

Wordwitch (I hope Wordwitch isn’t Di! Where did I put my brain?)

The Thin Blue Man – Black Cat Alley

Bernadette

https://www.haddonmusings.com/2016/12/10/microfiction-challenge-#26-A-journey/

Sarah

The Journey – microfiction for Jane Dougherty | fmme writes poems

Jules

(f) JD & SPF prompts/ A History Lesson in the Alphabet Brother’s Castle (12.11) | Jules in Flashy Fiction

Kerfe

Postcard Fiction: Journey | method two madness

Hayley

https://thestoryfiles.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/a-winters-dream/

Merril

The Journey: Microfiction | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Ellen

MicroFictionchallenge#26 | Ellenbest24

Kat

The Piper’s New Gig | like mercury colliding…

Geoff

Post Pied Piper #microfiction | TanGental

Mine

https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/microfiction-dancing-girls/

Bill

http://engleson.ca/?page_id=8247

 

Microfiction challenge #19: Under the sea

John Bauer’s illustrations are beautiful. I think so anyway. I’ve used one of his illustrations before, and here’s another. There’s a fantastic story or a hundred in this picture, so much going on, so many possibilities: nightmare or magical dream, curse or enchantment, love story or vengeance. Make of it what you will, write as much as you like, and post a link to your short(ish) story in the comments before next Thursday.

sjoekungens_drottning_by_john_bauer_1911

Poetry challenge #40: Rider

I love John Bauer’s illustrations. They are so mysteriously joyful. You can read about him here. The caption for this one is: Once upon a time, there was a prince riding in the moonlight.

The word suggestions:

Star, gift, wander, soaring, cobalt.

Use any form you like, including the words if you’ve a mind to, and post the link to your creation in the comments before next Tuesday. Be inspired!

The first poem I wrote to this illustration was before I’d thought to choose a handful of words, so I’ll post it another time. This is the second one. You can read it below.

 

Riddaren_rider_by_John_Bauer_1914

Following the wandering stars,

I soar through cobalt air in search

of silver light, a gift for you.

The moon, too high and out of reach,

I plunge to where it mirror-rides,

white ripple-faced on ocean dark.

We splice the waves like gannet birds,

my rainbow-wingéd mount and I

and find beneath the glassy waves

a pearl as bright as morning sky.

For you I searched the midnight hours

and delved beneath the slick black skin

of oceans, seas and placid lakes.

I found that earth, so wide so deep,

holds nothing of more beauty than

the love already in our hearts,

the silver star chain in our eyes.