Here he comes They whisper whisper See his eyes Indigo dreams They stare stare Hold him hold him Almost there So hungry hungry They feed feed He whispers I love you And they spin spin Tears fall Ripples in the reflection They wail and beg More more He whispers I miss you And they tumble Drunken revelers Drinking pure emotion He whispers I’m sorry They shine shine And he sees For a moment The loved one And now for our (optional) prompt. In her interview, Brim provides us with several suggestions for generative writing exercises, and we’d like to challenge to today to tackle herRead More →

Let’s have a rebellion someone said We wont paint the roses red So the Queen will have our heads Hoorah we’ll wake up dead No more confirming to her ways No more caring what she says We can while away our days Paint them pinks and blues and greys You know she wont suspect a thing You know she’ll probably blame the King Remove his head with just one swing That has such a lovely ring The Queen will be all alone Sitting on her gaudy throne No one to hear her moan Finally reaping what she’s sown Our prompt for the day (optional asRead More →

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Dream dictionaries have been around as long as people have had dreams. Interestingly, if you consult a few of them, they nearly always tend to have totally different things to say about specific objects or symbols. Dreams, unlike words themselves, don’t seem to be nicely definable! At any rate, today’s prompt is to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary. Pick one (or more) of the following words, and write about what it means to dream of these things: Teacup Dreams of teacups are Symbolic of lost lovers An empty heart waits Hammer A symbol of hopeRead More →

I met a demon once he was a devil in disguise I really should have known by the fire in his eyes He took my hand you understand the epitome of charm with a wicked kiss and a granted wish he silenced my alarm too late I recognised the trouble I was in as we sealed our deal it seemed unreal but I could feel a change within they say it’s better the devil you know but it’s better the devil you don’t he doesn’t know the things you’ve done what you will and what you wont take a lesson from my story when aRead More →

Starting today in the Dollhouse you will hear two things. The new Breaking Benjamin album  Ember and complaints about the new Breaking Benjamin album Ember. I am one of those people who will listen to things repetitively and it tends to drive those around me just a little crazy. Lucky for them I have headphones but I don’t utilise them all of the time. Anyway, from my first listen through here is one of the stand out tracks. It features a guy named Derek Hough who I was surprised to read is actually a dancer on ‘Dancing With The Stars’. He did a cover ofRead More →

the lights are shining in your eyes I can’t see just where you look could be you’re staring right at me as I hide behind this book wish I knew what you were thinking wish I could read what’s on your mind are you thinking how friends and lovers are never easy to find your lips are moving and you’re smiling your hand is reaching out for who the air disrupts as someone passes they’ve got a smile just for you the lights are shining in my eyes that’s why there’s tears in them too or maybe this book is really sad guess I shouldRead More →

Dear future self… Did you miss the memo? I thought we had agreed There was a better path Ahead for you and me We planned those monthly meetings To chart all our progress I guess we missed a couple On purpose I confess Truth is I love us both But I love chocolate a little more I know I said I’d exercise But it’s such a boring chore Let’s make a note for next time To set a more realistic goal Instead of eating Camembert We’ll try chicken soup for the soul   …a poem that addresses the future, answering the questions “What does y(our)Read More →

minute to minute hour to hour rain is falling steak is sizzling in the distance a siren a radio someone somewhere is dancing someone somewhere is singing me I am waiting minute to minute hour to hour day to day week to week counting down week to week day to day hour to hour minute to minute in the distance footsteps   Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of simultaneity – in which multiple things are happening at once.    Read More →

magic dust shimmers an incantation for love beneath new moonlight …write poems in which mysterious and magical things occur. Your poem could take the form of a spell, for example, or simply describe an event that can’t be understood literally. Feel free to incorporate crystal balls, fauns, lightning storms, or whatever seems fierce and free and strange. Photo by Mervyn Chan on UnsplashRead More →

Time passes In increments of You Days Since We met Hours We are Apart Each throb (Of) My heart Beating Pounding To the rhythm of Your name As I Gasp Sigh Want more Of you Always Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. You might break to emphasize (or de-emphasize) sounds or rhymes, or to create a moment of hesitation in the middle of a thought. Photo by Felipe P. Lima Rizo on UnsplashRead More →

failure on your tongue bitter tang of brussel sprouts hard to swallow whole Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too! What a great prompt, such possibilities! Love as confectionery, sugary sweet fairly floss, salted caramel toffee, or chocolate, dark and bitter or filled with sweet surprises. Sounds good right? I thought so but I wrote that instead.  Read More →

Today, we challenge you to try this out yourself by writing a list poem in which all the items are made-up names. If band names don’t inspire, how about a list of titles for romantic novels? Some guys were sitting around one day We need a name for the crap we play Something clever, not too cute How about ‘The Dancing Groot’? That got one cheer but three more groans Maybe something more our own ‘30 Odd Foot of Grunts’ is taken How about ‘We’re Stirred Not Shaken’? ‘The Forgotten Four’ or ‘We Don’t Suck’ ‘Shut The Door’ Something about ‘Luck’? ‘Snapchat This’ or ‘TwitterRead More →

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Taking a cue from our craft resource, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with voice. “Love never lingers overlong” He strummed a chord and wrote his song “Stars only shine when you’re around” Always looking for the perfect sound “Hum this tune, hold this beat” He thought the world was at his feet “We’ll make it one day, you’re the song of my heart” Years went by and we drifted apart He moved to Memphis for the inspiration Five months later he’s an overnight sensation Singing the songs he wrote for meRead More →

Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is based on a secret shame, or a secret pleasure. It could be eating too many cookies, or bad movies, or the time you told your sister she could totally brush her teeth with soap. It’s up to you. Happy writing! Stories and poems Conversations with my muse Secret writer’s blogRead More →

Today’s prompt is one we’ve used before, but it gets great results, and who can argue with results? So today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the form of a love letter . . . to an object. Ideally, the poem will be a kind of riddle, where it’s not totally obvious that the addressee is your beloved childhood pogo stick, or a dish of pad thai from your favorite restaurant, until near the end. This is a great opportunity to play with some of the clichés and tropes of love poetry. But while this kind of poem can be aRead More →

wonder why it is this song got stuck in my head caught by the chorus This week the new Three Days Grace album ‘Outsider’ was released so like I do, I have listened to it over and over (another good song from their back catalogue) and for me this is the standout song. Love the music, love the lyrics… #writinggoals ‘Cause everyone’s living in black and white But we see each other in a different lightRead More →

If this isn’t your first visit to the Dollhouse, you’ve met Alex before. If not, let me introduce him. Alex is my muse, only he’s not real, he lives in my imagination. He usually scoffs at comments like that, says something along the lines of ‘yeah babe, keep telling yourself that’, but lately he’s been a little quiet. It’s not unusual for him to wander away for a time so I’m not concerned, and he sends me the odd burst of inspiration, like a postcard with a little ‘wish you were here’ mentality and a musical interlude…Read More →

In the fading light I hear it A mournful cry so wild ‘Run baby run,’ you whisper I stare into the dark, beguiled In the drifting shadows I see it The glimmer of a smile ‘Run baby run,’ you whisper I’m enraptured by his style On the sandy shore I feel it His languid sensual touch ‘Run baby run,’ you whisper I’m caught up in the rush On the moonlit beach you take it My heart, my soul complete ‘Stay baby stay,’ you whisper I’m in your arms, replete Written in response to Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt Dusk #writephoto prompt found via Robbie CheadleRead More →

It’s been a rough week in the DevilDollhouse, my Tiny Empress was unwell and my Pre-teen Queen wasn’t her best self either. So the music has been a little low key and mostly just for my ears which was probably lucky as there were a few songs on high rotation and that tends to be greeted with a whiny ‘not that song again!’ Here are a couple that I’m sure would have driven the kids crazy… First is a blast from the past which made a return to my playlist after I watched Baby Driver recently. I was probably more conversant with the 1992 coverRead More →

Since I don’t feel like sharing what I’ve been listening to recently I looked to the daily prompt for inspiration. Conjure is the mot du jour. Seems to imply I should pull a rabbit out of my hat, except, no hat… mon Dieu! (No I’m not going to make you all listen to an Edith Piaf song). What to do? How about a song about magic? Bowie from Labyrinth, Dance Magic I think it’s called? Or Lou Reed doing This Magic Moment from The Lost Highway soundtrack. Too obvious really… so forget magic, how about spell, a little lateral thinking? Down and to the rightRead More →

via Daily Prompt: Puzzled Do you remember this song? You might be more familiar with the version from The movie ‘Blade’ The original was released in 1983, Blade was late 90s, what a difference a decade makes! The first New Order song I ever heard was Shellshock while watching ‘Pretty in Pink’, what a gateway movie that was for new wave music for a kid who grew up listening to Elvis and Roy thanks to her parents and Kiss thanks to an older sister. New Order, OMD, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs! I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store, yum!Read More →

via Daily Prompt: Trill These are the songs that I have been torturing my family with have been on high rotation in my house today… First ‘The Mountain’ is the highly anticipated new single from Canadian hard rockers Three Days Grace. It’s a catchy little tune, I can see it being used as a motivational tool very easily. My favourite line is: When I’m lost and want to fade away I tell myself to live to die another day Second ‘Say Something’ is latest release from Justin Timberlake and features Chris Stapleton. It’s a very mellow yet deep track, building layer by layer until byRead More →

I can’t explain can’t say quite why but this daily prompt really caught my eye It made me think of the meaning of fluff soft fibers, silly writing or kittens, and stuff I stopped at the writing since this is a blog and thought about things in the punctuation catalogue it sprang to my mind with nary a thought the oxford comma is well under sought I offer you memes to show you their use and one as a caution of comma abuse I hope this helps and saves you regret when that missing comma means you cooked your petRead More →

(Cass Part 11… continues from here) I waited where I was for a few minutes, expecting a knock on the door since Luka had left without his keys, or his wallet, or his shoes for that matter. I thought he would be standing outside the door, cooling down, could picture his sheepish grin when I opened it for him. But there was no knock and when I went to the door the hallway was empty. Of course we had friends and family in the building so he had probably gone to one of them I reasoned, which was fine. Not ideal but… ideally he wouldRead More →