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 →

(Cass Part 10… continues from here) Luka stood outside the door of the apartment, his mind racing. What had just happened? Had he been so caught up in his work that he had missed the glaring signs that his lover, the women he thought of as his life partner, wasn’t happy? But Cass going for a run in the evenings wasn’t a new thing, it hadn’t coincided with the spate of extra work he had been doing from home. Which meant it had to be the man, ‘X’. He paced a few steps from the door and realised he was barefoot. He couldn’t go backRead More →

(Cass Part 9… continues from here) When the person you live with has an acute sense of smell, honesty isn’t an option it’s a requirement. It should be anyway but in my case there’s no hiding the bar of chocolate I ate on the way home or the scent of another man on my skin. I let myself in to find Luka at the dining table his attention on his computer screen. Our apartment wasn’t big enough for an office so he either sat on the couch or at the table and I was relived it was the table tonight. “You’re back.” He looked upRead More →

(Cass Part 8… continues from here) The first time we kissed I was blindfolded. It was a few days after our unexpected paintball meeting, another random rooftop. I thought I was alone as I had been every other night but his voice came out of the shadows, a little angry sounding. “So you know everything about me now?” “You think you’re that important we talked about you when you ran away?” I asked with a laugh. “Most people would.” He was closer, I could almost feel him behind me. “I’m not most people,” I scoffed and shrugged. “Rory said she knew you and you wereRead More →

(Cass Part 7… continues from here) Days go by and I don’t think about Stormtrooper. Much. I don’t see him at all either and can only assume he’s left or is avoiding me. Luka was still bringing work home so I found myself out every night. I ran the first night and the second one. Then it was Friday night and I didn’t want to end up alone and pathetic on a roof top again so I went to a club instead. Aspect was busy as usual, the dance floor crowded, the bar busy. I waved to Liam who was serving drinks then joined theRead More →

I could dash a note Rhyme a few lines Let you think I’m doing just fine I can lie with a smile Pretend I’m okay While I wait for this pain To fade away It’s a sad refrain A forgotten song A piece of a puzzle That didn’t belong It’s a different time It’s another place It’s a fantasy world Where I feel your embrace It’s a broken night It’s a shattered day It’s knowing that Life’s better this wayRead More →

Around six weeks ago, my link to the Daily Prompt stopped working. At first I thought it was a one off, it’s happened before. Then it was ’48 hour thing’. After a week I had contacted support and no one had any clue why it wasn’t working. This is where my confession kicks in. Without that push to make it on the page, my inclination to post dropped off. I’m not sure why, it’s not like I got a lot of traffic from it but I liked being there, you know? Suddenly I was going a day, two days, a week between posts. Maybe itRead More →

(Cass Part 6… continues from here) “What are you thinking about tesoro?” Luka’s voice was as lazy as the fingers he was combing through my hair as we sat on the couch, a tangle of limbs as a movie played that neither of us was truly watching. He was thinking about his work and I was thinking about… other things. “My parents.” “What about them?” “Just how happy they are.” “Are we not so happy then?” Luka asked lightly. “Of course,” I answered quickly, maybe too quickly as I found myself flat on my back with Luka hovering over me, looking deeply into my eyes.Read More →

I’m no paragon of virtue, vice is too much fun I’m never being chased, yet I’m always on the run I’m lusting over here, and preening over there Everything is to excess, consumption everywhere Don’t be jealous of my ways, you know we’re all the same We leave the mess for someone else, and go on with our games There’s a question in your eyes, am I proud of what I’ve done? I don’t have time to think of that, I’m too busy having fun! I might leave you sad and broken, I might leave you mad and crazy I might care for you anotherRead More →

Have you all met Alex? He was in a story I wrote once but at the end, he walked out of it. I was confused. Why didn’t he like the way I planned for things to end? “It wasn’t my story babe,” he says with a patient sigh. “So you’ve said, but-” He yawns, bored with this conversation already. “No buts. That’s it. You know this, get over it.” That’s Alex. I’ve written about him before here and in a lot of other places too. He’s one of the voices in my head, an imaginary friend you might say. “I am not!” he gasps. “PrettyRead More →

Days go by in increments Seconds, minutes, hours Still I’m here alone Staring at the flowers You sent them to appease A token of your regret For that thing you don’t remember The one I can’t forget You radiate such charm No one would ever know The real you that you hide The one that lurks below The face they’ll never see That haunts me in my dreams The monster that you are That loved to hear my screamsRead More →