The Return of Wicked Word Wednesday

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The Migraine (A Poem)

I didn’t feel well yesterday, so I played around with some online magnetic poetry. Unfortunately, the save process went awry and I was unable to save an image of my work. Thankfully, I kept a not-so-redundant copy on word.

 

Hole in Head

 

            The Migraine
                 or
        Ground Exceeding Small

The black symphony beats 
    beneath a stormy sky;
  sordid music calls for blood
    in harsh and crushing language, 
      recalling a thousand deaths 
       lathered red with rusty shot.

I whisper shadowy chants but am not mad;
    I lie screaming in the forest rain
       watching frantic waters.

 


 

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Wicked Word Wednesday (1.11)

Greetings logophiles and other creative types!

It’s time for another

Wicked Word Wednesday Logo 3

Quick Overview:

One entry per person.

42 words max.

Leave your entry in the comment box below.

IMPORTANT: Please include Twitter handle or pseudonym.

Entries must be posted by midnight Eastern Time (New York City time).

Feel free to post your entry on your own blog!

If you decide to promote Wicked Word Wednesday on your own site, please link back to the current event.

Make sure your followers know to come here to vote!

Only “likes” cast here will count towards the weekly winner.

 

New to Wicked Word Wednesday?

 

Please Read the Full Rules Here

 


 

Enough chit-chat – what’s the Wicked Word?

 


 

the Wicked Word is . . .

 

AUTUMNAL

 

The Game is Afoot!

You have 24 hours.

GO!

 


 

Love Wicked Word Wednesday?

Get Your Badges Here!

 

Hey You! Yes, You!

I see you there, about to “like” the post.

If you like it enough to click the button, why not participate?

After all, we’re all friends here.

No pressure!

Wicked Word Wednesday (1.10)

Greetings logophiles and other creative types!

It’s time for another

Wicked Word Wednesday Logo 3

Quick Overview:

One entry per person.

42 words max.

Leave your entry in the comment box below.

IMPORTANT: Please include Twitter handle or pseudonym.

Entries must be posted by midnight Eastern Time (New York City time).

Feel free to post your entry on your own blog!

If you decide to promote Wicked Word Wednesday on your own site, please link back to the current event.

Make sure your followers know to come here to vote!

Only “likes” cast here will count towards the weekly winner.

 

New to Wicked Word Wednesday?

 

Please Read the Full Rules Here

 


 

Enough chit-chat – what’s the Wicked Word?

 


 

the Wicked Word is . . .

 

PARALLEL

 

The Game is Afoot!

You have 24 hours.

GO!

 


 

Love Wicked Word Wednesday?

Get Your Badges Here!

 

Hey You! Yes, You!

I see you there, about to “like” the post.

If you like it enough to click the button, why not participate?

After all, we’re all friends here.

No pressure!

Wicked Word Wednesday 1.9 Results

Wicked Word Wednesday Results
Thanks to everyone who participated in Wicked Word Wednesday. This past week we had only two entries and very little voting. I’m going to assume this was because many regular readers didn’t log on this week.

On a serious note, if you have any suggestions for increasing the visibility of Wicked Word Wednesday, I’m listening.

“Enough!” I hear you cry, “We want to know who won!”

Very well; the winner this week is a tie between

Kim881

IToday
It has done nothing
But rain
Again
Fluctuating fluidly
Between
Persistent drizzle
And heavy downpour
Clouds
Pause
Pregnant with it
Gutters gargle with it
Inundated
With watery wetness
Not enough flood
To build an ark
Yet

@kim88110

paradoxicalsprite

The skies opened and all hell broke loose. Caught in the deluge unaware, I sprinted for shelter, clutching my meager possessions – a cellphone and a red cup. “That’s the last time I go to a beach party without my car,” I vowed.

@shannontellis

Congratulations to this week’s winners (don’t forget your badges!) and tune in Wednesday for another Wicked Word!

A Conversation Over Saturday Morning Coffee

morning coffeeThe following is the result of a free write exercise after grading forty-some-odd history assignments and consuming ten cups of coffee – at least, what my coffee maker indicates as a “cup”; measured using my actual coffee mug, it’s only three cups – with Smokey on my lap and House Season 6 on Netflix.


According to my schedule, I’m supposed to write something.

Blue Book ExamToday, it feels like a Blue Book Exam for which I haven’t studied – or worse, one for which I studied the completely wrong material. Like the exam which cost me an A in History of England I because I studied the wrong material and tried verbosity over substance and ended up with a 93.9 in a class with a six-point grading scale and a teacher who didn’t round and whose law was that of the Medes and Persians. She also wore military-style jackets [military circa the turn of the last century] and reminded most of us of Napoleon. She was great!

Seriously, I sat down and did the math – I only needed one more point anywhere else on any assignment over the course of the semester and I’d have my A. Now, I use this tale of woe as an academic morality tale for my students – especially the freshman.

And you know what? I, too, follow the law of the Medes and Persians. By that I mean I cannot change my own class policy, not that you’ll lose your hand if you cheat. Was that a law of the Medes and Persians? I’m not sure, but it sounds like it could be. You’d think I’d know this, being a history teach and all.

Persepolis Relief Medes and Persians

Students think being a teacher is fun because you can make the rules. Being a teacher is extremely enjoyable, but enforcing the rules isn’t always fun, like when a top student completes the wrong assignment or fails to completely follow the directions. I suppose that’s what discourages me sometimes: as a teacher I provide direction, but if my students cannot follow simple written directions, does this reflect badly on them or on me? Who is to blame in this scenario?

I suppose reading comprehension must enter the equation somewhere, and if teachers are being honest, we’d have to admit that most students don’t read as much as they should. Thankfully, that’s beginning to change with the recent surge in YA Literature.

Banned Books Poster 2015YA Literature – a definite misnomer if there ever was one. It’s very label implies it shouldn’t be taken seriously or that adults shouldn’t enjoy it. Hogwash. There’s excellent YA Literature and there’s trash Adult Literature because – shocker – it’s all literature. Let’s forget the labels and focus on a well-written story, shall we?

Now’s a perfect time to start a new reading habit, what with Banned Books Week starting in a week or so. I’m already working on some special posts, so stay tuned. You may even get to hear me read from some of my favorite banned/challenged books!

 

So, what’s new with you?


 

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Drop a note in the prompt box!

 

Don’t forget to follow me on:

Facebook – where I share news stories, articles from other blogs, and various and sundry miscellany that happens to catch my eye. It’s stuff you won’t see here! Well, mostly.

Instagram – where I show you my Life in Motion and share quotes and such. The widget only shows my last three photographs – don’t you want to see them all?

Twitter – where you can see my thoughts in 140 characters or less. Also, funny retweets.

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