my hands numb
on my silk gown
my hands numb
on my silk gown
Most of you know KZ, but for those who do not – she is an impressive photographer and an amazing writer of short stories, haiku and haibun. KZ has a commanding vocabulary and plays with words. The best thing about her is that she is not scared to explore the forbidden or move out of the comfort zone. Her writing is not inhibited or restricted to a certain category.
Now KZ is publishing her long-awaited book, 100 Nightmares. If you are lover of horror, just don’t miss it. And you don’t even have to turn the page impatiently for the ending. The book is due in April and here is the cover description.
It takes a brief encounter with death to cause enduring nightmares.
A single well-placed blow could maim you for life…
One well-placed word could haunt you forever.
Microfiction is a blade—sharp, swift…
Sometimes it goes for the jugular, killing you in seconds.
Its silver tongue touches your throat and warm blood hisses before you could scream.
Sometimes, the knife makes micro-cuts on the sensitive sheath of your sanity, creating wounds that would fester throughout eternity.
Take my 100 words like prescription… a slow-acting poison.
Or read them all and die of overdose.
It’s your suicide after all.
K.Z. Morano is an eclectic eccentric… a writer, a beach bum and a chocolate addict who writes anything from romance and erotica to horror, fantasy, sci-fi and bizarro fiction. Over the past few months, her stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and online venues. Visit her at http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/ where she posts short fiction and photographs weekly.
For more updates on the story collection like K.Z.’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/100Nightmares
This is the week for special and Honourable mentions. Writers who have put in a lot of hard work and have been consistent in their quality and participation have been included below as special mentions.
Anja: Intense, personal and powerful! That is Anja’s writing for you. Noteworthy and emotional is her latest piece, ‘You will not steal my moments’.
Alastair: Alastair has put in a great deal of effort on the Ligo Haibun Challenge. He has brought a different style here and his narrative needs to be mentioned for its originality. Do check out his piece on ‘Copper and Steel’, written on September 16th.
Freya: Freya has written a deep personal experience this week. Also, don’t miss her lovely philosophical take on Pirate’s picture in ‘Random Beauty’. It is unique and refreshing.
Summerstommy: Summerstommy, a regular contributor, writes in a simple yet effective manner. One of his most gripping pieces this month is his take on Khalil Gibran’s quote.
Now let us move over to the honourable mentions.
Peripatetic Eric: It is always a delight to read Peripatetic Eric’s work, with his compelling imageries, which propel you from the chair to the place he describes. Do read his haibun on paradise or the latest piece on Tagore’s quote.
Anelephant: From a child’s point to an adult’s conflicting emotions, Anelephant takes you into right into their minds. In the link here is his take on how love can turn a rock into ice.
Sunshine: Sunshine is sunny and bright as the name suggests, but could also be philosophical, perceptive and intense. For instance, take a look at her haibun on Rumi’s quote.
Twoscamps: Here is a writer who travels a lot and brings to you the exact flavour of her destination. Check her vivid haibun under the title, ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. Read twice the haiku towards the end.
Below are the word prompts this week.
Last week’s pathway took us to new roads and unknown destinations and we also had a white rose to fire our imagination:) Now it is quotes’ time. So, check below for choices and add your contribution to the link collection below.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough – Rabindranath Tagore
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful – E.E. Cummings
This week we saw many emotional haibun inspired by the quotes; ranging from life in the desert, celebration of life, fantasy, love and compassion. Thank you, friends! Now, we have a couple of word prompts for you to try this week.
What does the word ‘paradise’ mean to you? Can you find it on earth?
Last week we received haibun with writers putting themselves in the shoes of animals. Some were philosophical, others were emotional, some added fantasy and humour. Thank you for all these wonderful work. Here we compete with our previous haibun, rather than other writers, trying to make our piece better and different from our previous ones.
This week, we embark on a journey to the mysterious Persia. Apart from the romance and mystique, these sufi philosophers also looked at life and world with depth. Here are a couple of quotes from them to start this week’s haibun:)
If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom? – Khalil Gibran
Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty. – Rumi
The honorable mentions for August are as follows:
Twoscamps: As the writer travels, you willingly join her on the various journeys. Such is the strength of description in these haibun that you will find yourself moving with the words. While all the haibun here need a special mention, do take a look at one called ‘illusion’.
Peripatetic Eric: Depth and ease with which the words flow are the hallmarks of this writer. His various haibun touch a chord in the reader, but the one titled, ‘Oblivion’ needs to be mentioned.
Reading Pleasure: Celestine’s haibun are emotional, passionate and always come from the heart. The haiku towards the end of her narrative is compelling and captivating. Check out her latest haibun for this.
Aesop Clerk: If you want philosophical writing with insightful knowledge of history, read Aesop Clerk’s haibun. Faith and facts are always analyzed in his haibun and the conclusions are summed up in a unique manner. For example, go through his haiku on ‘Liberation’ drafted in the first week of August.
Jules: Jules makes her point clearly and stresses her ideas with more than a haiku. Realism and a simple, but highly effective writing are her trademarks. Her haibun, ‘Aglow’, written on August 1, illustrates these points.
The three of us thank you all for taking part. Hope you will continue to inspire and entertain us with more haibun in the days to come.
Welcome to the Ligo Haibun Challenge. This is the ‘photo week’. Select any one of the pictures below and write your haibun:) The first snap belongs to Ese Kļava blogging as Ese’s Voice.
As always, we welcome suggestions from you for word/phrase or visual prompts
The following are the rules for this challenge: