100 Nightmares is here!!!

Originally posted on The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic:

Hi everyone! This is probably one of the proudest moments of my life. :) haha All the hard work has finally paid off and I managed to make an eBook, yay!! I would like to thank everyone who supported me from the very beginning and those who are here for me still. :)

100 Nightmares is here!!! And it’s available at Amazon.com, Lulu.com and Smashwords.

100 Nightmares by K.Z. Morano is a collection of 100 horror stories, each written in exactly 100 words, and accompanied by over 50 illustrations. Inside, you’ll find monsters—both imagined and real. There are vengeful specters, characters with impaired psyches, dark fairy tales and stories and illustrations inspired by bizarre creatures of Japanese folklore.

Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t let that stop you from reading 100 Nightmares! The full-color versions of the book are available at Lulu.com and Smashwords as a downloadable…

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Carpe Diem Haiku, Photographing

Ye gods, what a difficult prompt, that others will as usual take in their stride! I saw some beautiful haiku in yesterday’s prompt, here (Maniparna), here (Gillena) and here (Celestine). But also here (Ese) and many more…

‘Photographing’ seems tough. What clever imagery could we evoke? Striking the right balance in a haiku is difficult, and I think I’m going to find a vintage Japanese photograph to sprinkle with words.


a dream makes me

Friday Fictioneer 100W Stories – Long Goodbyes

The lights flickered when he strummed the opening bars. Even with strings missing they seemed to drain the cheaply-installed electricity, so it was perhaps a good thing two of the band missing, still on their deathbeds on a lengthy illness, caused by exposure to radiation in Tchernobyl, in April 1986.

It was his last performance, he could see that. So tonight he was going to treat himself to the blond barmaid in a long goodbye, and give her half his earnings of this past decade. He knew she had Aids, like so many under thirty in Ukraine. She looked so much like Ivana used to though, now still in bed.



For Friday Fictioneers run by http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/ ¤ This week’s prompt photo by Björn Rudberg

“All it takes is one good guy with a gun……” – ‘Road-raging Texas driver shoots 3-year-old girl on Easter’

Originally posted on The Last Of The Millenniums:

gun nut girl

First, the 3 year old is alright. Except for the bullet that went trough her leg.

Yeah….See we just need more guns so that when someone gets mad at your driving….they can shot you….Or you can shot them.

‘Police in South Houston are searching for a suspect who was accused of shooting a 3-year-old girl in what was thought to be a case of drunken road rage’.

‘According to KTRK, 3-year-old Leah and three other members of her family were driving in South Houston on Sunday when a nearby car began swerving erratically’.

“They just thought they would pass it up on suspicion that this may have been a drunk driver,” South Houston Police Chief Herbert Gilbert explained’.

‘KPRC reported that the suspect fired several rounds into the air as Leah’s father passed the suspicious vehicle. When the suspect’s car caught up to the family at a red light, a…

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Līgo Haībun Challenge – Image Week

Well good morning – if you live in Acapulco, if not you’ll have moved on by now, and if you live in Auckland you might even be looking Wednesday in the face.

Our apologies – I thought I’d set this post to magically appear Monday morning Helsinki time…but it looks more like its going to be Monday morning mid-Pacific time.

The two prompts this week have been kindly given by belindabroughton. We’ll be using more of her drawings and photos shortly. Belinda writes beautiful haiku, haibun and poetry, as well as drawing in a wonderful style that evokes emotion.

Please pass by her blog to say hello, if you haven’t already. Her comments and analysis on writing and literature are always so thoughtful and insightful.

As always, please send add your haibun to our collection here - beautiful haibun and/or enter it into the link below.

Choose one of Belinda’s wonderful drawings as your prompt. Please link to her blog either by copy pasting belindabroughton or entering her url.







More about our haibun anthology will be on this post tomorrow.

Carpe Diem Haiku Special, Soen Nakagawa’s “boundless autumn”

All the haiku by Soen Nakagawa have a strong, deeper, Zen layer and in this one Zen is also clearly in there. The goal of this CD Special is to write a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one by the featured haiku-poet, seen just below.

endless is my vow
under the azure sky
boundless autumn

Here is my effort.

under a great blue sky
Mongolian grasslands promise freedom
the wolf howls