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Shoving Leopard

Joined November 2012 and calls The Gray Manichean home.

36 stories, 5 challenges, 38 comments, and 11 friends

English and Music teacher, and creative loony.
I am “blue tapioca” at writerscafe.org. I would like to invite you to read some of my longer material there: http://www.writerscafe.org/bluetapioca

I am working on a novella about Sherlock Holmes and Watson from the point of view of a third person omniscient narrator.
I also have in full draft form a bittersweet story of genderqueer net friends: their proposed first meeting abroad and their beautiful relationship, and how the friendship eventually ended. I would value your comments on either or both stories.
Thank you!

Stories

  1. Incident in the Wizard's Infirmary

    Madame Fruitbat, a healer for the wizarding community, was having a bad day in her Liverpool clinic. Her receptionist buzzed her. “Madame Fruitbat, Mr Wattle, the man you gave the potion to last month, wants to check with you about how it works....

  2. Limerick Cycle for "Pretentiouslimericks" (2/2)

    And her scansion’s all over the place. Anapestic/Dactlyic disgrace! What made ME want to beat ’er? She mixed monometer With hexameter! Get me my mace! No, no, I’ll be fine, Stanley, in time. It’s just one more high mountain to c...

  3. Limerick Cycle for "Pretentiouslimericks" (1/2)

    I’m a tutor who hails from Dubuke. There’s one student I’ve got to rebuke: Though I asked for a limer- Ick, there’s not a glimmer Of poetry from her; just look! Here’s her notebook she’s just handed in. Here’s ...

  4. 1. Introduction: The Jar

    My life was bad; I did a bad thing Now I’m in Hell and I can’t but sing Of loss and dreams—escapist fluff— Just stop me, if you’ve had enough. I’ll bookend the sequence here for you, Just by this campfire I’ve trod through. I hope God’s...

  5. 5. An Image Under Glass

    Campfire, you say? Did I hear someone speak? Picture this, traveler: this is a metaphor. I was tossed onto a raging campfire. It burned me up. This campfire was society. It consumed me. Now I am ashes, preserved forever in a jar. Mount Saint Helen̵...

  6. 4. I Laughed Myself Away

    Comedy often makes us laugh, if it is done well. Curiously, so does a jolt of sudden fear, if it turns out that the shock was needless and especially if we have been seen in our vulnerable moment and feel self-conscious. Maybe some of the best comedy ...

  7. 3. The Origins of the Genders

    Mars is said to be where men come from; Venus, where women come from. I don’t know where the others are supposed to come from. People refer to men and women all the time, but nobody will say where I was born or why. Nobody can hear me. Nobody se...

  8. 2. Tantalus of the Telephone

    Isolation lingers by me. I’m in a glass booth, surrounded by telephones. At least one of them begins ringing every 40 seconds or so. Sometimes many ring at once. I cannot reach any of them. Nobody is within earshot, but I can see multitudes just ...

  9. Flop Sweat

    I have not planned my words I am waiting to see what they do for me. Dance, words! Well? Don’t just lie there. What did I assemble you all here for, anyway? Thousand pardons. These words are not as docile as I thought. I ask them to perform; the...

  10. Defense Mechanism (Mature)

  11. The Drugstore Owner's Lesson

    The drugstore owner was delighted: his shop was thriving and he was richer than he had ever been. He felt he owed his success to his handsome young apothecary, who, he thought, was indispensable. After all, he was just a boss, and he himself knew nothi...

  12. Three Word Prompt Challenge: Roof, Stars, "Cold Breath."

    I hear the roof; It’s beckoning. Its siren song sounds often. I could resist it yesteryear; I see my willpow’r soften. For Blake, the stars for order stood, A rigidness; a stricture. For me however, they’re merely fires That give no ...

  13. 3-Word Prompt Challenge: Salads, cigarettes, sorcery

    Argus and I policed the grounds behind the castle, he shuffling around and grumbling as usual, me wrinkling up my nose, holding tongs, picking up the butts of cigarettes. Argus never could stand this work, even when I was a first year, getting into fig...

  14. Tetrameter Sonnet: The Sweet-Toothed Turtle

    The turtle crawled inside his cage. He looked for food that he could eat. His disappointment turned to rage: “Some lettuce?! I want something sweet!” “A piece of candy…slice of cake, A chewy bit of caramel, And then I’ll drink a choc’la...

  15. Three-Word Prompt: Love, heart, roses Part 3/3

    And that was the time when my nanna died, too. How he healed me, got me ready to face the world again, while breathing life into a bush of flowers—there was no way I could understand that. But he did, and when Widow Stanwick was well again she walked...

  16. Three-Word Prompt: Love, heart, roses Part 2/3

    The next month was May, a fine sunny time, and Thad seemed to forget about most everything else, to look at him. I’d walk past Thyme street and always see him with a spade or watering can in hand, singing softly to the flowers, whom he called ‘my d...

  17. Three-Word Prompt: Love, heart, roses Part 1/3

    He wasn’t such a sharp fellow, but at least he had heart. He made friends for life, and when they needed him, he put his back into it, so to speak. That was enough to let me feel respect and affection for him; I’m like that too. He always f...

  18. Three Word Prompt Challenge: Cerulean, December, and Saccharine

    “Recorder Lessons” You stare up, rapt in wonder, at the clear cerulean sky, Forgetting that I’m waiting for your crystalline reply You’re wide-eyed, blinking, marveling: a deep thought just broke through You’re testing implications in how tha...

  19. Entry 6: 3-Word Prompt Chain:herbal, candy, original

    An herbal remedy might make you well, But maybe not. But what the hell! Whatever meds you might require Might either lift or drop the fire That rages inside human breasts Of all of us (I hear protests! Do you object to such a word? Well all of us have ...

  20. Three-Word Prompt: obsolete, fancy, and slime

    I’m obsolete and aged, but I say! I rather fancy spending time with you. You make me feel much younger though I’m grey And wrinkled. Oh, I wish that it were true! I think that you’d have liked me in my youth. Folk thought me sprightly...

  21. Three-Word Prompt challenge: Sir, Father, Please (Redo)

    My father told me, many years ago, About a friend he’d had when he was young, And all the silly songs that they had sung Whenever one of them was feeling low. He shared a lot of anecdotes and tales About the silly things the friend would do To pl...

  22. 3-Word Prompt: Pickles, Viable, Death

    It is a viable solution To a tricky, prickly chore: E.g., to spark revolution In the masses. What is more, In this fashion, we’re sidesteppin’ Two great pickles; we avoid That whole question of the weapon! That’s a comfort. We’v...

  23. 3-Word Prompt: demarcation, appropriates, opprobriousness

    Demarcation of the borders ‘Tween your orchard’s land and mine Makes it clear that our close quarters Are commingling pears and pine Someone said that mending fences Would make neighbors better friends. I dissent; come to your senses! Every...

  24. 3-Word Prompt: bound, vole, recidivist. "You Dirty Rat!"

    Recidivists are bound to re-offend; I am afraid that I am one of these. I’m bound to let you know, my hapless friend, That I’ve a dreadful habit. Therefore, freeze! This is a stick-up! Give me all your cash. And if you’ve jewelry, han...

  25. 3-word Prompt: supercali...,cheetah, schadenfreude

    Some people get delight from lengthy words Like supercalifragi (just a sec I have to catch my breath!) listicec Spialidocious-they’re odd birds! I know some other people get their kicks From driving on the highway, like a cheetah, Cruising past t...

  26. Three-Word Prompt Challenge: Lotus, Frog, Glinting

    The frog he croucheth on the pad And shouts with anxious call, “The deep! The deep! “The glinting deep! “It beckons to us all!” From lotus throne the frog will gaze For hours at once thereon. The black and inky Waters drink; He ...

  27. Three-Word Prompt challenge: Sir, Father, Please

    Dear Father, sir, Please wallop me I’ve misbehaved quite gravely. It’s punishment That I deserve And I shall face it bravely. I took a pint Of fuchsia ink And pour’d it in the fishtank. The fish all Floated casu’lly And made a s...

  28. enmity, coffee, shadow Part 2/2 (Three-Word Prompt challenge)

    This life’s got “emnity” on the label. You put the coins onto the table You stand up, a bit unstable You haven’t answered. Am I able To let you leave without a word? And up to now, I haven’t heard The answer. I must try to gird My...

  29. enmity, coffee, shadow Part 1/2 (Three-Word Prompt challenge)

    Let’s put our enmity aside Share some coffee, say good night Sit in the shadows here with me It’s something like we used to be We used to sit like this together Bitch about work and the weather Sometimes you would take my hand, Squeeze it tight. Yo...

  30. Alfarit Makes the Headlines

    Alfarit approached the gates and reached into hir pocket for the racing form. I hope this tip pays off this time, xe thought to hirself as xe fond hir seat and tried to make out which horse was hirs: “Looney Luck” was its name. Number six. ...

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