Watch this perfect-for-Halloween Music Video by Panic! At the Disco. Don’t be this guy:
- Cumuloq <3
there were boardwalks
across the plank
a plunge in icy water
pops in the summer heat
she was incomplete without him
hooked against his arm
candy canes in December
and fireworks in July
tied up in the dank cellar
the creaking and hollowed wails of
ghosts in October
rated R movies in the dark of night
she clung close to his skin
softly asking for parley
he opened the treasure chest
the dead casket
and with one aching grasp
stole her breath away
- cumuloq <3
Found this dark poem that is perfect for Halloween called “What’s In the Cellar, Mrs Mellor?” by Michael Somerset Ward. Found it from this website called Moving Poems.
Till next time!
For those who want a semantic mapping of all words related to autumn, either for your poem or a blog post or a story, I share with you my Wordle, i.e. Word Cloud!
I took some time to collate a couple words related to Autumn that might inspire you to write something about this season. What I’ve learnt from my Creative Writing classes is that semantic mapping can help create a bigger picture of something without necessarily saying the word.
As humans, we have created huge word banks in our minds with multiple connections in between them. Therefore, if I just say “pumpkin” you might think of “Autumn” even though pumpkins may not naturally connote the meaning of Autumn. This is similar for any of the words I present in the picture above.
So go ahead and feel free to use and share this around. Plus, it’s a bonus that Wordle happened to shape it to look a bit like a leaf. :)
Till next time,
I realise that, as of late, I haven’t been blogging as much. This has less to do with me not having anything I want to blog about and more to do with the amount of assignments that are trooping towards me on the battlefield which is my one-year of college. I think you can tell from my most recent posts though that a lot are Halloween themed.
Similarly, I would like to introduce a game that I have been playing too much of this week that is so aptly related to Halloween and Fall this month. Said game is…
I think I discovered this game last Sunday and I’ve been playing it ridiculously too much this week. The hype for it (or at least the Classic mode) has died down a lot since that I’ve been able to focus on other things like readings. But I thought I may as well introduce it here all the same because they are having a Kickstarter for it and trying to raise money. Having been absolutely addicted to it means that I do believe it is a worthy cause.
If you’ve ever played a game called Werewolf or Mafia or maybe even Polar Bear in real life or the board game of Werewolf, it works like that. There are phases of day and night.
During the night the Mafia and the Serial Killer will choose, separately, to kill one member of the town. Other town members might have other duties at night, e.g. a lookout may look into one townie’s house per night or a jailor might choose to jail and probe another townie for their role and choose to execute them in jail.
The day phase begins with finding out who has died, whether they left a will with clues and the death note from the Mafia or Serial Killer. Then there will be a few seconds of discussion, followed by a voting period for who should be put up on trial. If someone is chosen to go up on trial, they need to plead their case and the rest of the town can decide whether they are innocent, guilty or abstain from voting. And this pretty much continues until the town wins, the mafia wins or the serial killer wins.
That is as brief (and detailed) a description I can come up with. If you want more details on the gameplay, rules and the roles of the various Town’s folk, you can go to their wiki.
What I love about the game?
What I hate about the game?
Things that need to be improved upon: It’s currently in its Beta phase so there are still definitely improvements that can be made. But here are some of my observations:
Apart from that, I believe that it plays out quite smoothly.
I agree with a lot of others who say that this game has a bit of a learning curve. What I would suggest is to watch maybe two Let’s Plays of them. There are a lot going around currently but the more comprehensive ones belong to Youtuber, Ohmwrecker (who actually has an avatar of himself in this game becomes of his promotion of it on Youtube during its Alpha phase).
If you’re not the type to try to recce before doing something, then I suggest just getting into the game and learning along the way. People in the lobby are more than willing to help out new people.
Some first timer tips would be:
Lastly, I think this is the perfect little online game to get into for this month! You can even add friends to play one game with. You can give away each other’s roles but be sure not to give away your name!
Till next time,
they told me i’m fine
they told me momma will return
my teddy bears i register
like cans on a fence i once saw in a field
silver smouldering in the blazing heat
i press their fur against the cold wall of my bedroom
and i tell them
“these dreams i’ve been having,”
i ask them,
“will they go away?”
my teeth hurt because of them
momma used to grind chillies
using mortar and pestles
my molars play the part of
instrument and victim
i slide my hand along my jaw
up the bone
and before my eyes
there is a ghost there:
alabaster grey body snatcher
and endless absence in between the slits
time slides down the frame of the mirror
the curtains are my vital signs
they rise and fall
and hang still
they dance the song of the croaking toads
beyond the sheets of hostile glass
they told me i would be fine
they told me i’m still young
these ghost wounds, they don’t stay
but there’s a shadow plastered to my skin
i bath in it at night
run the length of it up my arm
and across the belly
i tug at it and it snaps
suffocating purple and blue
those beady eyes -
i turn the bodies around
don’t judge me.
i’m still young.
they told me she’ll be back
i yank my feet from under me
hold them out
like slabs of white meat
roll the bones and ghosts along it
watch the folds.
cause there’s yellowing eyes in the corner of my room
there’s a breath against my shoulder
thick and heavy like the carcass of a pig
in shades of mutilated pink
i slide to the ground
overhead the faint glow
a light that used to be on
they told me i’d be okay
a chest that rises and falls
arms clinging to the floor
like i might fall to the sky
the protruding bones
the ghosts that silhouette the coming of the blind
they do not answer anymore
their heads have turned and bare scalps and patches decide
a weight leans against my breastbone
and stays still
the yellows turn to whites that glare through the empty sheets
the whites that hungrily bore down into mine
the whites that peer at the starving ribs
the ghost skin
the craving knuckles
the croaks in the distance crescendo
the moon gapes wide like a wound in the sky
naively i believed
that momma had departed
but tomorrow morning
in this hollowed out bedroom
with the judgement borne
and the jury turned away
they will dust and peel away
the shadow plastered
upon a girl