It has been a long time …

… but I have decided to return to this blog.

My next series of posts will be a novella named VALHALLA RISING, a science-fiction tale about human refugees living on an alien world, which is already completed in draft form. Depending on interest in the novella, I may or may not post the complete story on this blog.

I look forward to returning to my reader to explore and to discover new blogs, and I hope that you all enjoy the return of Inspired Stories and Poems!

– Laura Marie Clark

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Monday Reflection: Week 12

This week’s going to be a busy one! The 50th Spring Symposium for Byzantine Studies is happening this weekend at the University of Birmingham, and I’m going to be attending, volunteering, and going to the meal on the Sunday night with many of the important speakers. With that in mind, here’s a quick glance over the past week before I begin the new one.

Poetry

bag of memories on Eliot’s Tears

directed on The Dynamics of Groove

Six Minutes and Forty Two Seconds on Creative Writing of a Baltimorean

Stories

The 50 Virus by S C Richmond

Blogs

For a great blog with lots of variety and ongoing projects including stories and poems in the realms of supernatural/fantasy, check out Tales of Ore. Take a look around, it’s a great blog!

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worthy of sharing, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!

Monday Reflection: Week 11

Monday again! The weather in Birmingham has improved this past week – I even saw the sun a few times! There’s lots of time to scroll through my reader while I sit lazily in the sunlight. Here are some great picks from throughout the week:

Poetry

I am no tree by Sarita Jay Brady

In the Silence on Poet’s Corner

Stories

Grounded on Tales of Unusual Strangeness

Knaben by David Henson on Spelk

Blogs

Here’s a blog that combines photography with poetry and displays the images in a nice, clear style that’s sure to catch your eye: uptown jack. The poetry is often short and thought provoking. Check it out by clicking the link!

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worthy of sharing, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!

Monday Reflection: Week 10

It’s week 10 of 2017 already, and so far I’ve been very busy, both on this blog and in the *gasp* real world. My next big task is to create an abstract for a 20-minute paper based around my chosen dissertation topic. I’ve got lots of issues with the whole speak-for-20-minutes-about-your-own-research-and-then-defend-it-against-questions thing, but the main issue right now is that I haven’t actually been able to narrow my dissertation topic down all that much.

As a handy distraction from all this academic lark, I turned to my WordPress reader. Here’s what I wanted to share from the past week:

Poetry

Blind Woman on Calliope’s Lyre

Oh on Hockadower

Water Child – A Ghazal on Poet’s Corner (where you might even discover a new form of poem to try)

Stories

The Money Wallet on 200 Word Stories

Blogs

For some regular, daily flash fiction/short stories on you reader, check out Flash 365. It’s always great quality writing, and the art that comes with it will surely catch your attention.

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worthy of sharing, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!

Monday Reflection: Week 9

Welcome back to Monday Reflection! I’ve got all of my results back from last semester now (finally, the last exam took forever to mark), and I’m happy with how I’ve performed – I just need to keep up the good results for this semester. In any case, here are a few things I found on my reader that I wanted to share this week:

Poetry

Into the Woods on Withering Ambience

Red (Poem) on theherdlesswitch

Stories

The Rendezvous on The Well of Fiction

Time on I Have Pretty Strong Convictions, I Guess

Blogs

Here’s a blog with loads of fantastic writing tips – not just for fiction, but for other forms of writing such as essays and research papers, too. They hold weekly writing challenges, as well, and even if you don’t feel like joining in, you can still use these to inspire you. So go check out Arrowhead Freelance and Publishing.

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worthy of sharing, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!

Monday Reflection: Week 8

Welcome to week 8 of Monday Reflection! On Friday I became officially unemployed (again) – hopefully I’ll be able to get a weekend job soon so that it doesn’t interfere with my studies too much. In the meantime, I’ve got more opportunities to go through my reader, and here’s what I picked out to share from last week:

Poetry

Blank Page on Poems and Short Stories

untitled by Jade Forbes on Applaud the Poet

Wake Dragging on Day Events

Stories

Time Travel Inc. – The Installer on Flash 365

Blogs

Here’s a blog with a variety of authors who all write divergent literature: Sudden Denouement Literary Collective. Follow the link and check out the ‘About’ page to discover its sister sites.

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worthy of sharing, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!

Monday Reflection: Week 7

It’s reading week this week, which means extra time outside of classes and more time (supposedly) reading for uni. I’ll be focusing on my dissertation, mostly because I have yet to decide what it will actually be about. In the meantime, here are a few things I want to share with you from my Reader last week:

Poetry

secrets on Amateur Poet

The Uprisen on bujonswords

Walking through Fire on Merging Traffic

Stories

Assassin on The Darker Realms

Blogs

Here’s a blog I always enjoy reading, where short stories are posted every Sunday: Fictive Dream. They’re happy to accept submissions too, so great reading or submitting (or, if you’re in the mood, try both)!

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worthy of sharing, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!

Monday Reflection: Week 6

Happy birthday to me!

No slacking, of course, so here’s week 6 of Monday Reflection and my favourite picks from my reader this past week:

Poetry

Freedom from your scorn on TheFeatheredSleep

Youth Sings on Rhapsody of Solitary

Stories

The Rushmore Protocol on 200 Word Stories

Two-Forty-Seven by Cal Marcius on Spelk

Blogs

I’m sharing another blog with (almost) daily posts that accepts submissions by writers. This one is dedicated to stories, and it’s called, rather helpfully, Literally Stories. Go check it out to discover some great writers!

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worthy of sharing, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!

Monday Reflection: Week 5

Here’s the last Monday Reflection in January. It’s been a long and tiring week for me. Here’s what caught my eye on my dash over the past week:

Poetry

The Architect on Dreaming > living

The Shadow Walked Away by Ari Purkayastha on Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

words to whisper to oneself on wmaclean

Stories

Urban Street by Iain Kelly

Blogs

I’m sharing another active poetry blog with you: Random Poem Tree. Like the others I have shared, it accepts submissions from around the world. Check it out, and submit your own poetry if you wish.

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worth reading, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!

Monday Reflection: Week 4

Welcome back to Monday Reflection! Now that my essays are handed in, my exams are over, and my dissertation proposal has been finished I’ve got (just a little) more time on my hands. I read a lot on my dash this week, but here’s a few things I picked out t share.

Poetry

Dumb Poet on Little Spud in the Big Apple

Ghostly Whisper on The Darkest Fairytale

Stories

Tempest Rising on The Darker Realms

The Incline by Scott Jessop on Fictive Dream

Blogs

Here’s a busy poetry blog for you to check out: Eyes + Words. There’s great poetry posted every day, and if the poems themselves don’t inspire you to write then the imagery attached to them just might.

I hope you enjoy going through these posts as much as I did. Happy reading! And if you’ve read something worth reading, add a link in the comments below to share it with everyone else!