Susan Marie Shuman? SusanWritesPrecise


Written for The Haunted Wordsmith  It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. The full moon was silhouetted with gnarled tree branches scarring its face. The late October wind gusting off Lake Superior could chill a person to the bone. And it was dead quiet. No kids came trick-or-treating around this house. The Mitchell house creaked […]

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Wide Open

It’s First Line Friday at the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie blog! The first line is…“One for sorrow, two for mirth,” “One for sorrow, two for mirth,” “Mirth? What’s mirth?” Randy asked. “It’s another word for joy,” Connie replied. “Then why don’t they just say joy?” Connie regarded Randy with annoyance and tossed the book aside. “Let’s read […]

The Nightmare

It’s Tale Weaver Challenge #192 over at the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie blog. The writing prompt is the image below, courtesy of Google Images labelled for reuse. Sheryl double-checked the address with her boss and he confirmed it was correct. This is the place, 1122 Oakton. She banged on the door again, “Pizza Delivery!” Screw it. This […]



Today’s writing prompt at The Haunted Wordsmith Blog is witch doctor. Samantha was in love Kenny. Everybody at Riverview High knew it — even Kenny, but he didn’t love her back. She tried everything to get his attention; he was a quarterback on the football team, so she became a cheerleader. He took chemistry, so […]

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Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #53 Renga With Basho #10 “summer’s night” The goal is to add the two-lined stanza of approximately 14 syllables and make the renga complete. Your closing verse, the “ageku”, has to close the chain through association on the “hokku”. Here are the six (6) haiku to work with and create your […]