Overhead, they swoop and soar, chirp and chatter, but Axel doesn’t seem to hear. His defences strong, resolve weakened, he protests his plight in that way of teenagers. His old head on young shoulders says he was destined to be caged.
My heart breaks to see him, happy in his own skin, with eyes black as the crows, but never to be free as the birds. I told him, ‘Accept nothing, Axel; challenge everything.’ He slants his eyes at me as if to say, ‘Don’t be ridiculous; it’s the way it’s always been.’ His chair squeaks with each slow wheel rotation but when he’s in a playful mood he’ll make it whir like a rotor that might lift him up to swoop and soar in the blue sky and billowing clouds. ‘I figure it’d be pretty cool up there but I guess I wouldn’t last long,’ he says. ‘Probably,’ I reply. I don’t want him to tell me he’d prefer to be up there. He’ll be there soon enough. I cannot imagine my life without him, empty of his squeaking and whirring, but I swallow, smile and open the door. He pr…
The zeitgeist you’ve created Is a pox of epic reach, A free-for-all of vitriol Via one-way posts and tweets. Trolls and bullies lurk Behind your anonymic walls, Without a shred of decency (Or any guts at all). You abet the human tendency To cluster into groups Whose members feed each other And regurgitate their tropes. Opinions trump established facts; Lies outshout the truth; News that’s false gets more applause Than news that’s backed by proof. We can castigate each other With a mouse-click-turned-down thumb, And a friend is just a notch On someone’s cyber radar gun.
...... as I was reminded at the weekend, when I went for lunch with some friends and saw that the table next to us had been reserved for a NaNoWriMo "Write-In" group!
Yes, November is here again.
Some of us will be taking up the annual NaNoWriMo challenge, but some of us may feel that we just don't have enough time, headspace or energy to turn out 50,000 words or more in 30 days.
If that is the case for you, and you fancy something a bit more personal and tailor-made, or just not quite so much pressure, then why don't you take us up this year on our annual Cafe Aphra November Challenge?
Here's how it works:
YOU get to choose what you want your writing challenge to be for this month.
You set your own goal, whether it is a daily wordcount, an overall wordcount to reach by the end of the month, or simply a writing project you want to get FINISHED by 30th November.
Sometimes we all need deadlines to motivate us to get it done, an…