Memoir

In Younger Days

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View of the active Soufriere volcano on Montserrat, taken from Antigua in the foreground. Photo credit, Photo 105129148 © Industryandtravel | Dreamstime.com

This short story is part of a chapter in my forthcoming book, “Memories of Montserrat.”

They told this story for years.

My grandparents loved entertaining. Tea parties, afternoons playing bridge, full dinners, Caribbean sunset viewings, and “Adventures in Listening” — they never missed an opportunity to gather and socialize.

Phones would ring across the island, as my grandfather would carefully watch the weather reports for a clear sky. “There’s a green flash happening tonight,” he’d tell my Nana, and she’d set up in the kitchen to bake bread, or a clafouti, or delicate finger sandwiches, after they decided to invite…


Poetry

A momma’s life

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Photo by Daniele Levis Pelusi on Unsplash

In winter’s den
Mushroom scented earth
Soft skin envelope

I pull the blanket
of silence over my shoulders
and stay warm

Inside these words
where I can hide my thoughts between the lines

As I rest and recover
From the summer bursts
and the autumn cyclone of leafy scurry

to hurry
to sleep

© Susan Brearley, 2021 All Rights Reserved

This poem was written in a writing workshop, funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature…


Fun and Games

A writers’ prompt inspired by dragons

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Photo by Laith Abushaar on Unsplash

A piece that popped on McSweeney’s came to the crew and captain’s attention:

It’s a fine piece of well edited writing.

Here is your writers’ prompt:

The formula —

  1. Pick a profession that is unusual. Dragon guarding treasure is already taken.
  2. Imagine who you’d like to hire for that profession.
  3. Write a title for your story that makes everyone laugh and get feedback from the crew, aboard ship in the Outlaws group.
  4. Once you’ve got your title, then, and ONLY THEN, write your story.

Ready to play? I can’t wait to read your pieces.

Be sure to use exactly Muddyumprompt


Monthly Roll Call

For an Epic Monthly Writers’ Meeting

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Photo by Aliko Sunawang on Unsplash

Aboard ship, and aboard the Slack for slackers skiff, we’ve been talking about tomorrow’s writer’s call. Why?

None other than Scott Dikkers, the longest running Editor in Chief and co-founder of The Onion, will be joining us, to talk about his adventures in comedy, as well as How to Write Funnier.


Poetry

A Life Well Lived

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Photo by Jaclyn Moy on Unsplash

Teeth
Youth
Innocence
Naivete

Clothing styles. Shoes that hurt.

Passions
Youthful creations
Husbands

Smoothly functioning knees, elbows, and shoulders.

The idea that treadmills are in any way, fun.

© Susan Brearley, 2021 All Rights Reserved

This poem was written in a writing workshop, funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Sponsored by Landis Arboretum.

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Susan B. is a serial entrepreneur, writer, editor, poet and ship captain. Come find her in the Garden.

Susan Brearley

EIC-MuddyUm, Contemplate. To The Summit. 20X Medium top writer. Writing comedy since Age 3. Founder,Garden of Neuro. Edited once by Ev Wiliams. He found a typo.

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