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February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt – The Land of Sweet

This post is written for  February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt hosted by D. Wallace Peach.

 

Pixabay image by Marianne Sopala

The Land of Sweet

“It was a fierce battle our Mouse King and the mice soldiers had, Mickie.”

“Yes, he stabbed the Nutcracker and almost killed him.”

“But Clara threw the slipper at the King to distract him, and the Nutcracker took the chance to kill him.”

“I know, Milenko, he was our King, but he treated us in Mouseland horribly. We had no power for a civil war. Now Justice is served.”

“It horrified me when the Nutcracker thrust his sword through the King’s chest. The other soldiers killed all the mice soldiers. I was afraid that they would kill us too. My heart almost jumped out of my mouth, so I ran as fast as I could and dashed into your house.”

“I know, Milenko, you grabbed me around with your legs and legs.”

“Thank you for putting your legs around me, Mickie. Did you feel my thumping heart?”

“I sure did.”

“My brothers and I flew in with our legs running in the air.”

“You then just plopped on the floor wheezing with your tongues sticking out.”

“Did you hear the Nutcracker Suite playing, Mickie?”

“I did, and the gunshots were violent. The force blew my house into the air. I covered my eyes and didn’t know what happened, but I felt we were floating in the air.”

“Where are we now?”

“I don’t know. It’s snowing, Milenko.”

“Hi, little ones. You’re in the Land of Sweet.”

“Wohhh, you’re enormous. Who are you? What are you doing here?

“I’m Ellia. I accompanied two Chinese dancers here for a performance. Who are you?”

“I’m Mickie and they are Milenko and his brothers. We live in Mouseland and our King just got killed by the Nutcracker.”

“You’re kidding! The Nutcracker Prince is here with Clara in the Land of Sweet. The Sugar Plum Fairy, the Queen, is having a festival for them with dances and sweet treats. I was on my way to watch the Chinese dance and caught you titter tottering on the tree. Come with me to watch the dances.”

“Thank you, we want to watch but we better go back to Mouseland and find out who succeeded our King.”

“Humm, I can carry you home on my way back to China. But for now, let’s watch the dances. Hurry up and run to the top of my head and scatter around, but you must be still and stay quiet. I will peek through the window. People may think you are snowflakes.”

“It’s sweet of you to take us home. These will be the first dances we’ve ever seen.”

“Hang on, we’re getting close. I can hear the music. The Russian girls are dancing. The Chinese dance is next. There are several more dances before the end of the celebration. Don’t worry, I’ll get you back to Mouseland.”

D. Wallace Peach – February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Christmas – The Second Day of Christmas with guests Darlene Foster and Miriam Hurdle

Have fun reading Sally’s post full of Christmas history, food, drink, music and the featured guests’ favorite Christmas gifts.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Second Day of Christmas with some guests, music, and not to forget food… My guests today are children’s author and travel writer Darlene Foster, and poet Miriam Hurdle…sharing their most favourite Christmas gift ever…

Before we find out more about the second day of Christmas and meet the guests I would like to get you in the mood with music, and one of my favourite groups has always been Status Quo -‘It’s Christmas Time’ was recorded in 2008. You can buy Status Quo Music Amazon

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how other countries celebrate their Christmas festivities. In China for example, only about 1% of the population is Christian and Christmas is really only celebrated in the big cities for its commercial value. But there are grottos set up in the shops and Santa Claus is called…

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations

Amy’s theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Celebration.

December is a month of celebration for me and my family. We observe the advent which is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas–the birth of Christ. It begins four weeks and Sundays before Christmas and continues until Christmas. The preparation includes lighting an Advent wreath, setting up a Christmas tree and decorations.

Last week, December 8th and 9th, 2018 – the second weekend of December, Our Community Choir represents George Frideric Handel’s (1685 – 1759) Messiah. Messiah is a sacred oratorio. An oratorio is a musical composition for choir, orchestra and soloists. It differs from opera because it is a concert piece and not staged with sets, costumes and props. Handel composed the music Messiah in 24 days. The text was a selection from the King James version of the Bible compiled by Charles Jennens, a musician/poet. Messiah is a majestic musical edifice and a popular favorite around the world.

My favorite piece is “For unto Us a Child is Born.” 4.12 minutes.

The third weeks, we get together with different groups of friends for celebration.

The week of Christmas we go to church and spend time with our immediate and extended family.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23 – Celebration

Martin Hurkens – Holland Got Talent 2010

I am learning how to use the new editor. In my Lens-Artists Photo Challenge post, I tried to upload a video, even though it looked fine in the editing but didn’t play when I published it. The following video is from YouTube. I just wanted to see if it works to post YouTube video and chose this touching story about Martin Hurkens.

Martin Hurkens always had a dream of being an opera singer, but he did not have the money to stay in music school. Instead, became a baker to make a living and for 32 years he baked, and his singing was mostly reserved for when he was home with his family.

When he lost his job, the Dutch baker’s daughters wanted to help him realize his lifelong dream and entered him in the reality TV talent show “Holland Got Talent” back in 2010. The 58-year-old “Pavarotti” won legions of fans and the competition!

In the video below, Martin takes to the streets of Holland like a simple busker would, places down his hat, and sings “You Raise Me Up”. Soon a crowd gathers round to listen to the humble baker with the incredible voice!

Weekly Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be…

I enjoy doing a lot of things. I’m doing things that I couldn’t be doing when I was working such as taking poetry and choral classes. I love doing counseling to help people. There is one thing I can relax and enjoy without preparation. That is going to concerts, operas or ballets. We purchased season tickets for Broadway shows for three years. Later, we switched to getting season tickets for operas. We also saw seasonal ballet show such as Nutcracker, Swan Lake, or Sleeping Beauty.

I think among everything I’m doing, I’d rather be going to a musical show. Right now, I’m thinking of Swan Lake.

Weekly Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be…

Weekly Photo Challenge-Sweer and Sweet

I have someone who likes sweet. I also have someone who is sweet. Let me explain.

My husband likes sweet because he has sweet tooth. He likes donuts. The biggest donut he has had was voodoo donut which is bigger than his face. He had it in Portland, OR. He also loves dark chocolate. On Valentine’s Day many years ago, I bought him a 2-pound dark chocolate covered nuts. He finished them in two days. I think eventually he had a problem with his skin. I still buy him dark chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day, but I only buy 1/4 pound. He eats dark chocolate every day. The kind he eats is the 85% cocoa. When we visit Mercy, Will, and Autumn. Lynton brings his dark chocolate so that his daily consumption won’t be interrupted.

I also have someone who is sweet. She is my granddaughter Autumn. She has a sweet personality. She rarely cries except when she is extremely tired or hungry. If we feed her timely and sooth her to sleep, we seldom hear her cry.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sweet

Weekend Writing Prompt #34: Christmas – Silent Night

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend. The prompt is “Christmas.” – Sammi Cox

“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas Carol. The lyrics were written by Joseph Mohr in Salzburg, Austria. The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf.

Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment. The first performance of the carol was on December 24, 1818, in the Christmas Eve mass.

Over the years, because the original manuscript had been lost, Mohr’s name was forgotten and although Gruber was known to be the composer, many people assumed the melody was composed by a famous composer, and it was variously attributed to Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven. However, a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr’s handwriting and dated by researchers as c. 1820. It states that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr’s handwriting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night

I selected this version of the Silent Night sung by Plácido Domingo. He has been the hero of my music endeavor.

By January 21, 2018, Domingo will be 77 years old. His singing and conducting performances are all scheduled for 2018. His motto, he claimed, was “If I rest, I rust.”

Domingo has been described in the international press as “the King of Opera.”  He is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English, and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

Domingo served as the artistic director (1996–2011) and general director (2003–11) of the Washington D. C. Opera, and from 2000 he was the general director of the Los Angeles Opera. In the early 2010s, he transitioned from the tenor repertory into almost exclusively baritone parts. He has sung – as of 2015 – over 3,800 performances of 147 roles.

Wow, at 70s years old, he continues to memorize singing in new roles!

 Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #34: Christmas – Silent Night

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