Mask – #Writephoto

The dreamer’s room faded. Stars pricked holes in the velvet darkness as a crescent moon sailed over the restless sea, a bat with silver wings. Tucked between the shore’s boulders, twigs of cedar snapped in the nightfire, scenting the salted air with smoke. The plaintive calls of dragons whispered across the waves.

The crone peered at her latest visitor through slit eyes. Unafraid, the dreamer stood before her circle of flames, silent and sound as the distant mountains of home.

At the fire’s edge, the old woman sat atop her weathered stone, swaying, rocking, singing to herself, chanting words from ancient mouths, words lost, though their power she retained. The fire cracked and cackled, shaking fingers, sending sparks curling, singing, reeling into unsteady darkness. Soon the sea-rains would gray them, rise over cowled peaks and fall with the wind, heavy cloaks of snow coating her magic in ice. Her runes called, choose, choose, the time has come to choose.

The World spun faster, drawing the sky down, the earth up, bidding the waters to eddy and ripple in overlapping circles of light, bringing the forest to sing low and hum, smelling of leaf and loam. Expectation swelled with the tide and clawed at the sand, beckoned her to choose. From the embers’ bright edge, she drew a rune and studied the markings. The sea stilled, and she read the stone:

A call from the sliver moon and realm of imaginings. A strange Way gapes open, make ready for new beginnings. Resolve old myths to seed the soil for deliverance. Ah, the World transforms; emerge from the chrysalis, casting off false faces and old forms of knowing. Prepare for release from time-worn forces. Surrender and soar to the revealing of the World.

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Thanks to Sue Vincent for another inspiring Thursday #Writephoto prompt.

98 thoughts on “Mask – #Writephoto

  1. reocochran says:

    I liked this ending with a prophecy of hope embedded in the rune marked words, Diana.

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    • Thanks, Robin. Yes, the whole message is about letting go of the old stuff that no longer serves us so we can recreate our lives – with more happiness and love. I’m glad you liked it. Hugs ❤

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  2. Very mystical, Diana, and wise too! 🙂

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  3. Fascinating and magical Diana. You create exciting mystical worlds. Love the night description. Fabulous! xo

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  4. Sue Vincent says:

    Gorgeous, Diana… and if it doesn’t make it into a longer tale, I’ll be disappointed 😉

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  5. ❤ Diane!
    This is gorgeous!
    Your words are imbued with magic. They paint up the scene and project us right there between the flames and the sea. Your style is so vividly immersive. I love it!

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  6. Beautiful writing, Diana! The rhythm of the words, the imagery, blended into a vibrant scene. What a great bit of prose–or is it poetry? Both!

    Have a great week!

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  7. Helen Jones says:

    A beautiful post, Diana! I could almost smell the smoke, hear the sea 🙂

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  8. Anonymous says:

    I can pen down an entire para but all of it boils down to that it’s a pleasure to read your writings. It fills me with immense joy and inspiration. Thank you for making it beautiful. Your imagination running wild, woman. ❤

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    • Ahhh. Thanks for the wonderful comment. I’m grinning from ear to ear. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and yes, I try to let the imagination go a little wild on these short pieces. It’s fun. 🙂 Have a great week ❤

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  9. Your writing is such a joy to read! And my husband wanted me to tell you that he is reading Sunwielder right now. I gave it to him to read on our camping trip last weekend, as I thought he might enjoy the sword-fighting and such. He said you are a very talented writer and he’s enjoying the book immensely! We practically fight for it each night, as I also started reading it. And I might add that it’s the first book he’s started reading in over a year and has actually stuck with it, so kudos to you!

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  10. Erik says:

    You certainly have a gift for piquing curiosity with vivid imagery and tone, while leaving much unsaid. I love these little glimpses to other worlds. They always feel cohesive and part of something larger, whether they actually are or not.

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  11. dgkaye says:

    Gorgeous Diana. Loved the way you fit the runes in there. 🙂 xx

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  12. Solitaire says:

    Your imagination running wild!🌿

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  13. The perfect match-up, Diana. Nicely done.

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  14. A very good read, Diana. This post suits this photo so well.

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  15. Reading this, I almost felt as those I were wicked back to the prologue of Sunwielder. The grandmother who possesses a magical power over time, but is unable to control fate directly. Loved it. (and I’m starting to get a little nervous… I’ve already read the first 6 of your novels, and I know I’m going to have to start pacing myself soon 😉 )

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  16. Nurse Kelly says:

    You conjured a magical, epic scene in my mind, it had power and movement and grew in so few words.
    Loved the sailing moon and salted air…. as always, you inspire me to write. Love you, D. Have a great weekend. xo

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    This is another piece of your trademark writing with rich description that builds tension and atmosphere into a scene.
    I loved the rune at the end. I expected a threat of danger, but the words seemed to me to speak more of promise. A beautiful way to start the weekend.

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Joanne. A rune about getting ready for big changes and letting go of those parts of us that no longer work for us. I think there’s danger and liberation in that rune. It’s so fun to do these and pretend they’re real. Ha ha. Have a great day, my friend. ❤

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  18. ‘The World spun faster, drawing the sky down, the earth up, bidding the waters to eddy and ripple in overlapping circles of light, bringing the forest to sing low and hum, smelling of leaf and loam.’

    Are you kidding me?? You are a genius, a masterful artist and a creative goddess. You impress me all the time with your ability to string words together into something so powerful and beautiful. You have done it once again here. My hat is off to you and your imagination, what a gift you are. Bravo, D!! ❤️

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    • You are way too kind, but thank you. Of course the grammar in the sensory string is terrible, but it’s how the character perceives the world. Ha ha. It was fun and challenging, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. ❤

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  19. bpsenapati says:

    Beautiful description! I enjoyed this.

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  20. arlene says:

    Lovely post Diana 🙂

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  21. Tina Frisco says:

    Diana, this is an exquisite piece of writing. It drew me in and took me away to another time … I remember a night in the desert by a crackling fire hissing and spitting a message to any who would listen. We were shamans unmasked, our eyes piercing the very soul of nature. Thank you, my lovely friend ♥

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    • What a great comment, Tina. You drew ME in and took me away to another time…. I think scenes like these speak to something ancient and are oddly familiar. That old old mystical wisdom that speaks not to the mind but to soul. I’m so glad we went there together. ❤

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  22. mycountryepoque says:

    Oh Diana I just woke up from a dream about the runes. Did I dream? The message from the rune is very interesting Diana. It was too short, I feel there is something more you wanted to write. Have a nice Sunday!

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  23. hsampson says:

    This is just magical D! Thank you I have to read it again now!!!!

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  24. Fascinating and imaginative writing! Great read… magical.

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  25. Mae Clair says:

    That was absolutely stunning.
    I’m gobsmacked.

    I especially loved:
    “Soon the sea-rains would gray them, rise over cowled peaks and fall with the wind, heavy cloaks of snow coating her magic in ice.”

    Poetry in prose.
    Bravo!

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  26. I enjoyed this, Diana. 🙂

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  27. “The old woman sat atop her weathered stone, swaying, rocking, singing to herself…” are you sure you didn’t see me dreading work yesterday morning?
    Seriously this is a gorgeous piece, Diana. TGIF and mega hugs.

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  28. balroop2013 says:

    The lovely message gets warped by your brilliant prose…this could be a poem too Diana! I kept re-reading the succinct power packed piece before reaching the inscription. Great response to the prompt! 🙂

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  29. I love the message of the rune Diana. Lovely post. 😊

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  30. calmkate says:

    magical descriptions, you took me on a journey thanks 🙂

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  31. What a great character sketch. ‘Crone’ is a wonderful world. Five letters that say so much more. Nicely done, Diana.

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    • Thanks, Jacqui. A friend of mine recently mentioned that we had entered the “crone” stage of life. What? I nearly punched her. Ha ha. I’m going for the “wise woman” stage. Glad you enjoyed my little scene. 😀

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  32. swalia says:

    Loved the inscription from the rune!

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  33. Fascinatingly atmospheric, Diana. It sounds like the perfect spot and time of day to cast spells. It’s a truly magical land. Great take on the prompt. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  34. Stone reading ?? Great take, D. And I love that release from “time-worn forces”.

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    • Of course, stone reading. Ha ha. Those little stone runes with symbols carved on them 🙂 I’m glad you picked up on the message, Van – always wise to let go of things that no longer work for us. ❤ Thanks for reading.

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