Isle of Write Islander Highlights! Week 7

3년 전

Message in a Bottle #28
Origin: Isle of Write
Sender: @bennettitalia
Recipients: Steemit Creatives

Islander Highlights - Week 7!

So many glittery distractions festooning the Isle’s sun drenched shores this week... A beachcomber’s paradise! Strolling along the waterline, one’s eyes are repeatedly caught and held by the sparkle of some sand-encrusted novelty. Pick any of these up, examine it, and you will see a tiny world, with its own rules and processes, populated by fascinating flora and fauna. Drink it in, the beauty and strangeness of it. Then raise your eyes to the sun bleached landscape, and find another. And another...


@amrauthor’s short musing on the innocent wonder of children’s imaginative play is also a call to reconnect to these places in ourselves:

“Faeries can be hidden just under a leaf. A large stick found that becomes a sword and the dogs around are trusted traveling companions.”

Have you ever heard of “hickory syrup?” I hadn’t! Humanity’s ingenuity when it comes to food always amazes me. Here @crescendoofpeace describes yet another interesting traditional concoction:

“I had never heard of hickory syrup, but I guessed I could tap those trees as well, once the maples were done. Um, no. Hickory syrup, as it turns out, is not made from the sap of the trees, but from their bark; shagbark hickory bark, to be exact. The original European settlers were taught how to make it by the Cherokee, and by the turn of the last century, it was an important cottage industry throughout the region.”

Ok, this is the most laugh-out-loud thing you’re likely to read today. Do your funny bone a favor and check out @raj808’s roundup of the greatest google translator fails on Steemit:

“I particularly liked the authors use of caps to scream their indignant space-garbage rage at me. The first sentence had me nodding in agreement. Sure, firing our garbage into space could be a real-world problem that needs addressing and how to get it down again, don't get me started!


@tygertyger’s vividly imagined dystopian universe in the counterintuitively titled “Utopia” has a disturbing history…

“All I knew was that a short exceptionally pale female, with asian features that screamed Callisto prime, was holding me 6 feet in the air by pure force of her mind. The world went silent as my gaze hit those large pale grey eyes of hers, that mock the usual conformity of Callistan DNA. I knew right then and there that she had stolen my heart…”

@cheah’s hero is an average semi-automatic-weapon-toting guy possessed by a furious, genuinely frightening angel:

“My feathers caught the air and grabbed the spaces between atoms. Branes thrummed, manifolds pulsed and strings danced under my wings. Reality itself bent to my will, defying gravity to keep me afloat. Gliding silently through the air, I cloaked myself with the colors of the night, aiming for a balcony on the second floor.”

@wordymouth builds dramatic tension to an almost unbearable level in this living-on-the-edge cliffhanger with mystical overtones (the protagonist spends much of this episode in conversation with Las Vegas neon signs):

“"A bit of pixie dust?" she asked the neon cowboy. He seemed to wink.”


Ok… so this particular curator is a bit of a pushover for poetry, which is why there are four selections here, instead of the usual three ;)

@wandrnrose’s list poem about “what could be” takes the form of a heartbreaking logical sequence:

The shortest poem I’ve ever read by @carmalain7 (two stanzas, four lines) is as expertly crafted and powerfully evocative as any of his longer pieces:

@lazarus-wist’s “two micro-poems” are revelatory, as any good poetry should be I think, but... quietly, almost off-handedly so, as if this is all just business as usual (even when the lines themselves are playfully surreal, as in the last stanza of the first poem):

@mamadini’s exquisite, carefully worded witchiness so beautifully and sensually underscores our human connection to the world around us in this hymn to the dawn:


@raj808’s idea to write an ongoing story following freewrite prompts from the perspective of a protagonist caught in (and confused by) a sort of “prompt vortex” is brilliant, and his eye for detail and ear for inner dialogue deftly brings the idea to life:

@byn’s wicked little story about a man who is teetering on the edge of sanity (no spoilers here!) is deliciously horrifying:

As usual, @honeydue’s fascinating dreamscapes shed a revealing light on our waking world. Sometimes a completely personal experience can be so present inside of us that we feel just certain everyone else can see it all over our face. And maybe they can...

Remember to post with the isleofwrite tag (it doesn’t have to be the first tag in the list, just one of them) for a chance to be showcased as part of the Isle’s weekly curation series! Otherwise, our beachcombers might miss it...

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Thanks for the mention :) Much appreciated!
There really are some amazing pieces of writing here, so it's an honor :D

Thank you so much for the mention 🦋😊🦋

You guys rock!! So good to see posts I probably wouldn't find otherwise!

  ·  3년 전

Thank you for the mention and for the curation of such awesome posts! I'm going to go give them some attention. I love finding new bloggers through posts like these!

Thank you so much for sharing my poem! I love the @isleofwrite Highlights posts and really enjoy the finds! I will be reviewing the other submissions and resteeming. <3

Grande Bennett! I have to follow this curation series more as there are some true gems.


I know... this is my first time curating and now I'm realizing I need to actually read these more often!

Somehow, I managed to miss this amazing freewrite by @marie-jay (which has also been curied):

I don't know how that happened, but it was definitely a major oversight.


Now I'm wondering what else I missed... so much wonderful work on this platform!

Thank you, this means so much. I have so little time to respond in meaningful ways currently and am completely behind, yet, there are so many folks I want to give some lovin'... my upvote is all I have and a sparse word here and there. <3

Thank you.

Thanks for highlighting my work!