Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Out of Standard: To Monster with Love

Greetings Garden Dwellers.  Welcome back to Out of Standard, where I will set before you a challenge to defy the conventions of a particular theme.  I will call upon you to write out of the standard and find new places in the everyday.  Let’s move onward to October’s challenge...


With Halloween...or All Hallow’s Eve to those observing the old-timey traditions...just within reach, I thought it a good opportunity to embrace the monster, or at least shake its hand slowly, nod respectfully in its general direction, and back away in a friendly manner.

The Challenge:
In his short story, Snow, Glass, Apples, Neil Gaiman told the story of the wicked queen from Snow White, portraying her (quite successfully) as a heroine struggling to gain her rightful Kingdom back from her monstrous step daughter and her necrophiliac suitor.

For your challenge today, my muddy buddies, I am asking that you to write a poem about the ICONIC monster which scares you the most and cast them in a flattering or sympathetic light.

My one rule will be that you choose an iconic monster: by which I mean a monster whom is recognizable to more than four people (okay, so I am swinging a bit loose with that definition, but you get the point!).

Like every challenge, your poem must by newly written for this challenge and not one which you have previously written which conveniently fits the theme.   

So go on, my lovelies...and us back something shiny and new!


  1. Okay, Izy, I might have missed the mark on the "iconic monster" part, but I did include an icon most North Americans will recognize.

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  3. Izy, cool prompt. ~ M

  4. Thanks for this fun prompt, Izzy, and pointing us in the direction of the known, iconic, and even archetypal.

  5. What if I write about a noble and righteous IRS agent? Nah....

  6. Yeah...awesome IG. First new thing I have written in a while.

  7. A great challenge Izy. I believe the rain spurred me to the melodramatic.

  8. This is my comment for Kay since her blog doesn't like me :(

    What a wonderful trio you have put together...your poem is haunting and you found the perfect image for the video!

  9. Now I can hear Lulu singing as a zombie ;D

  10. Susie, your blog ate my comment :( , too! I commiserated with a fellow wolf... ~ M

  11. Well it *is* the Season, and I couldn't resist just one little dance with the mad scientist. Delightful and original prompt, Izy--thanks.

    (Of course,mine is not funny--just sayin.)

  12. Thank you, Izy...I may have bent the rules a little but that's nothing new. ;)

  13. Thanks for the lovely challenge Izy ~ Happy Halloween to all ~


  14. Saw this challenge on Suzy's page, and thought I would come and join you on this gray and damp Halloween! Wrote about one of the most misunderstood scientists ever to be exploited and recreated by Hollywood's twisted version of horror. The true story ever deeper and more haunting than various film recreations.


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