The Two Pentacles October Newsletter #WordPressWednesday

The Two Pentacles October Newsletter #WordPressWednesday

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Hello!

Welcome back to the Two Pentacles Newsletter!

This is where you will find tips, prompts, stories, and updates from the previous month.

If you’ve created something based off one of our prompts and would like to see it featured in next month’s newsletter, please check out our submission guidelines, and send it our way!

If you utilized a writing tip and would like to share your experience, please get in touch! We would love to share your story and any creative work inspired by this tip.

Thank you so much for joining us this month. We can’t wait to see what your imagination has in store!

-Dawn and Colleen-

News and Features:

At Two Pentacles, we love what we do and we aren’t shy about it!

This month, we’re celebrating the return of autumn! Or at least we will be, once Salem decides to fully commit and stop having sporadic 80 degree days. In the meantime, we’re alternating between sipping pumpkin spiced beverages while wearing cozy sweaters and tossing back iced coffees in our sundresses and floppy hats.

In any case, we’re counting down to Spooky Season here at Two Pentacles! So clear the cobwebs off of your gothic typewriter, don your best flowy shawl, and paint your nails black, friends, because now is the time to send in your spookiest stories!

Submit your fun, scary, or thrilling stories by October 20th, 2021 for a chance to be featured in our special Spooky Edition of the Two Pentacles newsletter!

A grinning skeleton sits at a wooden desk against a black backdrop. The desk has everything a spooky writer might need - an old-timey telephone, a mug containing a warm brew, and a black and white cookie on a square plate. There's also a black metal typewriter, complete with an extra bony hand resting on the keys, so the skeleton can be sure to meet their deadlines.

This Month’s Tips and Prompts:

All month long we share Writing Tips and Writing Prompts on our Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts.

If these tips and prompts spark your creativity, let us know! You can send your feedback and stories to info@twopentacles.com for the chance to be featured in next month’s Newsletter!

September 5th, 2021

The quote appears in thick handwritten-style font over a background of wavy blue lines of different shades. It reads: "Writing quote #1: Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river. -Virginia Woolf"

September 9th, 2021

A purple background with white text reads: Your muse has gone on holiday. You’ve tried several times to reach it, but you continue to get the following message: "Hello, this is your muse. I am currently unreachable. Please leave a message and I’ll get back to you when I return." So, how do you get your muse to come back from Holiday?
-Patty Fletcher

September 15th, 2021

The Writing Quote is written in thick black font over a light gray background crossed with faint, handwritten, cursive lettering. The Two Pentacles logo is in the lower right corner. It reads: "Writing quote #2: Substitute 'damn' every tome you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. -Mark Twain"

September 22nd, 2021

The writing prompt is centered on a background of a light wooden table with colorful autumnal leaves in orange, yellow, red, and green on the left and right borders. The prompt reads: It's the first day of autumn! Let it inspire you. Write something with a fall theme.

September 29th, 2021

Black, handwritten font is over a lavender background with an abstract flower design in a darker purple. The text reads: "Writing Quote #3: We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. - Anais Nin -"

Your Creative Works:

We love sharing your creative efforts! Here is just one of our favorite submissions that we received this month.

This month, Samantha sent in a short story inspired by Patty Fletcher’s writing prompt from September 9th.

Voicemail

By Samantha Massingale

“You’ve reached my other, other voicemail. You know what to do.”

I end the call, frustrated that he left with only leaving a very vague note saying “Back in a few.”

A few what Steve? Days, weeks, MONTHS?? At this point I’ve left him several voicemails trying to see if he can come back sooner. I haven’t heard a word from him.

I have until the end of the month to get my work in and looking at photos isn’t cutting it. My work is all flat with no depth or sense of emotion. Angry, I threw the small paint brush I had in my hand across the room at the work I had been trying to do.

The brush had red paint on it and it landed on the small — I don’t know what it was supposed to be — a dog or a large cat, making it look like they killed something.

Then, an idea popped into my head, half as a joke, but at this point I’d try anything. I rang my muse’s main number again.

“This is Steve’s voicemail. Leave your name, number, and need at the beep and I might call you back.”

I waited for the beep and hesitated. “Steve, listen. I need help hiding a body. I don’t know what happened but I need you here man. Please call me back.”

After that, I waited for a few hours. I was about to leave the same message on his other phone when the door slammed open and a very disheveled, very winded Steve came through the door. He looked me up and down then at the paint that had flown off the brush I threw.

“Did you already hide the body?”

Thank you to everyone who sent in submissions!

If you would like the chance to be featured in our newsletter, send your writing or art to info@twopentacles.com!

Other Creative Magic:

We received some wonderful submissions this month! One of our favorites is this poem from Joan.

lilamoxen

by Joan Myles

when the time comes

that time dissolves

the lion and the lamb

the fox and the chicken

will take down their flags

and roll up their scrolls

they will dust off their flutes

their tambourines and dancing shoes

they will gather their children

the orphans and forgotten ones

and they will all breathe at last

together in song and harmony

because the loops of thread

holding all things together

remain

intact

To read more from Joan, check out her blog!

If you would like the chance to be featured in our newsletter, send your writing or art to info@twopentacles.com!

Get in Touch!

Want to connect with us about your current or upcoming projects? Not sure where to start? Interested in finding out more about our services or pricing?

Check out our website or email us at info@twopentacles.com!

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