The Hiding Place

It was humid that summer evening, like June usually is in the valley, and the three of them had gone down to the swimming hole to cool down. Draco wandered off, like he always did, trying to trap fireflies in a jar. Bob and Anastasia stayed in the water, swimming until their arms and legs were so tired that they could barely climb up the shore.

It’s when they got out to rest that the moon enraptured them. Bob’s hand touched hers as they looked up at its magical light, and each of them smiled with both joy and confusion. Neither one had thought of the other as anything but a friend, like brother and sister, but with this new sensation, their world was suddenly different.

As if they were hypnotized, perhaps by the moon itself, Bob and Anastasia held each other and began to move. They danced to the sound of a melody that only the two of them could hear. 

It wasn’t until they heard Draco returning that the strange spell was broken. Unsure of what had happened, and afraid of what Draco might say, the two scurried around for a hiding place until they settled behind the velvet grass.


This is an ongoing story, continued each day (more or less) using the Daily Spur’s word prompt. Today’s word is: Velvet.

Since things got complicated (for me, anyway) I’ve moved the previously published parts, rearranged to run as a normal story would, on this PAGE (which is also now in my menu) – JUST in case you missed it and are interested in reading the complete story (which is not complete yet).

I know, I know… like I said it’s getting complicated.

Anyway, I included my illustrations on the story page as well, so that each word prompt piece has its colorful art added as well. This is purely for entertainment purposes (hopefully yours and not just mine), so if the story doesn’t do it… I hope that my illustrations will.

I have to say that I learned about something new while putting this one together, which is something called velvet grass. I’m a brown thumb, so I have never heard of it, but apparently there are many varieties including Korean velvet grass which is a beautiful grass. Another variety, common velvet grass, has lavender like flowers which I tried to depict in my illustration.

I had a great time with this illustration, and I’m happy that I know how to make some form of velvet grass now. I also felt the story was beginning to get serious (in my mind) and that I kept defaulting to romance (don’t ask me why), so I tried to lighten things up with the stars having to hide out in the bushes, so to speak.

That’s about all for now. I hope that you enjoyed tonight’s addition…

Thank you for reading!!

My Beating Heart

There is music wherever there is rhythm, as there is life wherever there beats a pulse.

Igor Stravinsky

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but it seemed like the perfect time to share something that I’ve been thinking about for a while:

Electrocardiogram Art.

The idea came to me when I was working on my emotion images. In the end, what I want to do is take something that I’ve photographed, or an illustration that I’ve created, and then add an EKG that “beats” to the image—maybe fast, maybe slow, or perhaps a little flatliner. This could get interesting!

Anyway, the featured image is a test run… as well as my way of saying “happy hearts day.”

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Say I’m a fool
Say I’m nothing
But if I’m a fool for you
Oh, that’s something
Two hearts beat as one.



Time to make your move,

I’ll be Queen, and you my Knight,

Step up and check, mate.

I thought I’d have a little more fun with my favorites things… dancers, black, white & red, and haiku. Previously, I did an illustration that was somewhat similar, and I thought it was cool to surround the dancers with something unusual, like the bullseye, so… I went with a chess board tonight.

I actually looked up how many squares are on a real game board, and apparently it’s 64. I tried to go with that at first, but the squares were too small to reveal some parts of the man’s body. It still kind of works though, because we’re zooming in on the dancers who are in the middle of the game. If I had the patience I would change the perspective so that the board looks more like a floor, but that’s another project for another day.

I did a little word play with the “check, mate” as I was afraid that the use of “checkmate” in my haiku might allude to the fact that the queen was trying to put out a hit on the King. Ha! I don’t know… that’s what happens when I do these things after midnight. No… we’re not assassinating Kings here tonight.

Anyway, that’s about all for now. It’s time to wind down.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed… and I will see you again soon.

Until then,
Peace & Love!

“When you see a good move, look for a better one.”

Emanuel Lasker

Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Move & Step