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Another 100 Themes List for me to do :D

:star: = completed

:star: 1. Introduction - Depressed, Schizophrenic, Human
:star: 2. Complicated - Never Easy
:star: 3. Making History - For Good
:star: 4. Rivalry - Over Death
:star: 5. Unbreakable - Mulish
:star: 6. Obsession - Rules
:star: 7. Eternity - Five Little Words
:star: 8. Gateway - Lazy Gnome
:star: 9. Death - Death
:star: 10. Opportunities - Rotting Wood
:star: 11. 33% - One-Third Wonder
:star: 12. Dead Wrong - Discovery
:star: 13. Running Away - Cirque du Freak
:star: 14. Judgement - Just Love
:star: 15. Seeking Solace - Needing
:star: 16. Excuses - Really Me
:star: 17. Vengeance - Ghost-Threads
:star: 18. Love - Seasons
:star: 19. Tears - Simple Tear and I am Sad
:star: 20. My Inspiration - Vampire
:star: 21. Never Again - Until Now
:star: 22. Online - Deviant Art
:star: 23. Failure - Best Forgotten
24. Rebirth
25. Breaking Away
26. Forever and a day
:star: 27. Lost and Found - The Friendship Box
:star: 28. Light - Love and Light
:star: 29. Dark - Grey Becomes Me Better
:star: 30. Faith - Stained Glass
:star: 31. Colours - Rainbow
32. Exploration
:star: 33. Seeing Red - Love is Red
34. Shades of Grey
35. Forgotten
:star: 36. Dreamer - The Ringing Siren
37. Mist
38. Burning
39. Out of Time
40. Knowing How
:star: 41. Fork in the road - Burden Free
42. Start
43. Nature's Fury
44. At Peace
:star: 45. Heart Song - Heart of Ice and Heart of Stone
46. Reflection
47. Perfection
:star: 48. Everyday Magic - You Stayed
49. Umbrella
50. Party
:star: 51. Troubling Thoughts - It's Hard to Choose Hope
:star: 52. Stirring of the Wind - Chance
53. Future
:star: 54. Health and Healing - Still
55. Separation
:star: 56. Everything For You - Scared You Away
57. Slow Down
:star: 58. Heartfelt Apology - Open My Eyes
59. Challenged
60. Exhaustion
61. Accuracy
:star: 62. Irregular Orbit - Whimsy Wind
:star: 63. Cold Embrace - Hell is Cold
:star: 64. Frost - Painted Ice
:star: 65. A Moment in Time - Frozen Joy
66. Dangerous Territory
:star: 67. Boundaries - Full Control
:star: 68. Unsettling Revelations - Rape
:star: 69. Shattered - Kicking in the Glass
70. Bitter Silence
71. The True You
72. Pretence
:star: 73. Patience - Too Far Gone
:star: 74. Midnight - Witching Hour
75. Shadows
76. Summer Haze
:star: 77. Memories - If You Were Here
:star: 78. Change in the Weather - More to This
79. Illogical
:star: 80. Only Human - A French Canadian Angel
:star: 81. A Place to Belong - Capital-h-Home
82. Advantage
:star: 83. Breakfast - You Are What You Eat
:star: 84. Echoes - Letter to a Lost Child - An Echo
:star: 85. Falling - Free Fall
:star: 86. Picking up the Pieces - A Letter to a Lost Child
:star: 87. Gunshot - Abused
:star: 88. Possession - Inside the Music
:star: 89. Twilight - I Think of You
:star: 90. Nowhere and Nothing - Floating Along
:star: 91. Answers - Seeing the Picture
:star: 92. Innocence - Dance
:star: 93. Simplicity - Earthworm
:star: 94. Reality - Go Away Again
:star: 95. Acceptance - Alive Not Dead
:star: 96. Lesson - Far Worse
:star: 97. Enthusiasm - Until Pregnancy
:star: 98. Game - Russian Roulette
:star: 99. Friendship - Carebears
:star: 100. Endings - Incomplete

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Poetry - Free Verse
Poetry on a variety of topics.
Avatars - Non-Animated
Wizard2 by MagicalJoey
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Santa1 by MagicalJoey
PoohBear Avatar 2 by MagicalJoey
Flower Avatar 5 by MagicalJoey
Blue Rose Avatar by MagicalJoey
Non-animated avatars.
Prices can vary according to complexity, so you can note me if you would rather.
Poetry - Traditional Forms
Poems in any number of traditional forms. Browse my gallery in any of the following folders for more options of forms:
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Or pick a form you want and query whether I can do it.
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Teddy6 by MagicalJoey
Lit tags.
Price seems high because of the complexity of finding images that will fit the width and length requirements of 20x125 pixels.
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Best Friends First Half by MagicalJoey
Best Friends Second Half by MagicalJoey
This was a request from someone who wanted to share with a friend.
Visual Poetry
'-54- Tower' by MagicalJoey
Not Even a Child - Excerpts by MagicalJoey
A poem written over a background image (photograph, blank colour with border, photo manipulation).

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:bulletblue: Photographs can be found at WrittenPhotographs (consider a donation) or one of your own can be used. Alternatively use a stock photo found here on DA as long as you link me to the artist so I can get permission.
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Complete work will only be constructed after both image and text have been separately approved
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A non-animated logo for your group.
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An acrostic name poem for any name. Doesn't always have to rhyme. Can contain attributes you wish. (For example you want it to be about bravery or honesty etc)

Price stated is with background image. Note for other prices.
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Icons to customise your gallery folders.

Price shown is for the biggest and most complex. For smaller icons note me for price.
Photo Manipulation
VERY RARE due to physical maladies that cause shaking (hence these take 4x as long because I shake and decapitate things)
Thus the larger price - it is very time consuming.

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Contest Promotion

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 30, 2016, 11:07 AM



So, grasshoppers, there is a contest going on at Ordinary-Writing (which I promoted at the end of my last journal) which I need to tell you about like right now. Why? Well, because I just do that's all. Are you excited? I know I am! And so is Nala!

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What am I talking about? Well, this of course!


 


The theme? Soulmates, Enemies and Bruises. What? YES!
This is the full prompt:
Every time you get a bruise or scrape, your soul-mate also gets it. You bruise your left cheek after hitting something. The catch? Your worst enemy also gets a bruise. Double Catch? Its the same bruise.  

So...you gonna enter?

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We already have two (2) entries, but it's not fun to win a contest because there were so few entries - one needs at least four or five to make it a decent vote. So...enter, please? It's prose only I'm afraid (details in the journal) but it runs until the 18th July (that's when voting starts) and is open to non-members too. So every one of you can enter :heart:

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I am accepting prize donations too, if you want to donate something like features or llamas or points or anything shiny. Points donations to please be 'labelled' that they are for the contest so I don't mix them up with other things. Donations are being accepted until the due date. You can donate and enter...yay!

So, whatcha waiting for grasshoppers - go, write, have fun. Use it as a FFM prompt if you like (what is FFM? Well, find out at Flash-Fic-Month for all you nosey parkers)

Ciao,
:fish:
J



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MagicalJoey
Jo
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I'm a relatively simple person who likes to write. I value honesty, especially in comments and critiques, and loyalty.

If you are going to fave something of mine it would be nice if you could leave a comment as well. It is not required, but feedback is always welcome.

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Contest Promotion

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 30, 2016, 11:07 AM



So, grasshoppers, there is a contest going on at Ordinary-Writing (which I promoted at the end of my last journal) which I need to tell you about like right now. Why? Well, because I just do that's all. Are you excited? I know I am! And so is Nala!

 photo LK 2_zpspijjkgpn.gif


What am I talking about? Well, this of course!


 


The theme? Soulmates, Enemies and Bruises. What? YES!
This is the full prompt:
Every time you get a bruise or scrape, your soul-mate also gets it. You bruise your left cheek after hitting something. The catch? Your worst enemy also gets a bruise. Double Catch? Its the same bruise.  

So...you gonna enter?

 photo Dis 1_zpsuxozpmiv.gif


We already have two (2) entries, but it's not fun to win a contest because there were so few entries - one needs at least four or five to make it a decent vote. So...enter, please? It's prose only I'm afraid (details in the journal) but it runs until the 18th July (that's when voting starts) and is open to non-members too. So every one of you can enter :heart:

 photo challenge 1_zpsosv3hwoj.gif


I am accepting prize donations too, if you want to donate something like features or llamas or points or anything shiny. Points donations to please be 'labelled' that they are for the contest so I don't mix them up with other things. Donations are being accepted until the due date. You can donate and enter...yay!

So, whatcha waiting for grasshoppers - go, write, have fun. Use it as a FFM prompt if you like (what is FFM? Well, find out at Flash-Fic-Month for all you nosey parkers)

Ciao,
:fish:
J



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Genevieve Craon stood facing a student she had never seen before, a Slytherin girl so thin she looked ill. “She can’t be too strong, skinny like that,” Gen thought to herself, before the girl calmly said “Flipendo”, and Gen flew backwards into the pile of stacked desks. Thankfully the desk she hit turned into a giant cushion, which stopped most of what could have been bruises and broken bones, but the pressure on her chest still felt as if she had been kicked. She slid to the floor and sat there, in quite an ungainly way for a lady.

“Now, now, Miss Craon. Up and at ‘em – best defence is a good offence after all.” Professor Gryffindor singled her out in his amplified voice and Genevieve blushed a deep red. The professor moved from his place at the front of the class and came down the rows of practicing students, giving some tips and hints to those whose spell hadn’t worked as well as Genevieve’s partner’s had. The Slytherin in question stood examining perfectly pearly nails in a bored manner, making Gen squint in annoyance as a fierce desire to see that perfect blonde head utterly dishevelled.

“Well done Miss Beauvallet, well done. Though, maybe a little too well done. Beginner’s luck perhaps?” Professor Gryffindor patted the Slytherin on the shoulder and then stood next to Genevieve, offering her his hand to help her up. Gen blushed some more, and took the hand of her teacher, much to the amusement of the other students who were secretly watching instead of focusing on their own spells. This caused some funny things to happen, such as one student sprouting wings where their ears had been, and Professor Gryffindor had to sort out that mishap, as well as put out three fires, before he could make his way back to Genevieve and her partner.

“Now, Miss Craon, I have heard about your success in casting the cleaning spell ‘Tergeo’ when you and Miss Gullingham cleaned out that monstrosity of a corridor last week. Tergeo, while seemingly easy, calls for a lot of focus, much like Flipendo, as you have to focus your magic into your wand before expelling it outwards into your target.” He smiled, cheerfully, and the Slytherin scowled at his praise of Gen’s spell-casting abilities. “And let’s not forget the wand movement, the tick with a swirly edge.” This last was directed at the rest of the class, some of whom nodded and practiced the movement without the incantation, and some of whom tried both at the same time to little or no effect. “Now, stand strong. Feet slightly apart, yes, that’s right. Raise your wand…good, good…concentrate now. Right, and the movement, yes, that’s it. Good, good Miss Craon. Now, I will come back in a few minutes if you have any trouble, but try to knock Miss Beauvallet back like she knocked you a few moments ago.” He looked up at the next pair of students and paled a bit. “No, NO! Master Willoughby that is NOT the correct wand movement at all.” He moved on to the next pair, two boys, one of which was levitating several inches above the floor panic on his face.

Gen looked at the skinny Slytherin and took up her stance again. She tapped her wand on her skirt, that had seemed to bring her good luck in the paint cleaning spells, and then raised it chest height. She visualised the wand movement, then, with more courage than skill, moved her wand and said ‘Flipendo’ while concentrating as hard as she could on the essence of the magic. There was a loud bang – why did most spells come with loud sounds – and the Slytherin girl slid several feet backwards, bumping into the corner of a desk…which did not become a cushion to stop the severity of the injury.

“You’re going to pay for that you muggle-loving moron!” The Slytherin hissed, rubbing her knee where there was surely going to be a most painful bruise in a few hours. “Flipendo!” She shouted, but she was casting spells in anger and not concentrating on either the movement or the magic and so nothing more than a strong wind, smelling like sulphur and rotten eggs, and a large amount of violet smoke shot from her wand in Genevieve’s direction.

“Now, now, Miss Beauvallet, no need to shout. Success in casting spells isn’t determined by who can say them the loudest, but rather by whose concentration and ability is best.” Professor Gryffindor turned from his position at the end of the row and Gen could have sworn he winked at her. Meanwhile the students around them were doubling over and holding their noses at the foul smell that was coming from their direction. With a wave of his wand the smoke cleared and the students resumed their practicing. The Slytherin blushed furiously before folding her arms across her chest and glaring at Genevieve.

Genevieve took her position again, concentrated on the magic within her and with a wave of her wand stated ‘Flipendo’. Her partner, unprepared for the spell because she was standing with her eyes closed, suddenly found herself sliding across the floor and crashing into a large cushion which had appeared behind her.

“I wasn’t ready you half-blood banshee!” She hissed.

“In life one isn’t always prepared for what comes at you Miss Beauvallet.” Professor Gryffindor had appeared again to help the pair. “Well done Miss Craon. Not exactly the knockback we were going for, a little bit more concentration will see that right no doubt, but you successfully propelled your partner away from you.” He smiled. “Which is more than I can say for you, Master Tinel,” he directed his attention to a Slytherin student a few meters away who was staring, mouth open. “Blood doesn’t make the witch or wizard you know. It’s talent, courage and skill that makes magic successful in the end. Now, let’s see you try with your partner Master Tinel.” Professor Gryffindor moved on to the next pair and left Genevieve to offer her hand to her partner, who pushed it out of the way and stood up unaided.

“Flipendo!” Both Genevieve and her partner spoke at the same time, and the resulting bursts of magic caused both ladies to fly off their feet and into the large cushions that appeared behind them.

“Well done students, well done.” Professor Gryffindor caught the attention of the class before things could get nasty and out of hand. “We’ll do more practice next class.” He waved his wand and the desks and bags returned to their original positions. “Class dismissed.”

“Crazy cat-loving coward.” The Slytherin girl hissed at Genevieve, and she bent to pick up her satchel. The Slytherin girl stormed from the classroom, the smell of sulphur and rotten eggs still lingering on her robes.

Ashes, seeming to agree, curled around Gen’s legs until she picked him up along with her books and exited the class, heading for Charms…or was it Potions next? All that energy spent on trying to successfully cast spells had caused her to forget her timetable. She put Ashes down and rummaged in her bag before extracting the scroll on which was written the class timetable for the year. It was Potions. Oh goody, she had enjoyed making potions with mother; maybe that class would be a better one than the Defence Against the Dark Arts one she had just exited. She repacked her bag, picked up her cat and, with a smile on her face, walked past the giggling Slytherin girls and made her way down to the dungeons for potions class.
HH: Homework #1 - DADA - First Year, First Session
For HistoricalHogwarts , my Defense Against the Dark Arts homework for the first session of first year. The chosen spell was 'Flipendo' harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Kno… the Knockback Jinx
Homework list: May - August

Mentioned:
Nera Gullingham - Diluculi

Made up students:
Miss Beauvallet (Slytherin)
Master Willoughby  (Undetermined)
Master Tinel (Slytherin)

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It was breakfast time at Hogwarts and the daily owl post had just been delivered. Genevieve was eating her soldiers and eggs, quite calmly for someone who was full of excitement at learning how to do magic properly, when there was an announcement from Professor Slytherin. The green clad wizard looked even more displeased than usual.

"Someone thought it would be funny to... decorate the fourth floor corridor with exploding paints." He glanced around the students. "Be assured that the culprits will be found, one way or the other. However, the area in question needs to be cleaned in order to make it inhabitable again."

He sat down again and over at the Hufflepuff table, Nera stopped trying to become invisible. Of course she was not involved in the paint mess, but she really feared the potions professor.

"I could do that," Gen thought to herself at the Gryffindor table. She looked around the hall, at the other students, and wondered if anyone would be willing to work with her.

Professor Hufflepuff got up - or at least the students assumed she did. The blonde professor had the perfect size to ensure that sitting or standing made no difference regarding her height. She clapped her hands and beamed at the students. "Aww, don't be shy. Everyone who wants to help, step forward." The first one to follow her invitation was not a student though - it was a black kitten, quickly followed by a blushing Nera who rushed over to collect him and thus made herself the first volunteer.

"I've seen that student in Herbology." Gen thought to herself, then, could have moaned aloud as Ashes, her own cat, leaped from his spot next to her to go and investigate the black kitten. Gen tried to catch him, but he was too quick for her and ran to the front of the hall. Genevieve swallowed the bile that had once been soft-boiled egg and soldiers with butter and then rose from her seat, walking in a dignified manner to the front of the hall to join the other student, whose name she couldn't quite place. She bent down and picked up Ashes, who was trying to lick the little black kitten's ears. The black cat apparently disliked such treatment form a stranger and let out a warning hiss, the yellow eyes glaring at Ashes. The attempts of the blonde owner to resolve the situation before it could escalate was interrupted by Professor Hufflepuff, clapping her hands joyfully.

"Two volunteers already. How wonderful!" She cheered. Headmaster Gryfindor smiled at the remaining audience and his booming voice filled the Great Hall.

"Let's hear a round of applause for the selfless students. I'm very proud one of my own house stepped up."

Only audible to the teachers and involuntary volunteers, Professor Slytherin muttered: "They only came here because of their pets."

Next to Genevieve, Nera blushed even harder and gulped. Headmaster Gryffindor ignored him and continued.

"Finish your breakfast and then follow me to the stained corridor. Your absence from class will of course be excused, since you are helping the school with your work."

When he sat down, a crimson red Nera sprinted back to her seat, trying to hide behind a veil of loose strands of hair and her plate. Gen, holding a struggling Ashes, who really wanted to play with the little black kitten, sucked in her breath and walked pseudo-calmly back to her breakfast. She felt the eyes of Professor Slytherin on her as she moved, but couldn't force herself to walk faster or she would have looked afraid - and even though she was afraid she didn't want to look afraid. She reached the table and sat down, pouring Ashes a small bowl of milk to try keep the cat's attention.
"Silly boy, Ashie. That little black kitty doesn't want to play." She mumbled into his fur, causing other students to look at her strangely.

After breakfast everyone filed away to their classes, leaving Nera and Gen, and the two cats, seated at their respective tables. "Ladies, if you could come with me please," Professor Gryffindor stood and motioned the two students to follow him. They walked silently to the fourth floor corridor, which looked like a rainbow unicorn fart.

"Oh wow...what a lot of colour." Gen muttered. Nera merely hugged her black kitty close, indicating a small nod, but said nothing.

"Here you will find some mops, sponges, buckets, water and special cleaning potion." Professor Gryffindor motioned to the space behind the door, as one of the statues sneezed and a painting on the left, with a cerulean splatter on its frame, said 'Bless You' in response.

"Yes sir." Gen muttered in response.

"It will take some scrubbing, and don't use the potion on the paintings, it will remove their colour entirely, but it can be done. Good luck ladies." He turned and walked from the corridor, closing the door behind him.

Without a word, Nera walked over to the cleaning tools, glancing shyly at Gen. Her black kitten hopped onto the ground and investigated the colourful statue. "If you could be so kind to start with me", the painting behind the cerulean mess said. The blonde girl approached it with a wet sponge.
"But be careful with the water. I really don't like to get wet."

Finally, Nera broke her silence. "But... how else can we clean you?” She asked, her voice almost a whisper.

"Magic, of course!” The painting answered. Nera looked helplessly around, her eyes finding Gen.
"Can you... do that?", she asked.

"Well, I read of two that might work," Gen got out her wand. "Firstly there's Scourgify, the hand gesture is 'a smooth, sinuous motion, like a letter 'S', and there is also Tergeo, where you just point your wand. Which one do you think would work better in this sense?" It was unsure as to whether she was addressing Nera or the painting, but it was the painting who answered.

"On second thoughts maybe the water..." but it was too late. Gen had made up her mind and shouted 'Tergeo', pointing her wand at the cerulean stains on the painting's frame and canvas. There was a bang and a lot of smoke, but once it had cleared the painting looked somewhat cleaner than before. It showed a picture of a porky man in a nightshirt and cloak, candle in his hands, looking out of a window into a stormy night.

"Are-are you alright?" Nera asked the man in the painting, who seemed to have fallen over at the bang.

"Never better, never better." He muttered.

"I think one more try ought to do it properly." Gen muttered, tapping her wand against her skirt.

"If you insist madam," the painting replied, getting ready for the noise now that he knew what was coming.

"Tergeo!" Gen shouted again, aiming her wand once more at the painting. This time, quite a lot of paint came off, leaving the canvas almost spotless.

Nera applauded, amazed at how well Gen had performed. Yet she herself didn't trust her skills enough to try it. So far, not a single spell she tried to cast had worked the way Professor Ravenclaw had intended it to. But she couldn't just let the other student do all the work. She approached the stained statue next to the painting and began scrubbing. The statue, resembling a strange creature with many limbs, giggled and wiggled.

"Please hold still," the young witch pleaded.

"I -hihihi- try, but you're - heheh- tickling me," the statue answered laughing.

"You're a statue."

Suddenly the giggling stopped and instead the stone creature huffed. "This doesn't mean I don't have feelings, Miss," it complained. Nera blushed.

"I-I'm sorry...” she muttered. The statue moved, stretching one of its many legs.

"Just be careful not to tickle me", the conscious ornament ordered and watched the student scrubbing the paint away, chuckling occasionally.

Gen watched Nera battle with the statue, and decided that magic was definitely the way to go. She approached a suit of armour, splashed with scarlet stains and muttering to itself. "Blood, blood everywhere. On my armour, on my hands, in my hair."

"It's not blood brave knight, it's just paint. I can fix that for you." She tapped her wand against her skirt again, almost as a good luck charm, and shouted 'Tergeo' once more. Another large bang ensued, causing Nera to jolt up and spill soapy water onto the statue's feet. Ghost turned towards Gen and let out a muffled hiss, showing his disapproval. About half of the stains disappeared, leaving a particularly large blotch on the armour's chest area.

"Oh, I am slain! I am slain! Woe is me, I am slain!"

"Oh no, you're not slain. The stain is just being stubborn." Gen smiled at the armour in a mothering way. Without warning she shouted 'Tergeo' again, this time producing purple smoke from her wand just before the bang. The large stain vanished and the armour was silent for only a moment.

"Oh! I live! I live! Praise to the gods of old I live!"

"What is all this shouting for?" A voice could be heard condescendingly mocking from the doorway. "Is one of you dying or near death? Succumbed to paint fumes? Trapped yourself inside a suit of armour perhaps?" Professor Slytherin stood in the open doorway watching the girls.

"No, sir, I was casting a cleaning spell and..."

"Surely, young lady, spells can be cast in a normal voice without the theatrics? Silence is more becoming than overly loud displays of volume."

His gaze then fell on Nera. "Miss Gullingham, I do believe you are aware that this is not a place for muggles, so by all means, stop working like one." Without waiting for a reply, he left the two students.

Nera's hand trembled slightly, but the statue decided not to complain this time. Ghost carefully approached the girl and rubbed himself against her legs.

"There, there," the statue said in a voice it believed to be soothing. "He's all bark but no bite. Don't take it too personal."

Nera petted the black kitten and tried to hold her tears back. She sniffled and then raised her wand.
"Tergeo", she whispered, her voice slightly trembling. There was again a bang, but not as loud as Gen's thunderous claps had been. Even a door falling shut could drown out this sound. The paint on the statue was still there. Somehow, she had managed to miss the statue and hit another painting - alas one that was already clean.

A white patch appeared.

"What on earth are you doing! You're supposed to clean the others, not to eradicate me!” The old lady shown there complained and carefully investigated her hair, half of it now gone. "Restore me at once!"

Gen looked at the painting, wand hanging from her side, mouth open. "H-how are we going to fix that?" She whispered. "I don't know anything for restoring paintings, the only thing being 'reparo' which fixes broken things. But that's higher level magic."

"I don't care how you do it young lady, just do it!" The painting insisted, half its head gone.

"N-Nera? What are we going to do?" All the fun of casting spells seemed to be sucked out of the cleaning, leaving nothing but a foul taste in Gen's mouth. If only she knew everything there was to know about magic. Then she could maybe do something. "W-we're just going to have to clean the rest and then go for help, I think." Gen sounded bolder than she felt.

Nera nodded in approval. Professor Ravenclaw was surely going to be very angry at her. Failing at such a simple spell...

"Don't you dare to ignore me!” The painted lady scolded.

"Hold it, Milady!” The many legged statue intervened. "The girls have to clean the entire hallway, I doubt they time to waste on you. Besides, I dare say that this new appearance covers your wrinkles perfectly."

The visible part of the lady's face turned pink. "I... is that true?” She asked.

"Most certainly," the armour said and several other paintings nodded. Nera was amazed how they all ignored the fact that the armour had no eyes to see, but decided not to mention it. Instead she continued cleaning the statue's legs, again with the disapproved methods of muggles. She was not going to risk causing more destruction, oh no.

Gen continued cleaning up the suits of armour with the 'Tergeo' spell, each one more dramatic than the last, although the camaraderie with the two witchlings had been severely dented by the removal of part of the witch's painting. She had finished the armour in the hallway, and was starting on the paintings again by the time Nera had finally finished the one statue.

"Are you going to do all the statues like that?" She asked, trying to be kind but probably failing. “Only, it will take forever. Maybe you should try magic again, but this time keep your eyes open?"

"I- I suppose I can try...” Nera muttered and got up. She raised her wand and aimed at a red stain covering the wall. She glanced back at Gen, who gave her an encouraging nod. "Tergeo!" The blonde witch squeaked and this time, the spell hit the wall. The red stain vanished. Nera stared at the now empty wall and turned to Gen, beaming at her. "I...I did it!" She exclaimed happily. "I did it!" She turned to another colour stain. "Tergeo!" It didn't vanish entirely, but Gen decided not to tell, now that the other girl had finally found some confidence. Together, they were able to clean the entire hallway before the lunch break - yet there was still the problem of the damaged portrait.

"Professor Gryffindor will be furious," Nera muttered.

"Don't worry, I'm fairly certain he will take it with humour," Gen answered, a little more confident than she felt. But it worked. Nera nodded again and after returning the cleaning utensils, they went to back to the great hall to announce their success - and confess the accident that happened there.
HH: RP #1 - Trait Event #1 - Gen and Nera Collab
For HistoricalHogwarts 's first trait event.
Trait Event: Can You Paint With All The Colours...

Nera = Diluculi
Genevieve = Me
Word count: 2362 (not too sure how to divide it per character as we edited each others text)
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Features and Contest Promotion

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 28, 2016, 12:46 PM



Sooo...several contests have ended recently to which I promised features. Thus, this is a feature journal (with a contest promotion at the end, so read all the way through my lovely grasshoppers).

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Firstly we have the Praising Life Project, in which everyone who entered won a prize. First and second were more formal, and everyone else got third (or honorary mention, because there were only technically two places). People had to write, draw, photograph etc. something that brought them joy. Find out more about it, and the other winners, here: PLP Contest Results-PARTICIPANTS Pls ANSWER NOTE!

In first place: vexnir with this piece:

Revolution. by vexnir

Some more of their work:

United we bleed. by vexnir    Sunset at the river. by vexnir    To See Beauty. by vexnir

In second place: Talexior with this piece:

Music by Talexior

Some more of their work:

The Brightest Witch by Talexior    Adventure by Talexior    Witch by Talexior




Next we have the Three Colours Contest. Artists had to draw something using only three colours (or variations of that colour). Find out more about it, and see the other entries, here: Three colours contest WINNERS announced

In first place we have red-embers with their piece:

There's a Parakeet in my Garden by red-embers

Some more of their work:

He Knows Something... by red-embers    Spirit of Winter by red-embers    Attack by red-embers 

In second place we have OshieK with their piece:

Abstract Froggeh by OshieK

Some more of their work:

This dude by OshieK    The Speckled Rooster by OshieK    Toothless in the clouds by OshieK

In third place we have arkeis-forothers with their piece:

[CE] Kiss by arkeis-forothers

Some more of their work:

[Com] Ying-Yang Umbreon by arkeis-forothers    [AT] Paris by arkeis-forothers    [Com] Quilladin x Braixen by arkeis-forothers




And then, saving best for last, we had my very own Anthology Contest. Writers had to write minimum of six poems on a common theme (if they wrote 12 they got a bonus added to their marks). Find out more about it here: MagicalJoey's Anthology Contest - Results!

In first place we had Sweetie-Chars with their entry:



Some more from this artist:

Be Ready (A 'Scandalous' Story)    > Would you like it if I killed someone for you?
    The first chat message of the day popped up on Nubelle’s personal screen. She gave the living room a cursory glance for any lurking co-workers. Strictly speaking, private chats were supposed to be… private. The couches were empty, and Nubelle was the dining table’s lone occupant. She pushed away her plate of morning cookies, drawing the black-glass screen closer to her.
    I would rather kill you than let you hurt someone. She typed her thought out with agile prods against the surface of the screen. The message sent with a pleasant chime. She grabbed a cookie from the plate, and waited. Such a message would not interrupt her breakfast routine. She had long since accepted that her fan-base was comprised of many murderers. Over the years she was collecting names and addresses of evil people she would hunt down once she escaped. This one would e
    Liar (Prompt Response)Gaze slanting sideways, shoulders stiff and strained.
Integrity drips from tear ducts, until supply is drained.
Blackness taints your words, fiction is your history.
What's really in your heart, to the world a mystery.
Misleading is your disease, the fire sparked in fear.
For you there is no cure, and truth is drawing near.
The weight of the lie is mounting, the lie itself flies. 
Take a secret to your grave, except it never dies.
    Technology (Prompt Response)Plugging in, and powering up, to drain my day away again.
Life recorded, life unlived; upload moments and hit send.
Digital blips as attention slips, in screen's glow we pretend.
Our fantasies in pocket screens, where is reality then?


In second place we had poems-about-hue with their entry:

Grayscale by poems-about-hue

Some more from this artist:

violetstanding still,
you spur on the sea
until the ripples reach me,
droughts away — the chill
upon knowing
i know you best through the vines
that creep on your wall,
which is to say, darling,
i don't know you at all.
    caput mortuumthis skeleton:
a configuration
of marbles in intricate
formation to minimize
clattering from rib
gaps of these
fossilized diamond
dewdrops.
a decade ago: marbles
sugar-spun in snowflake
patterns, and tenderly
thumbed with hopeful
hands beckoning for
strangers to sympathize,
to swallow and
savor.
    goldto be the drapes around your neck, your
wrists, the sequins 'neath your finger
tips. to be the dust you bless, you
breathe. to be the flecks on lashes,
cheeks. the irises that spin and
meet the cosmic spill of stars
above, the crash align of second
love. to be the glow that tugs the
sheets over your fitful tossing
sleep. to be the one — yes, to be
me — the digits pressed in certainty.


In third place we had SedahLiah with their entry:



Some more from this artist:

A Poet's ConfidenceI am wholly reborn, I think, just ignore the superlative.
Formed and reformed better again, though, my grammar's still conservative.
With much aplomb I take this pen! Writing is my preservative.
I am surely unsure in this: I'm not all that affirmative.
    HesitantCould the rented sun contest
Against the continent
That has splurged
And has spent blue skies,
Perhaps the ruins of my eyes
Could rest on yours and
See light, and feel blessed.
In the absence of ambience
It seems the air is less patient
For voices intent
On speaking plain.
Could these rented sentences make amends
For anything,
It's the staying still when
Legs are begging to begin,
When just one step feels too big.
    Funeral By The SeaChoose your beach before you go,
Tears caught in throats will one day owe
The scenic vista one last flow.
Mountains will pose and breezes blow,
Avoiding tropes of air and land
But hanging there still by a strand.
Choose the beach where it will end,
Seafoam to outline and shape a friend
Whom was ill and fought just to attend.
Remain in them and you shall ascend
Near rocky cliffs by seagulls scanned,
The black contrasted by the sand.


And in fourth place, or honorable mention, we had Malintra-Shadowmoon with their entry:



Some more from this artist:

October Full MoonYour blood-red fruit in the sky let my soul flow,
You draw me slowly to yearning distances,
And while the crows’ croaks echo on foggy fields,
I travel to the stars, full of nostalgia.
The wind in the willows whistles with sorrowful flute tune,
And while I follow you to the destinations of our dreams,
I cast a glance at the scenery full of fruits.
From the depth of the earth, song and whisper raise.
Our love was already gone before it began.
I could only search but I never found you.
The sand of the hourglass vanished between our hands,
I had to get over the unavoidable farewell.
The gossamers of past dreams
Cover my thoughts like a web.
They make the brown-colored leafless trees shake
As well as my walk.
October full moon, take me with you on the journey.
Help me to fly to the other side of summer.
In a magical, eternal way
You and I will walk together under the fresh green leaves.
    Black Cat Amber EyeBlack coat with silken hair,
The eyes bright and young in years.
But what this glance is saying
Is as old as the world.
The eyes almost closed,
Snuggled and silent dreaming,
She lies like spilled –
Inwards restless, exuberant.
Stretched out peaceful and easy –
Gentle soul, full of happiness.
I ask myself what she might intend
By her soft glance?
Often, she lies around sleeping
And after a while, she opens
The little mouth and bends the back.
But everything without haste.
Then, when she starts to rub gently
Around my legs, purring –
It is only up to her
When she moves my heart.
When I take her in my arms
And look into her amber eyes,
How my heart warms up
And help me to believe in the good.
Black coat with silken hair,
On velvety paws slightly –
We walk together year for year
Until our journey will have come to an end.
And when once you will leave me, my purring companion,
So, I cover you tenderly with love.
And I think of you fondly what enlightens my spirit:
Re
    Scary NightMoon shines dull in this night,
Fog covers the land.
Darkness shows its splendor,
Midnight in its hand.
Now the steeple bells toll,
Below the tombs, quiet and silent.
The owl now starts lamenting,
Hoots through the night in its way.
A lightning illuminates the last resting-place.
Each vault radiates in moonlight.
You hear the rattle of a chain.
The air fills with a musty smell.
A pumpkin opens its eyes.
The shell bursts. You see the mouth.
It seems to suck full with light.
A dog howls at the gate.
It cracks in front of each tombstone.
Underworld pushes forth.
Bones dig themselves out of graves.
The dead rise now.
Skeletons clatter wild in the wind.
The skulls grey, the glance is empty.
They want to frighten every child.
So it lines up, the army of the dead.
They dance gloomy around the graves.
The spirits, they are awaken.
Their screams echo through the vales.
They come to you this night.
Therefore forearm yourself, be ready.
You cannot escape from the ghosts.
No fear, prepare yourself





And, finally, that contest promotion I promised you.

Ordinary-Writing is hosting a contest that runs until end July. The theme? Everytime you get a bruise your soulmate and nemesis get one too. For more information, the rules and the timeline check out the contest journal here:



So that, my lovely watchers, is that. Come enter the contest (prose only I'm afraid) or do the prompts that will come to My-Soul-Bleeds-Ink during July (poetry only, but there will be a whole whack of prompts to choose from) or just be a good person and go watch some of the awesome artists featured in this journal.

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