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// Friday, August 31, 2012

The Clouds I Saw Today...

  • A fire breathing turtle
  • A short-nosed alligator
  • A bell-shaped UFO
  • A disc, massive and dark, with nipples
  • Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas

© Copyright 2012 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

A Prayer, of Sorts

As I prepare for my final decline,
     I already know which way the wind will blow,
So I bow my head in quiet resolve,
     and ask the Lord for a final nod.

 
About

What melancholy feels like, and thinking about an elsewhere, an elsewhen, and an elsewho.

© Copyright 2012 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

Tendrils 15: Musings and Odd Angles

Sin is a house of cards.

Conscience is a wrecking ball.

 

What is a nightmare?

A subconscious scream in search of a voice.

 

Destiny is a haunted dream that repeats itself with the same ghosts, though the settings and the scenes are never the same.

 

Q: What is grey, grouchy, and a force to be reckoned with?

A: A constipated rhino!

 

Just because there isn't a cross around my neck doesn't mean there isn't one in my heart.

 

No turning point ever comes without a price—and a battle with a mirror.

 

Impulse is like a lightning bolt — it arrives without warning, leaves a permanent mark, and disappears without a trace before you realize that it's not wise to be outside when a storm is overhead.

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// Saturday, August 18, 2012

Today''s Tendril...

Don't be a lighthouse in search of a ship.

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// Sunday, August 05, 2012

A Bedtime Lesson

A bedtime lesson, already in progress...

   "What do you see, my son?"

   "All the world, father."

   "And?"

   "Dreams."

   "Very good, my child. Very good."

With that, the page was turned, father and son eager to see how the story ends.

Dedicated to my wife, children, and Notebook Brother.

© Copyright 2012 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

This text composition is a work of fiction. Names, places, institutions, events, incidents, characters, persons, locations, and/or organizations either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Full Creative Writing Disclaimer.

Today's Tendril...

Don't be an itch in search of a scratch.

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// Saturday, August 04, 2012

Give It Some Thought

In a backyard somewhere and somewhen, a question has been posed and a reply about to be given...

    "You want to know my purpose? Well, my purpose, if it ever were clear, escapes me now, here in your web," said the fly to the spider.

    "Come, come, now. Something must come to mind, given the gravity of your situation," replied the spider, gently plucking the gossamers, like an angel playing a harp.

    "Nope. Nothing. I got nothing," said the fly.

    "Really," said the spider in utter disbelief. "Not a single thing?"

    "Nada," said the fly, a slight shrug delivered with the word.

    The spider heaved a heavy sigh, deeply disappointed with the little fly.

    No depth, thought the spider. No understanding. Not a light bulb to be seen.

    "You know what," said the spider. "I've lost my appetite."

    With that the spider did an about-face and left.

    As soon as the spider was out of sight, a sparrow swooped down and ate the fly.

The End

© Copyright 2012 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

This text composition is a work of fiction. Names, places, institutions, events, incidents, characters, persons, locations, and/or organizations either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Full Creative Writing Disclaimer.

// Thursday, August 02, 2012

Metal Day 11.11.11

Metal Day 11.11.11 (c) Copyright 2012 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

 
About

Thinking about "Metal Day 11.11.11" in the weeks following the event inspired this piece. In particular, I wanted to do something based on a popular Metal emoticon, "\m/\m/".

Trial and error gave way to a character sequence that I liked. Once that was locked, I grew the rest over time.

The colors are intentional. The outer space/tendrils/neurons texturing is based on photographs of clouds. The symbol in the center is based on the text. The overall layout is a tribute to my early teens, where band posters and album covers (of vinyl records) were my wall art.

As for Metal Day itself, some people may have regarded it as corny, or commercial, or unnecessary, but I think it was a good thing and a good day.

Metal Day helped raise awareness to Metal music as an art form (and it is an art form), a discipline, and a deep expression of the self.

'They' keep trying to say Metal is dead, but it isn't dead and it never—ever—will be dead.

Soundtrack

If this image had a soundtrack, then it would come from Iced Earth, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, Pantera, Metallica (pre Load), Megadeth, Crimson Glory, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Dragonforce, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Kamelot, Nevermore, Symphony X, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Primal Fear, Demon Hunter, Fates Warning, John Arch, Arch/Matheos Queensryche, Tony MacAlpine, Stryper, Amaranthe, Klay Scott's Metal moments, Jeff Loomis, Charred Walls of the Damned, Judas Priest, Halford, David T. Chastain, Chastain (band), Living Sacrifice, Deliverance (Jimmy P. Brown II), Testament, Ozzy, Rainbow, Dio, Vicious Rumors, Apocrypha, Soilwork, Perfect Symmetry, Savatage, TNT, Iron Maiden, Into Eternity, Fifth Angel, Toxik (Think This), Anthrax, and many more, past and present.

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Today's Tendril...

If you spend more time attempting and trying than completing, then you've hit a wall.

 
About

A sticky note to the self.

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