Unhinged – Jamie Lynn Martin

Breaking my silence was never meant to be a scarlet letter seamed within my skin.
Unhinging this decrepit restraint you once twisted into my jaw,
unleashing the muffled sounds of your name.
Your deeds will no longer be my cross to bear, leaving me blindfolded,
bracing for the crossfire you so ferociously shared.
Once you were the keeper of my soul,
but I forbid you from wearing my fear as your badge.
I will write your voice beneath this memory,
and may they both burn just the same.


The writing of Indie Author, Jamie Lynn Martin, is as raw and diverse as the culture of her hometown, New Orleans, La. At age 7, Jamie began writing as a therapeutic outlet to express the emotions locked within. Even now she turns to ink for self-medicating. In addition to Jamie’s upcoming debut book of poetry and prose, her words have been featured in Cult Magazine, the We Will Not Be Silenced Anthology, and all across social media.

You can read more of Jamie Lynn’s writing on Facebook and Instagram

My Soul to Keep – Robert G. Wertzler

Gods and Devils
Demons and Angels
Preachers and Politicians
Con Men and Salesman
Everybody seems to want
My Soul, or a piece of it
As the saying goes
Sorry, not sorry
My soul is mine to keep


Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there was work at various times as a soldier (US Army 1967-70), community organizer, cab driver, welfare case worker, wooden toy maker, carpenter, warehouse worker, and other things. He relates to a line in a Grateful Dead song, “What a long, strange trip its been.”

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: My Soul to Keep – Tananarive Due

For October, I decided to embrace the Halloween season and use titles of short stories and books discussed in the enjoyable and informative new book Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction as my Daily Writing Prompts.  These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and/or Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to me at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • #the title of the daily theme
  • #MonsterSheWroteChallenge
  • #braveandreckless66

or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

  • #the title of the daily theme
  • #MonsterSheWroteChallenge
  • @christabelle1966

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.

My Soul to Keep