Featured Post: Curious Wine – Robert G Wertzler

How curious it is
The wine of desire
Can we ever know
What variety of grapes
Must be crushed to make it?
Or how long it ferments
In eye, or heart, or loins
Is touch the yeast that
Works in creating its
Intoxication and sweetness
And its tang and bite also?
I think we cannot know, but
Whether we sip and savor
Or drain to the dregs
It is bewitching vintage

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.”

Her Name in the Sky – CE Wing

Heart broken and lost
Wandering a dark forest
I hear soft laughter on the wind
Enchanted, I follow the sound
I come to a clearing
I look up to see
Her name in the sky
A name I some how know
The laughter grows louder
I follow it to see
A beautiful fairy sitting upon a stump
Strawberry red hair
Sky blue eyes
Wings of the rainbow
Are you Pixie?
Yes Ziel, I am
And now heart healed
Lost in a different way
Her name in the sky
Her name on my lips
Her name on my heart
Her name in my soul

CE Wing is a Connecticut Yankee living in the Queen City. A writer and poet. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl. Her dream was pushed aside for a time but through her journey of self-discovery, she rekindled her passion for writing. She is currently writing a novel, a traditional fantasy with an LGBTQ theme. You can read more of her writing on Wing’s Poetry

Featured Post: Her Name in the Sky – Marie Prichard

A collision of stars
Her name
Etched in the sky
Sending stardust
Across the universe

The light of the sun
Her name
Shone throughout the sky
Reflecting flashes of brilliance
Stretching between the heavens

Syllables vibrating
Her name
Traveled beyond the sky
Echoing sounds
Reverberating through distant galaxies

Her name
Just waiting
In the sky
For me to lift my gaze
And finally,

Marie Prichard is a longtime writer and educator. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her wife, their two wiener dogs, and a Munchkin cat. She loves reading, writing, walking the beach, and filling her wife’s pockets with heart rocks. You can read more of her writing on Medium

Featured Post: Her Name in the Sky – Georgiann Carlson

it’s written there
for all to see
one only has to look up
the beauty
the fire
and mist
She’s everywhere
Her name
is written in the sky
just focus
and Mother Nature
will show Herself

I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: SKIM – Mariko Tamiki/Jillian Tamiki

Throughout the month of September, Christine will be providing a daily writing prompt based on the title of a well-regarded book where the main character is a lesbian or a woman exploring her sexual identity. You certainly don’t need to be a lesbian or even a woman to participate, nor does your response piece need to be written from a lesbian perspective.  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 Christine at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

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

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

or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

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

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


My Apologies for Falling Behind- Christine E. Ray

As many of you know, I live with fibromyalgia and frequent migraine headaches.  Some days my symptoms are white noise that I can push into the background and other days, I am completely knocked on my rear end and struggle to carve out even an hour of cognitive functioning.  One of my ways of dealing with this fluctuating functioning is to use my good days to pre-schedule my writing prompts and my older writing so something goes up on Brave and Reckless most days.

This past week has been a REALLY bad fibro and migraine week for me and as a consequence, I have fallen far behind on my other blogging tasks, especially scheduling your responses to the Smitten writing prompts.  My deepest apologies to everyone who has been looking forward to seeing their posts published on Brave and Reckless.  I will get to them- I promise!- just not on the timeline that I was hoping for.  I truly appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Helpful Hints:

  • It is ALWAYS better to send your responses to me by email rather than by dropping a link in a post.  Your writing is less likely to get overlooked and it helps me more easily track what I have already posted and what I still need to post.
    Please use her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com for writing prompt submissions
  • It takes me much less time to set up your writing if you include a suggested image.  Unsplash and Pixabay are my two favorite sources of royalty-free images.
  • Very occasionally, Gmail does gobble up new correspondence.  Don’t hesitate to resend you writing to me if I have not gotten your response piece posted within 48 hours of the prompt publishing.

Oranges are not the only fruit – Saarah Choudhury


Poet. World traveller. Moved from England to Cambodia. Might stay there. Not sure.

You can read more of Saarah’s writing at eastwest_nomad