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Writing Prompt #108 “Bloody Mary aka Diaries of the Damned”

Bloody Mary

A friend’s older sister introduced me to a very sinister version of the tale and though I can no long recall her words I still get nervous every time I enter a darkened bathroom. I can’t even bring myself to look at a mirror with the lights out (mirrors are scary enough when I can clearly see my own reflection lol).  For a summary of common versions of the tale click here.  Your job this week is to recall an Urban Legend from your own youth and select a character from that legend. Once you have your character worked out I want you to write a journal entry or compose a poem from that character’s perspective (when they were alive or postmortem).  Artwork/photography is also welcome.

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Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded I am 32 and married (almost 13 years) with a beautiful 5 year old daughter. Everyone thinks I'm a hippie.

15 comments on “Writing Prompt #108 “Bloody Mary aka Diaries of the Damned”

  1. phylor
    May 24, 2015

    I have to turn the light on so I can be sure there isn’t anything else in the room! Urban legends from my childhood . . . Although I don’t remember large chunks of my childhood, maybe I can come up with the legend more easily.
    Great prompt.

    • mindlovemisery
      May 24, 2015

      You can always look up Urban Legends on Wikipedia and find one that peaks your interest XD Bloody Mary is an example for anyone who might not be able to think of anything and the one I remember hearing growing up but you don’t have to use that one, you can though

      • phylor
        May 25, 2015

        All I can remember that would count as urban legends is: in the sewers (name large city) alligators/crocodiles live because small ones where flushed down toilets. Don’t feel like being a croc today, 😀

      • mindlovemisery
        May 25, 2015

        I have heard that one too!

  2. DELL CLOVER
    May 24, 2015

    I’m with you on, “don’t look into a mirror in the dark!” WAY TOO SCARY.

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  5. Oliana
    May 24, 2015

    Oh My!! I have not been inspired to write much of late except for some of your photo prompts…now this photo could actually be a series of stories. I am going to restrain myself from looking up the tale so I can allow my muse to have fun. I may be looking at older photos as well to get my writing back on track:) Thanks for this…there are a few songs from Damien Rice that may conjure up some thoughts.

    • mindlovemisery
      May 25, 2015

      I am so happy to hear that you are inspired by it Oliana XD I am having some problems with WordPress at the moment which will hopefully sort soon and once they do I will pop over and read it XD

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  7. Leovi
    May 24, 2015

    Ateradora photo really, well, from now I kindle the light before entering a bathroom !!

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