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Candle in the mirror. #UseYourWords May 2015

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

My words are:
mirror ~ book ~ ink ~ candle ~ fragrance

They were submitted by: Stacy Sews and Schools   
(Thank you for such wonderful words, Stacy! <3)

I had a bit of writer's block while trying to work on this post, and then an idea hit me. For whatever reason, I thought of twenty questions, but with only five questions (one for each word). So, I recruited a friend to help my idea come to fruition. I gave them the list of the words, and had them come up with five questions, one for each word, and then I answered them. Yes, it was the easy way out, but I thought it to still be a bit creative. 

So here are the questions and answers. Thank you to my friend for his help! I owe you big time, HUZ! <3

1. Do you remember the first time you saw Snow White? (Mirror)

I wasn't like many kids.  Most children movies,  I did not watch until I was much older. Most I was a teenager for. Some, I was in my late 20s. I watched Snow White when I was 15 or 16. I liked it.  What led to me watching it,  was being cast in a high school production. Prior to that,  I only knew about "Mirror, Mirror". To this day, it is one of my favorite kid movies. 

2. If you were going to write a book, what would it be about? (Book) 

I am writing a book.  It's a romance. Similar to Fifty Shades of Grey, but better. 

3. What was your first tattoo? (Ink) 

I gave myself a purple heart, for surviving life.  I was 21. It's done in purple and black ink.  It is a purple heart with a black tribal band, and it is on my chest.

4. Tell us a candlelit memory. (Candle) 

I don't have any candlelit dinner memories.  I do remember the first time I lit a candle. I was a teen.  I was proud. I was 15, I think.  I lit a prayer candle at church. I was terrified of matches, but I faced my fear. I'm still not a fan of matches, but will use them when I must. 

5. What cologne/perfume has a strong association for you? (Fragrance)

My favorite fragrance in the world is Love Spell by Victoria's Secret. A girl in one of my college English classes wore it.  I literally interrupted class to inquire who the wonderful scent was coming from.  I went and bought it that weekend.  That was ten years ago. I still love it. 

Take Two:

Laying in bed, book in hand, candle lit
the fragrance of lavender filling the air
looking across the room
I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror
tear stained cheeks
messy hair
blotchy skin
why do I do this to myself?
Why do I let you do this to me?
It's not like we have some contract
signed in ink
I can walk away
I can leave
Me staying is not required.
I am free to go.
So why don't I feel free to leave?
Why do I feel so trapped in your web
Your meticulously weaved web
of lust and desires and need
I am like a fly
and you are the spider that trapped me
and you are slowly eating me
bite by bite
torturing me
eating just enough to satiate yourself
but not enough to end my misery
Only I am not a fly
and there is no web
I am a woman
my legs work
I can walk
Walk so far away from you
and this chaotic struggle
you subject me to
Love shouldn't be like this
Friendship shouldn't be like this
With you it is

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                                                         
Spatulas on Parade                        
The Bergham's Life Chronicles                     
The Momisodes                                        
Stacy Sews and Schools               
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                            
Eileen's Perpetually Busy                     


  1. What a cool way to fight writer's block! I'll have to keep this inn mind! :)

  2. Use Your Words as questions, pretty smart. Hope I get to see your answers. . .

  3. I love this!!!! Very creative use of the words!!
    But I want to see your answers!! ;)

  4. I love your answers, but I especially love the poem, so heart wrenching.

  5. The easy way out?
    Sister, not only did you have a super cool idea having your friend asking questions, but you pulled off a poem! A POEM!!!
    GREAT job, J!

  6. Loved both creative ways you tackled your words but absolutely loved the poem ❤

  7. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!

  8. Both directions you went in are awesome. I love the way the questions didn't necessarily use the words, but were still relevant to them, very cleverly done.

  9. Loved the way you got past the writers block and you wrote a poem~ that's awesome just by itself. The questions idea? Icing on the cake

  10. Very creative with the question and answers!! My favorite scent is jasmine. No idea why, and most body sprays that smell like it give me a headache. So, I love when the wild jasmine that grows by our pond is in bloom.

  11. Loved the way you turned the USE YOUR WORDS into questions - brilliant. I especially was touched by number 3.

  12. Loved BOTH ways you used your words!

    I've read all three Fifty Shades - I'm positive anything you write will be infinitely better. Especially if it's an ACTUAL love story, not something masquerading as one.

  13. Once again- AMAZING! Love both directions you went with your words...... I love how you involved your friends in your posts! I love learning about other bloggers - seeing a side of you that I may not have been exposed to otherwise.



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