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Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Poem – “It’s a Fact of Life” #amwriting #poetry #flashfiction¬†


Thanks to Priceless Joy for hosting FFftAW September 5, 2017. 

Excuse the length. I saw the photograph and it fit my poem well. Since I’m still two weeks behind I don’t know that it matters ūüôā 

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When I visit here, 

It’s a fact of life. 

Blood drawn with tiny needles.

Some days they sting, 

Stringing out two seconds. 

Other days, the needle doesn’t register. 

It was a fact of life,

I had to visit here each week,

For the first six months. 

Then, every other week, 

Now each month the rest of my life. 

It’s a fact of life, 

So I don’t pay much attention. 

Facing away when the needle grazes, 

The same ‘good’ vein. 

Blueish-purple in my left arm, 

Silver-violet threads of blood vessels. 

Some months these needles bruise, 

Leave my skin raw and red; 

But If I’ve someone skilled,

There’s a slight indentation. 

Each month —

Babies crying concertos. 

An ominous feeling in the air. 

They’ve no choice —

But to know sharp pain. 

A poke stinging eternities of fire, 

For a wink in time. 

Wailing and —

The waiting room patients’ sigh. 

Then silence follows, 

The miniature massacre. 

Everyone checking, rechecking watches, 

Pulling out phones. 

Waiting for that sickening needle, 

Shuffling in seats,

Legs crossed and uncrossed. 

Glossy magazine pages turned, 

With frequent frustration. 

Toddlers running,

Mothers trying to calm them, 

Hushing their lively squeaks. 

I’m used to having blood drawn, 
Turning my head, 

Focusing on some object, 

Or a distant thought. 

There’s persistent pain as the needle pulls, 
My blood into the tube. 

Six to nine tubes today, 

Blood annexed for annual work. 

These tests burn —

Worse than the tattoo artist’s etching. 

Sketching out the black lines, 

Worse than her needle, 

Grazing repeatedly, 

Skin with vibrant colours. 

Back and forth movements, 
Calming and hushing,

Knowing what to expect and where. 

Conversation, music soothing, 

Then, the artist is done. 

Her needles leaving, 

A work of art behind. 

But the blood test needles ache worse. 

Similar to the last flu shot,

Some years not felt at all.

Other years a poke that —

Throbs all day. 

Despite praying the pharmacist,

Will slide the needle in,

Not deliver a death blow. 

Droplets of bright blood plop, 

To the stark white floor. 

She laughs, this never happens. 

Her mouth turns downward, 

Because you grimace, 

Squish your eyes shut counting the seconds;

Until the hurt dulls. 

She wonders why you wince, 

Why you’re so sensitive.

Says the swelling will fade, 

You’ll live, 

It’s a fact of life. 

It’s a matter of proper training, 

Slipping any needle in gently. 

Not jabbing and mincing, 

A persons veins or muscles. 

Yet still, a fact of life. 
But I remember being six and crying,

Fighting my mother, 

She was angry. 

Because I saw the needle, 

And refused. 

Today, the blood test needles are thinner. 

Adults can ignore them, right

Grit their teeth while the bloods, 

Ripped away, into a tube. 

It’s a fact of life. 

That some things are sharper and dig holes deeper, 

Than blood tests, flu shots, or tattoos. 

There is greater pain flowing from our insides,

If only the hurt could be drawn out as blood. 

If happiness, no worries, and no obligations —

Was all that remained behind. 

If only —

The tattoo artists colours, 

Garunteed you with fantastic health. 

And flu shots didn’t speak of fragility; 

Only the best humors in our blood. 

Gossamer strings supporting dreams. 

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¬©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 

 

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Notable Quotes March 2017 Part Two #quotes #pinterest


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Photo Prompt: Fiction – Teegan’s Potion Part Two #amwriting #fiction #serial¬†


Thanks to¬†MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie¬†for hosting this week’s photo challenge:

HERE’S PART ONE¬†

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Credit: SirLounge.com

 

Tallia anxiously glanced at Teegan who was asleep on her waiting area couch. She was sure Teegan would be angry at her for drugging his coffee, but Tallia didn’t feel she had a ¬†choice. Something was off about Teegan and the darkness surrounding him and Tallia didn’t want to make his potion rashly; there could be dire consequences.

She had found one ingredient which was odd, scrawled off to the side of the ingredients and directions for the potion for Teegan in her Aunt Willow’s tome. Apparently, the potion required a giant gold fish. Tallia wasn’t sure why Teegan’s potion would require the gold fish, but it was something she would have to leave the store to buy.

Teegan had told her if he drank his potion the darkness surrounding him, the shadow that caused a sensitive magically inclined person such as Tallia to hurt and feel pain, would leave for a long time. How long was a long time? And how old was Teegan really? To her he looked about thirty-five.

If he was as old as she thought he might be, she knew he might understand the sleeping drought in his coffee, knowing Tallia as a magic shop owner, had to be wary if Teegan’s potion involved dark magic. Tallia had no way of knowing how long he would be asleep from the drought. She had tried calling Jude, the owner of The Black Coven magic store numerous times on his cell.

Jude must be having a brisk business at his store because he or his assistant, never picked-up the store phone either. Jude was about eighty-years-old as best as she could guess. But his family magic shop dated back to the Middle Ages. He had to know something about Teegan and the potion.

Tallia checked on Teegan one more time, she hoped he’d be out another two hours at least. She needed to leave the store buy the giant goldfish as well as visit Jude. Something inside her told Tallia it was vital she gathered as much information she could get on Teegan and his potion before she set about making it.


 

She drove her Vespa to The Black Coven first. It was located in an ancient, rundown part of town dating back to the 1400’s. But those who needed to visit Jude’s magic shop, knew how to find it. As Tallia’s own magic shop had been with Aunt Willow, Jude’s place was also a hole in the wall.

The streets were narrow here and Tallia knew her Vespa would be more inconspicuous, as well as, she would be able to travel down narrow streets she couldn’t maneuver with her car. There was a bit of parking lot a block down from¬†The Black Coven. Tallia¬†parked, leaving her Vespa in a parking space.

She walked down to the ancient magic shop, opening the creaky old wooden door and removed her side-bag. She had placed her Aunt’s great tome in her bag. She turned the book to the correct page, listing ingredients and directions to make Teegan’s potion in the script Tallia did not recognize.

Then she called out, “Hello Jude, are you there? It’s Tallia, Willow’s niece. I’m sure you felt me coming. Was there a reason you didn’t pick up the phone? Or have you guys been extremely busy today?”

Tallia received no answer. She gazed around the dusty store, it appeared empty.”Um, Jude’s assistant, Aspen, are you here? We’ve never meant, but last time I talked to Jude, he’d said he hired you to take over from him?”

Again Tallia received no reply. She walked around the magic shop. The Black Coven was a mishmash of magical items all stored on old stone and wooden shelves in no particular order or thought to design.

Powerful and dangerous items were among those items which were standard, and pretty harmless magical items. She saw crystal balls, different statues, and a wall with ingredients for potions and spells kept in jars.

She was shocked to see certain items used only for dark sorcery. These items frightened Tallia. She could sense there blackness in her mind. They were much worse than the darkness which followed Teegan — at least she thought so.


 

Jude had always been grandfatherly to Tallia. She had meant him many times as grew-up. He often had coffee with her Great-Aunt and Aunt. She wondered why he wasn’t answering her. Tallia walked up to the counter where a 1950’s cash register sat in dust. There was a bell and Tallia dinged it a few times.

Eventually, a man about the same age as Teegan came out. He looked Tallia over and before she could say anything he held up his hand.

“We knew you were coming Tallia. It’s alright. Jude hasn’t been well lately and he’s in the hospital. For his age, he has done well until now. It’s why he hired me to handle things. I’m one of his great-grandsons, I’m. . .”

“You’re Aspen. I know, Jude told me about you last time I saw him a few months ago. He attended my shop’s re-opening. I run Fairy¬†Dust.”

“Yes, Jude told me about you. You rang his cell, but he has trouble talking right now my Aunt told me. He had a stroke. I’m sorry I was busy when you called out in here. From what I can glean from you, you’re dealing with some sort of darkness from a client¬†and you need some advice,” Aspen said.

Tallia nodded, “Poor Jude, that’s awful. I’m sorry for your family.” She put the tome in front of Aspen and waited as he read and reread the potion procedure and ingredients.

“These seem to be pretty normal ingredients, except for the large goldfish. But maybe the potion requires it’s life force? I’m not sure what to tell you Tallia. What’s Teegan like?”

Tallia couldn’t help but blush thinking about Teegan.”He’s demanding but seems to be understanding enough. I thought he was about your age, ¬†when he first came to my shop. I could feel the shadow emanating from him. It made me sick, especially when he came back the second time.”

“The second time?”

“Well I pretended I was sick the first day, even though he did give me a headache. I went home for the afternoon and I hoped he’d go somewhere else. But the next day he was back. He told me he was old. My Aunt and Great Aunt made him his potion before. He was able to stop me from feeling ill, from hurting me, by chanting a few words,” Tallia said.

“I’m not sure what I’m dealing with, will the potion truly make Teegan well? Will it make such evil leave him?”

Aspen was paying attention to Tallia’s words carefully. She noticed he was concentrating. He wasn’t bad looking himself. He had auburn hair and bright green eyes. He was tall but not as tall as Teegan. He was attractive but more in a nice guy way. Teegan was definitively what women would call a bad boy.¬†

“Well,” Aspen said,”I think your Teegan is cursed. That’s why he needs the potion, quite badly I’m afraid. You really should hurry back and make it for him. We’ve an extra goldfish around here somewhere, we must.”

“Cursed, cursed by what or whom?”

“It’s hard to say Tallia. Jude would know more I think. Even so I believe Teegan is much older than Jude by hundreds of years. I’ve heard whispers of Teegan. He must have done something terrible in the past would be my guess. Something awful enough to warrant being cursed to live so long and to require a potion.”

Tallia sighed, letting out her breath.

“I have a feeling if he doesn’t get this tonic, he’ll be a resistant foe to deal with Tallia. There’s a reason he takes it. I doubt he wants to be who he is when he’s dark. He wants to be normal and this potion allows him to be.”

“You know all this?” Tallia questioned. “How did you know?”

Aspen smiled mysteriously, “There’s things I’ve heard Tallia. Also, I can read through you, what you felt around Teegan. I can feel his presence too, so could Jude; he’s a powerful guy. Go back and make his potion quickly. He’ll be awake soon.”

“But . . .”

“Tallia, such as you and many other magically inclined people, I have a sixth-sense. That’s how I know these things.You have one too, although less developed. It’s telling you to go back to Fairy Dust¬†and hurry.”

Her blue eyes became huge and Tallia nodded mutely. Aspen handed Tallia a bag with the giant goldfish.”On the house,” he said with a grin. She wondered how they had this giant goldfish just lying around. It wasn’t a typical magical ingredient.

Tallia called back to Aspen lightly,”Stop by come check-out my store some time; have coffee.” He walked her to the door and Tallia stuffed the tome back in her side bag.

“I’d like that,” Aspen said grinning. He winked at Tallia as she left. She was deep in thought and was surprised to find herself getting onto her Vespa, placing the fish on the back of it.

She told herself to pay attention and hurriedly drove back to Fairy Dust. Tallia¬†too felt she needed to make Teegan his potion and fast. She prayed he wouldn’t be angry with her or worse. With such darkness within him, she didn’t want to be an object of Teegan’s wrath.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

Beauty, Health

Best Foundations For Sensitive and Oily Skin and the Worst!


Over the last 6 months I have tried many different foundations for my skin. Some foundations I have been happy with and other foundations I have hated. When I look for a foundation I am looking for one with good coverage so it makes blemishes and redness disappear. I am also looking for long-lasting coverage, ¬†morning to-night coverage if possible. The third aspect I look for in a great foundation and perhaps the most important is that is does not cause any rash or cause me to break out more than I was breaking out before. I never had a foundation give me a rash until one of the foundation’s ¬†I tried in the past 6 months gave me one. I was a bit shocked when that happened. Anyways, here are 5 foundations I tried for at least 2 weeks each. Three of them I was happy with and two of them I was not.

www.lancome.ca
http://www.lancome.ca

1. Lancome Teinte Idole Ultra 24 HR Foundation¬†is my most favorite foundation because it gives you a flawless complexion. It is “shine” free and “retouch” free so it lasts all day and your face does not look greasy after wearing it for a while. The “stability of Eternal Soft Polymer” within the formula of the foundation “allows for 10 % of comfort agents within the formula” to increase the feelings of ease and “freshness” when the foundation is applied, says http://www.lancome.ca.

The foundation comes from 8 years of research at Lancome and can be found in 20 different shades. Since I am a pale woman I find it hard to find foundations that are light enough for my skin color but in Lancome Tenite Idole Ultra 24HR I am 100 Ivoire N and it is the perfect shade for my skin. I loved this foundation most of all because of how it felt on my skin, light and fresh, yet it covered extremely well, even into the evening. All I had to do was touch up with a bit of powder at night and I was good for going out. The only bad thing about this foundation is the price. Although, the foundation does last a while, 3 to 4 months, it is $50.00 and if you’re on a budget you just can’t afford that price all the time, so I have decided to save this foundation for use in the summer when I don’t want my makeup to melt off from the heat. Not to mention, the foundation is also SPF 15.

2.¬†Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup¬†– Clinque’s perfectly real makeup is great and is in fact, my makeup of choice now. It has

www.clinique.ca
http://www.clinique.ca

medium coverage and comes in 25 different shades and I use shade 1. It’s greatest asset is that it controls oil and it’s for Dry Combination and Combination Oily skin (Types 3 & 4 if you use Clinique skin care). It ¬†has a nice texture that spreads out on to skin well and covers blemishes and redness. Although, I do find you need a better concealer with this makeup (try Lancome MAQUICOMPLET complete coverage concealer for $32.oo), I still love it because Clinique products are so gentle on your skin, are oil free, hypoallergenic, and will not irritate your skin in any way. I do wear powder foundation over it, just like I do the Lancome foundation, but what I really love about this foundation is that for the most part it stays put. It does not dry out your skin in the winter and it is only $26.00 US so around $28.00 Canadian. I highly recommend it for very sensitive skin and if this particular Clinique foundation is not for you there are plenty of other good one’s you can try for around the same price. My only complaint, is it is not the best makeup to wear in the summer because it tends to melt off mid-day. This is why I would choose the Lancome foundation in summertime.

www.bathandundwind,com
http://www.bathandundwind,com

3.¬†Korres Pomegranete Foundation –¬†Another makeup I bought and tried was Korres Pomegranate Foundation. I tried and put it to my sleepover bag because it is only available in 4 different shades. I chose PF1 the lightest and it is a bit too yellow for my skin tone which has more blue or pink undertones. It is great because it is SPF 15 and offers full coverage with an “elastic” formula which conceals imperfections and redness and offers a matte finish. It is ideal for combination and oily skin and is made with ” Pomegranate extract” which Korres claims “tightens and heals” skin (www.bathandunwind.com).

I very much enjoy wearing this makeup and like how matte it is and I love other Korres products because they are naturally made in Greece. The pomegranate products in particular are made for combination and oily skin types. The only thing wrong with product, is that the color is just not quite right for me, but it may work for you. I think it might look better on me in summer when I have a bit of a tan but I’m not sure. However, after a while the foundation does seem to blend and sink into your skin so the color does not look off, just remember to blend well. The price is also great at just under $30.00 Canadian for a tube.

4.¬†Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation SPF 15 –¬†This foundation was $44.00 and

www.sephora.com
http://www.sephora.com

comes in 7 shades and I am faire F1. While it seemed like a neat foundation to try because the pigment is so good in the Smashbox eyeshadow and pencilsI have, the foundation really was not that impressive, here’s why: this “revolutionary” formula is supposed to be packed with all these super ingredients such as Vitamin C, and “cell-energizing ribose” to “renew” the appearance of skin. It also has “time release moisturizer” and “firming” benefits that last all day but I don’t think it’s a long-lasting foundation. I found it wore off mid-day and like the Smashbox Primer does, made my skin really greasy. The color was bang on but the foundation just didn’t stand up to my skin and in fact, made me break out. The only saving grace about this foundation is that I had samples from Sephora to try so I didn’t actually have to buy the foundation. I’m lucky I did because it would have been a waste of $44.00 which is on the more expensive side for a foundation. This foundation clearly, was not made for sensitive or oily skin even though I was told it would be great for my skin from a Sephora representative.

www.maccosmetics.com
http://www.maccosmetics.com

5.¬†MAC Pro Long Wear Foundation –¬†This foundation was supposed to last for 15 hours on your skin, yeah right! Not only did it not last, the foundation was streaky and the lightest color was too orangey for my skin. I had never tried MAC foundation before except for their Mineral foundation and I was not happy with that one either but the mineral foundation at least was gentle on my skin. This foundation was not. I began to break out a great deal and my face always felt greasy despite claims that the foundation was supposed to do the opposite.

Worst of all, if you have sensitive skin, I don’t think MAC foundation is good for you. I got a peeling¬†rash around my mouth from this foundation that immediately began to heal when I stopped using the foundation. Every time I tried to use the foundation again it would irritate that rash and make it worse again. I’m not sure what is in this foundation that made my skin react but well it wasn’t fun. I am a big fan of lots of other products that are MAC such as blush, eyeshadow, pencils, and lipsticks but I think I will stay away from their foundation from now on.

In case you are interested in trying it and your skin is not as sensitive, the color I used was N15 and and it cost $37.00 Canadian. So, it’s in the middle price range. This foundation I unfortunately bought but remember you can save all your makeup containers from MAC for an eye shadow or a lipstick once you collect 5 and return them to the store. I will wash out the foundation and save the container for that! It’s always good to recycle when you can.¬†

Beauty

Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer vs. Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum & Moisturizer


Recently, I have attempted to cut costs on items I usually buy in certain categories of my budget. One of theses categories I have tried to spend less in is personal items which include beauty products such as the two I am focusing on today: Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer  ($54) and Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum and Moisturizer ($22).

Of course, I am sometimes biased to the more expensive products to begin with, that’s just me. If you asked me to blindly choose which products I liked out of several beauty products, I would without fail choose the most expensive items. A lot of the time I find it’s true that the more costly beauty products work better than their cheaper counterparts but this is not always the case. ¬†After watching a YouTube video comparing these two products I felt I had to give the cheaper Garnier moisturizer product a try. The lovely girl who did the video felt that the Clinique and Garnier moisturizers were working equally well on her skin and that the less costly Garnier product was the better beauty buy. Well I came to a different conclusion:

www.clinique.ca
http://www.clinique.ca

Clinique Turnaround products are in my mind, some of the best beauty creams that exist. They make your skin feel baby soft and promote cell turnover so that your skin heals faster from marks left by acne and the inevitable dry skin that comes with winter weather. Also, the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer specifically, can be used as a daytime moisturizer as well as a night-time moisturizer. But if you have very oily skin this moisturizer is not for you because it can make your skin feel greasy. But if you tend to be more of a combination skin type or have a dryer skin type, then this Clinique moisturizer is perfect for your skin. I have combination skin and use Clinique Turnaround Moisturizer twice a day and it works great.

Another aspect about all Clinique products is that they are excellent for people with sensitive skin, especially if your sensitive skin is the reason you are breaking out or having other skin problems. Clinique products are more than hypo-allergenic they have no perfumes or ingredients in them that will make your skin react to them. On http://www.clinique.ca the product description for Clinique Turnaround Night Cream reads that it ” [i]nstantly reveals a healthy radiance” and [g]ently replaces dull, worn-out surface cells with livelier, more luminous” cells. “Skin breathes [and a]ccepts moisture better” and the cream “optimizes up-and-coming cells to help” your best skin emerge. . . [d]ay after day, skin seems to glow from within” and [b]ecome . . . smoother over time.”

And I believe that the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer is definitely worth the $54 per jar as it lasts me 3 to 4 months. A little moisturizer goes along way. And the very fact that I break out less when using this cream or any Clinique cream, ¬†tells me that Clinique truly does live up to its customer’s expectations of producing products that are healthy for your skin and not irritating or damaging. This is why I like the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Moisturizer better than the Garnier product.

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http://www.garnier.ca

Not only was Garnier’s cream oilier and made my skin break out much worse than it has broken out in a long time, the Retinol ( I think It was Retinol) caused a burning sensation on my skin. Not to mention, while the Clinique cream had no particular smell, just a regular cream like smell, the Garnier cream smelt like it was rotting, literally. When I tried a bit of the cream in Shopper’s Drugmart I did not feel that the smell would bother me that much but every time I put the Garnier cream on I cringed from the acrid smell. Who wants to buy any product that smells like it is rotting? Not to mention the cream made my skin feel greasy by the end of the day because it did not absorb well, unlike the Clinque cream for me. So, I was a bit disappointed as you can see that I even spent $22 on this product when that money could have gone towards the Clinique moisturizer.

Lesson learned, You Tube beauty product videos are not always right and a girl must always consider her own skin type and if it is more prone to be irritated by cheaper products from companies that do not always take skin irritation and sensitivity into account.