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Cyndi MacMillan is a well-rounded writer who embraces many genres and forms. Her work has been published in local newspapers and has won contests. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing publication within their glossy covers.

Verse is both magnetic and kinetic. She attempts - madly- to give equal attention to her poetry, short stories, and a novel-in-progress, the Trim of Wicks.  Regardless of genre, she focuses on language. One word has the power to repel or pull. She never forgets the reader and does her best to make their ride interesting.

Poetry soup is a good forum which enables people from around the world to share poetry. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for friends to meet.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN


Blog Posted:2/13/2014 10:22:00 PM

1

James, you’re incorrigible, my double Oh.
Outclassing the other tuxedos, you arrive
at the crowded casino and men glower
as women part their lips, each rivals.

There sits sensuality. Wry brows
lift as you order a martini; particular,
your tastes, roughly refined, never bowing
to convention. Across the table, you war

with yourself. Those dual sides I easily spy,
the loner who targets curvaceous company
and the agent, hardened, a master of lying.
Your lady-killer grin ricochets off me.

Pure trouble. Fury with both barrels loaded.
Duty will win out and leave me owing.


2

Duty will win out and leave me owing.
but I’ll not be indebted to any man,
alive, that is. These endowments only show
boys like a chest full of toys. Hands spanned

my waist and assumed they’d touched me.
Barely a graze, though some kisses stung,
cuts to the quick.  But you drawl, Tiffany…
Damn your smooth tongue. It lays diamonds.

Secret service, indeed. I see your skills
and change my position, spin like roulette.
The bed accommodates looks that kill.
You measure up. I’m your compromised pet.

Sport or mission, each need maneuvers
Whether in espionage or under covers. 

 

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

3

Whether in espionage or under covers,
player, you’re always on top of the game.
There is something about the way you steer
my mustang, that says you’re entertained

by the maniacal, amused by the chase.
Still, villains and vamps require tutorage,
must submit to limits, be put in their place.
It’s no laughing matter as you nudge

metal against metal, step on the gas
and custom fit nine feet into a six foot
wide alleyway. You’ve taken Las Vegas,
as if the city had been sleeping. Fueled,

you shoot me a look; it rolls like dice,
smoking...and as hot as smuggled ice.

Jill St. John and Sean Connery in

 

4

Smoking and as hot as smuggled ice...
our affections flare in body language-
covert actions, once overs, slick disguises,
decoys and leverages, crucial appendages

like that Berretta. Question, what is a Q?
Q-uash, Q-uerken, Q-uarrel, or Q-uest? Do tell.
Each in their way seems to apply to you.
Now, kiss this Q-ueen, go on, man handle.

Oh, these constant disruptions are criminal.
Bonds-men! And do you ever use your bed
for rest, Lover? Trust me, let my arms cradle
your patriotism, your scars, your ... hard head.

First, stop thinking. Then, dust me with jewels.
Nights like this are mined by heroes and fools.

Blofeld in Diamonds are Forever 1971


5
Nights like this are mined by heroes and fools,
but evil never sleeps, never sleeps; it plots
like pulp fiction, builds death rays and lewdly
patrols, then rams plugs into corrupted slot 

machines, if you know what I mean. Schemes
multiply like clones, soulless clay, half baked,
and chaos organizes its minions, impedes
even a primed paladin. They have you scaling

the contumacious walls of dooms day
as they attempt, again, world domination.
Greed cordons, but you shatter barricades,
then infiltrate lairs with polished persuasion.

Go to work. It’s fine. I’m not new to hellfire.
Let your femme fatale help settle old scores...

 

 

 

 

 


6

Let your femme fatale help settle old scores.
They’ve caught me, think they have the upper hand
while I deliberate on small minds, locked doors
and the strange repression of man.  My plan

hadn’t read the script. Well, mistakes are made
even by the best or those with the best
of intentions.  Gunplay, bombs, each escapade  
to rout the opposition, even that wild west

savoir faire just bores the bikini off me.
We blow the bad guys to smithereens. Done.
Until the next brute needs a lesson.  Discreet?
If I must be. But really, darling, you’re no fun

And as cocky as they come. Never fumbling.
Good girls fall hard, bad girls just crumble.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

7

Good girls fall hard, bad girls just crumble.

even I cannot decide which type I am.

After all, what’s love but a risky gamble

bluffing the heart with poker face claims.

 

I know I cannot be a Moneypenny

nor would I choose to be royalty

and don’t get me started on that Tool, Plenty,

or  the other tramps in your ample harem. 

 

Wicked your grin, I see thoughts progress

to where palms find more than just a mouthful,

measured your motions, slowly you undress

me, again say, Tiffany, in a voice so lethal.

 

Where did you learn to do that? Look out, below

James, you’re incorrigible, my double Oh.

 

____________________________________________________

 

Create an outline from a favourite movie, then -- not play by play-- tell the story your way --- feel free to deviate from your outline, wander away-- the purpose of outline is not to restrict creativity, but to both motivate and to ensure that plot doesn't hit barriers

Writers of all sorts (fiction, creative non-fiction, journalists, biographers) use an outline, its a place to jump off from, a map, so to speak

Some just use it as a way to brainstorm, put down some key thoughts- some stick to this outline, some use aspects of it, and some find it allows a story to develop in a different direction

Obviously, if you have seen the movie or read the book, then what you write will contain jargon or expressions only fully recognized by others who have seen or read the same thing -- Some will say, what the heck is a boba fett, a Gollum? Why does this Scully character keep talking about Mulderisms?  That is good -- It means you are fully entrenched in the story--- keep its voice, its lexicon, its schematics!

the er--- lady-- in the top shot? Her name is Plenty O'Toole, brain the size of a robin's egg. She says, "Hi I'm Plenty" Bond looks at her chest and says, "Of course you are" and then she says, "Plenty O'Toole" and Bond smiles, quips, "Named after your father?"

 

I turned that all into, "Don't get me started on that Tool, Plenty"

That being said, I once outlined a romance and it became a murder, lol, without my permission--damned characters have a mind of their own

So become a character or become many

What I am hoping for is voice, an overall tone, a progression of story, figurative language and a natural flow in the poem

MORE IMPORTANTLY, I want you to have fun

Writing should be fun, should bring you joy, even the long forms

And who doesn't enjoy a good film or book?

Have a blast! Get loose, lose yourself in something you have enjoyed and then shake it up a bit!

CYNDI

PS-- I have written an update for the contest

 

 

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  1. Date: 2/14/2014 10:48:00 PM
    and happy valentine's Day to you! Have you heard back on that artist's blog yet?

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  1. Date: 2/14/2014 10:47:00 PM
    Cyndi, you are so ambitious taking on this crown. I have seen you doing so m any sonnets on fellow poets and I think it is incredible you are doing that. It reminds me of one year when I did 12 limericks on all my friends at a little poetry club I was in. But gosh, to do as many sonnets as you are doing. Incredible!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 2/14/2014 10:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    that was so "many"
  1. Date: 2/14/2014 11:35:00 AM
    An enjoyable ending, actually telling a story this way is FUN Dee, I look forward to reading all the results! I may have to write another just for me and you!

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  1. Date: 2/14/2014 10:30:00 AM
    As an example, your 'crown' is such an achievement....., this is definitely your forte' dear Cyndi !!! Although I am going to take a stab at trying ..... I am daunted after reading your amazing poem.....whew!! If any of us could come close, follow your example.......it will be a feat to remember!! I'm shaking in my boots!!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
PUBLICATION ETIQUETTE, TWO IMPORTANT THINGS
Date Posted: 10/16/2014 5:28:00 AM
****EDIT******POETRY AS LITERATURE AND AS SELF-EXPRESSION. YOU DON'T NEED TO CHOOSE.
Date Posted: 10/6/2014 11:58:00 AM
ANOTHER WOWSER. TRULY BEAUTIFUL. COME IN FOR A CHAT.
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 9:39:00 PM
A ROMANTIC POEM I THINK MOST WILL LOVE, COMMON GROUND, COME TAKE A PEEK
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
How I judge Contests by Cyndi MacMillan
Date Posted: 9/10/2014 9:58:00 PM
A RESPONSE FROM MAUREEN HYNES
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 8:54:00 PM
MAUREEN SAYS SHE LOVES MY RESPONSE
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 10:25:00 AM
READING POEMS LIKE A POET, INCLUDES AN ANALYSIS
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 6:23:00 PM
PUNK TUATION IN POETRY
Date Posted: 9/4/2014 9:39:00 PM
Grammar and poetry: a Fiction Writer’s Oddball View
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 10:52:00 AM
GREAT ARTICLE ON FIGURATIVE WRITING
Date Posted: 8/22/2014 10:47:00 AM
THIS IS POETIC PROSE
Date Posted: 8/20/2014 9:28:00 AM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
THE CLEARING, WORD PAIRINGS, COLLABORATIVE WORK
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
WORD PAIRINGS. BUILDING POEMS.
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST POETRY WRITING ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE & POETRY
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
GINGHAM AND LACE, ANOTHER BLITZ
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 9:32:00 PM
NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZ
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 4:26:00 PM

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Ten Little ToesRhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland RhapsodyQuatraininspirational
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The Kirk by the SeaCoupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The WardChokahealth,life,
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UntouchedRhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight PearlsThan-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup BloomsTerza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's DoorwayNarrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
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Another FaceRhymelost love,
What Dreams are Made Of - LGTBlank versefear,life,mystery,
Paired ParingsBalladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTYQuatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
PneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosisEpicabuse,analogy,corruption,
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friend to friendHaikupeople,philosophy,
CalligraphyVerseon writing and words,
CyndiSonnetdedication,
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Without Hope's GleamTerzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR DeadRhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayerHaikuinspirational,
Chamber Music ChoppedBlank versemusic,
Money-GodFree versededication,hope,love,reco
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God ForbidCoupletangst,devotion,write,life
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CHERISHEDSonnetlove,peace,
Shield WallsLyricimagination,love,
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Bliss StateQuatrainfaith,
A Reminder: To BeFree versetruth,writing,
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IN THE MOODLight Poetryadventure,woman,
EdinburghFree versededication,hope,life,love
The BywayRhymecare,
To Love MyselfSonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward MovementFree versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking ChairRhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
A Perfect StormRhyme royallife,
Onward Christian SoldiersRhyme 
BEYOND TEARSRhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry CobblerHaibungrowing up,
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