10 Minute Tantrums: Guess The Subject!

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Innocuous lump of wood. Inanimate and irrelevant. Static, still, unmoving yet concealing passion.

Wood and wire, oak and steel, silence and melody. 1 simple strum, 1 hard strike. Love, anger, grief, joy, sorrow and excitement. More articulately than any Oxbridge graduate. Not under oath yet speaking the truth. Through you I speak the truth.

Finger tips on coarse strings. Pressure through my wrist and a dull throb through my hand. Holding the notes, reaching for the chords, jumping for the melody. On the edge of the mountain, finger tips clinging to the lip pulling myself up onto the summit.

Seamless, wordless, perfect.

– – E.M. Wragg

E.M. Wragg hails from Essex, England. You can usually find him waxing poetic on the streets of London or at home watching movies with his dog. He’s currently working on his first children’s book.

Read all about Ed’s 10 Minute Tantrum journey and then send us your own words to be published on A Cat We Have!

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Inspiration

.:: What’s the one thing, besides failure, that you are most afraid of happening if you put your creative work out into the world? ::.

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What Pocket Change Means to Me

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When I first started A Cat We Have, I was totally unsure of the kinds of posts Ed and I would share. In true collective fashion, we each have our own creative projects we work on separately. Ed is an actor and musician and is beginning his writing career. I have a personal travel + lifestyle blog, Letters To Rayelle and I’m working on starting my own magazine. Continue reading

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Pocket Change: May 7th to 13th

Pocket Change is our list of fun creative events in and around London. If you’d like your creative event listed, or know of something you think others would enjoy, let us know!

Events

According To The Internet is a workshop that will teach you all about SEO, optimization algorithms and setting your photos up online to be seen in the best way.

When: Sunday, May 7th, 2pm to 5pm

Where: 16-18 Ramillies Street, Top Floor Gallery (5th Floor), London, W1F 7LW

Tickets are £8!

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Inspiration

.:: If a loved one could suddenly bestow upon you one non-monetary gift that would help you along your creative journey, what would it be? ::.

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Pocket Change: April 30th to May 6th

Pocket Change is our list of fun creative events in and around London. (I’ve personally attended most of what I list, and they’ve all helped me along my creative journey!) If you’d like your creative event listed or know of something you think others would enjoy, let us know!

Events

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Photo via The Canvas Cafe

Storytelling at The Canvas Cafe! Show up prepared to tell a story (of any type!) from memory, up to 10 minutes in length.

When: Sunday, April 30th, 5pm to 7pm

Where: The Canvas Cafe, 42 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL

Free event!

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10 Minute Tantrums: Candle

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My hand stands invisible in front of my face. I turn my head and yet the world seems to stand still. A blanket of darkness has covered the entire street with not even a howling moon to light the way.

I can hear shuffling feet down the corridor, suggesting legs to heavy to leave the ground. Sinister thoughts sweep through my mind. To many horror movies as a child.

I reach out and touch the wall with my right hand. At first it seems to draw away from me but then I feel the familiar touch of worn wallpaper, coarse beneath my nails. I trace my way along the wall feeling every rip and tear beneath my finger tips.This corridor, which was once so familiar, becomes a labyrinth as I look for a weapon to defeat the Minotaur. My hand catches the edge of the cabinet and I grasp the handle. Reaching inside I take what I need, the sword, and shield of this dark wasteland.

A quick flicker, then a spark, and then the faint smell of smoke. At first all I can see is the blinding glow but slowly my eyes adjust and the light spreads reaching out and touching even the furthest corners. The Labyrinth is gone. The wax sword beneath my hand has banished the monster for another day and the taste of fear finally leaves my mouth.

– – E.M. Wragg

E.M. Wragg hails from Essex, England. You can usually find him waxing poetic on the streets of London or at home watching movies with his dog. He’s currently working on his first children’s book.

Have you enjoyed Ed’s 10 Minute Tantrum series? Leave a comment to let him know if you’d like to read more of that style writing from him! Has it inspired you to write your own ‘tantrums’? Write a post and tell us all about your process!

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Inspiration

.:: “…you must never trade honesty for relatability.” – Rupi Kaur  ::.

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Submission Call

Space for rent!

This is a fun place to share, get motivated and to let yourself be inspired by the cool, creative work of people just like you (and me!) who are putting themselves out there!

We want your words, your photos, your music and more!

Written anything lately that you feel like sharing? (First drafts are totally acceptable!) Check out some of Ed’s 10 Minute Tantrums! Taken any new photos you don’t want to keep to yourself? John shared some of his photos with us (and even answered some of my official reporter questions)…We share a fun, colorful photo each Wednesday for our quick mid-week Inspiration post. Maybe you want to contribute to that? 

In the words of the wise poet, Jay-Z, “Show me what you got, lil mama…”

It can be so easy to write that poem, create that new recipe, or film that makeup tutorial and then instantly compare ourselves to someone who is doing it better. We’re not about that life. You simply begin, and then take the next step. Put your work out there and then sit back and feel good. You’ve done it!

Email us what you’ve got: acatwehave@gmail.com

Or you can find us on Instagram and Twitter @acatwehave

(P.S. We’re on the lookout for someone to do an Instagram takeover for us! If you’ve been wanting a shot at social media management, but aren’t sure how to get started, well, we’ve got ourselves a fancy little Instagram spot waiting for you! And yes, it is that easy!)

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Pocket Change: April 23rd to 29th

Pocket Change is our weekly round-up of creative events, fun links and books we love! Have something to add? Let us know. This is your space too!

Events

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London theatre company Drift is hosting Drift #6, a night for new writers to showcase their work. This is a perfect event for directors and actors as well!

When: Tuesday, April 25th, 8pm to 10pm

Where: The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard St, London, EC2A 4RH

Tickets are only £6!

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