Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Beginning of the Apocalypse?

I saw this on Sandra's blog this morning and had to share:



Will this be the start of the zombie apocalypse some people think will come?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Does Writing Have to Be Your Top Priority to Be Successful?



One of the top pieces of writing advice that seems to crop up time and time again is that if you want to be good at writing, if you're going to get that novel finished, and if you desire satisfaction and success then you need to write. It may seem pretty obvious, but often, it can be easy for writers to struggle with the one thing that needs to happen to get anywhere at all.
Now the second piece of advice that goes hand in hand with this is that if we want to make sure we write, we need to make sure that writing is a top priority in our lives.
But is this true? Does it take massive sacrifices of time, money, and our relationships to ensure that we stay on top of our writing game? Is it possible to complete a novel while keeping up other hobbies and social engagements at the same time?
There seems to be a perpetuating myth that writers need to be writers first and foremost, and it seems unfathomable that a writer could possibly have interests, commitments, and dare I say, even other priorities that come before their writing. But writers are many things. They are husbands and wives; they are parents, they are homemakers, chefs, golf and knitting enthusiasts, they like to go out for walks, for dinner, to dance.
Sometimes writers are made to feel guilty if they'd rather have a night on the town or a movie night at home and their writing takes a hit because of it. It's all 'well you can't possibly call yourself a writer,' or you clearly aren't 'committed' enough to your writing or 'passionate' enough about it if you don't spend every waking minute dedicated to your craft. If you'd, I don't know, rather hang out with your kids of an afternoon then lock yourself away in your tiny windowless office for five hours ignoring their chubby little hands banging on the door imploring you to come outside then you're not a real writer at all.
But perhaps there can be a happy medium. It's essential to make time for your writing, of course it is. It's important to write regularly and frequently if you want to make steady progress and stay in the writing 'zone.' However, just because you don't get up at 5 am to do it, or sometimes make choices to do other things it doesn't mean that you aren't a writer or that you don't deserve writing success, should it come your way.
It is not so much about how you decide to prioritize your writing, but how to ensure that you are totally focused and productive when you do decide to write. Also that you are making enough time for it so that you feel comfortable with the pace you are going at so that you are in line with your writing goals, and above all else so that you enjoy writing and all the other things that are going on in your life as well!
If you can do that, if you can make writing as much of a priority as fits in with your busy, lovely, demanding life, then you are far more likely to commit to it, to stick with it and to take pleasure in it. This will be all the more rewarding and satisfying when you do come to an end, not burnt out and sick and with no friends and fractured family relationships, but feeling positive, happy and fulfilled with your proud loved ones by your side.

Upon seeing this piece, I began to feel like I wasn't doing enough writing lately. So I have tried to do some brief writing at night, just to have some done. I will be having my class at work each Monday this month because the mentor who was doing the meditation class that altered week with my class has decided not to do hers anymore (she will be planning a new class to start in July). So I will be getting some writing done that way. Last week, we did retellings of tales and those who participated came up with some very good retellings. These included Frankenstein being told from the monster's viewpoint and several different retellings of Cinderella from other characters' POVs, as well as one from the character herself in the first person. Later on that same week, I tried doing some of these on my own at home, albeit brief ones, but it's something and perhaps some of them can be expanded on later. One thing I wrote was The Three Bears told by the bears themselves. 
Do any of you ever find yourself going back and forth between writing that you are working on? Just yesterday, I found myself working on my diary novel yet again. I had found some things I wanted to change and discovered  few typos. I didn't get through all of it yesterday, but plan todo more the rest of the week. I think that is what I'll try to concentrate on for the time coming up. I still haven't added to the sequel yet and am taking  break form the dictated story I began last month. The dictated story is a reference to an event that occurred 10 years ago this month (more on that to come).  
I especially want to try to do more work like this since the local writers' lab will out for the summer. My class at work will be one way and now I'm going to try do as much as I can each week. Often I find myself doing no writing at all, and begin to feel a little guilty, but decided I can go without it for a day.  I tend to get tired in the hot weather and it's starting again where I live. But I'll do my best to active in this weather, taking a break when too tired.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Chapter Break Bingo – June 2019

Here is the card for June.


June Bookish Bingo


Click on the card to download (or right click here and save-as).
Mark up the card however you wish to claim the squares.
Here’s a recap for clarity (with specific dates for example):
June 3 – new bingo card available
July 2 – Julie and I will post our June completed bingo cards. You can link up your bingo cards in this post
July 3 – new bingo card available
Aug 2 – Julie and I will post our July completed bingo cards. You can link up your bingo cards in this post. We will also be posting the June winner of the most squares in this post.
My Books:
  1. Blameless--Gail Carrier (5 squares): Physical Book, Landscape on the Cover, Bride, In a Series, Library Book
  2. On a Sunbeam--Tillie Walden (3 squares): Hell, Fire, Secret Crush
  3. Unto Us a Son is Given--Donna Leon (3 squares): Father, Accent, Free Space
  4. Do This For Me--Eliza Kennedy (5 squares): Audiobook, Twins, Not in a Series, Steamy Romance, Moving/Relocating
  5. The Joy Luck Club--Amy Tan (1 square): Not a New Release
  6. Rebel--Beverly Jenkins (2 squares): Free Book, Book Gifted to You
  7. Bloodrose--Andrea Cremer (2 squares): Garden, Beard
  8. She Wanted It All--Kathryn Casey (3 squares): Nonfiction, True Crime, Small Town

Saturday, June 1, 2019

SUMMER 2019 BOOKISH BINGO

The Summer Bingo is now at this blog. I will get as many books as I can from June 1 to August 31.



My Books:
  1. Speculative Fiction: Blameless--Gail Carriger
  2. Animal in Title: How to Train Your Dragon--Cressida Cowell
  3. Graphic Novel: On a Sunbeam--Tillie Walden
  4. LGBT: Unto Us a Son is Given--Donna Leon 
  5. Romance: Do This  For Me--Eliza Kennedy
  6. Strong Parent Bonds: The Joy Luck Club--Amy Tan
  7. WOC Author: Rebel--Beverly Jenkins
  8. Series Finale: Bloodrose--Andrea Cremer
  9. White Cover: She Wanted It All--Kathryn Casey
  10. Beach or Island: The High Tide Club--Mary Kay Andrews

Friday, May 31, 2019

Book Challenge by Erin 11.0

Runs from July 1 to October 31, 2019.



• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
• 10 points: Read a book that starts with “F”
• 10 points: Read a book with one of the following words in the title: rain(s), thunder, lightning, or monsoon
o rainy or raindrops will be accepted as well, but train, drain, brain, etc. will not
• 15 points: Read a book with a picture of a building (i.e. a house, a castle, a school, a hospital, etc.) on the cover 
• 20 points: Read a book that the published author uses an initial in his/her name 
o i.e. J.K. Rowling, C.J. Box, Mark T. Sullivan, J. Maarten Troost
• 20 points: Read a book with an article of clothing or accessory in the title
o i.e. shirt, tie, pants, bikini, shoes, gloves, scarf, umbrella, trousers, dress, etc. (makeup and cosmetics don’t qualify)
• 25 points: (in honour of our co-admin) – Read a book set in India
o it can be set in more than one country, but the India setting needs to be a prominent one
• 30 points: (selected by Lyndsay L.) – Read a book that has won or been short-listed for the Booker Prize 
• 30 points: (selected by Deborah D.) – Read a book about a human with superpowers or supernatural powers
• 35 points: (selected by Lorraine J.) – Read a book that has the same title as another book in a different genre

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 @ Messy Middle

 Will gets as many as I can for this one.
It will start on June 1  and run through August 16, 2010. To enter, read seven books from 25 categories. Along the way, I’ll touch base and have several book giveaways planned.

What is different? 

  • For fun, I scrapped the previous reading challenge and created a fresh one for us.
  • Many categories will be similar because reading is reading. But you will notice a few new gems —an audiobook, a book with a verb in the title, a book under 100 pages. People, I love this challenge so much I almost added more book as I wrote this paragraph. I need help!
  • This year if you do not read your “penalty” book, you will subtract two books from your total (last year we were only docked one book).

What is the same?

  • Counting a book of more than 700 pages as two books.
  • Choosing a penalty book within the first week of the year. A penalty book or category you will read or be penalized. Last year I picked The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism, as my penalty book at it worked! I finally read a book I had planned for at least three years to read. My intention is strong and will weak. And I am all the richer for reading it. I even blogged about Ten Takeaways from The Bully Pulpit.
  • More fun categories than ever!

What’s in it for you?

  • All who comment on August 16-19th with the names of the books they read will be entered to win one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards.
Drumroll . . . here are the categories!

A Biography
A book I already own
A book a friend recommended
A Young Adult book (YA): Bloodrose--Andrea Cremer
A book with a great cover
A book of poetry: Love--Pablo Neruda
A memoir or autobiography
A graphic novel: On a Sunbeam--Tillie Walden
A book you might disagree with
A book for professional development (loosely defined)
A book longer than 700 pages (counts as two books)
A book with a verb in the title
A play
A book about a country or culture you have never visited
A book about history
A book that won an award
A classic
A novel by an author you have never read before: Rebel--Beverly Jenkins
An audiobook: Do This For Me--Eliza Kennedy
A book related to a skill
A book recommended by someone you know
A book with an animal: How to Train Your Dragon--Cressida Cowell
A book less than 100 pages
A book you want to discuss with others: The Joy Luck Club--Amy Tan

Thursday, May 23, 2019

2019 Summer Reading Challenge @ Early Bird Books

This one is at Early Bird Books. It runs between Memorial Day (May 27) and Labor Day (September 2).


The Categories:

  1. A Book With a Strong Female Protagonist: Bloodrose--Andrea Cremer
  2. Mystery or Thriller by an International Author: Unto Us a Son is Given--Donna Leon 
  3. Book That Inspires You to Travel:
  4. Book From a  Diverse Voice: The Joy Luck Club--Amy Tan
  5. Book in a Mystery or Thriller Series: Steelheart--Brandon Sanderson
  6. Book That Pairs Well With Wine:
  7. A Moving Biography or Memoir:

How to Find Writer Friends

From Writerslife.org:


While writing can be a solitary challenge at times, building a network of writer friends can be invaluable. Making connections and forming relationships with fellow authors can provide you with vast amounts of support, advice, and camaraderie.
Of course, reaching out to your fellow writes can seem daunting, especially if you are new to the process, or you are feeling less than confident about your work. You might worry about what you can offer in such circles or imagine being scorned or rejected or that you'll be uncovered as the 'imposter' you are.
Making a group of writer friends does take time and effort, but by integrating yourself as part of the writing community, everything from your confidence to your competence can benefit.
So how do you start to reach out?
Join a Facebook group
There are tons of great Facebook groups out there that are aimed at connecting writers together and sharing knowledge tips and advice. These groups are generally friendly and welcome writers from all walks of life and at all stages in their writing career. You can also find groups of ones specific to your genre. Each group has its own 'rules', and usually blatant self-promotion isn't allowed, but you can ask advice, share funny stories, get support and generally connect and communicate with likeminded people.
Do some gentle stalking
The beauty of the internet means there are countless ways to connect with fellow writers. If there is a particular author you would like to meet or know more about, then you can usually find their website or connect with them on social media. By linking and sharing their work and commenting thoughtfully on their posts, you can slowly build a relationship with them, and hopefully, they will start to reciprocate. 
Take a writing class
A writing class can help hone and improve your writing skills, will ensure that you write regularly and will allow you to meet writers who are likely to be at the same sort of level and stage as you. 
Join a writing group
A writing group, be that virtual or local, could be a great way to help boost your writing confidence, get feedback on your work, and share ideas and inspiration for future projects. Writing groups are usually welcoming, friendly spaces where writers have rules about how to critique one another's work and are mostly hugely supportive and encouraging - though will offer constructive and impartial feedback when asked!
Go to a writing conference
While writing conference can be exhausting as it's a lot of networking with a lot of people, they are a fantastic way to make connections with all sorts of people from the writing world. So if you need some advice on your manuscript, are looking for an agent or publisher or want to learn some top trade secrets, a writing conference would be the place to go!
Go on a writing retreat
A writing retreat may be an expensive way to make writing buddies, but it can help you to form deep connections with your fellow writers, as well as really make some progress on your latest project, all usually in beautiful surroundings with great food, drink, and company!
So if you are feeling a little lonely, or just want to benefit from forming a network of writer friends, try the above and reap the benefits and positives that having writer friends can bring!

So far the one that I've enjoyed the most is the writers' lab in my town. Next week is our last meeting of this year. The meetings resume in September.  Our leader has talked about possibly meeting elsewhere during the summer, but nothing is for sure yet. I'm glad to have found the group, as I was not sure if I'd ever meet any other writers in my town, except for those who attend the mental health center with me whoa re also working on writing. 

As for the other options, I have joined some writing groups on Facebook, but have found myself posting less of ten than other members. I guess I prefer seeing and talking to others in person as far as writing goes. Aside from the memoir writing class I took at a community college two summers ago, I have not been able to find any writing classes at the college except those online. As much as I think these such classes may help and be fun, they are expensive and again, I like the idea of doing such a thing in person.

And as much as I would like to get to a writers' conference or retreat, finance is the one thing stopping me. Such venues often cost hundreds of dollars.

So for now, I'm glad to have found the writers' lab in my town. I'll miss them over the summer, but am still glad to have them as an option. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Fun in the Sun Reading Challenge!

Always fun to read summer-themed books!  Will get as many as I can between June 1 and August 31. Click here.



Something happens to me when it starts getting hot out. Sure I want to slip on my flip flops, go swimming, and drink some iced lattes but what I really get in the mood for is reading a certain genre of books that are about fun in the sun! So I'm bringing back my seasonal challenge specifically for these books.

 The Rules:
  • This short term challenge begins June 1, 2019 and ends Aug 31, 2019. 
  • You may sign up anytime during the challenge. 
  • I won't be creating different levels.
  • Read as little or as many books as you want. Even if you just read one book I want you to participate!
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
  • Books may be any genre but must have a fun in the sun theme, a cover with these elements on it, or something in the title that is about the theme. This includes everything associated with spring and summer such as weddings, swimming pools, the ocean, beaches, lounge chairs, flowers, sunglasses, palm trees, vacations, the sun, a garden, rain, thunderstorms, heat and so on. 
  • A list of fun in the sun 2019 book releases will be up this week so check back here for it. If you want to see past releases visit my Pinterest boards for spring books and summer books. Books do not have to be read from these lists. These are just suggestions.
  • You may reread books. Books may count towards other reading challenges. 
  • Use the hashtag #FunIntheSunRC 
  • If you could be so kind, please place the Fun In the Sun Reading Challenge banner on your blog to help spread the word. 
  • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.

Here is what I am reading:
  1. The High Tide Club--Mary Kay Andrews

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Turning on "Read" for Pages

All the time I've been using Pages on my Mac I had not been aware until recently about the edit option on the drag-down menu that allows speech. I gave this a try.

I now have mixed feelings about using this option. On the one hand, it can help find typos that Spell Check won't find. In one of my stories, I caught that I had typed "tired" when I meat "tried." I had looked at the printed copy many times and didn't catch this. But when the speaker read this line "...the cat tired to sneak out. ..." I became aware I'd made this typo. Similarly, in another story, I saw that I had typed "tow" instead of "two." And in another passage, I saw that I had omitted a necessary word as the computer read the text.

On the other hand, it can get annoying listening to the text being read. And of course there will be words the computer doesn't know how to pronounce. It had not clue how to pronounce Farrah Fawcett's first name, for one thing. Seems easy to understand that one. But it also read the symbol # as "number," rather than "hashtag." That was surprising, since almost everyone these days uses the symbol to mean "hashtag."  And it's just a machine, incapable of detecting the voice intonation implied by dialogue. 

Who has tried this? I'm not sure how often I will be using this method. But I think it will be helpful once in a while. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Dictating Stories

How many of you out there have tried dictating stories? I just tried this , as I had to keep pausing and saw how fun and how tedious such a process can be.



As someone who grew up using tape recorders, I had a longing for using one to attempt a story dictation. And because the book from which I got the idea was published in the 1990s, it said to use a tape recorder, since some people were still using these things at the time. I have a cassette player on my CD player that I got in 1991 (and still use today) but the cassette player no longer works. And by coincidence recently I spotted a blank cassette tape at Goodwill one day. 

I really wanted to try this method, but was unsure what to do, until someone  I know said you can record on your phone. So I gave this a try, recording two short pieces of a story. Trying to transcribe them took a while as I had to keep pausing the recording on my phone. I would have had to do the same on a tape recorder, but I was used to the idea of pausing, rewinding and stopping a tape since I had one for many years. I was also reminded of how I once tried to record a story onto to a tape recorder. But pausing my phone to listen to a recording was new to me. I have no idea how to rewind such recordings, so each time I paused then accidentally stopped the recording, I had to start it over again. In some ways, this worked to allow my to go over what I had typed so far.The

In the book where I saw this idea, it said that 15 minutes of tape can fill 10 pages or more. On my phone, I saw that you can record up to 60 minutes at a time. But since this was new to me, I decided to do a little at a time, ending up with five minutes on the first recording I did, six on the second one. I ended up with nearly three pages (on Apple Pages) with the first recording and nearly two from the second recording. I had to transcribe each one on separate days because the pausing and subsequent replaying and typing quickly wore me out. I made yet another recording that I have yet to transcribe.

The book said to transcribe word for word without editing as you go. But I found myself doing just that. Often when I write a story on paper, I find myself editing and redoing it as I type it onto the computer. I found transcribing spoken material to be not much different and the habit of editing as I go is a bit hard to break. I say do whatever works for you. The book said once the entire story is on paper, the next step is to rewrite the story for sense and sentence structure, adding any embellishments you wish. I do intend to do this step.

I'm not sure how often I will try this method, but it can be fun once in a while.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Quiz: The Movie Theater Test

You Are Imaginative and Idealistic

You are funny and playful. You bring out the brighter side of things. You are one colorful character.

You tend to respect authority and value expert's opinions. You are well read.

You have a realistic take on life. You see things as they are, and you don't worry about how things should be.

Spending time alone makes you more optimistic and ready to take on the world. You like to recharge.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Prozac Nation 25th Anniversary

 


Today on Twitter I saw a tweet about this article on Bustle, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Elizabeth Wurtzel's best-selling memoir, Prozac Nation. because I loved this book and its movie adaptation, I knew I had to mention this on my blog. Those who have regularly read my blog will know reading this iconic memoir made me want to write my own memoir. I was later hesitant to do so because I felt it was too close to what already existed. But other convinced me I had my now story to tell and that it was different. The article says how few mental illness memoirs had already existed when Prozac Nation was published in 1994 and how today Amazon lists over 300 mental health memoirs released in 2019. A once-rare genre of books has since become a thriving one. I now want to get mine out there somehow, but am still uncertain if I want to self-publish my memoir or try sending it out. 

From the Bustle article:


Sarah Wilson, the author of 2018 New York Times bestseller First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (which, she says, is a conversation, not a memoir, about anxiety) was on her own mental health journey in the 1990s when she first read Prozac Nation.
 “I was in the U.S. studying at UC Santa Cruz where I was diagnosed with manic depression, as it was called back then,” she tells Bustle. “I remember feeling awkward about how indulgent [Prozac Nation] was. It was the toe-gazing, self-conscious ‘90s and it was not a ‘done thing’ to be so self-absorbed and aware of your plight. At least not in such an earnest way. Things were more acerbic. But I felt it described what was actually going on. It almost provided the language for the discussion in coming decades.”

I too, was beginning my mental health journey when I first read the iconic memoir. I too, graduated from UCSC in California, though my mental health journey began long after college. 

May is Mental Health Month, an attempt to end the stigma faced with mental illness. The article in Bustle says that stigma kept memoirs of mental illness off bookshelves prior to the 1990s, and:


In a 2017 Guernica article, Charlotte Lieberman argues that mental health memoirs like Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott reduce stigma with “a staunch resistance to shame, a traditional accompaniment to the disclosure of mental health issues.” Wurtzel was one of the first to do what dozens of writers are doing now — tell her personal mental health stories with a “staunch resistance to shame.”
All the more reason I want to get mine out there.


A side note: The Bustle article points out the following:


Wurtzel closes Prozac Nation with a meditation on the death of Kurt Cobain, another icon of the dysthymia who characterized 1990s pop culture. She wrote that Nirvana "either inaugurated or coincided with some definite and striking cultural moments." Prozac Nation is arguably itself one of those striking cultural moments which ignited conversations about how we struggle with, survive, and sometimes fall to mental illness.
I was never a fan of Nirvana (and coincidentally I recently read this book that mentions the '90s grunge band), but in this part of the book she wrote, "...once someone is a clinical case, once someone is in a hospital bed or in a stretcher, headed for the morgue, his story is absolutely and completely his own. ..." Yes, this is exactly what I came to learn. Stories my be similar, but each one has its own details, consequences and such. I came to see what mine were and have them written down. I'm just waiting for the chance for others to see what they are. Another quote from the Bustle piece says:
Literary agent Noah Ballard with Curtis Brown, Ltd. has worked on memoirs dealing with trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief. "Everyone has a story of pain misunderstood, symptoms misidentified, and often loved ones lost," he tells Bustle. "A good memoir, however, isn’t simply the lived experience of trauma or grief, but rather it is finding in the very specific a universal truth.”

I too, fell I discovered a universal truthas did Wurtzel and others who have written about this subject, such as William Styron in Darkness Visible and Susannah Kaysen in Girl, Interrupted

I may not have been in the Prozac game since the 1990s (I began my journey in 2015), but I can still relate to the subject. As soon as I began on the still-iconic antidepressant, I knew I had to read this book to see how well I could relate. Here is the review I wrote on Goodreads upon reading Prozac Nation in early 2016:

As someone currently on Prozac for depression, I knew I had to read this book to see how, if at all, I could identify with what the author described herself going through. Even though I know that it was written over 20 years ago. Still it was a thought-provoking read. And I did see some incidents in the book that were nearly the same as (if not identical to) what I had gone through before beginning my Prozac last year. Although it took me this long to realize I suffered from depression and needed to seek help. I felt I was brave to have read this. 
I have since read it a second time and may just do so yet again 🙂


Friday, May 3, 2019

Chapter Break Bingo – May 2019

Here is the new card for May.


Click on the card to download (or right click here and save-as).
Mark up the card however you wish to claim the squares.
Here’s the Teen Book Con list of authors. Pick any book from one of these authors to complete the square for Teen Book Con.

Here’s a recap for clarity (with specific dates for example):
May 3 – new bingo card available
June 2 – Julie and I will post our May completed bingo cards. You can link up your bingo cards in this post
June 3 – new bingo card available
July 2 – Julie and I will post our June completed bingo cards. You can link up your bingo cards in this post. We will also be posting the May winner of the most squares in this post.
And so on and so forth.

Here is what I am reading:
  1. The Neighborhood--Mario Vargas Llosa (7 squares): Library Book, Physical Book, Thriller/Suspense, Overcome Adversity, Minority Author, Not in a Series, Outlaw/Scoundrel
  2. Paris for One and Other Stories--Jojo Moyes (5 squares): Audiobook, Mother, Contemporary Fiction, New Relationship, Exercise 
  3. The Inheritance of Loss--Kiran Desai (5 squares): Free Space, Award-Winning, Made Into a Movie, New-to-You Author, Clean Romance
  4. Click Here--Denise Vega (2 squares): Character is a Blogger, In a Series
  5. Opposite of Always--Justin A. Reynolds (4 squares): Teen Book Con Author, Recently Released (2019), Free Book, Alternative Mode of Transportation
  6. Radical Sanity--Elizabeth Wurtzel (1 square): Shelf Love
  7. A Cup of Tea--Amy Ephron (1 square): Weapon on Cover
25 squares completed on May 15

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Words for Wednesday




This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.


The prompts will be here this month but are provided by Margaret Adamson, and her friend Sue Fulton.  They also include photographs taken by Margaret's friend
 Danny McCaughan.

Without further ado.

The weeks words are:

  1. Scuttle
  2. Rapper
  3. Drop
  4. Machine
  5. Flowery
  6. Button 
 



And/ or 
  1. Cashback 
  2. Tipping
  3. Pizza
  4. Energy
  5. Unsubstantiated
  6. Clear 

One day a strange person walked into Bob's Pizza. He wore blingy jewelry like a rapper would wear. It was an unsubstantiated claim that her actually was a rapper. Along with his jewelry he also wore a flowery shirt with large, bright buttons. The customer displayed much energy as he asked for cash back while using his debit card to order a personal pizza. While he was waiting for his order, he went over to the music-playing machine and dropped in some money to play some tunes, making scuttling dance moves. He slowed it down after a while, though, in order to cause tipping over of things nearby, and to not get dizzy himself. The music cleared once his order was ready.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Silhouette Lanterns

Here are some of the silhouette lanterns done in class on Wednesday. The first two pictures are of the two different kinds of jars used. The last few shots are of my mermaid lantern.



The jars on the shelves at Dollar Tree. Those in the
top photo have inner lids that pop out; those on
the bottom have open-top lids.

Two other mermaid lanterns and a skull lantern.

Fairy in the Moon lantern.

Maple Leaf on left lantern. The California flag bear
on the right.