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Stream of Consciousness Saturday

This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “collar.” Use it as a verb, a noun, or metaphorically. Bonus points for using it in all three ways! Enjoy!

Bruce?
Yeah, Steve?
Call her up, man…I tell you, don’t mess this up!
Uh, Steve?
Yeah, Bruce?
The word today is “collar”, not “call her”.
Oh…never mind…

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 8

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 8!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is:  Magic in the Details – “Imagine being inside a scary place, such as the unlit cellar of a haunted house or an abandoned graveyard late at night.  Use specific sensory descriptions – of smells, sounds, images, and physical sensations.”

Now, why would one be in an unlit cellar of a house one knew to be haunted? I’ve watched enough scary movies to know that when in a haunted house, you don’t go into the cellar. Now, an abandoned graveyard? That sounds much cooler. If I out aside my feeling that the only really potentially harmful thing in a cemetery late at night would be other people, not ghosts, I will put my sensible shoes aside and imagine.

Not a whisper of breeze disturbed the trees, and a mist creeps through the cold headstones popping up at all angles, some crumbled in piles of stone. A faint glow in the sky tells me the moon is full, but the clouds are determined to keep the light at bay. Wet grass squelches beneath my feet, and a faint smell of moss hands in the night air. I can see shadows moving out of the corners of my eyes, but when I turn all is still, dare I say, as death.

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 7

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 7!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is:  Creating Realistic Characters – “Prepare a bio-sheet of a character to include in a memoir or novel.  Write a scene consisting of narration, dialogues, and action in which your character interacts with another.”

You know, one thing about the end of the day on a Friday, at the end of a first week back at work after a five week break from the madness that is my work life, is that I tend to really appreciate the theme free Friday ideal that my 365 photo project gives me each week. So, why not subscribe to that same theme here? Otherwise I have to push myself far out of my writing comfort zone which admittedly is narrow to begin with. I don’t have a lot of experience or practice with writing characters, given that my writing tends to centre around one character, that character being me…and quite a character I am, they say.

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 6

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 6!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is: Brainstorming for Effective Titles – “Brainstorm for the title of a short story or magazine article you’ve recently begun.  Be inventive!  Come up with several possible titles.”

Brainstorming, eh?  Well, I am currently working on editing a draft of a commentary piece for a writing course, which I could perhaps title “Wear a Mask, dammit”.  Or maybe “You like the Lone Ranger?  Try being a Lone Maskman!”  Or how about “Holy People Who Don’t Care about Anyone Else, Batman!”  Don’t like these?  How about “Learn a New Skill:  Learn to Read Lips without Lips” or “A Mask for All Seasons”.

Well, I’m about done with my brainstorming.  I know the perfect title for this piece is out there (and I’m sure you’ve figured out the subject of my rant, I mean Commentary.)  I will take any and all additional suggestions, and if yours is the “winning” title, I’ll make sure to credit you, on my mask 🙂

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 5

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 5!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is:  Reverence for Books and Reading:  “Describe your favourite kinds of books.  Or better yet, think back to a childhood experience with one special book.  How did it affect you?  Which characters were the most memorable?  What did you learn?  What long-term influence has it had on your life?”

So, I had thought a lot about this a month or two ago when my book club (which I have been lucky to attend again since they started Zooming – it’s the book club I left behind 13 years ago when I moved) had a theme of YA or children’s books.  I chose to dig up books I read when I was younger, so re-reads, but definitely trips down memory lane.   Now, the books I chose for this club meeting were Little House on the Prairie, Are you There God, It’s Me, Margaret, The Secret of the Old Clock, and all the Harry Potter books (ok, I confess that I did NOT read these as a youngster…but they took me back to younger days).

But, you know, thinking back, three books come to mind which really affected me when I read them:  Black Beauty (I remember crying when one of the horses died), the Narnia books (I remember babysitting and seeing the one book in the series I had NOT read and spending the whole night reading it), and The Lord of the Rings, which had a huge impact on me as I really got into fantasy books for a long time.  In all honesty, it’s hard for me to pin down specific books that had an impact on me as a child.  I read everything – the librarians had to limit how many books I could take out at a time, and I would always read ALL the books I took out.  I can see in my head the children’s library I used to frequent, and can even see the inside of the book mobile we used to have in the neighbourhood over the summer, back in the days when those  were still a thing.

So, I think my biggest memory is just reading, being encouraged to read by my parents, and endlessly hanging out at libraries (public, school, bookmobiles) to find something new to read.  And, of course, I still read all the time now, just not on paper or at a library.  It’s all Kindle app on the iPad now.  Purists will hate that, but it’s so easy to make the text bigger and these days, well that’s a deal breaker.

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 4

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 4!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is:  Thinking about your readers – I’m supposed to draft a poem or letter addressed to my fellow citizens in which I share one idea for making the world a better place.  And be as detailed as I can about what I propose.

Dear fellow Blogging Citizens;

I have an amazing plan for making the world a better place.  Take more pictures of kitties.  Yes, I could tout a plan for getting (encouraging) people to wear masks (come on, it’s not just all about you…) or for voting for someone other than a giant Cheeto (cheetos really don’t make good presidents … just saying).  But really, who would listen?  Those who already subscribe to those plans would smile and nod, and those that don’t will just keep making it worse for the rest of us.

So, that is why mt plan for making the world a better place is

That is all.

Zombie Flamingos (they make good presidents!)

Share Your World – August 3, 2020

And now for this week’s Share Your World

What will finally break the Internet?  Do you believe it can be broken at all?

I would say it’s already broken, but I think it’s supposed to look that way.

What are some ‘red flags’ to watch out for in daily life?  (take it as you want)

What’s the silliest thing someone has argued with you about?

When you get right down to it, they are all silly.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve found lying on the ground / side of the road?

All I can say is that they made a movie about it…

 

August Writing Prompts, Day 3 – BFF – Bucket filling friend

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt, August’s Writing prompts.

Today, “BFF – Bucket filling friend”.

Well, my bucket filling friend, fill that bucket up with your famous recipe chicken.  Thighs and legs, please.  Is it sad that KFC is my new BFF?  Or, really, would it be sad?  Probably, considering the last time we ha KFC, Kevin got food poisoning, and since I am gluten free now, we can no longer indulge anyway.  Really for the best.  Maybe it’s time to fulfill a little of that craving though and make some oven fried chicken with gluten free flour.  I have definitely digressed, and am now hungry. Thanks BFF prompt!

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 3

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 3!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is: Acting upon Resolutions, meaning my resolution to write something every day, and by doing so, improving my writing and increasing the amount I actually write.

Now, obviously this isn’t a New Year’s resolution.  Or maybe it is – it kind of feels like a new year given the current 2020 circumstances.  Although I guess we still don’t know if or when this pandemic will subside, or if it will take off again over the next few weeks.  I do know work, which begins for me again tomorrow…sigh…, will be crazy given most of our courses are moving online for the Fall, and I am not convinced most instructors really know what that means.

But, I digress.  My resolution/goal for the month of August is to write more, and write more coherently, and write more words, and while I continue to do my morning pages and journal, I need some accountability for my writing, which is why I am writing here for all of you to read.

Finding space and time is not a problem.  The problem is making the time and sticking to it.  Even when things are in my calendar, unless they are connected to events involving others, I am not the most consistent with task mastery.  Maybe this time will be different (hope I didn’t just jinx it by saying that).  It’s really just up to me.  One day, one week, one month at a time and we will see.  Can’t do any more than that!

And now, here is a picture of a kitten to send you on your way.

August Writing Prompts, Day 2 – Delights and deliciousness

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt, August’s Writing prompts.

Today, “Delights and deliciousness”.

Nothing compares to the delights and deliciousness of indulging in crab cakes at the fire table in the evening while Kevin bbq’s our main course.  The perfect way to end the day.

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