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September Writing Prompts, Day 17 – Refractive rays

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Refractive rays”.

My life has been a series of refractive rays.  From studying Pre-Veterinary Medicine, to being a musician, to getting my Masters Degree in Linguistics, and spending the last 20+ years as an instructional designer in elearning.  Hobbies have also refracted, from tai chi, to kickboxing, to photography.  We bend and refract to create the prism that is our life.

So philosophical!  Guess it’s time for a glass of wine!

September Writing Prompts, Day 16 – Gale force flashes

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Gale force flashes”.

Some days I have what I feel like are gale force flashes of inspiration, creativity, and innovation.  Other days the gale force flashes are related to matters of being a female in my 50s.  Some of you know very well what I mean!

September Writing Prompts, Day 15 – Misty mirages

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Misty mirages”.

The future is a misty mirage.  You think you see what’s coming, but it surprises you every time.  You just have to hope you aren’t trying to get there too fast.

September Writing Prompts, Day 14 – Cloaked cosmos

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Cloaked cosmos”.

This morning, I heard the fog horns, so I knew that the cosmos were cloaked in mystery.  The apartment building behind us too…

September Writing Prompts, Day 13 – Frost flowers

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Frost flowers”.  Frost flowers are “any of a group of delicate clusters of ice crystals that form directly from water vapor, typically on the surface of sea ice.”

We don’t see a lot of these here, as we like in the one part of Canada that sees virtually no snow or ice.  Now, that being said, the pictures below represent a week (well, less than a week) from this last February.  I think the first qualifies as frost flowers, at least in the literal sense, if not the definitional sense.  Will we see snow this year?  No one really knows for sure…

September Writing Prompts, Day 12 – Orbiting halos

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Orbiting halos”.

Ok, I was going to tell you what “orbiting halos” are, and indeed, they have a formal definition, but that definition is, well, astronomy-term-laden.  So, let’s try something more informal.

Orbiting halos are circular things that go round and round.  To see them, all you have to do is look up.

September Writing Prompts, Day 11 – Katabatic winds

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Katabatic winds”.

“A katabatic wind (named from the Greek word κατάβασις katabasis, meaning “descending”) is the technical name for a drainage wind, a wind that carries high-density air from a higher elevation down a slope under the force of gravity.”

I like the part about the “drainage wind”…reminds me of some orange politicians who shall remain nameless on this blog…

Anyway, even a katabatic wind could not have stopped this candle from playing Happy Birthday.  The candles were out, but it still played.  I put it out on our deck overnight, and it was still playing in the morning.  The only thing that stopped it was smashing apart the next day, with my bare hands!

September Writing Prompts, Day 10 – Sun pillars

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Sun pillars”.

I am so much better at thinking of appropriate photos for these prompts, then at writing about them.  But, that’s why I am trying to add these prompts to my roster – to work on my writing.  I mean, I write my morning pages, but creating something for public consumption (aside from work-related tutorials, etc.) is another thing.  Beyond a few words, my blog posts tend to be photo related, with pithy comments – even the more writing-related posts (like Share Your World).

But none of this has anything to do with Sun pillars.  Pillars of the Sun.  There was a book called Pillars of the Earth, about a multi-generational building of a cathedral that was turned into a mini series on TV a few years back.  I really enjoyed the book a lot.  Pillars of the Sun sounds like something in a Greek temple of the sun – you know, pillars holding up the temple that have the Sun painted on them?  Or maybe pillars holding up the Sun, because it really is mounted above our flat earth.

Maybe I need to think about this a bit more…

September Writing Prompts, Day 9 – Aurora nights

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Aurora nights”.

Aurora Nights:  mild mannered instructional designer by day, intrepid undercover operative by night.  Or not – I’m kind of tired…

September Writing Prompts, Day 8 – Fire whirls

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt (https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/), September’s prompts are here: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2019/09/01/september-2019-writing-prompts/

And today, the prompt is “Fire whirls”.

Fire whirls and swirls, and keeps us warm in the house and on our deck.  Well, us as in Kevin and me – kitties are not allowed to enjoy the deck fire, but I don’t think they are all that fussed as long as they have their own place in front of a fire to keep warm as our nights get chillier.

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