A symphony is always good…

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“Having the potential to be good is not the same as actually being good, but a symphony is always good.” ~M


*I got to go to a symphony last night.  The theme was a Scottish fantasy, which featured Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D major.  This picture was taken before everyone was actually there, but you can see still several musicians tuning their instruments.  It was quite a lovely night and I was lucky enough to get free tickets to the event.

February Writing Prompts ❤️

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Welcome to another month full of writing prompts!  I often write the prompts throughout the month when an idea or thought hits me. These ideas often come from snippets of conversations that I’ve had with family or friends. So essentially, these prompts are representative of my life, and all the fun, weird, crazy parts of it. I know some of you have written entire books based on these prompts, and that always leaves me in amazement, especially knowing that parts of my life are now intertwined with parts of yours. So please enjoy these prompts, which are not always just random words, but rather words which mean something to me. I hope they’ll eventually have special meaning for you as well.  ~M xo

  1. Winter garden
  2. Troll boogers
  3. Sexy savvy Sally
  4. Polka dots and dice
  5. Banana river
  6. Tiny little mansion
  7. Lookout mountain
  8. Lucky Trumble
  9. Mixed sparks
  10. Rose colored glasses
  11. Stalkers of the night
  12. Cookies or cream
  13. Standing in the presence of greatness
  14. Those were the days
  15. All I need is you
  16. Predictable shapes
  17. Under a soft flame
  18. In my absence
  19. The crooked crow
  20. Out of reach
  21. The bamboo forest
  22. Deli market delights
  23. Another broken resolution
  24. Farther up the flag pole
  25. A portrait of who she was
  26. Nickels and dimes
  27. Dressed in white
  28. Sentimental situations
  29. Burnt toast testers

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

Being the very best version of ourselves…

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“We can’t control what others do and how they choose to live their lives, but we can focus on being the very best versions of ourselves. And who knows, our positive actions may just rub off on others. It doesn’t do any harm to at least try, and you might discover some unique things about yourself in the process.” ~M


Photo credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/composing-monkey-woman-laugh-sepia-2925179/

A reminder for me and you…

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“We must focus on the beauty of the dance, while we still have the chance.  ~M

 

My quote today was inspired by the following quote.  Such powerful words always cause me to reflect upon my own life and its meaning.

This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

Gautama Buddha


Photo credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/man-headless-fantasy-surreal-woman-4724756/

 

Thoughts for the day…

One thing this year has taught me is that I’m better off without people in my life who only want to say hurtful things about others. This is one reason I decided to leave social media last year, and I haven’t regretted my decision for a second. We all have our flaws and nobody is better than anyone else. Each of us has our own ideas and opinions and that makes us all unique and beautiful in our own way. An old rule I’m forever trying to follow is, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” I think this is the first thing any of us should be asking ourselves before we say anything. We need to bring back unity into the world, and it’s so easy to do that when we spread kindness. These are just my thoughts for the day. I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the new year. Let’s try to make it a positive one! Much love to all of you! ~M xo

P.S. I’ve been without WiFi for the majority of the past three weeks, which has made it difficult to respond to comments and read posts. I will try my best to respond and catch up with all of you as soon as I can. 😉

January Writing Prompts

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Happy New Year, everyone!  And welcome to another month full of writing prompts!  I often write the prompts throughout the month when an idea or thought hits me. These ideas often come from snippets of conversations that I’ve had with family or friends. In fact, the first two this month can be credited to my blogger friend Kate, over at A Thousand Bits of Paper because of something important that she said to me. So essentially, these prompts are representative of my life, and all the fun, weird, crazy parts of it. I know some of you have written entire books based on these prompts, and that always leaves me in amazement, especially knowing that parts of my life are now intertwined with parts of yours. So as the new year unfolds, please enjoy these prompts, which are not always just random words, but rather words which mean something to me. I hope they’ll eventually have special meaning for you as well.

1. The light bulb moment
2. Shadow monsters
3. Hideously huge
4. The disappearance of S.V.
5. Butt cream and beer
6. The last book of Og
7. Along the Onofre river
8. Apple jelly jumping jacks
9. The absence of color
10. Superficial pleasantries
11. Transparent hearts
12. Life in the middle lane
13. Twisted tales and torture devices
14. Morning clover
15. Bring me the cheese please
16. After while crocodile
17. Five finger fiascoes
18. Portraits of time
19. Reuniting nightingales
20. Bittersweet goodbyes
21. Sleepless in the town of harmony
22. The end of an era
23. Bald eagle sightings
24. Crescent moon cravings
25. Indistinguishable words
26. Lasting truths
27. A thousand stars
28. At odds
29. Zelda, where are you?
30. Masters of madness
31. The pickle thief

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

December 2019 Writing Prompts

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Merry Christmas to all of you out there in blog land!  I hope you are all able to enjoy this holiday season, and spend it with the ones you love both far and near.  Happy writing!  😉 ~M xo

  1. Bitter berries
  2. Escaping ordinary
  3. Divinely delicious
  4. Toothless Tom
  5. Pastel patches
  6. Tumbleweed trail
  7. Great oats of fire
  8. Mazes of mystery
  9. Humorless humor
  10. Going, going, gone
  11. The best thing ever made
  12. Icy gumdrop showers
  13. The Gothic Greek giant
  14. Creameries and confectioners
  15. The life of a snowflake
  16. Visions of an empty room
  17. Along the starlit way
  18. Rambunctious reindeer
  19. At half past twelve
  20. Ruffled feathers
  21. The salty sanctuary
  22. Pieces of Marty and me
  23. After the ball
  24. Casualties of Christmas
  25. Paper airplanes
  26. The strongest link
  27. Cups and saucers
  28. Beneath the ledge
  29. Faster than a broomstick
  30. Mechanical mishaps
  31. The littlest nutcracker

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones.  Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer.  Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write!  Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.

I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like.  And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense.  The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day.  Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.

As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  😉

November 2019 Writing Prompt Participants

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Thank you to all who participated this month.  I know it was a tough one for a lot of people with NaNoWriMo going on.  See you all in December!  😉 ~M

  1. The night train

Donna Alford: Short Stories – https://donnaalfordshortstories.com/2019/11/02/the-night-train-to-the-end-of-another-year/

Cosistories  – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2019/11/04/the-night-train/

Playing with words – https://playingwithwords.blog/2019/11/06/the-night-train/

Zombie Flamingos – https://zombieflamingoes.com/2019/11/01/november-writing-prompts-day-1-the-night-train/

This N That With Me – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/novmishmas-november-prompt-smashup/

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