I haven’t written a personal note in quite a while and thought it was finally time to do so. First of all, let me apologize for not posting the monthly writing prompts for December. I have been so caught up in my own little world these days that I completely forgot to post them. I didn’t even realize I’d forgotten until yesterday, so I thought I’d just do a personal post this month instead. As all of us know, the past two years have been crazy. But during the days of covid, my life hasn’t changed too much.
I’ve still been homeschooling as I have been for the last 15 years, and the only big difference is that I’ve moved twice since the pandemic started. I had to downsize each time I moved and feel lighter now that I don’t have as much stuff weighing me down. The first move went well, and I ended up in Virginia. I loved all of the historical aspects of Virginia but hated the traffic that I couldn’t avoid no matter how far down the road I went.
Fortunately, I lived within walking distance to all the stores and businesses that I needed access to, so I never really had to drive anywhere while I was there. But after 18 months in Virginia, I was glad to break free, and I’ve now ended up in the one place I’ve most wanted to be, and that place is Utah.
Ever since I visited Mt. Zion National Park seven years ago, I’ve wanted to come back here, and I haven’t been disappointed with my decision. I live within walking distance of some amazing hiking trails, and I’m within a 30 – 60 min drive to several state and national parks. And that’s what I love most about being here; I’m finally able to enjoy nature and be outside as often as I want to be. Here are some recent pictures from my hikes. Isn’t it beautiful here…
The glass shattered at the mere touch of her hand.
The cuckoo chimed its last farewell.
The magical pendant cursed each wearer.
There in a sea of spaghetti.
Moonbeams sparked a connection.
She swayed to the beat of a thousand drums.
The forest echoed the thoughts in his mind.
Reality hit like a ton of bricks.
She fell off the edge of the world.
The taste of magic glided across her tongue.
Fields of feathery grasses concealed his presence.
The sweetness of her kiss, enticed his desire for more.
The warmth of the water soothed his aching bones.
The finish line seemed just out of reach.
The mushrooms left him in a dizzy state.
Creamed corn was all she would eat.
A jumble of words fell on deaf ears.
Frightened by his sudden movement, she cowered in fear.
The pen ached for her loving touch.
He lived for the moment and this moment was his.
Suddenly the mysterious light disappeared around the bend.
The earth shattered into a thousand pieces.
The monster swallowed her whole.
She squirmed with delight upon his teasing touch.
The kite sailed away to catch a dream.
Lost in a land where wishes are free.
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.
“Today we lost sight of yesterday, as the wonderment of a new day took over. And tomorrow, we will lose sight of today when we further marvel at what a new day brings. You see the cycle never ends, if we keep fascination and astonishment alive.” ~M
“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.
“Love is sometimes like a burst of molten lava; flowing outward in all directions, and then lingering in the cracks and crevices as it slowly begins to cool. But it’s a dispiriting sight when it loses its bright red luster, becoming instead, a hardened form of magma. There’s just no way to change it back to its original, radiant form.” ~M