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“Live for the journey, not the ending.”  ~M


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Saying goodbye to social media

There have been so many disappointments in my life over the past several years and I think a lot of those issues started with being on social media and the repercussions that came with being on there.  I have mulled over this subject for months and months now and I have finally decided that the time has come for me to close all of my social media accounts.  And as many of you have probably noticed, I haven’t been writing much in recent days.  I just feel like I need to take a step back in many ways.  I have so many other priorities right now and I feel like I need to be focusing my time in other areas of my life.  If any of you need to contact me, I can still be reached by email which can be found if you click on my Gravatar.  Thank you all for understanding, and I will still be providing the writing prompts every month and doing my best to keep up with all of that.  Love you guys… ~M xo

February 2019 Writing Prompts

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Good morning everyone,

Here’s another month of inspiration and hopefully it gets you through this cold spell.  And if you’re living in Australia… Wow!  122°F in some places!  Well, I just hope it cools off for all of you soon, cause that’s got to be brutal.  Anyway, here’s the list for this month, enjoy!

  1. Circle in the sky
  2. Yorkshire pudding people
  3. The edge of forever
  4. In the midst of sadness and despair
  5. Blue jean babies
  6. Misty morning melancholy
  7. Splitting threads
  8. Magenta moments
  9. Pixilated paintings
  10. Billowy blobs and booby traps
  11. Macaroni madness
  12. Smuggling, snuggling, or struggling?
  13. Peach coffee and hazelnut tea
  14. Elevator love
  15. Loose laces and tight triumphs
  16. Hold your hankering horses
  17. Tassel filled follies
  18. The order of things unseen
  19. Matches and marbles
  20. Jellied geniuses
  21. Ragamuffin remembrances
  22. Simpleminded twists
  23. Deviant daughters
  24. Hippopotamus expectations
  25. Juggling Julie
  26. Mashed tator’s and creamed corn cake
  27. A gambler and a thief
  28. Evidence of greatness

 

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.  😉

 

 

January Writing Prompt Participants

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Wow!  I’m honestly wondering if we have a new record for the amount of prompted posts done this month.  Thank you to all of you who participated.  I truly believe that your writing gets better every month.  A lot of your stories have taken me by surprise, many of which I think should be turned into full-fledged novels eventually.

Here’s my favorite post of the month.  https://malandally.co.uk/2019/01/29/slipping-through-the-seams-there-was-no-turning-back/ Written by, When I think of something snappy.  Aka, Elder Shredder (Who also writes for Prompted).  There are some really great posts on his site and this story was just amazing to me.  So go take a look if you haven’t had a chance to read any of his work.  I think you’ll be amazed as well.  😉  ~M

 

  1. A lifetime of laughter could have saved them all.

New Life During Midlife – https://newlifeduringmidlife.blog/2019/01/01/a-lifetime-of-laughter-could-have-saved-them-all/

A UNIQUE TITLE FOR ME – https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/take-it-easy/

Prompted – https://promptedforten.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/a-lifetime-of-laughter-could-have-saved-them-all-dead-deer/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2019/01/01/empty-minds-poetry-januarywriting/

Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2019/01/03/unproven-counselors/

Playing with words – https://playingwithwords.blog/2019/01/09/neglected-childhood/

NEWLIFEDURINGMIDLIFE – https://newlifeduringmidlife.blog/2019/01/18/reflections-inthe-water-completed-the-circle/

Ladyleemanila – https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/first-line-friday-well-i-think-its-funny/

Continue reading “January Writing Prompt Participants”

January Writing Prompts

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Happy New Year everyone!  It’s hard to believe another year is gone.  I decided to team up this month with Dorinda Duclos to create some awesome prompts for all of you.  She wrote half of them, so let’s see if any of you can figure out which one’s she wrote verses the one’s I wrote.  I think it was sort of funny how we both had similar ideas.  Please leave some feedback and let me know if you are enjoying the longer prompts.  If you’d like me to go back to writing the shorter ones, I’d be happy to oblige.  Enjoy!  ~M

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.

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.  😉

 

January Writing Prompts

  1. A lifetime of laughter could have saved them all.
  2. As she walked to the end of the wooden boards, the stars spoke to her.
  3. Every inch of his body sensed her presence.
  4. A brilliant light shined from the other side of the lake.
  5. Milky white peaks charmed their senses.
  6. Beyond the forest glen, the realization struck her.
  7. She read aloud to the sounds of crashing waves.
  8. A distant shore was all that remained.
  9. Swept away with the wind, her hair looked a mess.
  10. The boat was empty, except for one lone fish.
  11. Prepared for battle, she made her presence known.
  12. The stone path through the woods lead her nowhere.
  13. The answer rested quietly inside the belly of the broomstick.
  14. The storm raged on without any hope of being saved.
  15. And as she walked away, she took it all with her.
  16. She was nothing but common until she donned the mask.
  17. Fate took a turn for the worse at the fork in the road.
  18. The pebbles devoured the succulents, one tasty morsel at a time.
  19. One last yank then a pull and the landing was clear.
  20. A braver attempt had never before been seen.
  21. The glittery gem held all the secrets of the past.
  22. It was a ludicrous request but one that drew his attention.
  23. Reflections in the water completed the circle.
  24. The universe just wasn’t big enough for both of them.
  25. The recording was all the proof they needed.
  26. Time was running out and his watch had stopped dead.
  27. She did exactly what she was told never to do.
  28. As they chatted away, he needed to find a way out.
  29. Slipping between the seams, there was no turning back.
  30. A simple reason was all she needed.
  31. And completely by mistake, the switch was made.

December Writing Prompt Participants

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It’s been another great month, and I was really quite surprised to see just how many of you kept up with the prompts despite the busy holiday season.  My favorite post of the month was, A Mirror Image of Who he Once Was, by Dead Deer.  His post felt so relatable, and was very cleverly written.  I hope all of you will check it out!  Thanks to everyone who participated this month.  Have a very Happy New Year!  ~M xo

 

  1. In between the clover and the dampened earth

Walt’s Writing’s – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/the-quest-a-month-of-december-prompts-in-one-day-by-walt-page-the-tennessee-poet/

Help From Heaven – https://isaiah46ministries.com/2018/12/01/finding-peace-december-writing-prompts/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/12/01/clover-and-earth-poetry-decemberwriting/

Tina Stewart Brakebill – https://tinastewartbrakebill.com/2018/12/01/the-breakwater/

Prompted – https://promptedforten.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/in-between-the-clover-and-the-dampened-earth-dead-deer/

Cosistories – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/the-clover-and-the-brilliant-sky/

Prompted – https://promptedforten.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/dec-1st-in-between-the-clover-and-the-damp-earth/

Ladyleemanila – https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/in-between-the-clover-and-the-dampened-earth/

Bethlovesblue – https://bethlovesblue.com/2018/12/19/between-clover-and-dampened-earth/

Continue reading “December Writing Prompt Participants”

How to Pingback

What is a Pingback?

A Pingback is simply a link that you add to your own blog post, in order to notify another website that you have linked to their post/article from your website.  Without the use of a Pingback, the blogger/author you’re mentioning in your post, won’t know that you have mentioned them.

*One thing you need to realize though, is that not all websites support Pingbacks.  So sometimes, even if you link to another persons blog post, they still may not receive your notification.

 

Why should I use a Pingback?

Using Pingbacks is crucial if you are trying to notify someone that you would like to honor them with an award, or if you are participating in a writing challenge and need to notify the author of your participation.

 

How to Pingback.

Here is a quick tutorial that I thought might be helpful for some of you that are new to blogging, or perhaps those of you who aren’t very computer savvy.  Hope this helps!

Step 1:

Create your blog post.

example 1

Step 2:

Locate the blog post that you would like to link to on another website.  You must click on the blog post title and not be on the main website page.  See examples below.

This is the main website.  (Don’t link to this.)

Example 2

This is the the actually blog post which can be located by clicking on the post title. (Link to this.)

Example 3

Step 3:

Copy the URL and paste it anywhere on your blog post.

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This is how the link should look on your blog post.example 5

Step 4:

Publish your post.  The Pingback should automatically be received by the website that you linked to, so that the blogger/author can be notified.

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*There is also another way to do this.  But this is the easiest way to create a Pingback, and so I wanted to keep the instructions simple.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  😉  ~M

December Writing Prompts

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December Writing Prompts

  1. In between the clover and the dampened earth.
  2. A mirror image of who he once was.
  3. The truth sucked the life right out of his chest.
  4. Had the map really changed, or had he read it wrong to begin with?
  5. A blanket, soft and warm, with the faintest hint of her perfume.
  6. Deep down in the dungeon…
  7. Two halves of a dress, frayed and worn.
  8. Consumed by fear, he stood as still as the dark night above him.
  9. And as the moon exploded…
  10. She dressed, then wept as the music faded away.
  11. Destiny awaited, they had no other choice.
  12. Holding her gaze briefly from across the room, he knew…
  13. Transfixed by the lights, she never noticed he was there.
  14. A steady breeze guided them along.
  15. Keeping his hands in his pockets, he nervously played with his keys.
  16. And suddenly the door began to melt against the brass frame.
  17. Was it a glitch, or just his imagination?
  18. Droplets of sweat fell to his lap as the blade glistened.
  19. Venom poured from his eyes, poisoned tears.
  20. He drank the last drop, then plummeted into the sea.
  21. Decompression arrived quickly after the window blew out.
  22. Heavenly creatures featured boldly in her dreams.
  23. She reeked of sugary sweets, and her teeth gave away her disguise.
  24. Fishnet stockings were a real nice surprise.
  25. An eruption of presents was all that could be seen.
  26. A half-eaten muffin and a spoon, were all that remained.
  27. She snickered as she ran, until she noticed what was behind her.
  28. The last bell chimed and not even the crickets could be heard.
  29. The floating orb hovered over the painting above the hearth.
  30. Planter boxes of peculiar looking pansies, lined the odd shaped path.
  31. Entombed inside the jar of honey, the key could clearly be seen.

So, I’ve realized that a lot of you are having issues with pingbacks, and I’m very sorry if I have missed any of your lovely posts because of it.  I am trying my best to keep up with everybody, but I must say, it is getting harder and harder to do that.  Please message me at herwritinghaven@gmail.com if you continue to have issues, and I will do my best to walk you through the process.

And there’s another thing I’d like to mention this month about the prompts.  It seems that a lot of you are trying to keep up with the prompts by doing them in order on a daily basis.  But for this month, I’d really like it if you didn’t do them in order.  I want everyone to look through the list and pick and choose which ones they want to do, and please don’t feel like you have to do them all!  You’ll just feel defeated if you can’t keep up, and I don’t want anyone to feel that way.

Another thing that you might want to try this month, is to print the prompts out, cut them apart into thin strips of paper, and then fold them and place them in a jar.  It’s so much fun to do this.  You can then reach inside each day, and pull out a random prompt to write about.  I have a jar full of writing prompts that sits on my desk for this very purpose, and I find them to be very inspiring.

Whatever you end up deciding to do, all you really need is 10 minutes.  Here’s one of the best method’s I know of…

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.

Please just enjoy the writing process this month.  And never feel like you have to stick to a list of rules with my prompts.  These are for you my blogging friends, do with them as you please.  😉

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!

One last thing… don’t forget to pingback your posts!  ~M xo