April Writing Prompts

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This month I’ve been reading and watching mostly Sci-Fi, and so I decided to take the inspiration from all of that and use it towards this months prompts.  Also, my youngest two daughters had a hand in helping me with these, and so I must give credit to Brianna and Autumn Cook for their clever ideas.  Brianna is my punner and Autumn is my comedian.  Hope you enjoy the prompts they’ve helped me create for all of you.   ~M

  1. The explosive egg hunt
  2. Chewing chewbacco
  3. The stars stood on standby
  4. Spacing out in shadows doubt
  5. Jumping Jupiter can’t get stupider
  6. Time blossomed then shriveled
  7. It went off with a bang and a hiss
  8. Filaments of frustration
  9. Covered in constellations
  10. Hieroglyphic hineys
  11. Meet ya later by the flux capacitator
  12. Nano nano
  13. Galactic garble blasters
  14. Platinum plutonium
  15. A measurement of improbability
  16. Space jam on toast
  17. Orbiting Orangutans
  18. Spasmodic juice
  19. Jet lagged and jilted
  20. Catastrophic calamities
  21. Fluently flippant
  22. This… is Ceti Alpha Five
  23. “Do. Or do not. There is no try. ~Yoda”
  24. Friends don’t lie
  25. The doorway to impossibility
  26. Ozone siphoning and other atmospheric disruptions
  27. Pilfering pandemonium
  28. Sucking skeevers
  29. Gnarly narfs
  30. Nuka-Cola asphyxiola
  31. Danger, danger, Will Robinson!

Also, for those of you who may never have tried this challenge before, here is what I suggest you try…

To begin, 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 listed below.  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.  Good luck and happy writing!

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March Writing Prompt Participants

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We had another great month of writing, but like some of you, I sort of fizzled out towards the end of it.  I have written another month of prompts for all of you, and if you enjoy sci-fi, those will probably be of interest to you.  They’ll be posting tomorrow at 8:00 CST, so be sure to look for those.  This month was amazing!  So many of you stayed the course.  So I’d like to mention those of you who were regular participants throughout the month.  All of you are such wonderful writers!  Thanks for writing alongside me, it’s been so much fun.  😉

Night Owl Poetry

Cosistories 

Afterwards 

This N That With Me

What if we all cared

The Bag Lady

Playing with words

And here’s the links to all of the amazing poems and stories that were created this month.  Well done everyone!

  1. Fizzy whizzys’

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/03/01/fizzy-whizzys-poetry-marchwriting/

Cosistories – https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/110729020/posts/10006

Walt’s Writings – https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/127080456/posts/2790

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/03/02/fizzy-whizzys-march-prompts-1-31/

This N That With Me – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/fizzy/

What if We all Cared? – https://whatifweallcared.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/when-we-believe-without-thinking/

The Bag Lady – https://rugby843.blog/2018/03/31/putting-my-feet-in-the-dirt-1/

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March Writing Prompts

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Well here we are again, and I think you’re all gonna like this month.  I thought we’d go with a very whimsical theme this time around.  So, if you’re like me, and love to be silly and unpredictable, then I think these prompts will be just what you need.  I’m reposting the writing instructions below, for those of you who have never done this before.  I think you’ll find that this is a really fun way to incorporate writing prompts into your everyday life.  Enjoy!

 

To begin, 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 listed below.  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.  Happy writing everyone!  ~M xo

 

1. Fizzy whizzys’
2. Galloping gadzooks
3. Purple nurples
4. Fidgety Fiona
5. Creaky cranks
6. Hobbity bobbity
7. Silly assumptions
8. Punch-drunk
9. A tisket for a tasket
10. Powdered blue
11. Billowy breezes
12. Jelly jars
13. Pouty and plump
14. Bootle beetles
15. Stitches of glitches
16. Guzzling Gary
17. Mounds of mush
18. Pink poodles
19. Antsy pantsy
20. Ruby red
21. Fiddlesticks
22. Sniffles and snuffles
23. Nonsensical hodgepodge
24. Dribbles of delight
25. A twinge of fate
26. Mission to Mars
27. Hanky panky
28. Spelunking
29. Moaning Myrtle
30. Hurry scurry
31. Jamba juice


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February Writing Prompt Participants

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Congratulations to all who participated this month!  I think this was our biggest turn out yet.  If I counted right, there were 155 poems and stories written this month, and that doesn’t include any of mine.  So… well done all of you!  Our top three participants were; Night Owl Poetry, Ramblings of a Writer, and Cosistories.  And if you haven’t visited their blogs yet, please do.  They have some great stories and poems that you won’t want to miss!  😉

 

  1. Phantasmagorical

Walt’s Writings – https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/127080456/posts/2644

Ramblings of a Writer – https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/2018/02/02/february-writing-prompt-phantasmagorical-day-1-28/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/02/01/nightmares-keep-us-dreaming-poetry-februarywriting/

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/02/05/phantasmagorical-in-the-dark-1/

This N That With Me – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2018/02/03/phantasmagorical/

Cosistories – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/phantasmagorical-you/

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February Writing Prompts

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Here we go again…  Let’s spice it up a little bit this month!  ~M xo

1. Phantasmagorical
2. Niches and nooks
3. Blushing authenticity
4. Intimate endeavors
5. Silly n sexy
6. Moonstruck repercussions
7. Inexpressible notions
8. Red crush
9. Erotic sentiments
10. Bloodthirsty and blazing
11. Ravishing peril
12. Sumptuous and sweet
13. Desperate obligations
14. Intense attraction
15. Dedicated to denial
16. Hippie harbor
17. Precarious quandaries
18. Corner gridlock
19. Steadfast turmoil
20. Cupid’s conspiracy
21. Immortally cantankerous
22. Amorous affections
23. Mounting proportions
24. Lavender love
25. Dignified and divergent
26. Giddy ganders
27. Reckless frenzy
28. Volatile voracity

If you’re a new participant, please don’t forget to link back to this post so that I can check out your work.  And as usual, I’ll be posting my responses to these prompts over at my other blog, which can be found here:  Her Writing Haven.

January Writing Prompt Participants

I want to thank everyone who participated this month.  I ended up with 5 pages of entry links, so I’d say it was another great turn out.  Dorinda Duclos is still in the lead, along with Sarah C. and I’m excited to be able to share the new prompts with all of you tomorrow.  ❤

  1. Shimmers of chartreuse

A soldier’s walk – https://asoldierswalk.com/2018/01/02/moonlight-excursions/

Annie Scribes – https://wordswithannie.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/chartreuse-dream/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/01/02/shimmers-of-chartreuse-poetry-januarywriting/

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/01/02/shades-of-chartreuse-room-101/

Smell the Coffee – https://smellthecoffeeweb.blog/2018/01/03/shimmers-of-chartreuse/

Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2018/01/03/a-chosen-child/

THIS N THAT WITH ME – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/shimmers-of-chartreuse/

Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/a-month-of-january-prompts-in-one-day/

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October Writing Prompt Participants

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Well, we had another great month of writing and the response was even greater than last month.  We had a few extra people join in on the fun this time around, and I want to congratulate, Dorinda Duclos, Grant Fenton, and Tessa Smeigh for completing every single prompt!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to read their work, please take a moment to visit their websites.

Like last month, I’ve included the links to all the participating prompt writers below.  I apologize ahead of time if I missed adding some of the links.  It’s getting harder to keep track now, with so many of you participating.  So, please let me know if I happened to miss any, and I’ll be happy to make the correction and add your link to the list.

You all did a great job and I feel so privileged to be part of a community of such amazing and wonderful writers!  I hope you’ll continue to write with me for the remainder of this year and into the next.  Much love to all of you!  ~M  xo

Links of participating prompt writers:

Day 1 – Itsy bitsy spider
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/10/01/prey-dailyhaikuchallenge-octoberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/10/01/october-writing-prompts-by-michelle-october-1st-2017/
Inalienable Write – https://inalienablewrite.com/2017/10/19/itsy-bitsy-spider/

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October Writing Prompts

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Well, here we are, already into October!  Can you believe it?  Enjoy this months prompts and remember to add a link to this post if you decide to participate.  I can’t wait to see what all of you come up with!

1. Itsy bitsy spider
2. Moonlight reflections
3. Flabbergasted
4. Pink persuasion
5. Fragile whispers
6. Dandelion dreams
7. The journey beyond
8. Red velvet
9. Shadows of doubt
10. Spilt milk
11. Portions of time
12. Vacant stare
13. A touch of whimsy
14. Sardine soup
15. Goblins and ghouls
16. Hints of pleasure
17. Insurmountable
18. Sickly sweet
19. Folds of forever
20. Lickety-split
21. Icy tears
22. Rainbow wishes
23. Floating lanterns
24. A sliver of hope
25. Skipping stones
26. Tangled webs
27. Scribbles and dribbles
28. The twisted plot
29. Crispy cakes and stomach aches
30. Fantastical beasts
31. Slurps and burps

Oh, and don’t forget!  I’ll be posting all of my responses to these prompts, over at my new blog, Her Writing Haven.  Please come have a look if you haven’t yet.  😉

September Writing Prompt Participants

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There has been such a good response with this month’s writing prompts, that I’ve decided to continue creating these on a monthly basis.  I was blown away by those of you who participated.  Your poems, stories, thoughts, and ideas were so creative and thoroughly enjoyable.  I want to give special mention to Dorinda Duclos, over at Night Owl Poetry.  She exceeded my expectations by completing every single prompt for September and spurred me on in the process.  So thank you Dorinda!  You completely amaze me by your determination and dedication, especially with all you’ve been going through.  Love you so much!  And without further ado, here’s the list of the amazing participants who are all incredibly gifted and talented writers.  Please take some time to visit their websites and get to know these wonderful bloggers.  Oh, and if I missed adding someone, please leave me a comment and let me know.  ~M

Links of participating prompt writers:

Day 1 – I tried to say goodbye
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/01/i-tried-to-say-goodbye-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/02/mans-best-friend/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/01/wasnt-worth-it/
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/25/i-tried-to-say-goodbye/

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#weekendcoffeeshare – An introspective week

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Welcome to this episode of the weekend coffee share.  I hope all of you have had a pleasant week.  Please grab a mug of your favorite hot beverage and sit right down.  This week was fairly uneventful, and yet I still feel compelled to ramble on about the blandness of its nature.  So get comfortable and I’ll try to be quick.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have been very introspective this week.  I think that’s why I feel like I haven’t much to talk about because I’ve mostly been in seclusion; avoiding people like the plague.  I’ve come to a point in my life where I feel I’m sort of stuck in the muck.  It’s like I’ve been sandwiched between two very tall mountains, stranded in the ugliest looking valley you’ve ever seen, near a never ending river of molasses, and there’s nowhere to go, except up the mountains, or through the syrupy substance.

All of a sudden I’m getting hungry, are you too?  All of this talk about molasses and syrup is making me crave gingerbread cookies and pancakes.  Yum!  Which brings me to a completely different subject.  (See how easily I escaped that last one!  Phew!)

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m about to start a new diet regime called, The Whole30.  I don’t know if any of you have heard about it, but it’s a 30-day diet program, which allows you to discover which foods are helpful and which foods are harmful to your body.  My poor husband recently discovered that he is allergic to about every food known to man, and so we are in desperate need of figuring out exactly what he can eat and what he can’t.  Preliminary results from his doctor show that he will never be able to eat the majority of boxed or canned foods ever again.  He is allergic to quite a few different preservatives and also nickel, which is found in thousands of different things (not just food).

I will now be able to add to my resume not just wife and mother of four girls, but master chef as well.  The challenge will be to eat as organically as we can, which is still quite a challenge even today.  It will require that we cut out all sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, and anything that could be considered a “treat.”  We will only be able to eat meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and natural fats.  And I really love bread, so this is going to be terribly hard.  But I am having enough health issues of my own, so I’m hoping this diet will help me as well.

We live in a climate where it’s very hard to get fresh fruits and vegetables all year long, especially since the growing season is so short here.  And with the cost of organic foods these days, I am not really sure how this will affect us financially.  Yet we have no other choice, if we don’t do this, my hubby will continue to suffer on a daily basis and so we’ve got to get to the bottom of what is ailing him.  Our girls seem more than happy to go along with this crazy experiment.  I wonder what they will be saying after a few days of eating this way.  It’ll be an adventure for sure.

If any of you are struggling with similar issues, I would be happy to have you tag along and partner with me and my family as we do this 30-day challenge.  I won’t try to explain everything to you right now, but for more information, you can find all you need to know here.  Since this sort of challenge requires such a strict and well-laid plan, I won’t be starting this diet until around April 1st.  I have a 421-page book to read through first, and then the meal planning begins!

Well now, I think I’ve rambled on enough for today.  I’m feeling exhausted just thinking about what we are going to be facing next month.  At least I’m at home most of the time.  My oldest daughter was able to do this challenge successfully and she only has a toaster oven and a hot plate where she lives.  So I figure if she can do it without a proper kitchen, than I can too!

Have a lovely week everyone and feel free to DM me on Twitter (@HerWritingHaven) if you want to take part in this challenge.  It’s all about supporting each other through endeavors like these.  I think I would feel even more encouraged, knowing that somebody else wanted to participate as well.

See you next Saturday!  ~M

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Many thanks to Nerd In The Brain for hosting the #WeekendCoffeeShare, a collective of chats over digital coffee among bloggers. To find out more, and to see this weeks posts, go here.


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Alphabet Challenge

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Amazingly, we survived without a scratch. Bigger problems were sure to come our way, but we knew at this very moment that we had at least survived this first strike. Chris and I had been anticipating this for a very long time. Destruction was occurring everywhere and so we were fairly sure that our time would come. Everyone was scared to death and even worse, nobody really knew the reason why all of this was happening. For a while, Chris and I thought we might be spared the horrific events which had been occurring all over the world. Grateful as we were, we eventually realized that even we could not escape the power of a force such as this. Had we realized in the beginning just how grave the situation would be, I am sure that we would have come up with a better plan. I always knew life was going to be short, but after this, I wasn’t even sure that we were going to be able to live through another day. Just before dawn, we felt the earth tremble. King strikers, (aka Stealth Bombers) were rocketing through our airspace as if they were determined to destroy everything in their path. Lightweight aircraft followed close behind, monitoring ground movement and searching for signs of life. Much to our surprise, we were not seen, and we were able to find shelter in old abandoned warehouse on the far side of town. Nobody had expected such a turn of events. Over the course of a year, the world had changed from one of beauty and hope to ugliness and chaos. People were literally running for their lives, not knowing if they would even survive another day. Questions continued to arise as to how this whole turn of events started in the first place. Remnants of cars and old battered building materials littered the streets. Sadly, there were no signs of life in the area that we had taken shelter in. Torn by the urge to run for our lives, or instead sit and hold tight in hopes that we might be rescued, we sat holding on tightly to one another in an embrace so strong that neither one of us could hardly breathe. Unlike the rest of the world, we had been lucky, the bombing strikes had never come this far until today. Violent shivers shook me to my bones and my teeth would not stop chattering. Without a word, both of us looked at each other and knew that today, could surely be our last one together. Xenia, was the name of the bomber that had destroyed most of the nearby towns. Yesterday we had heard a potential rumor that the Xenia had been spotted flying in our direction. Zapped of our hope, we knew the end was near.

Love-Hate Challenge

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A brand-new challenge (Love-Hate Challenge) is coming around the blogging circle and my name has been tossed into the ring by Yinglan.

Here are the rules:

  • 10 things I love
  • 10 things I hate
  • Nominate 5 – 10 other bloggers

Things I love:

  1. The countless ways that God shows me that he loves me each and every day.
  2. Being outdoors and exploring places that I have never been before.
  3. My family, because their love keeps me going.
  4. Writing, because it allows me to escape into another world.
  5. WordPress, because how else could I be friends with so many different people from around the world.
  6. My two English Mastiffs.  Between the two of them, they are 324lbs of love!
  7. Spending time at the beach, because it is the only place on earth that I truly feel at home.
  8. Fishing off a pier, I always seem to catch something different, and one time I even caught a baby shark!
  9. Quiet moments alone, these are few and far between, but I enjoy them when I get them!
  10. Coffee, because who doesn’t!

Things I hate:

  1. Mean, insensitive, hurtful people.
  2. Gossip.
  3. Spiders.
  4. Public bathrooms.
  5. Anything that is unorganized.
  6. Body Odor.
  7. Weeds.
  8. Tight fitting clothing.
  9. Cold weather.
  10. Mental & physical illnesses.

I’d like to nominate the following bloggers for this challenge:

This is just for fun, so don’t feel obligated to participate.  Have a great day!  🙂