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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/

Day 2 – Meadows of light
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/02/meadows-in-light/
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/meadows-of-light/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/02/meadows-of-light-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 3 – The Crack in the Corner
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/the-crack-in-the-corner/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/03/the-crack-in-the-corner-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/03/that-mattie-she-was-probably-right-all-right/

Day 4 – Silly Putty
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/04/impression-upon-my-soul-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/04/silly-putty-silly-putty/

Day 5 – Creases of the heart
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/05/creases-of-the-heart-romantictuesday-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/05/elvis-lives/
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/28/creases-of-the-heart/

Day 6 – Orange Dumplings
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/06/orange-dumplings-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/06/miscommunication/

Day 7 – Willy Nilly
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/07/willy-and-nilly-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/07/busy-billy/

Day 8 – Looming Chaos
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/08/looming-chaos-poetry-of-a-hurricane-irma-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/08/rapture-of-the-church/

Day 9 – Paper Stars
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/09/now-a-paper-star/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/09/paper-stars-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/an-attempt-at-a-writing-prompt/
Night Unlatched – https://nightunlatched.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/paper-stars-never-fall/

Day 10 – Empty Promises
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/10/empty-promises-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/10/but-you-promised-me/
The Rock in the River – https://therockintheriver.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/another-writing-prompt/

Day 11 – Cigars and Bourbon
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/11/cigars-and-bourbon/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/11/mistress-of-the-game-poetry-septemberwriting/

Day 12 – A Feathery Kiss
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/12/feathery-sweetness/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/12/a-feathery-kiss-romantictuesday-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 13 – Illusionary Dreams
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/13/the-boy-in-the-moon-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/13/invite-me-over-ill-follow-crumbs/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/14/illusionary-dreams-writing-prompt-1392017/

Day 14 – Once a treasure
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/14/once-a-treasure-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/14/a-size-14/

Day 15 – Splintered Fragments
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/15/friday-fantasy-splintered-fragments-poetry-septemberwriting/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/15/just-a-holy-day-not-a-holiday/

Day 16 – A Marked Discovery
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/16/fall-approaches-dailyhaikuchallenge-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/16/in-the-hands-of-the-potter/

Day 17 – Perceptions of Life
Confessions of a failed writer – https://confessingsofafailedwriter.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/i-like-big-words-and-i-cannot-lie/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/17/perceptions-of-life-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/17/what-makes-life-worth-living/

Day 18 – A Generous Portion
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/18/a-generous-portion-septemberwriting-poetry-freeverse/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/19/a-generous-portion-of-life-writephoto-challenge/

Day 19 – Tragedy Spelled Misery
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/19/tragedy-spelled-misery-poetry-acrostic-septemberwriting/

Day 20 – Applesauce Pie
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/20/applesauce-pie-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 21 – Sprinkled with love
Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/sprinkled-with-love/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/21/sprinkled-with-love-septemberwriting-poetry/

Day 22 – Fountain of fizz
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/22/fountain-of-fizz-septemberwriting-poetry/
Sweet Aroma – https://onetahayes.com/2017/09/21/water-baptism/

Day 23 – Blanketed in bliss
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/23/tastes-of-autumn-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/24/blanketed-in-bliss/

Day 24 – Profound destiny
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/24/profound-destiny-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/24/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-24th-2017/

Day 25 – A pinch of happiness
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/25/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-25th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/25/a-pinch-of-happiness-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2017/09/25/a-pinch-of-happiness/

Day 26 – Peppered pickles
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/26/pickled-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching! – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/26/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-26th-2017/

Day 27 – The silvery substance
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/27/autumn-nighttime-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/27/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-27th-2017/

Day 28 – The embers erupted
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/28/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-28th-2017/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/28/a-raging-inferno-septemberwriting-fiction/

Day 29 – Between the lines
Emerging Destiny – http://emergingdestiny.com/2017/09/24/between-the-lines-september-writing-prompt/
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/29/alone-by-the-window-septemberwriting-poetry-of-loneliness/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/29/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-29th-2017/

Day 30 – Scattered Rose Petals
Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2017/09/30/scattered-dailyhaikuchallenge-septemberwriting-poetry/
Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching – https://tessacandoit.com/2017/09/30/september-writing-prompts-by-michelle-september-30th-2017/
A Soldier’s Walk – https://asoldierswalk.com/2017/09/30/scattered-rose-petals/

#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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The pathway to success

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“Ambition and drive are the only way to thrive.” ~M

 


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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!  🙂