May Writing Prompt Participants

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I was so impressed by the response this month from all of you who participated.  I really enjoyed reading all of your lovely creations.  I was thrilled once again by Walt’s compilation, moved by the ever beautiful words of Dorinda, captivated by Michael’s fantasy fiction adventure, intrigued by the variety of stories from Cosistories, enlightened by The Bag Lady, laughing along with Sarah and her sweet sense of humor, resonating with June Ann’s words, and inspired by Playing with words.  I can’t wait to see what all of you come up with for June!  😉  ~M xoxo

  1. The in-between

Walt’s Writings – https://waltswritingsonlife.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/a-month-of-may-prompts-in-one-day/

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/05/01/the-in-between-maywriting-poetry-romantictuesday/

The Bag Lady – https://rugby843.blog/2018/05/02/putting-my-feet-in-the-dirt-may-1/

Cosistories – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/the-in-betweeners/

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/05/03/the-in-between-part-1-of-31/

This N That With Me – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/in-between/

Having Fun Blogging – https://stc7029.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/deep-in-thought-deep-in-space/

Jaquintinwriter – https://jaquintinwriter.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/topic-hip-hop/

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Final Project – Week 8

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Well here it is, my final drawing for the 8 week course I’ve been taking.  I think I did a decent job with this class, especially considering I haven’t drawn much of anything in nearly 30 years.  Still not sure if I’ll continue with it, but if I do, I will likely try to illustrate some of my own books.

It’s snowing here again in Wisconsin, and although it’s pretty, I still wish spring would stop teasing us.  On the upside, it certainly does make for a great day of creativity in some form or another, which I’ll most likely take full advantage of.  Anyway, hope everyone is having a great weekend!    ~M xo

Sketching Week 6

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Here’s my final project for this week.  I took photos along the way to show the entire process.  The overall drawing took me approximately 15 hours to complete and I used a 4B graphite pencil for the entire drawing.  I was surprised a handkerchief could take this long to sketch.  Lol… 😉

Light and Shading – Week 5

 

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Every week, I feel like my projects get more difficult, and as simple as this one looks with just a couple of boxes and a ball, it really was my most difficult project yet.  This one was sketched using a 2B and 6B graphite pencil and took a couple of days to complete.  I’m just relieved that it’s done, and feel like I could still spend a few more hours perfecting it even now.  However, I’ve already turned in this project for the week and I’m ready to never have to look at this one again!  Lol…

Sketch 4 – Final Version

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Well, here’s my final sketch for my mid-term project.  My teacher didn’t really want me adding anything else, but I snuck in an extra book because I thought it looked too plain without it.  He also wanted me to shade the table, so I did that as well.  This was a lot more difficult from my first sketch since this one was done in charcoal and my original sketch was done in graphite.  Hopefully I get a good grade.  My teacher seems like a tough grader and so far I’m at an 89%.  So I’ve got to bring that up a bit if I want to get an “A” in the class.  Hope everyone is having a good weekend!  😉

Sketching – Week 4

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Well, here’s more of what I’ve been up to this week.  Each week we have a quick sketch that’s due on Wednesday, and then by Sunday, we turn in a final drawing.  This is my Wednesday sketch.  I’m still not sure what my final layout will be for Sunday.  I’ll be starting it tonight, and I think I’ll be adding another book and possibly a bottle to give my still life a little more interest.  Wish me luck, cause it’s for my mid-term project and worth nearly half my grade.  Yikes!  😉

Quick update…

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Hey Everyone,

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything and so I thought I’d give you all a quick update.  I haven’t been shirking my blogging responsibilities out of choice, just been really busy because I’m back in school now and it’s taking up a lot of my time.

So today, I wanted to share what I’ve been doing in one of my classes.  I decided to take a fun class to begin with, and here’s one of the drawings I recently completed.  It’s been so much fun getting back into sketching, which I really haven’t done much of since high school (which was 30 years ago), but it’s slowly coming back to me.  Anyway, it’s always good to revisit the things we used to enjoy, all in order to see if we still find pleasure in them years later.  I’ll try to share more photos of my work from time to time.

Hope all of you have been well.  I’ll try to catch up on reading all of your blogs as soon as I can.  And if there’s something I’ve missed that you’d like to share with me, then please leave a link to your post in the comments below.  I always love it when you guys share things with me like that.  😉

 

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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November Writing Prompts #NaNoWriMo

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Well, we’re finally into November!  Can you believe it?  And since many of you are taking part in NaNoWriMo this month, including myself, I wanted to give you an idea on how you can use these prompts to help during your novel writing endeavors.

First of all, I’d like you to think about your morning routine.  What gets you moving in the morning?  What wakes you up and gets your mind motivated to write?  If you happen to struggle with motivation like so many of us do, here’s a simple thing that can help inspire you to write each and every day.  I do this with my daughters every morning, and it really helps to spark the flow of creativity.

Begin by settling 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 that novel which is just begging to be written!

And just to let you all know, I will still try to write a few poems this month, but will mostly be focusing on writing my novel.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit my new blog where I’m now posting all of my poetry, then please stop by for a visit one of these days and have a look!  Here’s where I can be found… Her Writing Haven.

Good luck everyone… and let the writing begin!  ~M xo

1. Cradled and cocooned
2. Unassuming diversions
3. Deepest desires
4. Prolonged agony
5. Musical undertones
6. A chance meeting
7. Scalloped edges
8. Incessant dreaming
9. Beads of sweat
10. Flaming arrows
11. Killing curiosity
12. Still of night
13. Breezy blunders
14. Mediocrity and milkshakes
15. Bamboozled
16. Insignificant artifacts
17. Orion’s Belt
18. Fastidious matters
19. Teardrops and teacups
20. Iridescent truths
21. Crunchy munchies
22. Wheezing and sneezing
23. Jumbled words
24. Temporary turmoil
25. Naked canvas
26. Fractured figures
27. Neverending sugar cubes
28. Ceiling wax
29. The art of boredom
30. Bedknobs and broomsticks


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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 Prompts

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As many of you have probably noticed, I often create writing prompts for myself and try to incorporate those prompts into my daily writing.  So this month, I decided to create some writing prompts for all of you to use as well.  I plan to try and use as many of these as I can myself.  I will be posting the results of my writing efforts on my other blog.  And for those of you who have not visited my new blog yet, here’s the link.  Please tag me in your post if you decide to participate.  I’d love to see what you’ve written.  Have a very blessed September!  ~M xoxo

Writing Prompts September 2017

  1. I tried to say goodbye
  2. Meadows of light
  3. The crack in the corner
  4. Silly putty
  5. Creases of the heart
  6. Orange dumplings
  7. Willy nilly
  8. Looming chaos
  9. Paper stars
  10. Empty Promises
  11. Cigars and bourbon
  12. A feathery kiss
  13. Illusionary dreams
  14. Once a treasure
  15. Splintered fragments
  16. A marked discovery
  17. Perceptions of life
  18. A generous portion
  19. Tragedy spelled misery
  20. Applesauce pie
  21. Sprinkled with love
  22. Fountain of fizz
  23. Blanketed in bliss
  24. Profound destiny
  25. A pinch of happiness
  26. Peppered pickles
  27. The silvery substance
  28. The embers erupted
  29. Between the lines
  30. Scattered rose petals

#weekendcoffeeshare – Provoked and Peeved

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Good morning everyone, I really hope all of you have been having a lovely week.  It’s been mostly cold, wet and dreary here, so I’m in need of some cheery conversation.  I’ve got a scrumptious homemade chai tea, hot chocolate with extra whipped cream, or regular ol medium roast coffee this morning.  So take your pick!  Alright, let’s get to it…

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my frustration level has hit a new high this week.  I’m normally a very calm and easy going person, until somebody decides to rev me up.  I suppose I’m just tired of letting people walk all over me, but then I wrestle with the notion that I ought to be sweet and nice and not rock anybody’s boat.

Somedays, I think the best thing I could do for myself, is to just let go of anyone who can’t seem to play nice with me.  After all, I shouldn’t have to put up with all the nonsense when I haven’t done anything wrong.  So often, I feel like I’m back in the school yard once again, with the way people act these days!  The behavior of some is quite appalling and so often unnecessary.

Okay, my little rant is over.  I just needed to get that out, it’s been welling up inside me all week and simply needed to be said.  Now to my very kind and thoughtful blogger friends, I have no problems with any of you.  All of you have been so sweet to me, and WP is my happy place because of it.  So thank you fellow bloggers, let us continue to unite as an unrelenting positive force!

Now I do believe, there is a silver lining in every lousy thing we may face.  And this week was no exception.  I took all the anger that had been building up inside me this week and poured it all out into my writing.  I was having a bit of writer’s block at the beginning of the week, and then all it took was that one last hit over the head for the dam to break, and for me to finally regain my thoughts once more.

Isn’t it funny how our emotions can often drive us to actually getting things accomplished?  When I get angry or upset, I turn my frustrations into productivity.  If I’m at home and someone upsets me, watch out!  I’ll have my house cleaned in a quarter of the time it normally takes me.  That’s just how I am, and how I’ve always been.  I suppose that’s always been my way of fighting back and not giving in to defeat.

There are so many people I know, who just give up the minute life gets a tad bit difficult.  I think this drives me crazier than anything else.  How can you simply give up, when things don’t go according to plan?  In my mind, that just causes a person to become even more beaten down.  Anyway, enough about me and what I think.  Tell me about your week; anything new and exciting to share?  I’d really love to hear about it, so please leave me a message in the comments section.

One final thought… I really hope all of you have a very blessed week, and please don’t ever give up.  Turn your frustrations into creative energy and focus on the positives!  Hugs and kisses!  ~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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Long forgotten art projects

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Acrylic tiger painting (completed when I was 16 yrs old)

I’ve been thinking about getting back into drawing and painting.  It’s been such a long time since I’ve done much of anything.  The most I seem to accomplish anymore, is explaining certain art techniques to my girls.

Today I came across these old art projects of mine.  I painted the tiger 29 years ago, and I drew the sketch of my oldest daughter when she was 2 years old.  Unfortunately, neither one of these projects has ever been completely finished.

The painting of the tiger was for a class project. There were three of us in the class, who were basically given the same assignment.  We were all told to draw the same tiger, and we were given a photo out of a magazine to share as a reference.  The only difference was, I was assigned the job of painting the tiger, while another girl was told to draw hers using ink, and the boy who was chosen, was told to use pencil.

I have to say, their drawings turned out so much better than my painting.  I wish I had a picture of their completed assignments.  They were both amazingly talented, and I felt quite inferior when I saw their finished results. In fact, the girl in my class, actually won an award for her ink drawing.  I am quite sure she must have gone on, and made a career out of her artistic abilities.

I was quite disappointed, because I ran out of time for completing my assignment.  It was the first time I had ever had the opportunity to do a painting, and so it took me awhile to figure out how to work with the acrylic paints.  Plus, I was in a drawing class at the time, and my teacher decided to have me be the only student to do a painting.  So I really had no idea what I was doing.

My teacher must have known that I’d be able to figure it out though, and so he sent me home with a set of paints to play around with.  I really wish I could have spent more time on the project.   The bottom portion of the painting lacks the detail I wanted to add; but because I was forced to hand the painting in for grading, I had to leave it unfinished.  I remember the day the project was due, I got to class 10 minutes early, just so I could add the whiskers. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!  Lol…

So what do all of you you think?  Should I attempt to throw myself back into a little bit of artwork once again?  It might be fun to at least designate one night a week for drawing or painting.  I’m still unsure of where to even begin at this point in my life, but I think it would be a nice change of pace once and awhile.

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My daughter Caitlyn (approx. age 2)

For all of my poetic friends out there, this one’s for you!

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Some of you may know this and others may not, but I have only been writing poetry for about a year now.  I started this blog a couple of years ago, writing mostly short stories and some inspirational quotes.  And now as most of you have probably noticed, I have switched to writing mostly poetry.

In fact, I counted my poems the other day, and in a years’ time, I have written almost 400 poems.  I was certainly amazed when I realized how many I had written, and that doesn’t even include the ones in the “To be completed” folder.  There’s probably another 100 in there. 

To me this tells me, that I’m finally making progress, and that feels really good.  I love the thrill I get when I complete a job, and I know I’ve put forth my best effort.  And now because of my effort, I’ve had a store owner become interested in my work.

While I was downtown with a friend one day, I got to talking with one of the store owners, and I explained to her that I am a writer, and told her about my blog.  Well apparently, she searched for my blog and liked what she saw, and so the next time I was downtown, she ended up asking me if she could sell my poems at her shop. 

So over the past few weeks, I have been getting my poems ready to sell.  I thought I‘d give all of you a quick tutorial on what I did, just in case you decide you’d like to learn about a fun creative way, to sell your poems too. 

Here are the basic supplies you will need, if you decide to make this project.  (Frame, ribbon or other types of decorations (see pictures below), mat, scissors, surface protector, and a hot glue gun.

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Here are examples of some other decorative materials, that you could use.

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Then, it’s just a matter of affixing the ribbon, or other decorative item, to your mat. (Cut your pieces, then… wrap, tie, glue, etc.)

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And in the end, you may want to make a few more like these…

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Then, the only thing left to do, is to put your finished mat and poem, into a frame of your choice, and there you go!

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