Where has it gone?

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How many times have I sat here and asked myself, “Where has all of my inspiration gone?”  And then in a single burst of newfound creative energy, it all seems to come back to me in full force.  I live for the days when the thoughts pour right out of my head into a jumbled mess upon my college-ruled blue lined paper.  Those words literally look up at me and beg me to put them into some kind of sensible order.  We all face writer’s block from time to time though, and I think the best way to work through it, is to pick up a pen, and just start writing anything and everything that comes to your mind.  Kind of like what I’m doing right now.  In fact, I really have no idea where these words are currently taking me.  I’ve been stuck without a decent thought or idea for months now.

I know I’ll never give up on the idea of being a writer because it’s the only thing in my life that has ever remained a true passion.  I almost believe that a part of me would surely die if I ever did try to give up writing altogether.  My soul seems to crave words as if my very life depends on them.  So my advice to anyone who may be struggling at the moment is to keep pen and paper handy at all times, and just jot down random thoughts whenever you have the opportunity.  I think you’ll be surprised by just how many ideas suddenly pop into your head, which may often lead to wonderful stories that you might not have thought could ever be possible.

Just never give up, you’re a writer after all, whether you feel like you can officially call yourself that or not.  If you’re here and you’re writing for a blog, then you’re a writer, and it’s important that people hear what you have to say.  You’re words mean something, and you never know whose lives you might touch by the simple things you say and share.  Anyway, these are my thoughts for this quiet Tuesday evening, and I figured it was time to get out of my rut and write something.  I hope everyone is having a good week.  Keep on writing and never give up!  Love, ~M  xoxo


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June Writing Prompts

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I can hardly believe it’s already June, where does the time go?  This month I decided to get *my girls involved once again, and so many of these are ideas are taken from the minds of an 8 yr old and a 16 yr old.  They always come up with some great prompts, and so I’m glad I asked them for their help.

If you’re new to the idea of writing with the help of prompts, here’s what I like to do with them…

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.

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!  😉

Have a great month of writing everyone!  ~M xo

  1. A sprinkle of balderdash
  2. Callipygian curves
  3. Hornswoggling hellos
  4. Sour drop dreams
  5. Tissue paper troubles
  6. Malicious metaphors
  7. Lackadaisical lollygagging
  8. Cotton ball caricatures
  9. Beyond the ballyhoo
  10. And then we all fizzled
  11. Ethereal evolutions
  12. Memoirs and milestones
  13. Laughing like a lyrical lush
  14. Pirouetting penguins
  15. Torturous turnips
  16. Whistling whirligigs
  17. Sylvia’s secrets
  18. Penciled in blue
  19. In cahoots with chaos
  20. Ghastly goobers
  21. Dazzling doohickeys
  22. Code R A I N B O W
  23. Bottoms down
  24. Absquatulating aliens
  25. Carnelian and carbuncle
  26. Remember the magic
  27. Spastically spiffy
  28. A river of fortitude
  29. Bodacious barnacles
  30. Cockamamie conclusions

*Special thanks to Brianna and Autumn Cook for all of your wonderful ideas.


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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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May Writing Prompts

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Phew!  I almost forgot to get these done!  Lol… Guess I’m gonna start needing more reminders in my old age.  😉  Thank you Dorinda Duclos for reminding me this month.  ❤️

And if you’re new to the prompt scene, here’s what I like to do with them…

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.

Have a great month of writing everyone!  ~M xo

1. The in-between
2. Senseless sacrifices
3. Liquid love
4. Time binging
5. Morphing into magma
6. Crystal clear consolations
7. Popsicle periscopes
8. Saturated pleasantries
9. Cylindrical circumstances
10. The pendulum of posterity
11. Witchy warts
12. The spotted speck
13. Glass houses
14. Cloudy dimensions
15. Rinky dinky
16. Fight or flight
17. Bavarian cream dreams
18. Forgotten ruins
19. Bottled bliss
20. Leathery lies
21. Artichokes and anchovies
22. The night of nin
23. Window of warning
24. Pastel perspectives
25. Frilly frocks
26. The century of certainty
27. Hobnobbed
28. Hickory and dickory
29. Candy curtsies
30. Velvety violets
31. Anchored avenues

*Also, if you’re not sure how to create a pingback for your post, just copy this link into your post and I’ll get a notification from you.  Thanks!  ~M xo

https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2018/05/01/may-writing-prompts/

 

April Writing Prompt Participants

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Hey Everyone,

Hope all of you had a great month of writing.  Sorry I’ve kinda dropped off this month.  Been busy and completely unmotivated to write, which I noticed seems to be a similar trend with many other bloggers as well.

Anyway, May is a new month and with spring finally showing her face again, I think all of us will finally get back into the swing of things.  Thanks to all of you who participated.

Here are the top writing participants for April…

Night Owl Poetry

Cosistories

Afterwards

The Bag Lady

Cactus Haiku

 

April Writing Prompt Participants

  1. The explosive egg hunt

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/04/01/the-easter-egg-hunt-napowrimo-aprilwriting/

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

Cosistories – https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/stars-date-04012018-the-hunt-for-the-explosive-egg/

HAVING FUN BLOGGING – https://stc7029.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/hodgepodge/

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/04/03/mission-primary-room-101/

The Bag Lady – https://rugby843.blog/2018/04/30/putting-my-feet-in-the-dirt/

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What inspires you?

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What inspires you?

This is the thought running through my mind today as it’s been nearly a month now since I’ve had any inspiration to do much of anything. It’s as if a light switch has been turned off inside my brain and I almost feel as if all of my emotions have left me. I think it’s very difficult for a writer to write anything when they feel emotionless. Especially as a poet, we live for emotions and all the wonderful words that spill out of hearts and minds. I think I’ve shut off a lot of my emotions because it somehow seems easier that way. I’ve also found myself pulling away from people more often. There are a few who I still let in, but for the most part, I don’t really share what’s going on in my life. As I get older, there seems to be so much more drama, and I suppose I’ve been feeling the need to sort of rid myself from all of that. I call it self-preservation, and I know it’s simply necessary at times.

I don’t feel in any way like I am suffering from depression, even though it may look that way to outsiders. I’m actually feeling very content right now, just to be alone and to reevaluate my life. I’ve been homeschooling my girls for 12 years, and even though I love the time I have with them, I still miss my career in Biotechnology more than ever. It’s hard being a mom sometimes. I’m pulled in so many different directions. I’m often not sure which path to take, but I always try to put my girls first in every long-term decision that I make. And yet now that they’re getting older, and my two oldest daughters are married and starting lives of their own, I’m finally taking the time to consider what I want for a change.

I really want to work outside the home again. I honestly miss my 60 hour work weeks because I truly did love my job, and I’d like to find another job that I can enjoy just as much. I’ve recently enrolled back in school, and at 46, I think I’m one of the oldest students in my class. But it matters not, I’m determined to start a second career even at my age. This time around I’m pursuing a degree in digital media and web design. I’ve been saying for years that I wanted to get into web design but didn’t think I could afford the cost of school. After checking into it though, I found out that I qualified for government grants, and I also applied for a scholarship. And between the two, I haven’t had to pay a dime. So now I sit here wondering why I waited so long to take the plunge and I’m practically kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

The good thing is, I’m doing it now, and I’ve got to stop looking back and just keep moving forward. I feel as if time is running out in some respects. It’s almost like there’s this invisible force pushing me along, telling me to hurry up before it’s too late. Sometimes it helps me to get away and quiet myself for a few days, and so I’m currently sitting all alone in a lovely cottage in the woods. It’s absolutely beautiful here, and I’m finding that this is probably the first inspiring day I’ve had in a very long time. The sun is shining through my window, and I’m so thankful to have this time to reflect and hopefully turn the light switch to inspiration back on. I’ve got three more days here to figure out how to do just that and determination is starting to settle in. It’s blessings like these that keep me going. I hope all of you are having a very blessed week as well and I’d like to know, what inspires you? ~M xo


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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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January Writing Prompts

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Sorry I’m a little late in the day.  Let’s see if we can do a whole year of these.  😉

1. Shimmers of chartreuse
2. Moonlit excursions
3. Butter brickle
4. Teleporting topless
5. Alphabet stew
6. Sinkholes and sandpaper
7. Pinches of positivity
8. Rusty bearings
9. Thirsty gulps
10. A sea of chardonnay
11. Bankruptcy to Broadway
12. Pestered and polished
13. Glitz and glam
14. Permanently petrified
15. Mountains must move
16. Wild and willful
17. Prickly pears
18. Drips of diversions
19. Spotted cow
20. Knackered and numb
21. Once upon a princess
22. Centerfold sensations
23. Captured in corduroy
24. Felix Fineas
25. Troubling truths
26. Steamy and dreamy
27. Over the esker
28. Dunked and drizzled
29. The bridge beyond
30. Stinging nettles
31. Time before time

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.