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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#weekendcoffeshare – Beware of the Madman

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Good morning fellow bloggers!  How’s your week been?  It’s another chilly morning here in Wisconsin, but it’s supposed to be sunny all day and a high of 70°.  I’ve had to completely eliminate all caffeine from my diet this week due to some health issues.  So this morning, I’ve only made an herbal tea for myself; but I’ve got plenty of coffee in my pantry if you’d like me to brew you a batch.  Let’s chat for a while, shall we?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you to be careful going out today.  There’s a crazy man loose in our city, and the authorities have yet to track him down.  Apparently, he has now stolen 18 guns and written a 161-page anti-government manifesto, which apparently he has sent to President Trump.  This man has apparently expressed an interest in attacking government officials and schools.  Thus the reason schools were on lockdown here on Thursday and closed altogether on Friday.  And so we sit tight, hoping and praying that this man is captured before he has a chance to do anything drastic.

I am not letting my girls go outside unsupervised right now.  Police have ramped up coverage of the city and patrol cars can be seen at all exits, and at every school and main crossroad.  There were even a bunch of patrol cars at the local elementary school last night, which is just a few blocks away from where I live.  Not sure what that was about, but it kept a lot of my neighbors on edge.

I feel sad that this has become a fairly normal occurrence these days, even in rather low crime communities like mine.  I am thankful that Spring Break is next week, so at least none of the kids will be in school during that time.  Gives the police a whole week to find this guy before having to decide what to do about the threats to the schools.

There hasn’t been a whole lot else going on this week.  Been the normal ups and downs and today will be the first warm weather day we’ve had in a very long time.  We were supposed to get snow this week, but fortunately, it never got cold enough and it mostly just rained.

I plan to get out in the garden today and really clean up the yard.  It’s quite a mess from the recent storms and I never got around to pruning everything back in the fall, so I have my work cut out for me.  I’m guessing it’ll take me all weekend to get everything done; maybe even longer than that.

I also promised my girls, that we’d at least do a pizza and movie night tonight.  Seeing as how I’ll probably be completely exhausted from all the yard work, I know I won’t feel like cooking.  We’re planning to watch at least one of these movies… A Monster Calls, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or Passengers.  The only one I haven’t seen yet is A Monster Calls, so we’ll probably watch that one first.  The other two were both really good and I can’t wait to watch them again.

I seem to be watching movies more than normal these days.  I guess my girls are finally wearing me down.  I agreed that we should play some family games too.  My fifteen-year-old is learning how to play Mahjong and wants to play it this weekend.  I guess we’ll have to see how much we can fit in; with church, our small group meeting, and youth group on Sunday.  There’s always so much going on.

Well, I think I’ve rambled on long enough.  Anything new or exciting in your life?  If so, please leave me a comment and tell me all about it.  Otherwise, if you’re a coffee share blogger, I’ll be sure to come find you over at the link-up.

Have a great week everyone!  ~M  xoxo

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#weekendcoffeeshare – Rainy Day Chatter

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Well, so much for spring!  Yesterday was 74° and partially cloudy, and today it’s 40° and rainy.  Hence the reason I’m late getting up today.  Honestly, I could have slept all day since it’s so dark outside.  But alas, my stomach got to grumbling and so here I am; not quite awake yet, and trying to figure out something worthwhile to talk about.  So without further ado, grab a hot cup of something and let’s chat!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I had a fairly low-key week.  Monday I traveled to a town I used to live in, all in order to do my taxes, and then I also stopped by to see a dear friend of mine.  She has been going through a rough patch, so I wanted to stop and say hello and bring her a bit of cheer.  We had a nice time catching up, after not seeing her since Thanksgiving.  Then later that night, my husband and I took our girls to see Beauty and the Beast.  I have to say… it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time, and Emma Watson really made the movie what it was.

Thursday night I had a date night with hubby.  It was sort of a spontaneous thing that happened.  We were just going out to run some quick errands but decided to go out for dinner as well.  Always a nice surprise when we can spend some time together.  He works such longs hours, and so I hardly ever see him.  I’m looking forward to this summer because he’s only scheduled to work two weekends all summer long.  I’m hopeful that we will actually be able to plan a camping trip; something we always talk about but rarely get to do.

Last night I got to go see my niece graduate.  She came away with her associate’s degree as a medical assistant.  I am so very proud of her!  After suddenly losing her mom whom she was living with a couple of years ago, she has since been trying to support her and her son the best she can.  So going back to school was very difficult for her, with everything else she had to face as well.  But I think she can finally see her efforts coming to fruition, and it’s good to see a smile on her face because of it.

Living here in Wisconsin is hard for me, as I don’t have any blood relatives where I live, except for my immediate family of course.  Then, on my husband’s side, we only have four blood relatives living somewhat near us (30-90 min. away).  The thing is, it makes for very small family gatherings and the holidays often seem a bit lonely.  I grew up with big family celebrations and I really miss them.  So seeing my niece last night was such a blessing to me.  We were able to take her out to dinner and had the best time.  And now with eating out twice this week, I guess I will really have to watch what I eat this coming week!

Well, I suppose I should wrap things up for now.  I’m still sitting here in my pajamas at almost 2:00 in the afternoon!  Lol…

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.  Talk to ya next week!  ~M

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#weekendcoffeeshare – Staying focused

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this week has gone much better than last.  I’ve realized that I need to stay focused on my goals and really work on getting things done.  I always seem to do better when I take a structured approach to anything.  I started off the week by making myself a detailed schedule of what I wanted to accomplish, and so far I have completed each task.  I am an organizer by nature, and when things aren’t in perfect order, I sort of begin to stress out a little bit.  So by simple planning, I feel l have made some good progress.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I turned 45 this week.  I had a wonderful birthday this year.  I woke up to a plate full of toast made by my 8yr old daughter, and a lovely poem written by my very sweet husband.  I spent the entire day with my family, shopping and having fun.  I was treated like a princess, and left the mall with a great big box of dark chocolate sea salt caramels!  We even went to see a movie, “A Dog’s Purpose.”  I am not much of a movie watcher, but I have to admit, I really did enjoy this one.  It was a tearjerker for sure, and by the end of it, my husband and I were both bawling our eyes out.

Later that night we went out for Chinese food, and 3 days later, we are still surviving on leftovers from that dinner.  The portion sizes were enough to feed a football team, and the table was barely large enough to hold all the food they brought out to us.  We ordered the meal for three, even though there were four of us there.  Good thing we didn’t order the meal for four!  I came home that night feeling like I might possibly die from overeating, and the very idea of Chinese food right now, sort of makes me feel ill.

If we were having coffee, I’d also tell you that I have been feeling quite melancholy lately, and even though this week couldn’t have gone better, I am still feeling overwhelmed at times.  I’m learning to accept what I can’t change though, and trying not to let things get me down that I have no control over.  Life isn’t always what we hope for or expect.  We just have to learn to be as happy as we can, where we’re at, and learn to appreciate the little things that God sends our way.  I hope all of you have had a wonderful week.

Love and blessings, ~M xo

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