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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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#MidnightMadness – 10/11/2017

I was busy writing in my office tonight, when my little Auti charged through the door and announced that she had a huge surprise for me.  She proceeded to drag me out of my office, through the living room, and then stopped me right in front of my bedroom door.  I was told to shut my eyes, and was then led into my bedroom where our family computer resides.  I was finally told to open my eyes and have a peek.  This is what was on the computer screen, written just for me…

Dear mommy I love you and I want to say you’re the best I love you and you love me every day is the best with you and I think you think the same thing I hope you’re doing well so I love you hopefully you enjoyed reading this as I loved writing this have a wonderful night from: autumn ;-D

This was just the sweetest note I could ever receive!  I think perhaps we need to work on her punctuation a bit, but there was no way I was going to point that out when her big blue eyes were staring up at me, looking for approval.  She’s currently in my bedroom again, writing poetry and yelling for me to come and take a look.  So I mustn’t keep her waiting!  Sounds like it’s a Christmas poem this time!  Lol… 😉

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/

New website!

I’ve got some exciting news to share with all of you, so hold onto your seats!  Okay, I realize it may not be all that exciting, but it really is to me.  While I was away, I decided it was time to make some changes to my blog.  Many of you may have already noticed, but I decided to take all of my poems off of this site.  When I initially started this blog three years ago, I had never intended to use it to write poetry.  In fact, back then I didn’t write poetry at all.  Because of this, I have never felt like this blog has worked with my new style of writing.  So with much thought, hesitation, and uncertainty, I have finally decided to take the plunge and create a whole new site just for my poems.  I will still be writing here every now and then, but I will mainly be posting on my new website.  If you’d like to follow me over there, here’s the link.

Her Writing Haven

I can’t wait to reconnect with all of you!  Hope you’ve been having a great summer.  ~M xo

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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Pure bliss and happiness, are closer than I once thought.

Well, today was a much better day.  I still don’t have a working cell phone, but I rather enjoyed unplugging for once and I think I accomplished a lot more because of it.  I’m still writing for Channillo, and so I added another chapter to my series today.  I’m up to 6 subscribers now!  Woo hoo!  Lol….  I know it doesn’t seem like much, but honestly… those 6 subscribers mean the world to me right now.  There’s just something about knowing that somebody, (anybody at all) is reading my very first book!  It tickles me to no end!  Yes, I’m smiling from ear to ear and doing the happy dance because of it.

Anyway, another thing that has me blissfully happy today, is the fact that I have been asked to start selling my poetry at one of our local shops downtown.  Today I was finally able to order most of the supplies that I will need.  I was able to find a ton of frames and mats on sale.  Now I just need to figure out how to personalize and decorate each one, to really make them stand out.  I’m just so excited to finally have the opportunity to move forward with selling some of my work.  I am no longer letting these opportunity’s pass me by.  It’s do or die time, and I need to be smart for once and take these God given opportunities that are finally crossing my path and just run with them. 

Things on the home front have been improving.  Hubby and I have really been working through some tough issues and I believe that we are finally making immense progress.  My future seems to be clearer than it has been in a long time, and we have even been talking about writing a book together.  Hubby’s a huge history buff and I’m not very good with remembering historical details as much as he is, so I think by combining my love for writing and his love of history, we may end up coming up with something pretty amazing.  He’s been jotting down some ideas, and I think after the first of the year, we will begin to have some time to really sit down and plan what we want to write about.

I was gone all last week, as my oldest daughter recently got married in California.  The ceremony was beautiful and each of them wrote their own vows to one another.  I feel truly blessed, knowing that my daughter was able to find such an amazing husband.  She is in good hands and I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that she will be well cared for.  They are both currently full-time missionary’s and seem excited to stay in the mission field. 

Now that I’m back in Wisconsin, I’m really missing the warm weather that we had out there.  Of course I don’t miss the constant traffic that we had to deal with and the fast pace of life that seems to be the norm out there.  After growing up in California, I vowed never to move back.   (And really how can you, when each house is a million dollars plus on average.)  I am still very much content in my choice to stay in the mid-west, where daily life is more relaxed, less expensive, and where I can actually breathe the air without coughing up a lung.

Today has been a wonderful day, I slept in late, ran errands, went to our church small group this evening, and then I came home and proceeded with the normal day to day stuff that I needed to catch up on.  I feel content and happy right now and since it’s getting late here, I should sign off.  So if you’re reading this, I really do hope that you have a wonderful God filled week, full of joy and happiness.  Much love, to all my faithful readers.  You guys are the best!  ~M  xoxo