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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If you’re interested in publishing a book, this one’s for you!

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Hello, fellow bloggers and writers of all kinds,

I am addressing this post to all of you because I do believe the following information will prove to be quite useful to the majority of you.  I am a self-published author and published my first book through CreateSpace and KDP this year.

I began my writing journey just three years ago with a blog I created here on WordPress.  Before I started blogging, I began keeping a daily journal of my writings, and after awhile I decided to start sharing what I had written.  Those original journal entries were a great start, and I ended up really enjoying my first year of blogging.

Several months into blogging though, I found out that WP offered some writing classes, which can still be found at; The WordPress Daily Post.  After taking the introductory course in poetry, I started to feel like that was what I enjoyed writing the most, and so I began my journey as a poet, which is what I mostly write nowadays.  And if you like poetry, you can visit my other blog (Her Writing Haven) to read some of my more recent poems.

During that first year of blogging, I also ended up participating in National Novel Writing Month, (Aka, NaNoWriMo) and turned my journal entries into a historical fiction novel, called Revelations of the Past.  Shortly after finishing my book, I was offered a job with Channillo and began publishing a book of serialized fiction chapters, which can be found at; Channillo.com.

Since then, I’ve dabbled a bit in short-story writing, inspirational quotes, and travel blogging.  However, because I’d fallen in love with the idea of poetry, and because it came the easiest to me, I began writing poetry more than any other genre.  And because of my passion for it, I was able to publish my first book of poetry this year, called; Beneath the Canopy.

I began the process of creating my book, by compiling my poems into a software program called Scrivener, which was just the sort of program I needed for formatting my book.  After a lot of research, I decided that CreateSpace would be my choice for self-publishing.  I could have gone with IngramSpark instead, but the following link explains why I decided to go with CreateSpace first. IngramSpark vs CreateSpace.  However, I do plan to use IngramSpark in the very near future because it will allow me to sell my book to a much wider audience.  So I’d highly recommend checking it out. 

The first thing you need to know about publishing is that there are about a million different ways to go about executing the process, which is why I’m throwing in my two cents here and giving all of you an example of the path I took to get to this point.  I am happy with the results thus far, and so it’s a path I would recommend to anyone who asks me. 

There are however some things about publishing that nobody bothered to tell me before I started.  These are just some small things that I’ve learned on my own, but could have made the process a bit less daunting, had I known all of this beforehand.  So these are the kinds of things I wanted to pass on to all of you. 

First of all, when I decided to begin the process of publishing a book, I had no idea where to get an example of how to set up the format for one.  The good news is, that if you create an account with CreateSpace, you can then go in and download an already prepared MS Word template, which you can then use to format your book.  So I’d advise anybody who is thinking about publishing, to go in and download that template, before you do anything else.

Secondly, you need to know the difference between PCN’s and ISBN’s, and where you can get both of those.  Every book needs an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).  This number distinguishes your book from every other book in the world, and is required for publishing purposes.  (And on a side note, you will need a new ISBN for any new revised copy of your book, and for all of the different formats of your book as well.)  A PCN on the other hand, is a Preassigned Control Number, which allows the Library of Congress to assign control numbers in advance of publication, so that your book can be added to library collections throughout the world.  The PCN is optional, but without it, your book cannot be made available to libraries for purchase.  Here is the link to apply for a PCN.  As far as the ISBN goes, I recommend you read this article, before you decide what to do about purchasing one.   CreateSpace will give you a free ISBN number if you choose, but there are reasons you may want to buy your own.  I chose to buy my ISBN from Bowker, and if you go this route, I’d advise you to buy a complete lot of them if you plan to publish more than one book.  It’ll save you a ton of money in the long run.

I haven’t tried to find a traditional publisher for any of my books, and I have 11 more in the works.  I wanted to go through the process to see what it was like to publish a book, and I didn’t want to be waiting months or years to find a publisher to accept my work.  I suppose I’ve always been more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, and I’d heard nightmares of people who’d gone through publishing companies and just weren’t happy with the outcome.  If you decide to go with a traditional publisher, here is a link to a book that may help you find one, Authors Publishing Guide 2018.

And last but not least, before you can publish your book, you’ll need a book cover.  I think the easiest place to get one these days, is over at Fiverr.  This is where I bought my book cover for Revelations of the Past, and it only cost me $15.  However, that was just for a very basic design.  For my book, Beneath the Canopy, I purchased my book cover through, End2endbooks.  They ended up doing a pretty good job for about $165, and they are currently offering a discount if you go here.

And so there you go… I hope this will be a great resource for any of you who are contemplating the idea of publishing a book in the near future.  Please feel free to share this post with anyone else that you think would benefit from it.  Also, I am an affiliate for Scrivener, so if you decide to purchase the program, and want the in-depth classes they offer with it as well, please check out my page concerning all of this, here.

I hope this will be a good starting point for all of you, and if you have any questions, I am always here.  Feel free to contact me anytime, by clicking on my contact page listed in the above header.

Happy writing! ~M xo

March Writing Prompt Participants

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We had another great month of writing, but like some of you, I sort of fizzled out towards the end of it.  I have written another month of prompts for all of you, and if you enjoy sci-fi, those will probably be of interest to you.  They’ll be posting tomorrow at 8:00 CST, so be sure to look for those.  This month was amazing!  So many of you stayed the course.  So I’d like to mention those of you who were regular participants throughout the month.  All of you are such wonderful writers!  Thanks for writing alongside me, it’s been so much fun.  😉

Night Owl Poetry

Cosistories 

Afterwards 

This N That With Me

What if we all cared

The Bag Lady

Playing with words

And here’s the links to all of the amazing poems and stories that were created this month.  Well done everyone!

  1. Fizzy whizzys’

Night Owl Poetry – https://dorindaduclos.com/2018/03/01/fizzy-whizzys-poetry-marchwriting/

Cosistories – https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/110729020/posts/10006

Walt’s Writings – https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/127080456/posts/2790

Afterwards – https://afterwards.blog/2018/03/02/fizzy-whizzys-march-prompts-1-31/

This N That With Me – https://cthisnthat.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/fizzy/

What if We all Cared? – https://whatifweallcared.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/when-we-believe-without-thinking/

The Bag Lady – https://rugby843.blog/2018/03/31/putting-my-feet-in-the-dirt-1/

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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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Exciting News! Read all about it!

Well, I’ve got some rather exciting news to tell all of you about, and I just can’t hold it in any longer. Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been rather aloof these days, and I promise you, it comes with good reason. I have been secretly working on 12 poetry books, and my […]

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A poem’s meaning

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“A poem’s meaning is often lost among a slew of unimaginative eyes, for the true intent and heart of the poet is rarely discernible. And those who have the rare opportunity to discover the meaning of the poet’s incredulous words, are often deeply moved and sometimes even changed, by those delicately written sentiments, which often resonate and intermingle within the heart of the reader himself.” ~M


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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… 😉

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.  😉

#WeekendCoffeeShare – Life goes on…

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Good morning everyone!  Come in and sit down and I’ll make you a cup of your very favorite hot or cold drink.  I have a variety of options, so take your pick.  I’m drinking a steamy mug of hot chocolate, which is filled to the brim with whipped cream.  And yes, I’m being naughty and not following my paleo diet to perfection at the moment, but once and awhile we all need a little flexibility in our lives, and after a month like this… well, let’s just say hot chocolate has been sort of a saving grace for me.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my life has been completely turned upside down these days and I hardly even know where to begin.  I suppose I’ll start off by saying that I feel completely blessed and thankful that my two oldest daughters have both survived this month.  One had her home threatened by a huge fire out in California, and my other daughter who lives in Florida was in the middle of hurricane Irma.   Both are fine now, and that’s such a huge relief!

Here at home, there has been turmoil as well.  The first week of school was a bit rough, after finding out that hubby is deploying overseas and also that our 4 yr. old dog Pippa has bone cancer.  I’m trying my best to make Pippa as comfortable as possible, but the vet said her days are certainly numbered.  She may only live a few more months which is really sad to me.  Hubby felt so bad when he found out and misses us so much, that he made a surprise visit home over this past week.  It was nice to see him, but at the same time, it was so hard to say goodbye, especially knowing that it may be another year before I see him again.

Here’s some good news though, I had been dealing with depression at the beginning of this year and I’m feeling so much better.  I was also having some physical ailments that caused me to lose 22 lbs.  However, I am happy to say, that all of those issues seem to have been resolved.  It was determined that I was having some terrible side effects from one of the meds I was on and once I stopped taking that, I began to feel like myself again.

I am presently working on several poetry books and figure over this next year that I should be able to knock a few of them out while hubby is away.  That is of course if I don’t end up with any more hiccups.  All I can do is continue to try.  It’s been very hard to stay motivated and inspired.  I had a friend whom I wrote about here.  This friend was the one person in my life, who really inspired my early days of writing.  And even though he finally contacted me and ended up explaining why he no longer wanted to be friends, it has still been very difficult to continue on without him.

In fact, as some of you know, I started my new blog just a month ago and ended up taking all of my poems off of this one.  I needed a fresh start, as many of the poems I had written on this blog reminded me of my friend.  I knew I needed to finally let him go from my heart and mind, and came very close to deleting my blog altogether.  But I decided I couldn’t quit, and so instead I started over.  I also knew that eventually, I wanted to take my old poems off of my blog anyway, due to the fact that I do plan to publish them in the near future.   So ultimately, it forced me to do something prematurely that I knew I would eventually have to do anyway.

I know I haven’t been around as much lately as far as reading blogs goes, and I apologize to many of you who I haven’t visited on a regular basis like I used to.  But life has just taken its toll on me lately and I just haven’t had as much time for reading.  It’s hard to keep life in perfect balance and I know it’s foolish to even try.  I just hope that you all know how much I really do care about you.  When I say I love you guys, I really do mean it.  All of you here on WordPress have become like family to me.  It’s hard to explain it, but when you’re so isolated because you live in a place with hardly any family or friends around, your internet buddies become everything to you.  If you’ve written a coffee share this weekend, please leave me a link so that I can catch up with you.  Hope your week is filled with love and happiness!  ~M

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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

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

#MidnightMadness – 5/16/2017

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Blogger friend Trent, from Trent’s World has graciously given us a new word to add to the dictionary.  Compty is the word, and it means… wanting to comment on a blog post but coming up empty when you try.  So here’s a poem I promised to write about it.  And just in case you missed it, this goes along with last night’s Midnight Madness; which you can check out here.

 

Compty

Is a very unique word

One you’ve probably

Never even heard

 

It’s a word made up

By our blogger friend Trent

Who decided to tell me

What this awesome word meant

 

So have no fear

This magical word is now here

Its meaning is simple and easy

And won’t leave you feeling queasy

 

It has to do with

Wanting to comment on a blog

During those frustrating times

When your brain is in a fog

 

It’s then that you can’t quite

Figure out what to say

So you just end up leaving

And going on your merry way

 

So thank you Trent

For sharing your word

It really is lovely

And not at all absurd

 

It’s too bad nobody else

Was brave enough to submit any more

Get with the program all you other bloggers

And don’t be such a bore!  😉

 

Written by, Michelle Cook

 


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