February 2021 Writing Prompts

Welcome to another month of writing prompts! It’s hard to believe it’s February already. This is a busy month for me since I’ll be celebrating my 27th wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and my 49th birthday all in the same month. I always wonder why I stupidly picked February as the month to get married. It certainly lessens the excitement since all the celebrations are pretty much lumped into one day instead of three separate occasions. Oh well, we live and learn… 😉 Cheers to all of you who are still fighting through these challenging times. Stay safe, happy, and healthy!

Love, ~M xo

  1. Turbulent tranquility
  2. Little by little
  3. Because of you
  4. An unspoken language
  5. The day after eventually
  6. Twin flames forever
  7. The egg nest
  8. Feverish fiascos
  9. Moldy mishaps
  10. Waving winter wheat
  11. Splashes of indigo
  12. If I were the wind
  13. One last reminder
  14. Balmy days
  15. Painted words
  16. The candy cabinet
  17. Burying yesterdays
  18. Faceless faces
  19. Lost in lava swirls
  20. Stormy nights
  21. Misshapen realities
  22. Beyond bliss
  23. Into the wild
  24. Magenta in twilight
  25. Real realities
  26. Impressive and ludicrous
  27. Homespun fabric
  28. The heart of who I am

If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.

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.  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, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!

And one last thing before I forget!  I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts.  Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial.  


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Here we go again…

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I finally had to take my phone in to get it repaired 2 weeks ago.  I only had the phone 3 months, and then the motherboard died.  So less than 2 weeks ago, the Apple store gave me a brand new one and sent me on my way.  Unfortunately, the charging port is deficient in this new one, and so I have another appointment next weekend to get a replacement for this phone. 

Let’s just see how many replacements I’ll need, before I actually get a phone that works!  Oh and it only took 3 calls to Apple (they hung up on me 2 times) before I finally got ahold of a REAL person!  Then they said I had to go online to set up the appointment, because their scheduling system was down.  So I went online and after a few hours of trying to figure out how to schedule an appointment, I finally have one!

Hallelujah, Holy Shit!!  Where’s the Tylenol!?!  (Yes…. I absolutely love that quote from Christmas Vacation) Ugh…. So as you can see, I’m a little frustrated right now; and to top it all off, I have to drive almost 2 hours each way, just to get to the Apple store! 

I’m almost thinking of just getting rid of my phone altogether; yet I love it for GPS capability and the camera.  I’m afraid as much as I travel, I’d be completely lost without it.  So anyway, I probably won’t be checking social media, email, or reading as many blogs as I usually do, until I get my new phone.  It’s unfortunate, but I just don’t have the opportunity to get on my computer, as often as I do my phone.

Ok… I think I’m done with my rant for this evening….  Here’s to the many little frustrating things in life, that get us all riled up.  Cheers!  ~ M  🍻

 


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No talking back!

I’ve always felt bad for sharing what’s on my mind.  Maybe this sort of feeling stems from my childhood, back when children were to be “seen and not heard.”  I wasn’t allowed to voice my opinions about anything or express my emotions without being told I was, “talking back.”

I was a very shy and quiet child, but as the years went by, I grew completely tired of having to stay quiet.  My mother was happy with me, as long as I did what I was told and didn’t interrupt.  By the time high school rolled around, I had had enough of being silent, and I began rebelling against my mother.

I think I threw her into a tizzy the day I finally left home.  My mother had kept me in a submissive rut for too many years.  She stifled my ability to have friends and had controlled my entire life.  I couldn’t take it any longer and after she dared me to leave, I was all too eager to accept the invitation.

After the last yelling match we ever had, I ran to my room in a huff, packed a bag, and left before she even had a chance to know what I was up to.  I never looked back and I’ve never once regretted my decision.  It felt so good to finally be free.  Yes, I was only 18 years old at the time and I hadn’t even finished high school yet, but I was determined to make it on my own and I did.

Still to this day, I find it easy to let go of people in my life who try to drag me down; especially those who try to control me.  And I feel so awful for the people around me, who let others get away with controlling them.  I also have no room for people who really don’t want to be a part of my everyday life and those who would rather keep me at arm’s length.  I lived that sort of life for far too long and life is too short to live like that again.

I suppose that’s why in the last year, I’ve turned to writing poetry.  I can say what I want, without anybody really knowing what I am actually writing about.  I can be serious, funny, or completely imaginative.  That’s the wonderful thing about writing, I can tell any story I want, true or not, and I don’t have to answer to anybody for it.  This is what I love most about blogging and this is why I continue to write.

WordPress has become sort of a home away from home for me.  It allows me to share my daily burdens and pain, along with my hopes and dreams for the future.  It’s the only place I can really share my heart completely and not be told to keep silent.  There’s freedom in being able to share one’s deepest thoughts and desires and there’s happiness in being able to express one’s ideas and viewpoints without criticism.  So thank you to all of you for being such good listeners and for offering your love and support along the way.  It’s meant the world to me.  ~M

Love and Acceptance

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Oh the topic of love and acceptance, where do I even begin? I am one who easily loves almost everyone I meet. I feel a deep compassion for others and I want to fix everyone’s problems. It kills me every time I see somebody suffering. I want to reach out and embrace the hurting souls of the world and take all of their pain away. When I am rejected by somebody who I am trying to comfort, I don’t understand why sometimes they cannot let me love them. I know part of this stems from my childhood, when I continuously sought after my mother’s love and approval.  My mother made me work for praise and I remember trying so hard to please her and gain her approval. When I would finally do something right, after trying over and over again to do things the way she wanted me to, I would finally get a “Well done” and it made my continuous efforts to please her all worth it in the end. But it was so hard to ever get her approval and I wore myself out trying. I think this is the reason that my relationship with my mother has suffered so much. I know I will never feel fully supported by her and so I have given up trying.  This is the biggest reason that I try so hard to show love and approval to others.  I know what it’s like not to have that support and I want to help others who face this problem too.

Rejection is a hard pill to swallow. However, I know that the only person I should really be looking to is God and how he sees me. I often make the mistake of completely opening up to others and letting them rest in my vulnerable heart. When they eventually leave, they always end up taking a piece of me with them. I suppose this is why I do better when I seclude myself from people. I hide in my house, away from the temptation to love people too much. I know by doing this, there is less chance of me getting my heart torn apart into pieces that I know will never quite fit back together the way they once did. 1 John 4:16 tells us that God is love and I feel a deep connection to this verse. If God “Is” love and we are supposed to follow his example, than we are to be love too. I know we can never fully “Be” love, because only God can do that, but I know I’ve been commanded to love my neighbor as myself (Gal. 5:14) and so I strive to do this as often as I can. I suppose if I just continue to focus on loving God completely with all my heart, soul, and might, as Deuteronomy 6:5 commands us to, then I will be able to accept rejection easier; because my heart will be fully in love with God and his acceptance will be enough.


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The Writer’s Devotional

My husband and I decided it would be fun to get away for a few days and head up north to the Wisconsin Dells. During the four days we spent there, we did a little shopping and I found a wonderful little book called, “The Writer’s Devotional – 365 inspirational exercises, ideas, tips & motivations on writing.”  Written by, Amy Peters.

1c75f6883a671ea73d0b01bfbc5acd93One of the first things that I noticed when I picked up this book was the fuzzy cover. It’s nicely bound in a suede like material and includes an attached ribbon for bookmarking pages. It’s a hardcover book, with cardstock thick pages and the binding is top notch.

So often when I sit down to write, I feel distracted and need something to sort of settle my mind. It’s sometimes hard to really focus on anything when the kids are yelling at each other in the background. This little book provides me with a short daily devotional which focuses on writing, and it really does help me get into the “writing mode.”

Each day of the week includes different categories, which offer motivational support for people who like to write. Here is the weekly breakdown:

Monday – Writers on writing
Tuesday – Motivation
Wednesday – Writing class
Thursday – Editing
Friday – Biography
Saturday – Books writers should read
Sunday – Writing Prompt

If you’re looking for a devotional which takes less than a couple of minutes to read through each day, I would highly recommend this great little book. If nothing else, it will perhaps set the mood for you to write or give you an idea about what to write about. And isn’t that a writer’s biggest challenge sometimes?   😉  ~M


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