Posts Tagged ‘creative writing’

Yes, it is winter but the sun is shining.  I stood at my bedroom window for a full minute this morning (as the “Prompt” suggested) and I was reminded of spring.  There is still a hint of a green grassy lawn and the rays of the sun cast promising shadows.  Directly below my window is the copper pot which holds our garden hose all coiled up and ready to go.  The snap dragons are still alive and thriving even though we had some severe freezes just days ago.  The forest to the side is still barren but somehow, along with the sun, they too seem hopeful.  What I see from my bedroom window on this winter morning is the promise of spring.


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Congratulations to CathyG of Comments from Cathy for receiving yet another award.  The Mrs. Sparkly Ten Commandments Award is supposedly based on a real woman who was (or is) known for her elegance.  She was/is also renowned for her personal integrity, good manners and behavior, for having high expectations of people, and a great sense of humor.  All of these things certainly shine in Cathy’s blog, so be sure to take a look.

Now Cathy has gone and passed the award on to another group of bloggers, including me, and in so doing, zeroed in on one of my best kept secrets – I LOVE things that sparkle!  So this award is happily received – not because I am elegant and possess all those wondrous qualities (though I’m sure I do) – but because “sparkly” is in the title and that makes me feel good.

The rules of this award:

Answer 10 questions.

Nominate some bloggers you think deserve this award.

Notify your nominees.

Sounds easy huh?  But, answering the 10 questionscommandments is more difficult than you might think.

1)      Describe yourself in seven words.

Sparkly – Ha!







2)      What keeps you up at night?

My dog, Rozie, who has nightmares or hears things and pants in my ear to wake me up at 2:00 AM.  When I finally calm her down, she goes back to sleep, but I’m awake the rest of the night!

3)      Whom do you aspire to be (like)?

A combination of people with various admirable traits, talents, abilities, drive, self control, beauty, and loving characteristics.

4)      What scares you?

People who cough in my face.

5)      What are the best and worst things about blogging?

Best:  Of course, the other-worldly bloggers I meet and admire who provide new perspectives.  And I love having this platform for my need to write and show and tell. Thanks to my son if you are reading this, for telling me to stop saying, “I can’t.”

Worst:  My growing obsession with blogging where every spare minute is spent, and when not blogging, thinking about blogging and thinking about it and thinking about it, etc. etc. etc. and etc.

6)      What was the last website you looked at? 

Photos from the Loony Bin.  Cindy is not only an excellent photographer and writer, but she makes me laugh out loud (LOL).

7)      If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would magically appear as a size 6 and look fabulous in a teeny weeny red bikini.  I know this is not an altruistic or admirable wish at my venerable age, but sometimes “truth is stranger than fiction.”

8)      Slankets yes or no?

I had to look this one up.  Didn’t realize it is a blanket with sleeves for easier reading.  Great idea but obviously my answer is “no.”  I never had one.

9)      What are you wearing now?

Jeans and a summer blouse, a solar watch (never needs a battery!), and a little sparkly gemstone necklace (See, I love Sparkles!).  Not wearing: shoes.

10)   Tell us something about the person who nominated you.

I have been following Cathy G for some time now because I love her stories and pictures of her family.  She is so fortunate to have a wealth of information and photographs that go way way back to her ancestors and she writes about them so beautifully.  I hope she is planning to convert her blog into a book.  It will be a wonderful gift for those she loves.

Phew!  Now that is done and if I haven’t embarrassed myself too badly, here’s the good part – nominating other oh-so-talented bloggers for this very unique award.  And yes, you all sparkle and shine!

Mama’s Empty Nest

Not Quite Old

Coming East

Lydia Street

The Coastal Crone


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Christi is my niece.  She read the Writer’s Block post I recently entered, and she actually took the time to think about my dilemma.  I was at an impasse and quite incapable of creative thought , much less creative writing.

Christi then shared an idea she had for restoring creativity and the urge to write.

Here is what she said:

“Aunt Dorothy,

I have been reading about your writer’s block and I have an idea that might help.  Go for a drive, go somewhere you don’t normally go and just look around.  I suggest this because as I am sitting here in NYC, I looked up and saw a sign for a nuclear fallout shelter.  I starting thinking that I had never seen one before and then, I wondered how many people had even noticed it.  What kinds of things exist around us every day that we either don’t notice, or take advantage of?

I don’t know if this will help your writer’s block or not, but I hope it does.”


Isn’t this fantastic advice?

And it works!  I actually went for a drive today and came up with a great idea.

Thanks Christi.  You make a difference.

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The dry spell is my own.  I haven’t experienced it before.  Always, there is another blog idea lurking, waiting.  Always, there is an emerging untold story even when I think there are no more stories left to tell.

The far away thunder has announced a little rain storm again.  I can hear it coming and wonder how this can happen when I am in the middle of a thought vacuum.  Yes, now it’s raining!  And the downpour is a taunting reminder I am experiencing writer’s block.  My world has been empty and dry.

Is my life so boring, there is nothing left to tell?  The rain answers, “Just write.”   Or does that really mean “Just Right?”

Watch for the next blog post (but not with too much excitement or anticipation please). I have never had writer’s block before.

Ah Ha!  I have thought of a subject to share with you and will call it “Dining Inn.”   The welcome rain is nurturing ideas along with mother earth.

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