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Friday Fictioneers ~~ November 29, 2013

Hello everyone! Hope all those who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday enjoyed their day! Today is leftover day for most of you. I love leftovers from Thanksgiving, plus it gives me a day off from cooking. 😉

I’m not even going to mention that crazy thing called Black Friday. Okay I did mention it, but only in passing. Now let’s get into the fun stuff!

I finished NaNoWriMo on Tuesday, a whole 4 days early! Whew! I didn’t post much on my project this year as I did last. I’m sorry about that, but it was a bit emotional as it was autobiographical in nature. Some of it was very difficult to write so for now I’m leaving it off here. Maybe as I edit and refine the wording more I’ll post some snippets. If any of you are interested that is.

For right now it’s Friday and you all know what that means! Well besides the weekend coming. Friday Fictioneer time! On with the show!

THE CHALLENGE:

Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

If you want to read more stories based from the same photo go visit our supreme hostess Rochelle Wisoff-Fields blog and feast till you burst. (Sorry still in Thanksgiving mode)

 

Copyright - Ted Strutz
Copyright – Ted Strutz

Genre: Mystery (99 words)

 

She came out of the ladies’ room smiling. Her lucky day she thought, no waiting line and her husband surprised her with a mystery cruise on their vacation.

Her smile wavered, disappeared as she looked at the empty boat. Where was everyone? It was eerily quiet as the boat slowly made its way over the water, empty, hollow.

She ran to where she had left her family. Nothing, all the tables empty, no sign of life but her own. From the seat peeked out a  colorful brochure.

“Take a cruise into the Bermuda Triangle. A trip of a lifetime.”

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I know that now that I am in Canada we have already had our Thanksgiving. But being American I still honor Thanksgiving in my heart here in November also. So to all of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving today, have a wonderful holiday! Eat much, stay safe and give out lots of hugs and smiles.

Also Hanukkah is today so to those who are celebrating that, Happy Hanukkah to you! With the same wish, many smiles and hugs given and received.

Many have done posts on what you are thankful for. So I thought I would do one also. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet so you can get back to eating. 🙂

 

Courtesy of Snoopy.com
Courtesy of Snoopy.com

I am grateful for being able to sit here and wish you all a happy giving day.

I am grateful that I finished NaNoWriMo, at least the 50k part.

I am grateful for being alive to sit and type all that I am grateful for.

I am grateful for my dog Sam and his nemesis the (stinkin’ cats) Notwen and Pouncer, for they bring me joy and laughter every day.

I am grateful for finding blogging a year and half ago, as I have met so many wonderful and talented people on here. I also have formed some strong and lasting friendships along the way and for that I cannot help but be grateful.

I am grateful for being able to write, speak and think the words that convey how grateful I am.

I am grateful to the people who made guest posts on my blog so I could indulge myself freely with NaNo. Thank you Liz, Mandy, Martin and of course Tiny. You four are amazing and make blogging fun with your giving hearts and minds.

I’m grateful for coffee, the nectar of the gods, for without my coffee every day I wouldn’t be able to function.

I’m grateful for my husband who went out every morning this month and bought me my Tim Horton coffee so I could get hyped up on their fragrant, steaming brew to write my quota of words for NaNo. He also let me off the hook for cooking a lot of nights. Now I’m ready to cook a good meal instead of soup and sandwich.

I’m grateful for the sunshine pouring through my window as it warms me on this cold frosty morning and makes these old bones ready to tackle another day.

And I’m grateful for all of you who read my attempts at writing and are always ready with a smile and a kind word. YOU are what makes this blogging venture so much fun! Thank you!

 

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One More Guest Post ~~ Haiku by Tiny!

My good friend tiny over at tinylessonsblog wrote me a Haiku for my finish line at NaNo. She has already gotten her 50,000 word book done! Well for NaNo, Anyways, and it was her first year participating! Congrats to tiny! Next it’s time for editing and then more editing. 😉

Tiny is also a great Haiku writer. I love her little poems and her longer ones. She does what I can’t seem to do and I admire her greatly for it.  Here is what she writes about herself.

About me (in no particular order): happy beach bum, former director, active world traveler, so-so wife/mother/grandmother, good friend, busy-enough management consultant, funny ENFP, reflective mentor, passionate dog owner, occasional poet, true music fan, pretty good cook, really poor blues (guitar) player, meditative thinker, and a decent leadership coach. And I forgot, I’m not a photographer, just a pretty creative illustrator. Based on this narrow but true profile, my blog will probably be… well, multi-faceted.

She is also pretty good taking photos of the wildlife around where she lives. The picture to go with her Haiku is one she took herself. Let’s give her a big welcome!

 

 

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(C) tinylessonsblog

PEP TALK

Wind under my wings
Eyes squarely on the target
Endpoint within reach.

 

 

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ November 22, 2013

Good Friday people! Hope your week was a good one. Mine was super busy as I head into my final lap of NaNo.

I want to apologize for not visiting all the great writers on FF’s. I have been so busy with NaNo and personal stuff that I have neglected my reading in an almost criminal manner. Please know that once all this craziness is settled some in my life I will be back reading and commenting like I used to!

Now onto the Friday Fictioneers! Below is this week’s picture and as always Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is our gracious hostess. Please visit her blog and read her wonderful take on the picture, you’ll be glad you did. Once there and of course after you read her little story, go ahead and click on the little blue critter and read some other great stories. We have some of the finest writers in the blog world with us each week. Don’t believe me? Then go take a look! Just click on Rochelle’s name and off you go for an adventure!

 

 

THE CHALLENGE:

Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

Copyright – Sean Fallon
Copyright – Sean Fallon

 

Genre:  Mystery (96 words)

“It amazes me the inventive ways some criminals have in disposing their victims.” Detective Reynolds muttered.

“We’ll have to chip off the plaster to get an ID.” Officer Tim stated.

“Wonder who he pissed off. He was a handsome guy, once.”

“Will always be now, after being dipped in plaster.” Officer Tim said as he eyed the victim.

“Dipping him in plaster was enough to kill the guy. Why cut him in pieces too?”

“Easy transport is my guess.”

“Someone has a sick sense of humor though.” Officer Tim pointed to the sign above the door.

‘Manikin Puzzle Shop’

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liz Casey Guest Post ~~ We Move Through the Darkness

Today I am delighted to have Liz Casey return once more to my blog and give us a nice present in the form of a wonderful poem.

Liz is a super talented poet and I admire her very much. Please give her another warm welcome and enjoy!

Liz about Liz:

I’ve been a widely published poet and freelance writer and editor and have appeared in lots of mags and rags across the US. My book-length poetry chapbook, Breaking the Sacred was published in ‘98 by a small press, Angelflesh Press, in Grand Rapids Mich. I currently work full-time as a Sr. Technical Writer, and I run a Motorcycle Touring Company for women, Biker Babe Tours, in Sedona, AZ. I also blog about body issues, size acceptance, self-esteem, and body love at BigBodyBeautiful.

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featurepics.com

 

We Move Through the Darkness

Smooth insects held on the surface by some invisible,

meander like amoebae in solution, bumping and turning;

some piloting the boats of their bodies away to dense

pockets of muck, reeds, and stench. Others gliding

toward smaller islands of mud-clotted cattails that

wave their plump, sausage bodies in the shallows.

We move through the darkness of ourselves

in the darkness,

opening unsettled places that vibrate and hurt,

listening to the birds chuckle softly to one another

through the open door, aching at their intimacy, their

private language, wondering how they so easily slide

themselves open, giving themselves to the other world

beneath the surface of the slick canopy, while we sit

talking and closing parts of ourselves off.

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Guest Mandy Eve Barnett Talks About Characters

Hello everyone. While I toil away at NaNoWriMo, fellow blogger Mandy Eve Barnett as come to my rescue once more with a guest post.

It’s actually an article she did in May, but it’s good advice on keeping up with your characters. Give her a read, she has lots of good advice.

Let’s get to know Mandy a little bit better shall we. (I completely stole this from her blog! )

A Canadian resident, Mandy Eve-Barnett has a wealth of experiences to draw from for her writing. She has lived in South Africa, England and Canada and the uniqueness of each continent left its essence within her. An avid reader her whole life, it wasn’t until she joined a local writing group, the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, that the writing ‘bug’ gripped her. Now Mandy writes with an all-encompassing passion and is deeply involved with the foundation and its members. Writing in various genres, Mandy has been published in anthologies, on numerous websites and in the local newspaper as well as regularly blogging about her writing journey. She has successfully completed three National Novel Writing Month challenges in 2009, 2010 and 2012 with the subsequent volume of work resulting in three novels. September 2011 saw the launch of her first children’s book, Rumble’s First Scare and August 2012 her adult fantasy e-book, The Rython Kingdom was released on Smashwords and Amazon.ca & Amazon.co.uk. And now available through Create Space as a print version. Currently, she is editing a magical/fantasy children’s book, Ockleberries to the Rescue and has completed a collaboration for a ‘how to’ write your memoir workbook, Your Lifetime of Stories. Currently she is planning a romance novel for NaNoWriMo 2013.

So then, Mandy is a busy woman! Even though she is so busy, she has graciously volunteered to help me. I can be nothing but grateful.  So please click on the title below and read some great advice. Take it away Mandy!

Be True to Your Character…

 

 

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Guest Post by TheMathMaster

Good Monday everyone! Hope your weekend was terrific!

Now it’s a Monday, but never fear it will soon be over and then we then go toward another weekend. Yeah, I’m an optimist.

I would like you to meet my new Guest blogger, Martin Conterez, also known as TheMathMaster from The Hungry Dog’s Lair blog. He is a wonderful writer and blogger. Go visit him and read some of his work that he is posting from NaNoWriMo. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. (Psst….. He wouldn’t mind if you sent a bit of money to him either. Really just read this if you don’t believe me.) hahaha.

Martin and I love comments, so please feel free to make comments or ask questions or just to say hi!

Today Martin is going to be discussing exercise, and finding time for anything you love to do. Take it away Martin!

 

 Image credit: junussyndicate on deviantArt
Image credit: junussyndicate on deviantArt

 

I rather like the title of Jackie’s blog, To Breathe is to Write. I like writing but I don’t know if I would take it that far. On the other hand I like to run, or exercising in general. I would like to paraphrase her title and say to breathe is to run. Now I get that it’s not for everyone and I respect that. Exercise in general is not for everybody, and that’s okay too. Just the same, writing is not for everyone.

But this post is not about what you enjoy doing or what you don’t enjoy doing. Today’s post is about making time for the things we want to do and whether or not we really want to do them. When I’m meeting new people and describing some of the things I like to do I inevitably mention running. What I get in return is almost always, in one form or another, “Oh I never have time to exercise. How do you find time for it?”

Usually I give the short answer of, “Oh I run at lunch.”, or something like that. But I often want to give them the long explanation. Today I present to you the story of four people and how they find time for exercise.

The first person is M. M works for a large organization. Her work weeks range in the 50-60 hour range. She is responsible for overseeing the work of more than 200 people. She finds herself on call after hours to assist with emergencies that may pop up around the world. M not only runs, but she bikes and hits the gym on a regular basis. During runs together I’ve seen her hit the blackberry for a fast response to an email and never break a stride. Despite being 20 years my senior, she can run circles around me and does so on a regular basis. She can find time to exercise.

Our second person is M’s direct supervisor, well call him J. J works similar hours and has to be as aware if not more aware of the issues. In addition J travels and does press interviews about the very subjects that are so critical to his organization’s duties. Even with days full of meetings he finds time to run on a daily basis.

Senior to J is his supervisor JJ. JJ is the equivalent of a CEO of a large international organization. She is ultimately responsible for the work of thousands of employees. She travels constantly and represents her organization worldwide in meetings with high level officials and to the press. A normal workweek is between 60 and 70 hours. She is known to clear on average 30 to 40 documents a day, while handling around 1000 new emails daily. JJ is reported to run around 80 miles a week and even took her vacation at a running camp.

If JJ is a CEO, then her boss P would be the founder and leader of a large conglomerate. Serving on several Boards of Directors and being CEO of a few too. In total he oversees the work of tens of thousands of people. Their work ultimately has an impact on millions worldwide. His work has him meeting with high level officials on a daily basis and I can’t even imagine what his Inbox looks like. A work week of 80 hours would probably be a slow one. In addition to a constant barrage of meetings he has to clear at least as many documents as JJ, if not more. He is in such a position that if he wanted he could have a driver for everywhere he goes, including to and from work. P bikes to work. I’m going to repeat that, P bikes to work.

Then there’s myself. I work 40 hours, never a minute more. I get all the major holidays, and some minor ones too. I come in at 8 and I leave by 5 with a generous lunch period. If the people I just described above can find time to exercise, then there is no reason that I can’t. I hate to break it to you, but there’s no reason that you can’t find the time either. There may be a host of reasons why you can’t exercise, but time isn’t one of them.

Now let’s take this a bit further. Let’s talk about priorities. Let’s say you want to write. “But Martin, I don’t have time to write.” Bullocks I say. If you really want to do something you will make the time. For that matter let’s say you want to do something, anything in general, write, exercise, get a dog, paint, jump out of burning planes, it could be anything. Ask yourself, “What is stopping me from doing it?” If the answer is time, then you’re lying to yourself. If it is something you want to do then you will find the time. If the people I’ve described above can find the time for something as trivial as exercise, then you can find the time to follow your passion and your desires. It’s all about priorities. Go out there and make the time. You might just be happy that you did.

 

 

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Friday Fictioneers ~~ November 15, 2013

Happy Friday everyone! Hope your week went well. Now the weekend is coming up so go and enjoy it.

It’s Friday Fictioneer time again. I love Fridays. Anyway, by now you all know the drill. There is a picture below that I attempt to write a 100 word story about. Then I tell you about Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who is our tour guide for this thing. She is off partying with other Fictioneers at this time and I hope they have lots of fun! Anyway, click on Rochelle’s name and that will take you to her blog where the rules for this weekly fling is posted and where you can also scroll down and click on the cute Lil’ blue guy and he will take you to the page where you can read lots of other stories from great writers based from the same picture. So go and enjoy yourself! And tell them Jackie sent ya!

THE CHALLENGE:

Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and an end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.)

THE KEY:

Make every word count.

copyright – Kent Bonham
copyright – Kent Bonham

 

 

The alley was eerily quiet. Sara checked her cell once more. Yes, this was the place.  Why was it so quiet when the streets on each side were seas of humanity?

Breathing deeply, Sara took the first step inside the alley. Then another, as she listened for voices. There! She heard it! The voice of her son, “Mama!”

She dropped the package in the dark corner as instructed, walked a few more paces and trembled.

From a shadow stepped a man with her son. It was worth any amount to have her son back from the father who stole him.

 

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A Poem of Love by Liz Casey

I have another poem for your enjoyment by Liz Casey, aka BigLizzy from BigBodyBeautiful. She’s a wonderful poet and writer.

I always have admiration for anyone that can write good poetry and Liz is right up there. I never seem to be able to write poetry so I’ll stick with short stories. I’m sure you will agree it’s for the best, especially if you have ever read any of my poetry attempts.

So please give a warm welcome to Liz! Thank you very much.

 

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The Day We Met

the moment opened up in front of us

all eyes and breath

no one else felt it

but we did

you did

later, in my dark room

sifting through the words

we spoke and how the

light

poured out of you

and lit me up

I knew everything was going to be

different

and it is

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Some Good Advice About Writing

Once more I’m pleased to welcome Mandy from the blog mandyevebarnett.com. She offers some sage advice on writing. This is a repost but it’s always nice to have some good advice on writing.

Feel free to comment and please make her feel at home. Thanks.

Click on the title below and it will zip you on over to her article. Enjoy!

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Is It Really Dross?

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Another Special Guest Post ~~ Michelle Young

Michelle Young from http://michelleatplay.wordpress.com has graciously volunteered to help me out this month while I do NaNo. Michelle is a super talented woman, so please make her welcome.

Here’s a little about her:

Michelle Pierson Young is a spitfire. She has her fingers in a lot of pies and is a big fan of eating them too. She is an accomplished artist, dabbling in oils, watercolor, jewelry making and stained glass. She is a dedicated wife of 26 years who may or may not be a bit much to deal with sometimes. Don’t ask her Mr Dreamboat about that. He’ll deny it all day long. She is the loving mother of 5 children, two daughters in law and celebrated YaYa to her grandson, Pierson Danger Young. Yes, that is his given name. Michelle is a runner, a life coach, a blogger, a poet, a women’s advocate and has a salty mouth, but she’ll try to hide that fact from you as long as she can. The part about bad language. Not the other stuff. She has an infectious passion for life and wants everyone she knows to enjoy the ride.

Michelle is going to share some her thoughts on the Holiday season, which is coming up fast!

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http://www.theholidayspot.com/

Ten Thoughts On Holiday Extravagance

It’s no surprise to any of us that each year the holiday season starts earlier and earlier. I’m no Scrooge, but those decorations popping up in late September just add a few months of anxiety to that which already carries quite the mixed bag of emotions.

The other day Mr Dreamboat started singing a Christmas carol and our usual pithy banter devolved into me making, what I thought were “cute” threats to staring cruelly toward him and he tentatively evaluating my sanity. He stopped singing. That’s all I’m saying.

While I’m no Scrooge, I’m also not a holiday die-hard. They come, I’m happy for the traditions and time with family, and they leave and I am relieved to get on with my resolutions and regularly scheduled programming.

The following are a few things I think about the holiday season:

1.     While holiday food is a delight, the holiday poundage is just not okay with me.

2.     I am most certainly a born and raised Christian, but give me some secular traditions and call me a happy girl! Bring on Frosty, let us revel in Santa, may we all identify with Rudolph and his coming of age story. Bring it.

3.     I am opposed to that obligatory family fake-y, pretend-y stuff that makes us all anxious. Let’s just admit that we’re all dysfunctional and be nice. Just for a few minutes. My philosophy: I’m not okay, you’re not okay.

4.     Our holidays are absolutely weighted with all sorts of traditions, but once those traditions weigh us down more than they lift us up, it’s time to toss the little suckers and move on to greener pastures.

5.     I am in my mid-forties, but I still like a good present under the Christmas tree.

6.     Don’t tell my kids, but I fantasize about a holiday where I sleep in, eat soup and read in front of a fire. This is heresy and I can’t believe I wrote it.

7.     One time, my Mr Dreamboat and I had an unprecedented 3 day argument over orange rolls for Thanksgiving. He won. That’s all I have to say about that.

8.     While our Thanksgiving feast might look a little Rockwellian, we have this super weird dance tradition obligating all family as well as guests to boogie through the kitchen. It’s weird. And memorable.

9.     It really is better to give than to receive. Once we really understand this, the pressure is off to feel happy over the holidays.

10. Whatever your beliefs, whatever your traditions or the baggage from your childhood, I hope you take care of yourself, remember that you are a beloved and unique child of the universe and you deserve happiness.

Happy… Life!

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NaNoWriMo Update and other Stuff

Good Sunday to everyone. Hope your weekend was a blast. Monday is coming soon enough, so go enjoy what weekend you have left.

I’m just doing a quick update on my NaNo progress. Did great this past week. Lots and lots of words written. Just hope they make some sort of sense in the end. So far I have a total of 24,636 words. The biggest chunk of that was done this past week. Hoping this coming week is a good one, but I’m definitely slowing down. Wish me luck to keep my pace up.

As I did last week on this blog I’m going to be having some guest posts. I sent out a call for help in things to post and I’ve had some great responses. A big thank you goes out to all who have helped or are going to. Starting tomorrow I’ll have Michelle from Michelle at Play , she’s going to give you a great list for this coming holiday season.

Then later in the week look for another great post by Mandy from Mandyevebarnett’s Blog, and Liz from BigBodyBeautiful will be here with some more of her wonderful poetry. I’m sure you won’t want to miss that!

Also, maybe, I’ll have another snippet from my NaNo project for you this week. So lots of good things to look forward to!

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Courtesy of breezybealle