Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Only 2 more WWBH hops 'til Christmas!!!

Ready for another installment of our December WWBH-with-a-twist? Here's Debb with all the details ...

Prompt for December 10, 2014

Hello there! I hope you had fun with last week's blog hop. Here are the responses we received:

 
Ready for another writing adventure? Get your writing cap or hat on (if you're that type of writer), flex those fingers to get them warmed up, and away we go!

NEW PROMPT: Choose a prompt that you have not written on yet. Tena's list of past prompts can be found here.

Then, either a) turn it into a science fiction story or b) write a story with a very unexpected ending.
Keep it to 500 words or less, as usual, and please refer to the date of the prompt you've chosen (and include the photo(s) in your story plus 5 word prompts if applicable).

Thanks!

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

December 17th - send the names of your favorite stories from the Blog Hop to Tena for the December 24 and December 31 editions.

January 7th - the regular Writer Wednesday Blog Hop returns with gusto. :)

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Something different for the WWBH!

It is the first Wednesday of December already (what!), and you can find my IWSG post for this month here.

The festive season is rapidly approaching, and although I'm far more organised than in previous years I still feel like I'm lagging behind with my plans.

For December, we are doing something slightly different with the WWBH. We know that this time of year is very busy, so we want to make this as simple and as fun as we can. I'll hand you over to our wonderful Debb who has all the details ...


our hops for the month of December

Hello all - Happy December! This new month brings us the holidays and also a different way to do our blog hop. Hang onto your hat -- and I'll tell you all about it!

All of December at the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop will feature past stories from our hops throughout 2014. You can find the stories by going to a blog hop hostess blog (click links at the bottom of this post) and search for "Writer Wednesday Blog Hop". Or, Tena has a neat page on her blog that chronicles the hops for this year: see it here:  

How you can participate:

For the blog hops for December 24 and 31, we are looking to publish a list of your favorites (and ours) from the year. We encourage all our readers (whether with us a long time or brand new to our hop) to read through the stories and pick not one, but THREE of your favorite stories from the hop. :) (If time does not permit, because after all, it IS December, one favorite will do. It's just that we want a lot of choices in the hopper. :)) Send your favorites to: tenachannah@gmail.com.  


Deadline for December 24 and 31: December 17.

 
WEEKS OF DECEMBER 3, 10, AND 17: Each week, Debb will not give a prompt(s), but rather a suggestion on what prompt to write about. Stay tuned for a fun challenge!

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The prompt for this week is.....{drum roll} Read all the blog hop prompts for 2014. Write for a prompt that you always meant to but somehow just ran out of time. If you don't have one of those stories in the back of your mind, we ask you to pick one - any one - and stretch those muscles. :) Please don't forget to click on the blue froggy below so we can all be connected. 

If you need some inspiration, or a bit of a nudge in the 'write' direction, here are the awesome stories that used last week's prompts: 

 As usual, the same blog hop rules apply as for any other week. 

Link up here -

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NEW FEATURE FOR DECEMBER: If you feel inspired to write more than one story per week, we will not turn the extra stories away! For example, there are a number of prompts already on my mind that I wanted to write for but couldn't at the time. Now will be my chance to rectify that (hopefully).


Warmly, Debb Stanton

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and my co-hostesses (to whom I owe everything!):  


Tena 
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and last but not least,  


Falling off and on the writing wagon - an IWSG post

Insecure Writer's Support Group


Hello to everyone, on this last IWSG posting for 2014. Just where has the year gone? For me at least, the last six months have just flown by and I'm sad to say that it hasn't included much in the way of writing :-(

I've had a tough time the past few months, and I've been so far under the blogging radar that at times I've forgotten all about it. I've posted the odd couple of times, about my troubles and other issues, and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has replied in my hour of need. It's one of the best things about this community, having great people ready to help and offer the encouragement we often need. 

As ever, the urge to write is there in my heart, but actually doing the writing has been coming in fits and starts. I've had far more dips than I'd like, but I'm still hanging on in there and I'm determined not to give up completely.

I've been doing a creative writing course with The Open University, and I was really surprised with my first assignment mark. It was much higher than I expected, and has made me wonder if I actually do have something to offer in the way of writing after all. I'm hanging on to this thought as I try and get myself better organised to move forward with my plans.

I'm looking forward to 2015 now, ready to make a fresh start with everything in my life and especially with my writing. I know I probably shouldn't need to wait until then to get myself sorted, but it's not far away now, and I've set myself that target to get mentally prepared.

I'm planning on revamping this blog a little, revitalising it to help me move into a new chapter with what I'm doing. I'm also going to establish a timetable for what I'm posting, to get myself into the regular habit of writing and posting.

I can start with the first IWSG post of the year, and use it to outline an achievable goal list to work through as the year progresses.

In the meantime, a big thank you to the whole of the IWSG team for making this another great year of support and encouragement. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and I'll see you all in the New Year, fresh and bright and ready to go!!!


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First Weds of every month 
For more information on the amazing entity that is the Insecure Writers Support Group, click on the link and head over. Here you will find everyone else participating and it's well worth a browse to see what everyone's insecurities are. Trust me, you're not alone, there are plenty of us on the same wavelength.


 Happy IWSG Day!


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving with the WWBH!

​A Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American bloggers, and how about celebrating with a new prompt on the WWBH?

Debb is taking the lead for us this week, with new prompts and the stories from last week. Enjoy ...


follow-up to last week's blog hop prompts



Hello everyone, and happy Thanksgiving week!

'Tis a good time to be thankful! I would like to mention the gratefulness I have for (to name but a few) my fellow blog hop hostesses and the writers who grace our pages with their delightful stories. And my oh my, I was so impressed by Heather's photo prompt last week that I knew I wanted to write for it; but my current editing assignments took over. No entry from Mrs. Stanton this week. :(

Here are some wonderful reading options for you from last week's prompts:


Do you have a burning desire to participate in the blog hop? There is a little matter of rules ... we'd like to hear from you, but please follow the rules in order to make this fun and fair for all.

I will post the rules for using the two picture type of prompt, which I am using this week.

1) Use the photos to write a 500-word story; both photos must be a feature in the brief story you create. We aren't counting, but for the fairness of the readers please, no 1000+ word entries.

2) The photos must be visible in your blog post.

3) Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Please do not share photos as your own.

4) In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, we ask that you please reference the blog hop in your post (you can even display the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop badge if you desire) so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected.

5) WHERE TO SEND YOUR STORY HAS CHANGED, JUST FOR THIS WEEK. I AM NOT ABLE TO GET THE CODE FOR THE BLUE FROGGY, SO PLEASE JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL TO: stantonsunshine@gmail.net WITH YOUR NAME, NAME OF YOUR BLOG, AND YOUR STORY, AND I WILL GET IT TO THE OTHER HOSTESSES NEXT WEEK. THANK YOU!

If you have any questions or need any help don't hesitate to contact one of the hop hosts: Tena, Debb, or Heather (our fourth host Leanne is on a sabbatical due to health concerns and we ask that you continue to keep her in your prayers for complete recovery and return to full health).

DO NOT USE THE BLUE FROGGY THIS WEEK BUT INSTEAD SEND YOUR NAME, NAME OF YOUR BLOG, AND YOUR STORY TO stantonsunshine@gmail.com.

Okay, okay, I can hear you say, "Come on with the prompts already!" :)

Let me just say: the picture on the left is pretty traditional for this time of year, but your story does not have to be about the holiday of Thanksgiving.

The picture on the right was chosen for its uniqueness (and out of my curiosity to see how you blend the themes of the two pictures). :)
 

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Photo credits: public domain free photo searches on the Internet


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A prompt a day, or at least every week ...

Hello to all on this fine Wednesday, I hope the past week has been kind.

As I sit and write this it's 6 o'clock in the morning and all is peaceful. The babies and my husband are still fast asleep, it's dark outside and I have the side lamps on. It's this time of day that I enjoy, that I get to collect my thoughts before the bustle of the day begins. It doesn't always last long so I have to make the most of it, once the littlies are up that peace is shattered.

Still, I wouldn't be without them ;-)

http://readingwritingeverything-heather.blogspot.co.uk/p/writer-wednesday-blog-hop.html

And, seeing as it's Wednesday, how about a fresh prompt to keep you going through the week?

Here are the stories from last week, spawned from one picture and five words. I hope they give you inspiration to have a go yourself:


The Will to Serve by Debb Stanton

The Service by Sally 



So, if you're new to the blog hop, why not be encouraged by these wonderful stories, and try your own hand at it. We'd all love to read and share whatever you have to offer.

As a little reminder, here are the rules:

1) Use the photo(s) and prompt to write a 500-word story; all elements of the prompt must be a feature in the brief story you create. We aren't counting, but for the fairness of the readers please, no 1000+ word entries.
2) The Photo(s) must be visible in your blog post and where 1 photo/5 words is the theme, the 5 words MUST be clearly referenced in your story. Variations on a word are allowed within reason (for example: adding s, ed, ing to the word to be grammatically correct); but creating a new, unrelated, word is not. (To see an example of a "1 photo/5 word" story see Faith, Hope, Love, and Pink by one of our hosts, Debb Stanton.)
3) Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Please Do Not share photos and/or prompt words as your own.
4) In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, we ask that you please reference the blog hop in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected.
5) Link your story through the blue froggy at bottom by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your whole blog, please).

And now to the good stuff, the prompts for this week:
salt, galaxy, denim, trap, magician
 
Have fun, and don't forget to sign up your story once you're finished!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Get in on the Blitz!!!

Hi folks!

I'm here today to tell you about a little thing called the Blog Blitz blog hop. Never heard of it? Really? Well, then you're missing out!


http://www.dlhammons.com/2014/11/blog-blitz-20.html?showComment=1416331838450


The Blog Blitz was founded in March 2013 by DL Hammons, with the main aim of offering support and encouragement in concentrated bursts to one lucky member signed up on the list.

We all have dips now and then, believe me I seem to be in a long one, and the Blog Blitz is wonderful at swooping in at the right time to give that extra boost to help us get back on the right track.

All you need to do to get involved and become a part of this valuable support network is head on over and sign up on the linky list. DL will get in touch whenever he has a new victim in mind, and then we can all descend with our love and best wishes. 

And who knows, one day it could be you! What have you got to lose?


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A new mid-week prompt to enjoy, courtesy of the WWBH!


Wow, it seems so long since I've taken part in this blog hop. I've been so focused on family things lately I've hardly paid any attention to what's going on outside of my bubble.

Tena is in charge this week, so take a little look at the new stories we have to offer, and get your thinking caps on for the new prompts she has come up with ...




Seeing as how it was Veteran's Day yesterday I thought that this hop should have a Veteran's Day theme to it (but that doesn't mean your story has to be).

Seems every year people go around saying, "Happy Veteran's Day", and I know it's all quite innocent and meant in good light. But if you stop and think it's not a "happy" time like Christmas or Channukah, it's a somber time, a time to remember and thank all those who served that we might enjoy the freedoms we do. If we can be "happy" about anything, in regards to Veteran's Day, it is to be happy for our freedoms - thanks to out Veteran's.

Let's take a brief moment to remember those Veterans who fought for us, our country, and for our freedoms......

And now, let's take a look at some wonderful stories from last week:

John's Box by Scott Taylor

A Beautiful Day to be Alive by Tainis Writings

Helen's Decision by Sally's Scribbles

A Different Kind of Sunset by Debb Stanton  
Her Story is not one of fiction, but is a real-life story of her own cancer journey

Knit Together in Love by Tony Roberts

You back?? Good!! Now, before we go any further, there is a little matter of rules - In order to make this fun and fair for all.

1) Use the photo(s) and prompt to write a 500-word story; all elements of the prompt must be a feature in the brief story you create. We aren't counting, but for the fairness of the readers please, no 1000+ word entries.

2) The Photo(s) must be visible in your blog post and where 1 photo/5 words is the theme, the 5 words MUST be clearly referenced in your story. Variations on a word are allowed within reason (for example: adding s, ed, ing to the word to be grammatically correct); but creating a new, unrelated, word is not. (To see an example of a "1 photo/5 word" story see Faith, Hope, Love, and Pink by one of our hosts, Debb Stanton.)

3) Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Please Do Not share photos and/or prompt words as your own.

4) In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, we ask that you please reference the blog hop in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected.

5) Link your story through the blue froggy at bottom by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your whole blog, please).

If you have any questions or need any help don't hesitate to contact one of the hop hosts: Tena, Debb, or Heather (our fourth host Leanne is on a sabbatical due to health concerns and we ask that you continue to keep her in your prayers for complete recovery and return to full health).

After much deliberation (and looking back to see what kind we've been doing lately), I decided to use the 1 Photo/5 Words for thus hop.

So Here is your photo:

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Courtesy of Wikipedia 

And the randomly (aka close eyes and point using dictionary method) chosen words:
  • Footloose
  • Inherit
  • Genuflect
  • Stun
  • Audacious
Remember you must use all five words and reference the photo. The five words must be visible in the story (we ask that you highlight them in some way) and the photo must be in your blogpost.