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.


 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Another week, another prompt!

Debb's is up for the Writer Wednesday blog hop photo reveal this week, so take it away Debb ...

October 22, 2014

Hello all! It's already my (Debb's) turn to host the blog hop again...where does the time go? 

In my immediate neck of the woods, even the bottom leaves of the oaks and maples have turned into their beautiful, gorgeous colors. It's sad, though, because with the heavy winds lately, half of the leaves have already fell onto the ground. 

October is my favorite month of the year, but it is hastily moving on. So what am I doing? I am going to lighten up a little and see if I can choose two photos to make this a really fun blog hop. It's fun for me to look for two very unrelated photos that would yield the most curious stories. :)
Let's take a look at last week's stories. Settle back, relax...and be truly amazed at the abilities of the writers.

Playing Emergency by Karen Knapp
Waking Up to a Mess by Tena Carr

Would you like to add to the fun and submit your own story for next week's hop? Everyone is welcome! 

Here are the rules:
  • Use the photo(s) and prompt provided 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.
  • The two photos must be visible in your unless the blog hostess has determined that it will be a 1 photo/5 words theme. If this is the case, the photo and 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 hostesses, Debb Stanton.)
  • 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.
  • In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, we ask that you please reference the blog hop (not one of the hostesses) in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected.
  • Link your story through the blue froggy at the 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: Leanne, Debb, Tena or Heather

And now, the moment I have been waiting for. I get to choose the prompts! I welcome your comments on what I chose: 



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Have you joined in yet? Maybe today's the day!!!

Hello folks, and welcome to your mid-week dose of writing inspiration.

I don't want to upset anyone, but it's only ten weeks until Christmas now. Can you believe that?! Already! That means there's only eleven weeks left to get those New Years resolutions sorted out, and I know how we all love to have a good list of those to work on when January comes around ;-)

If one of your resolutions is going to be writing orientated, then why not make the Writers Wednesday blog hop part of your new weekly routine. Or bi-weekly, or even monthly, we don't mind. Whatever you can fit in is fine by us, we all understand how busy and demanding the rest of our lives can be.



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


As a refresher, here is a little of what the blog hop is all about:

  • Use the photo(s) and prompt provided 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.
  • 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 hostesses, Debb Stanton.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Leanne, Debb, Tena or Heather.


And now those pesky rules are out of the way, to the fun part and the stories based on last weeks prompts!
Please head over and have a read, you won't be disappointed, and some commenting love is always appreciated :-)

Oh, the Wonders! by Debb Stanton

The Adventure by Sally Stackhouse

A Weekend Together by Tena Carr



For the prompt this week I'm going for one picture and five random words:




Gang, sunrise, breakfast, tablet, plug


Please make sure all of these components feature somewhere in your story, and don't forget to link up with the linky frog.

Have fun!!!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A new winner on WWBH day!

Alright folks!

It's Wednesday! It's the first of the month!  Which means of course ...

Well, to a lot of people it means IWSG day, and for my post please go here. I'm not having a good time at the moment, so my IWSG moment is something of a plea for encouragement :-)


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

But, besides IWSG, it's also WWBH time. Yay for all the acronyms, hey! 

It's exciting today, we get to see who the latest winner is for our featured blog hop author space.

There have also been some slight additions to the rules for this here bloggy hop, so please cast your eye over before submitting your fabulous stories.

Today Leanne is in charge, so here we go!

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"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 

Welcome to October! I love October for many reasons, but the main reason is because I was born this month--on the 5th to be exact. :) 

Today is pretty special in its own right because it's Wednesday AND the first of the month, which means we have an extra reveal for you in addition to a fresh prompt. May I introduce to you our featured blog hop author for October: 

Morgan Kellum!

open book on a cloud

Congratulations, Morgan! Above is her button that you can display on your blog to support her blog. We pick a new winner each month--all you have to do is submit a blog hop story at least four times and your name goes into the hat! 
We love encouraging our writers in storytelling and encouraging our community to get to know one another--so be sure to head on over to Morgan's blog to say hi and check out some of her other work!
 
Next up: Here are the stories birthed from last week's photo prompt. Read 'em and show a little comment love to the authors. They all did a fantastic job!

The Hounds of Well by Love Happy Notes
Mad Dogs by Scott Taylor
Preparations by Sally Stackhouse

Okay--real quick, I am going to post the longer detailed version of the blog hop "rules," just as a refresher since we have some new folks joining us. Welcome to our new participants!


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.
2) When 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.
3) We ask that you keep your story to approximately 500 words (give or take). We aren't counting but, please, no 1000-word entries.
4) In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, please Do Not share photos and/or prompt words as your own. We ask that you please include the photo(s) and reference the blog hop in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected. Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Thank you so much for understanding! Let us know if you have questions on this. :)
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 are unable or need help, contact your hop host: Leanne, Debb, Heather, or Tena.
6) Have Fun! Take your writing seriously, but let those creative juices flow! Don’t fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over the blog hop, instead let this be an exercise in letting the imagination run wild while staying within the discipline of flash-fiction—short and compelling!

 Without further ado; your photo and 5 words for this week:


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Mandatory words:
blister
grease
frock
pirate
bishop

Caught by the blogging blues - An IWSG post

Insecure Writer's Support Group 
Hello to all! I hope the first day of this new month finds you all well.

I've not been doing too badly of late, but I'm floundering a little when it comes to the bloggy world. I seem to have lost the drive and enthusiasm right now, and I'm not entirely sure how to get it back.

Friday will be the third anniversary of this here blog of mine, and I was determined not to let it just fly by like last year. But here I am again, not really venturing out into the world and the date is upon me once again. Where does all the time go?


I've grown rather despondent, and not just in regards to my blog, but lots of other life stuff too.

I've tried not to mention too much about it, but when I had my baby daughter at the beginning of June my life was turned up on its end, and in more ways than usual with a new baby. 
She was born with a serious defect that could have claimed her life at the time, had it not been for a wonderful consultant at our hospital who saved her for us.

She is thriving now and, despite continued hospital visits and one more scheduled operation, she is in no danger. However, the whole experience has left me feeling very strange. 
At times of crisis, your body just takes over and you get through it because that's what you need to do, but now the dust has settled, all the emotions are creeping up on me. I feel very spaced out a lot of the time if I'm honest. I've felt like this isn't really my life at all, and I'm just going through the motions of what needs to be done every day.

I feel so flat all of the time, writing and blogging are the last things on my mind, and I'm teetering on the edge of giving up on it. It's things like this hop that have kept me hanging on by my fingertips, but I'm struggling to get back into the same groove that I've been in before.

Self-doubt and low self-esteem are the dominant forces at work in my mind right now, and some words of advice and encouragement would be hugely welcome. Tell me I'm not the only one who's been caught in this pit of seeming despair ...

Love and hugs xxx 

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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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