Daily Archives: November 15, 2013

PAD Challenge – The Catch Up Post


I have not written a poem for the PAD Challenge as I was performing at SpeakEasy and then out at Stanza followed by a weekend away *which was supposed to include a poetry workshop and a performance – long story I will link to that post when I have written it – so here is the PAD Challenge update and later on I will plug into the poetry machine and create!


    2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

    Two weeks! We’ve made it two weeks into the challenge. I don’t know why I ever doubt it, but this month is flying by as it usually does.

    For today’s prompt, write an exploration poem. Maybe you’re exploring a new land, the depths of quarks, outer space, the mind, the soul, etc. Your call. In fact, it could be said that most poems are an exploration of one sort or another. So get at it.

    Robert Lee Brewer

    Robert Lee Brewer

    Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community

    2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

    After we finish today’s poem, we’ll have crossed the half-way point in this challenge. Congratulations for making it this far! It’s all downhill from here, right?

    For today’s prompt, take the phrase “What (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “What Luck,” “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas,” “Whatever You Say,” and so on.


    A Night With Poets


    Tonight I attended my 3rd Poetry Society Stanza Meeting, once again thanks for getting us there Ian Glass, I take great pleasure in not having to drive sometimes. I took along one of the latest PAD challenge poems and received some great advice and editing tips once again.

    It was a lovely relaxed evening and I managed to stay awake (on my 1 hour post work power kip) I had squeezed in before getting ready to go. Thank you Sarah Leavesley for hosting – it was a great night.

    I even got away with the size 9 font (attempting to fit the whole poem on one sheet!)

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    Children In Need 2013


    As a child I distinctly remember feeling ungrateful that I had been born into a normal (term used broadly ;)) family … before the days of Disney Princess costumes and Tiara overkill my dream of being a princess was one beyond a frilly frock. I used to fantasise about being the Daughter of a Prince (a sister to William and later Harry, wanted to be Beatrice (she may have avoided hat scandal if I had…) I used to imagine what my life would be like.

    I didn’t understand the luck of taken for granted luxuries such as a loving family, good health, brothers, a roof over our head, food on the table, clean water, a car etc.


    I have spent years watchingcin3 donating and raising money. For the past 14 years I have celebrated it in school in spotty clothes, pyjamas, inside out clothes and so on. Today (after very little sleep) I took a call for work and it wasn’t until I was en route that I realised what day it was. cin1

    I drove past lots of people (mainly kids I used to teach) in PJ’s on their way to school! I got excited at the prospect that it was a fun day in school. cin6

    Today, where I worked, it was also school photograph day, so the children weren’t dressed up and the hall was in use so at no point did we talk about Children in Need. cin2

    Tonight I had enough time to power nap, eat tea and get ready to go to Stanza and haven’t seen or heard any CIN news.

    It is important to support and I feel I should mark the day with a blog post.

    cin  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24941239 (2013 Fundraising news)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b (all about the appeal)




    Click the link to find out how you can donate and help.

    NaNoWriMo Day 15 – 50% Halfway


    Imagination Rain.eps

    Yesterday, Thursday 14th I went to SpeakEasy to perform and in between work and the mad dash to get ready in the evening, I had no time to write for NaNo (I did, however prepare 12000 words late on Wednesday to count for the Day 14.) As you know, if you read the posts I was up for 4 hours after – high on post performance euphoria, I was also very tired and couldn’t have managed any ‘proper’ writing. I had planned to catch up today… but then ended up working instead.

    So Day 15 was also a non-Nano write day, once again from getting in from work and going out to Stanza there was NO TIME to write. Technically we are now in the small hours and this is Day 16. I am going to try to write some words tonight, I may get to 500 or so.

    Tomorrow I am off to Oxford, so will possibly manage a bit of a Nano write before I leave, although I envisage a BIG SLEEP!

    So I have Sunday to catch up and I will (not that I need to catch up, I am approximately 3000 words ahead of schedule even with 2 days off!

    This post will be UPDATED! 2013-Participant-Square-Button