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NANO: No Time for NaNoWriMo? Try FLASH NANO instead

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I did NaNoWriMo in 2013, the year I started writing again, the year I started blogging. I completed the Spring and Summer Camps as well as the main event. 2013-Winner-Vertical-Banner

This year I thought about dipping my toes in again, but I am working on several poetry projects and know that I don’t have time to complete 50,000 words. Tonight I decided to spend some time browsing my reader as it has been 10 months since I looked at blogs out here. I discovered a post and a challenge that might match my schedule and give me more to work with in the future.1 nb

Nancy Stohlman is posting prompts for flash fiction, which I do have time for. http://nancystohlman.com/flashnano/

Imagination Rain.eps I headed over to http://nanowrimo.org and signed back in. I headed to the Pep Talk page which has a lot of good advice and encouragement for a positive mental attitude, which believe me all NaNo-ers need! See what Gene Luen Yang has to say here

I am unlikely to reach the 50,000 word count by writing incredibly short, short stories but I will hopefully end the month with 30 new pieces and if I can I might mix it up with some poetry too.

So let’s get started!

Good luck to everyone making NaNo part of their November.

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\Daily Post/ TOP 10 BLOG POSTS in 2014

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We have spent a week without the internet, I wrote this post a while ago and have only just been able to post it! Enjoy the TOP 10 POSTS for 2014 in AWF.

Daily Post Challenge

December – the season for Countdowns, I love a list (who doesn’t), I have spent a year writing and recycling TO DO lists. In having a quick surf around the WP READER, I spotted this blog post over in the Daily Post (which I haven’t joined in with ages) so I thought I would treat you all to a TOP 10 of our most POPULAR posts this year!

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TOP 10 – Most POPULAR Posts

10) Silf Gives Self – Margaret Silf Seminar

9) The Quiet Compere (21/3/14)

8) August is Hotting Up – Despite the Rain!

7) Goal Setting 2014 – Read This BEFORE You Set Any! (Advice)

6) Book Launch: The Year I Loved England By Antony Owens & Joseph Horgan

5) Diverse Dancers Exhibition – Najma Hush – Performance Event

4) 52 Meet and Perform for the Stratford Poetry Festival

3) The Early Bird May Catch a Worm but the Night Owl Finds Opportunities

2) Writing Short Stories – Tips on Narrative Structure & The Writing Process

1) Writing Short Stories – Tips on Planning and Structure

Writing 101 – Building a Blogging Habit

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Brought to you from THE DAILY POST Writing 101

 

JUST WRITE

In this inaugural assignment, let’s loosen up and just write. We’re so excited you’ve joined us — let’s get started!

I am very excited, the weekends are unprompted so we have 20 days of writing activities ahead, they are also cite Natalie Goldberg, who I love, her books gave me my first nervous strokes into the waters of writing beyond poetry.

Last year I put myself through so much study; workshops, day events, toolkits, lectures, online courses – this year I have concentrated on producing work and the study has taken a back seat, spurred on by my workshop this weekend I am ready to give over to this daily event and will do my best to post daily regardless of work and weekday busyness!

Oh, look… a new SHINY badge! writing-101-june-2014-class-badge-2

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You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen — it becomes distorted, and it’s been diminished. The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.

– Author Khaled Hosseini, “How to Write,” the Atlantic

 

To get started, let’s loosen up. Let’s unlock the mind. Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write.

Keep typing (or scribbling, if you prefer to handwrite for this exercise) until your twenty minutes are up. It doesn’t matter if what you write is incomplete, or nonsense, or not worthy of the “Publish” button.

And for your first twist? Publish this stream-of-consciousness post on your blog.

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The sun is shining through the blinds, which are shut, the brightness plays havoc with my eyes, squinting at the computer screen doesn’t help. I can hear traffic on the road, cars racing home before rush hour begins, although it is Monday, at the beginning of the week the traffic jams start around 4pm.

I have spent the whole day feeling washed out and glazed over, tired. I had an early enough night but woke at 5:30 this morning, before the larks I think! I couldn’t get back to sleep and it was after 7:30 before I set my alarm for quarter past eight. I woke up at 10.

I panicked as I was expected to take hold of a delivery and also I knew I had the whole day to write and sort the kitchen and I wanted an early start. I have been treading through treacle ever since.

The delivery came, two sun loungers with multi-coloured stripy mattresses, ready to relax on this summer, or hopefully before, if the weather picks up. The weather last week was particularly dreadful. I had the week off work, typically my plans to sun myself outside for the week were scuppered! The first weekend of the holidays my friends and I all took off to the South coast – in torrential rain and Bank Holiday nose-to-bumper traffic, the epic journey took over 5 hours of driving and it was over 4 before I unfolded my body, stopped driving and got out of the car. I realise anybody reading this from larger countries will think nothing of this journey but we can get to Scotland in seven hours and this journey took more than double the time it should have.

We had a great time but it wasn’t a long enough break, although I was happy I didn’t have to go back to work on Tuesday, like everyone else. Have only had a few days to relax since though. So busy, always so busy. I think it’s better that way, it keeps my mind off things, stops me thinking too deeply.

After spending the day alone writing (and cleaning), I am now adjusting to sharing the room again. The TV remote is in action and the channels are being flicked faster than I can type. The TV programme chosen is one that I won’t worry about missing from our (almost always full) planner. I find it hard to focus on free writing when there is a script and visuals that I can see just over the top of the laptop.

It is a film.

I love films. Love relaxing ready to watch one at home. Feet up on the settee ready for a whole world to open up around you, going places without ever having to move. I like them in cinemas too, the sheer luxury of it as it has become an expensive night out. We have a surround sound system but it’s not Dolby or attached to the walls and to have popcorn, we’d have to microwave it first.

My fingers tap lighter on the keys, so the narrative can be heard, I wouldn’t be able to watch a film with some tip, tapping away. It’s funny what affects some people has no impact on others. And yet sometimes if we are both watching something, even a shuffling foot can burst his audio visual bubble of focus.

I am aware of time now, I have been checking without stopping typing two or three times, I can glance down to the computer clock. But now it reads 17:05 and I know I have just 5 minutes of this un-interrupted free write left. I find it easier to free write by hand, something about the flow of ink, but I realised that part of the point of this assignment was to post our free writes and I know it would take me at least the same time again to type it up and I have a kitchen to finish cleaning. There is another load of washing up and rubbish to get rid of after a busy weekend. I managed to almost get on top of the laundry. Funny how there is only ever a window of a few hours before you are no longer ON TOP of the washing again!

In the last few minutes I find it amazing that this post is now over 1000 words (including the prompt itself) – we can work all day to get this many words written. Whether any of it will be useful is another question.

Leave your thoughts, I would love to hear which bits of this free write stand out and speak to you. I am going to read some from fellow Blogging /Writing 101 students when I have finished.

The clock tells me it is 17:10 – my 20 minutes is done. Deep breath now as I hit PUBLISH!

 

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NaPoWriMo – Day 3

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I will eventually post within the same 24 hours as the prompt!

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DAY 3

Third Time’s The Charm

On April 3, 2014

In keeping with today’s status as the third day of NaPoWriMo, I challenge you to write a charm – a simple rhyming poem, in the style of a recipe-slash-nursery rhyme. It could be a charm against warts, or against traffic tickets. It could be a charm to bring love, or to bring free pizzas from your local radio station.

This year every day there is also a ‘featured participant’, I like to broaden my knowledge of poetry by reading all that’s on offer. Today I was linked to a page by Scant Scintilla, a mixed offering of found poetry and erasure poetry. Both techniques I am aware of.

Inspired by what I read (especially the internet insanity) I set about creating my own found poem. What I ended up with might well plug any extra time needed for the Dualogue set being prepared for  Tuesday’s 1441315_10151891604167737_769844637_n (Next rehearsal Monday!)

Then I got on with my Charm poem.

I am delighted with this poem – although it needs a bit more work – as it rhymes and I used to do that and now rarely do, will take some editing, but it is amusing (always good at spoken word events) – I actually hadn’t thought what it was a concoction for until towards the end of writing the poem. The most fun prompt to get stuck into so far!

Thoroughly enjoyed it – why not give it a try?

 

(Extracts only)

Take one leaf from the apple tree

add a spoonful of sugar,

Oh, go on, make that three!

Give it a generous stir.

Let it rest for just a minute

Whilst you pour yourself a gin,

this is a non-alcholic recipe

you won’t have to drop any in!

 

 

Daily Prompt- Give Me 5

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I missed yesterday’s daily prompt as I was busy at writing events but when I saw this prompt, I had to give it ago.

Daily Prompt: Bookworms

Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.

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Five

I typed it into google and just looked at the screen of links I could see on the first page without scrolling. There were the obvious ones – Channel 5, and FIVE the band –

and then this caught my eye…

Five Ways to Well-being – New Economics Foundation

 The new economics foundation is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

Five ways to well-being, and other tales

June 25, 2010 // By: Sam Thompson

In Five Ways to Well-being, we reviewed the empirical evidence collected by Foresight from hundreds of research studies across the world. The outcome is a set of five different kinds of daily activity that, according to the latest and best evidence available, promote well-being and help to buffer against mental health difficulties.

Connect With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be active Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Give Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thanks someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

For me Five – I thought of my family of 5 members, five fingers, hands, 5 Star (yes, I am that old!) And here’s something for you all to enjoy!

Daily Post – My Favourite Toy…

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Daily Prompt: Toy Story

What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?

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Was a Tiny Tears Doll.

I sold for 50p at a car boot! Doh! Should have sold online for a lot more.

She was called  Kerry and I had her when I was about 5, I had all the accessories and loved her like a real baby.

My mum sent her away when I was 7 to get some outfits custom made for my birthday surprise, she didn’t think this charming idea through – I was distraught over my lost baby for months! I even remember the reunion with brand new outfits was peppered with tears – mine not hers.

That was my favourite toy.

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Daily Post – Thank You

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How not to make this sound like an Oscar or Blog award acceptance speech…red carpet

Daily Prompt: Thank You

The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance: today, simply be thankful for something (or someone).

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I should thank my mum, without whom I would not exist.

I could thank my grandparents and great aunty for being truly wise and inspirational figures in my life.

I should thank Mr G for putting up with me through thick and thin.

I could thank divine spirits for steering me back onto the path of creativity.

I could thank Amazon for cheap books that have made the past fortnight of waiting for post, a delight!

I should thank God that I am born in a country of freedom with all my basic needs met and taken for granted.

I could thank the stars for shining, or the rain for watering the allotment so that I don’t have to.

But…

I am going to be a stereo-typical cliché and thank you lot!

Thanks for following this new chapter of my life, thanks for reading my posts, for letting me know that you are out there. Thanks for taking the time to comment or criticise to help me improve or for connecting with my spirit. Thanks for the emails and encouragement. Thanks for the Blog Award nominations and the re-blogs. Thanks for finding us here in the massive wilderness of Blogland. Thanks for sticking around.

Thanks for everything you do, it means the world to me.

When I started blogging January 2013, I had no idea where this would go or what I would discover. So many wonderful opportunities and fantastic creative minds. I am truly grateful and filled with happiness when I see that something I have posted has touched someone out there.

So to you all, for being utterly fabulous. I thank YOU!

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Daily Post – Six Words, One Dream

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Daily Prompt: Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

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Great success, motherhood, riches and serenity.

 

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I have dreams, we all have dreams, I am pulling mine into focus, jumping right into them and steering them towards ‘reality’. What I mean is that dull reminder that I am a creative being that I have ignored for over a decade is becoming a beating drum, loud. My own heartbeat perhaps. I have been somewhere that reminded me – life is too short.

 

We are put here on the Earth to be who we can be, potentially. You have to listen to those guiding voices at sometime. (I hope I don’t sound too crazy) I mean that nagging inside when you know you should be someplace else, doing something else.

GREAT SUCCESS refers to just that. Me following my inner voice, being guided by my creative spirit to spread my wings and fly, no… soar towards my greatest dreams and make them a living reality.

Which I will and in doing so I will be successful. A success. And if my dreams come to fruition in the way I have dreamt them, a GREAT success.

 

MOTHERHOOD, couldn’t be plainer, do I really need to expand? It is a place I have always thought of. Something I have always wanted. Cannot imagine leaving the planet without a little part of me existing inside someone else. We have talked about it for years, now we live under the same roof… it is in my future.

 

RICHES – Now in my wildest vision of my future this does literally mean money. But I needn’t dream millionaire, I just want enough. A comfortable sum. If my great success pays off, there will be plenty. I also mean riches as in a life that I dreamt being a life I now lead.

Riches of family, treasures that are not things and treasure that is things but priceless things. Each other. A unit. A new life.

 

SERENITY – is the feeling I hope to achieve at the end of all of this, if I gain all I imagine I want I will feel total, whole. Complete. At ease, at peace, serene.

A good place to be ready to dream more… motivation dreams

 

Daily Prompt – Excitement

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Daily Prompt: The Excitement Never Ends

by michelle w. on September 8, 2013

Tell us about the last thing you got excited about — butterflies-in-the-stomach, giggling, can’t-wait excited. 

college reunion Last year an old college friend of mine decided to open a FB group and organise a reunion of our performing arts class. It took a year to organise it as 2 friends got married last year and some of us now live all around the world.

By the time the day came 7 of us met for lunch back in our college County. Isabelle (who is expecting her first) only popped in so there are just 6 of us on this photo.

We had not seen each other for about 20 years, all of us have stayed in contact with some people who have joined the group, but none of us have stayed as a whole group – as is life!

I CANNOT REMEMBER A TIME WHEN I HAVE BEEN THIS EXCITED! It was of course nerve wracking but we all got on as if we had not skipped a day of each other’s lives. It was such a great lunch!

When we had got over how old this made us all!

It’s true what they say about friends for life – as a thirty-something, I realise that sometimes you meet people who turn out to be bit part players, this lot – they are main cast and crew!

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Daily Prompts September 6th Regrets

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Daily Prompt: Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been different if you’d made another decision?

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I have worked hard over the years learning that regretting is a waste of energy – once the time has passed, the opportunity has gone. If you chose to walk away not towards, then live with that decision in freedom.

This means that I have only vague shadowy regrets buried somewhere deep inside.

I think the one that I regret the most is not travelling. When I graduated university, I had a partner and chose to live with him and get a job to pay the rent instead of using the money I had to buy a round the world ticket.

I knew if I went it would change me, and him and our relationship and at 21, I thought I was too young to cope with this cause and effect.

I managed a compromise – a short trip around Europe and have since managed to travel to many other places on my wish list. Of course I have known many people who bought their tickets and changed their lives and none of them regret their decision to travel.

Ironically the relationship only lasted a few years after graduation but it was my first long term (7 years) relationship, and I don’t regret that any more than the decision not to travel.

A regret is a waste of a decision. There are always reasons and lessons to learn whichever path you choose.

I am certainly VERY HAPPY with my life now – and maybe this is not the life I would lead if I had made the decision to buy my round the world ticket.

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