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Fun with My Writers’ Group


Every first and third Friday our Madison County Writers’ Group meets in Ennis, Montana. We may have just two participants, or we could have eight or ten. Last February during our third Friday meeting, there were just two of us. I recently came across my notes from that meeting.

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We begin our meeting each time with a prompt we draw from a bag. Anyone can add prompts to the bag at any time. On this particular Friday, Steve drew the prompt, “Writer’s Block.” We had ten or fifteen minutes to write on that prompt and then share with one another what we had written.

I decided to write a Haiku. It ended up as a 5 stanza poem… each stanza a syllabic count of 5-7-5 syllables. What would you have written with the prompt “Writer’s Block”?

Let me share mine with you.

Writer’s Block can trap
You and me in wordless haze
Floating in nothing

Nothingness can hold
You and me in dilemma
Pen in hand stands still

Stillness can reveal
Treasures in the quietness
You just can’t force it

Forcefulness is great
If you adamantly feel
Thoughts begin to swirl

Swirling thoughts spin out
With contemplation and ease
The Block disappears

We had so much fun sharing our ideas on Writer’s Block that we decided to draw another prompt. This one was “Words.” We gave ourselves another ten minutes.

This time since I was on a roll with the Haiku rhythm, I wrote a 3 stanza poem. Sharing it later with my husband, Bob, he asked, “What determines if your Haiku is going to be one stanza or 3 or 5?”

“You write what you have to say,” I told him. “When you have said it, you stop. The thoughts dictate the length.”

Here’s what I wrote to the prompt, WORDS:

When words just fail me,
I sit back and dream awhile.
Dreams don’t have to speak.

When dreams are wordless,
My imagination spins –
Motivating scenes.

Let pictures emerge.
Print them on your mind and soul.
Eventually: WORDS!

These kinds of dreams come to us as writers, but they come to painters and potters and musicians as well. It’s a capacity of the human brain that needs to be cultivated.

A productive life is one that can get beyond writers block, can use words to express inner feelings, and can listen with heart to the unspoken words of those around them.

I hope you are a proponent of the kind of arts education that promotes such critical thinking. Let your curious mind fly free.

Be a wise consumer of words and thoughts and dreams! Do you have a Writers’ Group? If so, tell me about it. If not, think about forming one. It’s such fun to share your creative thoughts with others face to face, not just on WordPress.

See ya tomorrow. Cheers!

The Power of Words


Give Compliments

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Give Compliments

Haiku x8

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When is the last time
Someone complimented you?
Who? Friend or stranger?

When is the last time
You complimented someone?
Who? Friend or stranger?

Which feels better –
A compliment from a friend
or from a stranger?

When do you speak up
To give out a compliment?
Is it natural?

Or do you have to
Struggle to give compliments?
Do you accept them?

What do you say back?
A simple “Thank You” will do.
Do not disagree.

“Oh, this old sweater?
I’ve had it for a long time.”
Try a humble, “Thanks!”

Speak sincere feelings,
And don’t underestimate
The power of words.


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See ya tomorrow!

Word Origins & Creative Usage


Where do words come from?

When you google that question,
you realize how new the verb, “google” is!

 

Of course, you know how that word, Google, originated.
It was those 4 or 5 guys in a garage, right?

But what about the word “zany”?
Where did it originate?

 

Shakespeare!

Shakespeare had an incredible influence on the English language and invented “zany” – as well as hundreds of other words we still use today.

Here are some of the more than 1,700 words first used in Shakespeare’s writing: 

  • amazement
  • bedroom
  • champion
  • dawn
  • eyeball
  • fashionable
  • gossip
  • moonbeam
  • olympian
  • puking
  • swagger
  • unreal
  • zany

Wow! Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare

He was sooooo creative!!
(That’s an understatement)
We’ll never know exactly what Shakespeare looked like,
but many portraits share similar features. This one is a Getty image
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Here’s an image of Zany Me:

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How zany can you get?

You have to “SnapChat” it before you get
those ears and eyelashes – and such smooth skin!
Do you know SnapChat?
It’s one of many programs out there that
help us creatively present ourselves.

Internet Writing Programs

Sometimes we present ourselves visually with doctored images (like the one above).

Do we “doctor” our verbal images of ourselves, too? Microsoft Word is one of many programs in this technological world that allows us to spice up what we say and how we say it. I love using their templates. In addition to Microsoft Word and other well-known programs, I recently discovered Google Docs. Do you know about that app?

I have Google Docs on my iPhone.
Do you use that program to
create and edit documents on the go?
You can “get stuff done”
(how’s that for creative word usage?)
with or without an internet connection.

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You can write on your own – or invite more people to contibute.
My granddaughter, Faith, used Google Docs to write her
paternal (DeAngeles) Family History.
Her dad is our son, Ty.
Faith sent the Goodle Doc to me to see and edit.
It’s a great program.

Descriptive Words

Particular words jumped out at me as I read Faith’s geneological study that included health histories of her grandparents, parents, siblings, and aunts/uncles:

  • heart attack
  • valve replacement
  • Valley Fever
  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • diabetis
  • high cholesterol

These medical issues and troublesome words don’t describe the people, or

  • the beauty,
  • the personalities,
  • the faith,
  • stamina,
  • and creativity of the family.

Where do we make sure such characteristics make it to the printed page and live on in history?

Signature Vocabulary

As a writer who has created a blog, YOU can be sure the beauty, the uniqueness, and the zaniness of your personality and your loved ones lives on. You can create a legacy for your family; one that tells more than birth, marriage, children, illnesses and death.

What words might people attribute to YOU? Have you a signature vocabulary? What do you want folks to remember about your family?

Bob

My Precious Husband

My precious husband, Bob, may not have invented the word, “Foo-Foo,” but his use of it for someone’s name is becoming a signature of his.

“You know, help me out, Foo-Foo was just over there by the Wuch-a-me-call-it. You remember!”

Uh, can you help me out a little more! Who and/or where?

He makes me laugh!!
The older we get, the more “Foo-Foos” there are in our lives!

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Yes, words are our trademark. Just as identifiable as our fingerprints.

 

 

I don’t think I’ve actually invented any words, though. Have you?

 

Using Words Creatively

Do you use words in unique ways?
My blogging friend, Dorothy (deyspublishing.wordpress.com),
posted today  about pouting clouds. 

I said they were pouting and spouting.

Giving animate qualities to inanimate objects is a great use of words. I love the way many poets do that. They attribute people qualities and actions to things in nature… animals, clouds, unfriendly chairs.

My iPhone has a dictionary app that allows me to look at synonyms and antonyms as well as definitions. You probably have that app, too. It’s a great tool for finding ways to creatively use words.

Sharing Creative Writing With Others

In addition to sharing my writing on WordPress, I belong to a writers’ group. We meet every 1st & 3rd Friday. Our first 15 minutes is a Free Write on a topic we draw out of a hat.

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Draw out of a Hat

I think when next we meet, we should have a list of original Shakespearean words and see if we can select six (or so) of them to weave into a story – with instructions to try and add one more – an “original” – one of our own.

Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Try it! Share your zany new word with me!

 

Have a whimsical*, zany weekend!

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See ya tomorrow

*Whimsical is a Bob Goff “signature word” in my mind. Have you read his book, Love Does? I highly recommend it. Talk about a “wordsmith!”

13 Ways to Say, “I Love You”


Nothing beats those three little words,
“I Love You!”

But, some folks just have a hard time saying it.
Listen for these other expressions!

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Thanks to http://www.IntelligenceForYourLife.com for sharing these!

Which one has your loved one used to tell YOU,
“I love you?”

Bob often stops at the CostCo flower counter
and picks out a lovely bouquet to bring home
when we are out shopping.

Sometimes I order flowers from FTD
to be delivered with a love note from me to him.
A single rose will do!

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Is there one you can add to the list?

I would add,
“Welcome home, Sweetheart! Dinner’s ready!”

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Is there one that reminded you of a favorite way
you express your love?

Wordless Wednesday’s Tanka


Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesdays are wordless

According to some bloggers

But how can poets

Contain all the bubbly words

Springing up inside of them?

 

A tanka is a form of Japanese poetry
that follows a syllable format.
Unlike Haiku with only three lines,
Tankas are composed of 5 lines.
Lines 1 and 3 have 5 syllables.
Lines 2, 4, and 5 contain 7 syllables each.

Try your hand at a Tanka!

Line 1- 5 syllables

Line 2- 7 syllables

Line 3- 5 syllables

Line 4- 7 syllables

Line 5- 7 syllables

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/article-poetic-forms


Are you able to be Wordless on Wednesday?

Just read… don’t reply?

Please don’t try!
Reply!!

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My Brilliant Headline – following Cristian Mihai


  • OKAY, Cristian Mihai, I have a positive mindset! I am going to follow the advice you gave in your recent blog: “10 Easy-to-Follow Steps to Writing an Amazing Blog.”
  • And you can see my brilliant headline… up there.

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  • You can tell that I’ve opened the door to this blog with confidence, right?

Open like a boss.

Now here I am… the BOSS! (No I’m just lyin’ – I don’t really boss anybody!

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  • Well, I DO kinda boss my dear husband sometimes. But he is rarely receptive to that tone! I can use persuasive words. That’s a better approach … persuasive words spoken in love!

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It’s important to click on Cristian’s tips here to learn more. His links are just a click away. I NEED to persuade you to GO to his blog often to learn important skills that will improve your blogs and bring you a greater following. That’s one of your goals, right? Of course it is! See the underlined red words? Try moving there, but be sure to come back!!

I NEED your following! Join my blog!

  • Don’t forget to write like yourself.

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  • Use all the tools at your disposal!
  • Bullets help
  • So do colors. (I don’t know how to make my words different colors the way Cristian does… I’m still learning) … but I can add colorful pictures to enhance my ideas.
  • It’s okay to cut and paste and use the ideas of others
  • That’s what I’m doing today. It spices up your blog!salt-1914130__480.jpg
  • Insert killer bullet points. Of course you noticed them here… I know you did!
  • Use Old Posts of Your Own 

    Using Cristian’s ideas helps me clean up old posts and make them more appealing, more readable. This old one was a perfect example:
    http://www.janbeek.wordpress.com/you-color-my-world   – Check it out. I reblogged it from a 2013 post!

  • Subheadings Draw Eyes Forward

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  • Create fantastic subheads.  So, I created that subheading and your eye was drawn to it, right?
  • Tell a seductive story.

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    Can I seduce you into sitting a spell and sharing a story with me? One that will draw you in and keep you turning pages?

    Cristian wrote: “Start the story with a seductive sentence.”

    I have written a memoir. I have not published it yet. It is titled, “All My Marbles.” The beginning sentence is,

    “I want you to know that I am a rather strong-willed, sometimes too outspoken, retired career woman who intends to live to be ninety-plus with all my marbles in place.”

    Would you be tempted to turn the page? The rest of that first paragraph reads:

    “Right up to the last, I want to smell good and wear dangling earrings that match my outfit for the day. I hope my children will get the message that there’s no need to get twitter-pated about getting older. As long as you keep your eyes on the NOW, your sense of humor tuned, and allow your style to be uniquely YOU, it’s likely that (unlike my cantankerous mother), you will wear your shirt right-side-out and still ‘give a shit’ at 89!”

  • Pay attention to the details. The details of my memoir include chapters about each of my seven grandchildren after some introductory chapters titled:

    Chapter One –   The Courage of Our Ancestors             8

    Chapter Two –   My Parents’ Confidence                        17

    Chapter Three – The Wisdom of Bob’s Parents              26

    Chapter Four – Love in Us

    (Chapter 4 tells about how my husband (of 57 years now) and I met … and how we managed to stay together in spite of a beautiful but rocky start. The details of this chapter include this lovely wedding photo.

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    That was 57 years ago, February 11, 1962, and today we are more in love than ever.

    Would you be tempted to buy my Memoir if I published “All My Marbles”??

  • In my blog, whose subtitle is “Love One Another,”
    I share daily ideas (130 days in a row now) from my life.
    I’ve been blogging since 2012,
    but just within the last 130 days I became serious
    about making it a daily habit.The Art of Blogging helped me make this commitment.
    Thank you, Cristian and Jason.
  • My life is filled with blessings –
    and I pass along tips for how to
    fuel your life with blessings, too.

    Come to my filling station often.
    My heart is overflowing… WITH LOVE TO SPARE.

    Sometimes I have to pinch  myself to know this is real.
    But –  – – it is!!

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Have a blessed day!

That’s not a command. It’s a request! I’m not a boss who carries a big stick. I’m a co-worker who is journeying this path called life with you. If I can lift your spirits and point you to the ONE who brings me blessings, I will have succeeded with my mission for today.

Kind Words


Kind Words

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Mother Theresa was the first

who said something like this:

“Kind words can be short

But their echo

Lasts Forever.”

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  • Come in
  • Thank you
  • You’re welcome
  • I’m sorry
  • You’re forgiven
  • I need you
  • I’m praying for you
  • He hears
  • I’m listening
  • I care
  • I’m here for you
  • Join me
  • I’d love to

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Can you add to the list?

What kind words

Have you spoken today?

What kind words

Have you heard today?

How did you respond?

Do you hear the echoes?

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  • Come again soon
  • I love you!

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