Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 19 – Gap

Hugh is looking for photos of something that shows a gap… I had to really think about this one. Then, I remembered the trip we took in 2009 to Glacier National Park in Montana. I distinctly remembered seeing beauty that was unsurpassed as we drove along Going to the Sun Road. These glimpses of grandeur … Continue reading Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 19 – Gap

All-Natural Poetry Prompts | Writing Forward

Ready to write some poetry? COME ON! Give it a try! ❤ Check out these nature-inspired poetry prompts, and if you're up for the challenge, use them to write an all-natural poem of your own. Source: All-Natural Poetry Prompts | Writing Forward

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “The Envelope”

Hi, everybody! It's that time again! Time to get your quote selected so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of: "TRUST" Please make sure to link to Ronovan's post HERE. … Continue reading #WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “The Envelope”

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Trust”

Welcome to the Fourth edition of the open call for anyone who will dare to share what they care with all the others in the "Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge." Been here before? Click HERE to skip to Example and Challenge. To see all the Entries from last week click HERE for the links in … Continue reading Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Trust”

Romantic Tuesday

Erika wrote a magnificent poem and I had to share it! How beautiful! ❤

Share Your Light

The Bird and the Tree

A little bird did spread its wings

And flew into this world

Curious what love could mean

There was so much that it had heard

The flight led it through sunny skies

And warm and happy days

But then it had to flee and hide

When threats did come in many ways
maxresdefault (2).jpgIt was chased by mighty eagles

And terrified by thunderstorms

It felt lonely, cried for help

Wished for some loving warmth

Exhausted and resigning

It was almost giving up

It landed on a tree and hoped

That pain would finally stop

After a while, the bird calmed down

And it looked where it was

It was so peaceful and so nice

What could have been the cause?

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Out of the blue, it heard a voice

So tender and so warm

“Don’t be afraid my little bird

I’ll shelter you from harm

The journey…

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #90 Friend & Shiver

This week's haiku challenge prompt words from Ronovan are "friend and shiver." Friend = ally and Shiver = quake. Since I missed last week's challenge, I thought I had better get this up early. I am in the full flush of spring fever! I love spring! Today, on my walk with Sugar and Spice, I … Continue reading RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #90 Friend & Shiver

Are You Making These 4 Common Dialogue-Writing Mistakes? – Write It Sideways

How to make sure your characters fully show off their personalities. ❤ Today’s post is written by Alex Limberg. It’s such a bummer. You’ve written a scene, and it seems to work perfectly. The plot takes its course and the characters are all going after their desires, busily mingling. Interesting things happen. But when you … Continue reading Are You Making These 4 Common Dialogue-Writing Mistakes? – Write It Sideways

The Great Debate: Maps in Fantasy

Wonderful food for thought about including a map to go with your fantasy novel… ❤

Nicholas C. Rossis

When working on Pearseus, I decided to include a map. In fact, I ended up drawing at least three versions, then buying Cartographer and doing another three versions there. Then, I realized a lot of people hate maps in books. A recent post by A.J. O’Conell of Bookriot explains why.

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

I Hate Maps

When epic fantasy N.K. Jemisin released her latest novel, The Fifth Season, she posted the – admittedly beautiful – map from her novel on her blog.  What’s unusual about this is that Jemisin is one of a handful of authors who have been vocal about their distaste for maps in high fantasy.

So, why aren’t some fantasy authors fans of maps? Three reasons are usually cited:

  • Maps on the fly-leaf are cliché; every author from J.R.R. Tolkien to George R. R. Martin seems to have one.
  • Sometimes being able to see every major location in a world

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Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: Gardening Your Way to Healthy

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, … Continue reading Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: Gardening Your Way to Healthy