Sue Vincent is one of those special bloggers who inspire people from all around the world with her poetry and writing. Her posts about mythology, ancient ruins, medieval churches, and her daily #midnighthaiku have entertained me for years.

How many of us took part in her #writephoto prompts through the years? I know I have! Sue has been a participant and avid supporter of my Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge from the beginning!

On top of all her writing and prompts, Sue has faithfully supported other bloggers by sharing others’ responses to her 19,000 and counting followers. 

Recently, Sue has faced a new and difficult challenge: lung cancer. You can follow her blog to find out more directly from her. The Covid pandemic has served not only to pose a specific threat to a person with a severe respiratory illness, but it has caused the loss of human connection through self-imposed quarantine. 

Now it’s time for Sue to receive something back from the community she’s been a part of for over a decade. Let’s bring the Rodeo to Sue through her computer by coming together with hearts full of joy.

Join us for the Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic at Carrot Ranch – a contest, parade, and celebration all in one!

There are many ways to take part.

One is to visit the prompt image, “Hidden” at Carrot Ranch.

The prompt image and entry form will go live on Monday, February 1st, 2021.

Enter a flash or a poem by Friday, February 19th, 2021, and you could win either $100 or a copy of one of Sue’s books.

The entry form will allow you to give a small donation to Sue and her family, and a link can be found on the contest page.

The winning entries will be announced at Carrot on March 22nd, 2021. 

If you’re not ready to rodeo, there’s always the “Parade.”

  • Reblog one of Sue’s posts from any of her sites (Daily Echo or France and Vincent) with a comment about why you found it special. These are the kinds of connections that bring us closer as a writing community.
  • Follow her blogs (See the links below).
  • Read one of her books, then leave reviews where you can.

Several people are already gearing up for the parade – so check out other people’s blogs for suggestions. 

Please share the news of this special rodeo with a reblog, tweet, a share to Facebook, or any other way you can help other people connect. 99 word literary art is a fantastic way to celebrate a blogging hero and very deserving person. 

Saddle up, everyone! It’s time for a Carrot Ranch Rodeo to celebrate one of our own! Mark your calendars…

The Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic begins on Monday, February 1st, and it’ll be a TUFF prompt to fit within 99 words. 

See you at the Ranch, buckaroos!

I dug myself out of a Michigan snowdrift to include some other ways to connect to Sue Vincent:

“Memories Locked in Stone,” A #Nonet, #writephoto,

All posts will be featured in the weekly round-up on Thursday, 23rd January at 10am GMT, linking back to the original posts of contributors.

Use the image below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.

Submit your link by noon (GMT)  Wednesday 22nd January.

Link back to this post with a pingback (Hugh has an excellent tutorial here)  and/or leave a link in the comments below, to be included in the round-up.

Use the #writephoto hashtag in your title so your posts can be found.

There is no word limit and no style requirements, except that your post must take inspiration from the image and/or the prompt word in the title of the post.

Feel free to use #writephoto logo or include the prompt photo in your post if you wish, or you may replace it with one of your own to illustrate your work.


Sue Vincent’s #writephoto Photo Prompt for this week is “Keep,” featuring the image below. I’ve written a Nonet, a poem written in nine lines with 9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1 syllables per line.

Memories Locked in Stone

From the shadows of the castle keep
I watch and wait for my ladylove
whose misty form inhabits
the aged walls remaining
a prison fortress
to bind our hearts
time without
birth or

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro