#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Farewell”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself.

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Here’s who joined us last week:

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Unity” – ladyleemanila

Writer’s Quote Wednesday ~ The Old-fashioned Way ~ Roald Dahl #WWQW « Just Fooling Around With Bee or The Bee Writes…

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “UNITY” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

Writers Quote Wednesday – UNITY | The Writer Next Door

Writers Quote Wednesday Unity | Annette Rochelle Aben

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Unity | thoughts and entanglements

#WQWWC – Unity | imanikingblog

Prayer – New Day | Mother Willow

Haddon Musings

Two on a Rant

Always a Writer

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // John Steinbeck – ZEN AND PI

The Resilience of The Broom – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. | a cooking pot and twistedtales

Here is Ronovan’s post from last week with the theme of unity

Ronovan and I have enjoyed all the creativity that has blossomed from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Many months ago, Ronovan agreed to join me in this challenge to give me a break every other week. I can never thank him enough for his friendship! He added a whole new dimension to the fun!

We have had the best time. However, by mutual agreement, this will be our last quote challenge.

I started this challenge, over two years ago and feel ready for a change. Ronovan and I are both working hard on publishing novels. Our paths are leading us in different directions.

If anyone would like to take this challenge on, please do. If not, #WQWWC will pass into the darkness of the blogosphere.

I haven’t given up on challenges… not yet. In fact, next week, I will host my first TANKA TUESDAY, held at Silver’s Coffee Bar (We have tea, too!) on the blog.

This will be a weekly challenge that you won’t want to miss!

Stop by, grab a seat and enjoy a steaming cup of joe! But be ready… you’ll be writing your own Tanka poems!

I’ll see you all next TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

FOR TANKA TUESDAY


So, here’s the deal. If you want to participate this week, please do, and use the theme of “farewell.” I will still retweet your post and stop by and say hello. If not, take a break, and join me in something new, next week.

The past two years have been amazing. People who joined the quote challenge became my friends. On a weekly basis, we boosted each other up and helped to inspire writers to new levels. I am proud of the time we spent together.

I will miss each of you and hope that you will stop by, and say hello often.

Many hugs,

Ronovan & Silver

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Unity”

It’s Ronovan again. Yep, my week to host the challenge. First of all make sure to visit last weeks comments for all those who participated in the Autumn theme.
090616_1710_WQWWCWriter1.png

This week I chose ‘UNITY’ as the theme.

Make sure to put a link to your entry this week in the comments section. You can also do a ping back in your post so people that read your blog can find us and join in the fun. Remember you can do Flash Fiction, Poetry, or pretty much anything as long as you include a relevant quote.

There’s a lot going on in ‘Merica that seems to be pulling us apart. Underneath it we know we’re together, we’re a nation. But we need it to be more than an underneath thing. It seems like big things to overcome: politics, race, gender, and so much more. But it all starts with each person. We each have to overcome how we were brought up and what we were taught to be norms of society. I grew up in a rural Mississippi area, but somehow I ended up one of the least racist people you’ll meet. We had a few African Americans in our school and I got along fine with them, just like I did with the ones I ended up in school with in a city school in Georgia for a while. Maybe I was intentionally going against some of what my family was saying, or maybe there was some underlying truth they were teaching that I picked up on in spite of there occasional verbalizations.
I’ve chosen a few quotes I thought appropriate for the theme. I hope you enjoy.
“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie Stepanek
“Where there is unity there is always victory.” Publilius Syrus
“Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.” Hans Urs von Balthasar
“No doubt, unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed by mere declarations.” Theodore Bikel
“You don’t get unity by ignoring the questions that have to be faced.” Joe Weatherill
I think that last one is a huge one. So many of us through the years have ducked and covered in hopes the troubles will pass over. And yes, they do pass over, but they come back around and end up scarier the next time.
Much Respect and Love
Ronovan of RonovanWrites

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Autumn”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

SHOW US YOUR CREATIVITY!

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Miracles” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution) (It’s cool when I can just copy the pingbacks :D)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // A. Davida Jane – ZEN AND Π

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Comedy” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

Writers Quote Wednesday Comedy | Annette Rochelle Aben

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge – Comedy | Pearls Before Swine

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Writer’s Challenge – “Comedy” | The Fiction Café

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Comedy

Laughing to avoid crying | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge – Comedy | Pearls Before Swine (Edit)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Writer’s Challenge – “Comedy” | The Fiction Café (Edit)

Comic relief – WQWWC | a cooking pot and twisted tales (Edit)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday | thoughts and entanglements (Edit)

Haddon Musings

Always a Writer

Crazy Creatives Cheerleading Camp

Two on a Rant

I loved all your quotes about comedy! We need more of that in our world today!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “AUTUMN.”

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

HAVE FUN & BE BRILLIANT!

I know I’m early, and I can’t help it. I am a hopeless romantic! There is something about autumn that speaks to me. I’m not sure if it is the striking colors or the coolness of the season, but I am sucked in every year! The Stanley Horowitz quote above, says it perfectly.

I share with you –

“An Autumn Day”

Dawn begins with

crisp autumn mornings and

dew sparkled grasses

           steam rising

            from the morass swirling –

like thoughts in a cluttered mind.

The afternoon wears a bright blue mantle

on shoulders

reflecting sunlight into cloudless skies.

Leaves with the glowing colors of

amber, red, and ginger orange

spread forth upon the verdant pasture

jewels in a crown for the season.

The late afternoon sun slips

into muted silhouettes

and a misty coolness creeps

into the lateness of the day.

An invitation is sent

to warm our hands and hearts

near cheery bonfire flames.

At dusk, the doves call

their last goodbyes

to the gathering darkness

that swells in the meadow.

Twilight settles

enfolding the shadows

into the blackness

of the night.

Behold the beauty

of an

autumn day.

Are you ready for the best time of the year? Write about it and share your thoughts. Be inspired and share your greatness with us!

READ MORE ON SILVER’S MONTHLY FAIRY WHISPERS

Sign up for my monthly newsletter where you will find exciting reads from across the web plus a few creations of my own. Written, just for you, with fairy love, each month. Just fly over to my sign up page and enter your email. ❤

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Comedy”

Hey, everybody! It’s time to get your quote selected. Get your creativity groove revved up so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember, we have a week, so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!

Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of “COMEDY”

Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. He also explains how to follow the challenge and gives us a link-back to last week’s post so you can see how creative everyone else was. In addition, Ronovan and I share your posts on social media for added exposure! Thanks for joining us.

I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of STRENGTH. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!

Here’s who joined us last week for our theme of “STRENGTH” (I love it when the pingbacks work)

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Strength” – ladyleemanila

Writers Quote Wednesday Strength | Annette Rochelle Aben

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Strength | Pearls Before Swine

Writers Quote Wednesday – STRENGTH | The Writer Next Door

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Strength

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Sylvia Plath – ZEN AND Π

Your Strength – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. | a cooking pot and twistedtales

Writer’s Quote Wednesday, 8/25/2016. – Nagrij writes the hits you never knew existed.

Fragile strength #midnighthaiku #WQWWC | Sue Vincent – Daily Echo

Writer’s Quote: On Defeats & Victories – Randoms by a Random

The Fiction Cafe

Finally a Writer

Two on a Rant

Haddon Musings

There was no denying Bob was having a restless night. He tossed and turned as if it was impossible to find a comfortable place in his bed. He swore there were lumps where there had never been lumps before. He threw the coverlet to the ground next to his side of the bed. The tangled sheets around his legs irritated him. He pulled at them tearing the top sheet from the bed. It fluttered to the floor in a pile near the coverlet. Petie, the family dog, lifted his head and cocked it to one side, wondering what his master’s problem could be this time.

His wife, Betty, rolled over and said, “Good grief, Bob. Settle down. I have work tomorrow.”

With a deep sigh, he rolled to the edge of the bed and swung his legs to the floor. He grabbed the sheet and placed it over his wife’s sleeping form. He watched her steady breathing, envious of how easily she could fall asleep. I wish I could sleep like that.

With a gentle motion, he slipped into the bed next to his wife. She never moved. Her blond hair splayed out covering the pillow. A soft snore escaped her lips.

Bob didn’t remember exactly when the dreams had begun, but the last six months had been hell. He had tried every home remedy there was. Over the counter sleeping pills made him snore. Chamomile tea did nothing for him other than to require him to get up to pee every hour. He tried reading and that made the dreams even more vivid. Counting sheep was a disaster, too.

It seemed that being unemployed had taken away everything from him, even his sense of humor. Now, it was affecting his sleep. He placed the book he had been reading on his nightstand and shut off the light.

In desperation, he rolled over and willed his eyes to close. His mind drifted. Soon, the sounds of his steady breathing signified he had fallen into a deep sleep.

Bob’s dream led him into a mist, so thick it was like pawing your way through cotton wool. The cloud dissipated and he found himself walking along a road lined with golden wheat fields on each side. The hot sun beat down on the undulating wheat shafts. “Where is this place?” he asked out loud.

An immediate response popped into his head. Kansas.

Kansas? Bob had never been to Kansas. He stood on the road pondering the complexity of his location. Far off in the distance, he heard the sound of raucous music playing. His feet moved forward, almost on their own accord, leading him toward the noise.

He walked for what seemed like miles. His steady pace brought him closer and closer toward the music. Finally, he spotted the source of the loud tunes. At the side of the road, right in the middle of the field was a Tiki bar like he had never seen before. The roof was covered with a thick layer of wheat shafts. Dried corn stalks were piled high on each side of the entrance into the bar. The polished wood floors contained a fine coating of sawdust that glistened in the light from a neon sign which flashed,” Karaoke,” in time to Bob’s rapid heart beat. What the…?

Bob stepped inside, careful not to slip on the sawdust. Glancing around, he realized the bartender looked familiar. He had seen that furry face before. It was, Petie, his faithful golden retriever.

“Hi, Bob,” Petie said. “What’ll you have?” He reached over and turned down the volume on the karaoke machine next to the bar.

“Ah…, I’ll have a beer,” he replied astounded at the fact that Petie could talk.

Petie popped the lid on a can of Coors and poured the amber liquid into a glass. A heavy white foam slipped over the edge of the glass. “When did you start drinking beer?” he asked.

Bob shook his head in wonder. When had he started drinking beer? “I don’t know for sure. When did you start talking and tending bar?”

Petie barked in laughter. “Good question, Bob.” The dog wiped up the foam from the bar top. “So, do you know why you’re here?”

Bob scanned the room. It was empty. “Not really.”

Petie panted as his tongue lolled to the side of his mouth. “If you build it, they will come.”

“What did you say?” He took a long drink of his beer. A streak of foam lined the top of his lip.

“If you build it, they will come.” Petie refilled his glass. He was careful to pour the second beer so the foam didn’t spill onto the bar top.

Bob scratched his head. “Build, what?”

“This – a karaoke bar,” Petie said. The dog motioned with his paws. “If you build it, they will come.”

Bob felt the laugh form in his belly. He couldn’t stop himself. He howled with laughter. Tears rolled down his face. “This is the craziest dream, I’ve ever had.” Bob wiped his eyes with his pajama sleeve.

“It would solve your unemployment issue,” Petie replied as he polished a glass with a white cloth.

“True.” He continued to chuckle. What could have prompted this crazy dream? A Karaoke bar? It was something to think about, though. Bob pondered the idea while he finished his beer. He drained the glass and placed it on the bar top.

He awakened with a start. He had to go to the bathroom with an urgency that made him leap from his bed. He sprinted into the bathroom where he relieved himself. He smelled the strange aroma of beer on his breath. Beer? I don’t even like beer.

It was then the foggy remnants of his dream played out in perfect detail in his muddled mind. A karaoke bar?

Bob stumbled back to his bed and sat down. Where on earth had he gotten such a crazy idea? A karaoke bar. He had to smile. In the dim early morning light, his eyes were drawn to the title of the book he had tried to read the night before. In bold print was the title, “Field of Dreams.” With a chuckle, he shook his head and pulled the covers over his shoulder.

Petie shook himself awake with a loud jingle of his tags. The dog wandered over to Bob’s side of the bed and placed his wet nose against his arm. “I know, Petie. If I build it, they will come.” Petie licked his master’s face. Bob smiled into his pillow.

~*~

This short story was inspired by my husband’s dream. The only difference was, there were two Pomeranians who had a karaoke bar in Kansas. Don’t ask! We did have a good laugh over this last night! 😀


& EMBRACE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR! Go ahead… share what comedy means to you! 

#WQWWC Theme is “Comedy”! Cathartic or Tragic? Yes.

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for a challenge! And of course since this post looks odd that means it’s Ronovan talking. This week I was dared to use Sensuous as the theme but all the quotes I could find were less than appropriate, although oddly enough I could apply all of them to my desire for food. I may need to speak to my therapist about that one.

Check out all the entries for last week’s theme of Strength by clicking HERE and visiting the comments for the links.

Anyway, this week the theme will be . . .

COMEDY!

Has it been used before? I don’t know. Does it matter? No it doesn’t. Two years ago I wrote an article on my site RonovanWrites.WordPress.com titled I am a Robin Williams. The outward signs of joy, humor, the life of the party with wit abounding. Inside I hated existing. Thoughts like that still come to mind but as I like to say, “As long as I am aware of the fact I am having a problem, them I’m good.” That works for me, but not everyone. It also helps that I write novels. I can take out frustrations there or live out fantasies.

Now for my quotes, and they are most appropriate:

“Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.” Robin Williams
“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” Charlie Chaplin
Arguably two of the greatest comedic actors ever with some similar thoughts. It’s often said that out of tragedy comes the greatest comedians. I’m not sure I’ve read about a comedian that had a great life all the way through, and rarely a great beginning at all.
Much Love and Much Respect
Ronovan

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Strength”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!


Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

SHOW US YOUR CREATIVITY!

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Miracles” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution) (It’s cool when I can just copy the pingbacks :D)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Miracle” #WQWWC – ladyleemanila

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge: Miracle – Judy E Martin

Writers Quote Wednesday – MIRACLE | The Writer Next Door

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Trista Mateer – ZEN AND Π (Edit)

#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Miracle – Ramblings of a Writer

The Miracle Lies In Your Eyes… | a cooking pot and twistedtales

#WQWWC – Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Miracles” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Her Miracle – Jade M.Wong

Haddon Musings

Neel Writes Blog

Always a Writer

Hallelujah – Postcard from a Pigeon

You guys are simply the BEST!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “STRENGTH.” (…or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

HAVE FUN & BE BRILLIANT!


Image credit: Quotesforbros.com

Wikipedia shares:

James Anthony Froude FRSE (/ˈfruːd/ frood[1][2]) (23 April 1818 – 20 October 1894) was an English historiannovelistbiographer, and editor of Fraser’s Magazine. From his upbringing amidst the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement, Froude intended to become a clergyman, but doubts about the doctrines of the Anglican church, published in his scandalous 1849 novel The Nemesis of Faith, drove him to abandon his religious career. Froude turned to writing history, becoming one of the best-known historians of his time for his History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada.[3] Inspired by Thomas Carlyle, Froude’s historical writings were often fiercely polemical, earning him a number of outspoken opponents. Froude continued to be controversial up until his death for his Life of Carlyle, which he published along with personal writings of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. These publications illuminated Carlyle’s often selfish personality, and led to persistent gossip and discussion of the couple’s marital problems.”

When I first saw the quote from James Froude, above, I knew it was meant for me. I think of myself as a dream writer. Seriously, I dream about my characters and then I find I am able to write about them. That is how my Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, was created.

Yup, I thought I had my protagonist, Abby Forester all figured out. Then, I started writing and creating… Suddenly, everything I thought I knew about my character changed. She was transformed and molded by the events that occurred in the story. Her transformation was much like the journey many young people take in life. She had to grow and change from her experiences. Abby had to have the strength of character to move her character forward. Abby’s story is a hero’s journey. The same journey I had to take when writing the novel.

Do you ever think about how much strength it takes to write a novel? We writers have a certain fortitude that helps us complete our journey. It’s not really a question of stopping or starting over – it’s all about continuing. Writing becomes a compulsion and something we find we must do. It’s the simple act of writing down one’s thoughts on paper and telling a story. Simple, right?

Wrong. The second quote by William Zinsser is really about the editing process of a novel writing excursion. For me, the initial writing flowed easily. I was able to create an interesting plot with many twists and turns. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that my writing needed work. It made for some hard reading.

It was at the editing stage where I realized I had issues with grammar. Writing in the third person is hard for me.

Examples.yourdictionary.com says:

Writing in the third person is writing from the third person point of view and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours.”

I really beat myself up over that for awhile. I could have given up, but I didn’t. I reached down deep into my gut and told myself that if I wanted to succeed there were only a couple of ways I could move forward. Get help, and go back and relearn some easy grammar basics.

Believe me – this took strength and fortitude. That is the way it is with writing. It is a gift that tests your strength of character. When your reader cannot connect to your words, you know there is an issue. We write to share a story, to make our reader think and engage with us. We allow them to see into our imagination and to walk with us in the world we have created. Writing is engaging with your readers.

Image credit: Slideshare.net

As my editing process comes closer to completion, I realize I have to let my “baby” out into the world. I have to let other people into the world I have created. I only hope I have the courage and strength to hear what others think!

Thanks for stopping by… Tell me what strength means to YOU!

READ MORE ON SILVER’S MONTHLY FAIRY WHISPERS

Sign up for my monthly newsletter where you will find exciting reads from across the web plus a few creations of my own. Written, just for you, with fairy love, each month. Just fly over to my sign up page and enter your email. ❤


#WQWWC – Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Miracles”

Hey, everybody! It’s time to get your quote selected. Get your creativity groove revved up so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember, we have a week, so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!

Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of “MIRACLES”

Image credit:
Quotesgram.com

Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. He also explains how to follow the challenge and gives us a link-back to last week’s post so you can see how creative everyone else was. In addition, Ronovan and I share your posts on social media for added exposure! Thanks for joining us. ❤

I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of Memories. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!

Here’s who joined us last week for our theme of “Innocence” – Cue the music…

#WQWWC – Innocence | imanikingblog

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday #Writing Challenge – “Innocence” | Two on a Rant

Writers Quote Wednesday – INNOCENCE | The Writer Next Door

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Lettie Prell – ZEN AND Π

Writer’s Quote on Wednesday Challenge: Innocence
– Judy E. Martin

Innocence is Freedom. #WQWWC – ronovanwrites

Writer’s Quote Wednesday, 8/10/2016. – Nagrij writes the hits you never knew existed.

Chastity breached – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. | a cooking pot and twistedtales

Writer’s Quote: Innocence – Randoms by a Random

The innocence of love | Chasing Life and Finding Dream

Losing Innocence, Keeping Virginity…Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. – bookyglover

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Innocence | Annette Rochelle Aben

Dissolution | new2writing

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Innocence”
– Always a Writer

I was amazed by the wonder-filled discussions we all had about innocence in the comments under our posts. This is the true essence of blogging: sharing thoughts and learning from one another. A true miracle indeed!

Image credit: Quotationof.com

From the inspirational quote above, came the following haiku, called “Miracles appear”

Join me and let’s walk with Gary Cook in the forest of elemental beings…

NOW… Always believe and miracles will happen!

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Innocence”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Passion” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)

TWO ON A RANT

I MANIKING BLOG

JUDY E. MARTIN

ANNETTE ROCHELLE ABEN

THE WRITER NEXT DOOR

HADDON MUSINGS

ALWAYS A WRITER

RAMBLINGS OF A WRITER

ZEN & PI

POSTCARDS FROM A PIGEON

GREAT JOB EVERYBODY!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “INNOCENCE.” (…or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

HAVE FUN & BE BRILLIANT!


Image credit: AZQuotes.com

Steve Toltz is an Austrailian novelist. Wikipedia shares:

A Fraction of the Whole, his first novel, was released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. It is a comic novel which tells the history of a family of Australian outcasts. The narration of the novel alternates between Jasper Dean, a philosophical, idealistic boy, who grows up throughout the novel and his father, Martin Dean, a philosopher and shut-in described at the start of the novel as “the most hated man in all of Australia”. This is in contrast with Terry Dean, Jasper’s uncle, whom Jasper describes as “the most beloved man in all of Australia”. The novel spans the entirety of Martin’s life and several years after (a range never specified in the text, but starting after World War II and ending in the early 2000s), and is set in Australia, Paris, and Thailand.

The novel has repeatedly been compared favorably to John Kennedy Toole‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces.[1][2] A Fraction of the Whole was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize[3] and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award.[4]

His second novel, Quicksand, was published in 2015,[5] to widespread acclaim.”

Image credit: QuoteAdicts.com

The above quote by Steve Toltz really touched a nerve in me. It was one of those nerves that I had tucked away deep, so it couldn’t rear its ugly head and pester me with petty doubts. I cage that nerve because it took away my innocence.

“The first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential is the real loss of innocence.”

Do you remember when you were a child and dreamed of becoming an astronaut or a ballet dancer? Those dreams of mine were passionate thoughts carried on candy floss fantasies that fueled my growing imagination. I wanted to write a book and be a secretary. I wanted to do big things back in those days!

I can still hear the advice from my step-mother, who was quite the independent working woman. While all my friend’s mothers stayed at home, she worked as a bookkeeper/administrative assistant to a wealthy stockbroker in downtown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was an unusual woman.

When I was a teenager, she would tell me: “You’re not the smartest kid, Colleena. (She always called me Colleena). “Maybe you should find a job that you can do that doesn’t involve writing or numbers.”

That was the first time I realized that I had hit a boundary. My dreams were shattered, my innocence lost. I got B’s in school. I was the biggest nerd you ever saw and so desperately wanted to hang out with the cool kids. But that wasn’t me. Because of my step mother’s words, I thought I was dumb. I had no self-confidence and zero belief in myself.

However, I excelled in secretarial courses in high school. I typed 90+ words a minute on an IBM Selectric typewriter. (No kidding)! I even passed bookkeeping with a B. When I entered the Air Force after graduation I scored exceptionally high in administration. Yet, I chose to not believe in myself.

In my late 20’s, I went to a local community college on Edwards AFB. I started those classes with such trepidation and fear. I didn’t want my husband or my kids to watch me fail. I still did not believe in myself.

And, then it happened! It was a miracle! I still remember the elation I felt when those A’s started rolling in. I even made the Dean’s List a couple of semesters. Suddenly, it occurred to me that my step-mother had been wrong – terribly wrong. I had let the sting of her words hold me back. Those words took away my innocence.

As I look back now, I have an impressive work history. I was a bookkeeper/administrative assistant for eight years at the largest law firm in Montana. I did the books for a ranch and an oil company while at the same time I was a personal secretary to one of the wealthiest men in Montana. I worked doing taxes and payroll for an accounting firm. I worked in a hospital in the accounting department. I even got my license and passed the state boards in Arizona to sell home and auto insurance. Eventually, I went back to school and got my second Associates Degree. I got straight A’s!

Most importantly, I have accomplished the one thing I wanted to do when I was seven years old. I wrote that book! That means more to me than anything else I have accomplished.

I feel that I have regained that childlike wonder once again. I’ve opened my mind to the possibilities of “what if?” I will never allow anyone to take that innocence away again. I hope you won’t either. ❤

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to share a quote about “innocence.” I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

SLIDING TOWARD THE WEEKEND!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Passion” #WQWWC

Hello, it’s me again. Ronovan. Yep, it’s my week to host the Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge.

If you missed out on reading last week’s entries for the theme of Memories, click here to go there. And if you are a participant you really should be visiting all your fellow entrants.

062216_1919_WQWWCWriter1.png

It’s easy to join in:

  • Find a quote you like that goes with the theme of the week.
  • Use that quote either in or as the title of some form of writing such as a flash fiction piece, poem, or pretty much anything as long as you include the quote and make sure to note who said it.
  • Then do a Ping Back or paste your URL into the comments of this post so we can all visit you.

This weeks theme is:

Passion

062216_1919_WQWWCWriter2.png

 

Simple Definition of passion

  • : a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something

  • : a strong feeling (such as anger) that causes you to act in a dangerous way

  • : a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone

“Follow your own passion – not your parents’, not your teachers’ – yours. Robert Ballard

From Wikipedia: Robert Duane Ballard (born June 30, 1942) is a retired United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks. He is most known for the discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy‘s PT-109 in 2002 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who saved its crew. He leads ocean exploration on E/V Nautilus.


Imagine if this quote was acted upon throughout the ages. Or even during our age. Too many of our young feel trapped by where they are. A great deal of that feeling is given by the older generations around them. “This is the way it’s always been.” “It’s tradition.” “Society won’t let us do no better.”

The truth is, society doesn’t care what you do, as long as you aren’t doing it any harm. I had another quote I was going to add and I think it goes along with having a passion and following it. I think it goes especially well with the state of the world today.

“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” Benjamin Franklin

Every person should have a passion, but that fire that fuels it can burn out of control and consume anything in its path. We must keep reason in control of the passion to give it direction and keep it on a clear and safe course..

 

See you in the comments!

Ronovan

Remember, Colleen and I alternate weeks here on her blog hosting the challenge.

#WQWWC – Writers Quote ‘Thursday’ Writing Challenge – “Believe”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

I lost my head this week and literally thought it was Ronovan’s week! Ah well, what do you do? Thanks for being patient with me. That is what happens when you have fifty things happening all at once.

The best part of this whole situation is it made me realize (again) all the great participants we have who take part in this challenge each week.

So today, I am honored to share Vashti’s post, called “BELIEVE.” I was so taken with her writing and in the selection of her theme, that I would like to thank her by using her theme this week. Thank you, Vashti! ❤

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There has been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “HOPE” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)

Ellen Best 24

Lady Lee Manila

Judy E Martin

The Writer Next Door

Always A Writer

Two on a Rant

Annette Rochelle Aben

Method Two Madness

Magnanimous Word

I Maniking Blog

A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales

Morpeth Road

Daily Echo

Postcard From a Pigeon

Weaving Gold

Randoms by a Random

Silver Threading Fairy Whisperer

WELL DONE!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “BELIEVE.” (belief, or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday (this week it was posted on Thursday), we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

I’ve reused one of my favorite quotes from Roald Dahl about believing in magic. And yes, it is no secret about how much I adore anything magical. But just think about the kind of life you might have if you never believed in anything magical or worse yet, you lost hope…

This rainbow actually appeared during a thunderstorm here in Colorado last month. The definition of the double bands is awe inspiring. I know this rainbow is caused by weather phenomena that involve moisture and sunlight. So, close your eyes and just think for a moment, if you were an ancient human and saw this same sight.

It would be magical! How could you not believe in magic after seeing such an amazing sight?

Believe in rainbows and look for the magic. It’s right there in front of you.

Hugs and see you next week when Ronovan will dazzle you with his talent!