#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Mystery!

It’s 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!

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Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan, of Ronovan Writes, and myself.

Ronovan and I have decided to change it up! Spring is in the air and it is time for something different! 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!

NOW it’s 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 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.

In fact, Ronovan and I will 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. Make sure and join us. You never know what we will come up with!

To see all the Entries from last week click HERE for the links in the comments of last weeks Challenge Post.

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you. We thought it would be fun to split the brain power needed each week. All of you get hosts that are reasonably fresh and fun to play with each week, so join in!

#WQWWC Mystery

This week’s theme is “mystery,” or any variation of the word: mystery, mysterious, etc.

So what do you do?

You select a quote that inspires you. Then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all using the quote either in your story or as the title of your masterpiece. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote.

Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use FotoflexerPicmonkeyCanva, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday, 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.

Each week, we will include a link to the previous week’s post so that you can go to the links and comments to see all the inspiration that was generated.

BOTTOM LINE: Have fun and be creative!

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The Mystery of the Spider’s Lair

Miss Pensie Taylor walked down the dirt road toward the tiny three bedroom house behind the swamp where she had been born many years ago. Her walk was slower these days as arthritis had settled in her old bones. Her dress flapped forlornly around her thin legs as the humid sea air blew in from the Gulf of Mexico. Thick-trunked oak trees with massive limbs creaked in the breeze, as she walked by.

Miss Pensie shifted the bag of groceries to her other hand to ease the cramp in her wrist. She was almost to the swamp when she noticed dark billowing storm clouds building in the southern sky. The air was heavy and dank around the swamp. Mosquitoes buzzed. Large bullfrogs croaked as they splashed in the murky water. Birds scattered and flew in different directions between the gloom of the trees as if they were getting ready for the approaching storm by looking for shelter.

St. Michael’s cemetery was across the street from the swamp a ways up on higher ground. Years ago, Miss Pensie’s father had been the caretaker of the burial grounds. Miss Pensie had followed him around as a child while he read the names of the Confederate soldiers buried there out loud to her. The cemetery was an ancient place and had been there since the beginning of Pensacola. Miss Pensie was used to the solitude of the place and not afraid of living so close to a graveyard. After all, the King of Spain was buried there in 1807!

To Miss Pensie, the cemetery contained the history of the folks buried there. She sensed the stories of people who lived long ago when she walked around looking at the names of the dead. She never felt afraid. The cemetery was a retreat where she could visit with the people who once walked the earth before her.

The large ornate tombs of white stone were surrounded by elaborate wrought iron fences. Lightning pierced the dark clouds with jagged bursts of white fury. The cemetery felt desolate and gloomy in the fading light of the storm.

Miss Pensie hurried as she leaned into the wind. Quickly she rounded the edge of the swamp that was part of the backyard of her property. Sharp lightning flashes reflected in the windows of her house, startling her. She opened the back door with a shaky hand and walked into the kitchen to switch on the lights. She flipped the switch a couple of times.

“Damn,” she said. “The power is out already. The storm is not even here yet and now there is no electricity,” she fumed.

Rain and thunderstorms were a part of life in Pensacola, Florida. Miss Pensie never knew when one would blow up. Sometimes they lasted for hours, sometimes they only lasted minutes before moving on to the next location. Miss Pensie retrieved the candles and matches from the kitchen drawer where she always kept them. She lit a candle, placed it in the holder and set it on the table. The candle’s flickering yellow light made the room feel welcome.

Hurrying to the old stove, she struck another match and lit the gas. A welcoming flame burst from the burner filling the room with an eerie blue light. Miss Pensie filled the kettle and set it on the flame.

“A cup of tea sounds good right now,” she mused, thinking that maybe the storm would blow over quickly. It seemed stifling hot in the kitchen and she wiped sweat from her dripping brow.

Outside the small house, the storm began to build. The wind and rain whipped up into a fury beating against the windows with so much noise Miss Pensie could hardly hear herself think. She looked out the kitchen window. All she could see was the rain blurring and distorting her vision as it struck the glass running in rivulets. She could see murky dark tree shadows blurred by the rain swaying and moving outside in the yard.

Thunder rumbled deeply and shook the walls of her little house. Miss Pensie made another cup of tea and waited for the storm to abate. The wind howled, thunder boomed, and the rain tore at the house for almost an hour.

Miss Pensie sat patiently waiting for the storm’s fury to be finished. As quickly as the storm had begun, it was finished. The resulting solitude was as deafening as the storm had been. Suddenly, the lights flashed to life as the electricity was restored. Miss Pensie jumped at the harsh glare from the overhead kitchen light. It almost blinded her.

Glancing at the clock on the wall, she realized it was well after suppertime and time to fix a bite to eat. Miss Pensie made a sandwich and sat at the kitchen table in front of the bay window to eat her dinner trying to calm her nerves. The storm sure had stirred up some old memories in her.

She watched the gathering gloom descend around her tiny house. The swamp was especially beautiful in the dim light. She could see the stark contrast of the bottle green leaves of the river birch rubbing against the deep olive-green leaves of the magnolia trees. Water drops glistened on the waxy blossoms glistening in the twilight. Crickets chirped and lazy dragonflies perched on the bamboo sticks in her garden.

As the darkness rapidly descended Miss Pensie noticed something out of the corner of her eye. There seemed to be a green mist hovering in the cemetery across from the swamp. It looked like a green fog as it spread and thickened – then dissipated, and was gone. White orbs of light bobbed up and down between the gravestones. The lights moved round and round, circling some of the gravestones. The lights began to fade and then they were gone.

“Well, what could that be?” Miss Pensie said out loud. The hovering lights were the strangest things she had ever seen. Eighty years of living in these parts and she never saw a green mist with white orbs of light hovering over the cemetery before. She sat for a while more pondering the strange sight she had witnessed.

Finally, she decided that she would investigate and see what could have caused that fog and those lights. Miss Pensie grabbed her flashlight and went outside. The storm was long gone and stars sparkled overhead in the night sky. The grass was wet and squeaked as she walked on toward the swamp. A stray toad croaked as she made her way past the swamp to the front gates of St. Michael’s Cemetery.

The gates were left open at night since the property management company did not like to send someone out at night to lock up the gate. Most people did not come here at night anyway. They thought it was spooky. Too many lost souls floating about. Miss Pensie did not mind, though. The cemetery made her think of her Pa. She was not afraid.

Once through the black wrought iron gates, Miss Pensie flashed the flashlight about to see if the green mist or the white orbs were lurking about in the depths of the darkness. Nothing. There was absolutely nothing there except the gravestones she managed to light up brightly in the beam of her flashlight.

“Humph!” replied Miss Pensie. “Got me out here at night looking for nothing,” she said with irritation in her voice. “I must be losing it,” she thought. One more quick look around revealed nothing but blackness. It was a still night filled only with the sounds of the insects singing the praises of the dead.

Miss Pensie turned and walked back outside of St. Michael’s cemetery leaving the austere darkness behind her. Approaching the edge of the swamp closest to her backyard, Miss Pensie stumbled against a tree root that jutted out into the grass. She felt something on her arm. Instantly the hairs on her arms stood on end. There in the beam of the flashlight was the largest spider she had ever seen! The sticky strands of the spider’s web clung to her hair and arms as she tried to regain her footing. A pinprick of pain washed over her. No, cemeteries did not scare her, but big HUGE spiders terrified her!

Feeling a wave of nausea come upon her, Miss Pensie broke loose from the web, grabbed the flashlight that had tumbled to the ground in the altercation with the spider, and ran. She ran as hard as she could for her back door. Bursting through the door, she stumbled into the kitchen and plopped down into a kitchen chair panting hard! It took almost 10 minutes for her breathing to calm down and for her heart to stop beating. She felt as if it would burst inside her chest. Miss Pensie began shaking and sweating profusely.

She sat down and drank her now cold tea and looked out the window trying to settle her nerves. There in the distance, she could see the white orbs dancing around the tombstones again. It was as if they were taunting her! Shaking her head in wonder, and a bit unnerved, she knew what she would do. She was going to call Sam Pritchard, the County Sheriff. He could handle the strangeness in the cemetery. She was over it. Her hands still shaking, Miss Pensie picked up the phone and called Sam.

Sam Pritchard took Miss Pensie’s call and decided he would come out to investigate himself. He knew she was getting on in years and wanted to make sure that she was alright. He had never heard of a green mist or fog with dancing lights in the cemetery before. This was a new one. He had to see this himself.

Sam pulled up into Miss Pensie’s driveway in his old Ford pickup truck. He knocked at her back door. Her lights were on, however, she did not answer his knock. He called out Miss Pensie’s name, but there was no answer. He walked around the yard. Keeping a close eye on the house he looked across the street at the cemetery. He did not see any lights or mist. Where was Miss Pensie, he wondered?

Slowly, Sam opened the back door. Creeping into the kitchen he spied a shadow on the back wall. Miss Pensie was lying on her side, the phone clutched in her hand. Her mouth was open and a look of astonishment was captured on her face.

“Poor thing,” Sam thought. He figured she had a heart attack right after she had reported the strange lights to the Sheriff’s office. “She must have been really scared of whatever she saw tonight,” Sam reasoned out loud shaking his head in sorrow.

In a few days time, Miss Pensie Taylor was buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery right next to her Pa, with her Ma on the other side of her. It was a short ceremony because not many people knew who she was because of her age. Her favorite flowers, white gardenias, were laid upon her burial mound. The white gardenias filled the air with their heady fragrance. The flowers smelled like death.

That night, the green mist and the dancing orbs surrounded the hallowed ground where Miss Pensie laid for her eternal rest. Sam Pritchard saw the lights as he drove by the cemetery late that night.

Days later when he shared what he had seen on the night of Miss Pensie’s funeral with the people in town, they said that they started seeing those eerie lights too. Everyone figured that night it had been Miss Pensie’s Ma and Pa showing her the way to her eternal sleep.

Folks in these parts never did figure out that it was that old spider that sent Miss Pensie to an early death. That very same ancient arachnid still weaves her particular kind of death down by the swamp across from the cemetery every time she is summoned by the white orbs. It appears her spider magic is linked with the spirit of Father Time. It’s all a mystery to me.

However, if you drive by St. Michael’s Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida any night of the year, you just might see those dancing orbs of light surrounded by a green fog! I know that people still see them because I have too! Just remember to watch out for the spiders!

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Now it’s your turn! Show me your interpretation of mystery!

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

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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:

LAUGHTER!

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Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. Here is my contribution for this week on the theme of “laughter.” I wrote a short story called:

“Memories.”

It was fun being grandparents, and Shelly and Morgan Johnson loved spending time with their grandchildren. As the years advanced they realized the “grands,” as they liked to refer to them, seemed to grow quicker than their own children had. Every time they turned around another “grand” had a birthday. Months slipped into years and now most of the “grands” were in high school. Where did the time go they both wondered?

The years had been fairly kind to Shelly and Morgan. There had been many visits to their children and the “grands” through the years that filled their hearts with joy. Each of their three children had given them two grandchildren. As far as the Johnson’s were concerned they were totally blessed! Life seemed to stretch on before them each day filled with all the possibilities life had to offer.

However, for the last week, Morgan had been in the hospital while the doctors tested him for everything and anything. It seemed that as the years had flown by so had Morgan’s memory. He was forgetting more and more things. Shelly was worried and stayed by his side the whole time. The hospital stay stretched on into eternity, interrupted only by telephone calls from their kids and grandkids checking on Morgan’s status. Shelly sat patiently in the chair next to Morgan’s bed knitting and fetching him drinks, ready to do anything to make him more comfortable.

By Thursday, Morgan was sick of all the tests and especially his doctors! He was cranky and refused his evening walk around the seventh floor of the hospital. Shelly made him a nice cup of tea and decided that she had to get him out of his terrible mood. She knew the one trick that worked every time!

“Morgan, do you remember when we visited Lisa and David in Washington? Remember Stephanie and Jacob were just little kids then?”

“I do,” smiled Morgan sitting on the edge of his bed. “That’s the time I was teaching Stephanie and Jacob about basketball. Let’s see, Miami and Chicago were playing.”

“That’s right,” said Shelly. “Every time one of the teams scored the kids would clap their hands and say, Yeah, basketball!”

Morgan got a wistful look on his face. “I miss the kids when they were little,” he said. “Everything was so new to them. It was so much fun being part of their lives watching them grow and change.”

Shelly recognized the morose tone hidden in Morgan’s reverie. “Well, do you remember the rest of the story?” she probed.

Her plan worked and Morgan grew occupied pondering his distant memories. “Let’s see. I was explaining to Stephanie about the paint and what that meant on the basketball court.” Morgan rubbed his forehead struggling with his thoughts.

“That’s right,” Shelly encouraged. “What happened next?” she asked him gently.

Morgan concentrated on his recollection of the events that had happened year’s ago. “Oh, yeah. I was explaining to Stephanie about the different teams. I had her repeat after me: ‘the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat.’ She was only about four years old then. She called them the ‘Chicago Bulls and ‘Your-ami Heat!”

Shelly waited for it. Morgan’s deep bellow of laughter bubbled out and he hooted in glee! It was a wonderful sound. Morgan’s laughter made both of them laugh even harder and Shelly snorted as tears of joy rolled down her cheeks.

“I thought Stephanie was the most clever child!” said Morgan wiping tears from the corner of his eyes. “I could not get her to understand that they were the Miami Heat. She thought they were the Your-ami Heat because I had said the name.”

Shelly grabbed Morgan’s big hands in her own. “I love hearing you laugh, Morgan. Your laughter heals my soul.”

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Morgan leaned over and kissed Shelly gently on the lips. “Shell, laughter is cheap medicine. Please don’t let me forget how to laugh.”

“I won’t,” murmured Shelly as she hugged Morgan gently caressing his back. Tears glistened in her eyes.

“Now. What were we talking about?” asked Morgan with a huge grin on his face.

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I hope you enjoyed my story. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you next week when it is my turn to host the Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge.

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Watch the eyes…

K.L. Caley shares a great way to write a short story… USE a writer’s quote as your inspiration! What an excellent idea! This is a MUST read! ❤

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“Dolls turn malignant late at night. They stare at you with those glassy eyes. I won’t say they are plotting, but I can’t say they aren’t.” – Stephen King

Jessica rolled over and stared at the curtains, but that didn’t help, now she couldn’t see where they were looking or what they were doing. Giving up she turned back over. Had they moved again? She wasn’t sure, but she thought they might have. Her sister was in the next room, she could go wake her, but that would involve another discussion of how 16-year-olds should not be afraid of dolls, a discussion she would rather not have again. Jessica had suggested to her mother that they get rid of them and her mother had been horrified, the dolls had been a gift from her grandma, how could she want rid of them?

Giving up Jessica got up, turned the light…

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#Writer’sQuoteWednesday & #BeWow – A “Silver” Quote

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  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 right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

FIRST, LET’S
CHECK OUT ALL THESE FABULOUS WRITERS WHO SHARED QUOTES LAST WEEK:

Lance Greenfield

I Manking Blog

Always a Writer

Ronovan Writes

Brew & Spew

Ever Changing

Rebirth of Lisa

Taking a Walk Through History

Cathy Lynn Brooks

The Writer Next Door

Seasoned Sistah 2

Weaving Gold

Pearls before Swine

Daily Echo

Thoughts & Entanglements

On the Land

Zen & Pi

Chasing Life & Finding Dreams

Alberta Ross Writes

Silver Threading

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My quote this week is all about the “magic” of words. You know what I am talking about. Words strung together like a shiny necklace meeting and joining to form an image in your mind. That image propels you through a story from the beginning to the end. That is the true MAGIC! When your words mean something to the reader you know you have reached them through their hearts.

I can’t tell you how many times I have a read a book where I find myself becoming emotional. I cry, laugh, and even ache with the pain of the words written. It is an experience I would think all authors desire from their readers. I consider it a gift. To evoke emotions like that from a reader signifies a deep bond with the written word.

Friend and blogger, Charles Yallowitz, author of the fantasy series, The Legends of Windemere, once said to me, “Writing fantasy is freeing.”

I pondered his statement for quite a long time. As a student learning the art of the fantasy genre, I realized that what he was talking about was the fact that as a writer you create what did not exist before in your mind with the intention of sharing it with the rest of the world. Wow! I realized how brave you have to be to expose that part of your heart to the rest of the world!

That is where the magic comes in. The Encarta Dictionary defines magic as, “A special, mysterious, or inexplicable quality, talent or skill.” I believe that we word weavers are creating magic with every stroke of our pen, or keyboard, to be more exact.

The magical energy our words create drip with sound and rhythm, conjuring up images that free us from our daily existence. If you think about it most magic spells are done by reciting words. Words have power.

So, the next time you sit down to write just remember you are the magician, the necromancer of words. Use your power wisely!

Magic is why I write. Magic is why I read.


SHARE your MAGIC with the rest of the world!

TELL US ABOUT A QUOTE THAT INSPIRED YOU THIS WEEK!

Thanks for stopping by. Ronovan and I loved seeing all of you!

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – Anne Lamott

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  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 right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

FIRST, LET’S
CHECK OUT ALL THESE FABULOUS WRITERS WHO SHARED QUOTES LAST WEEK:

DAILY ECHO

SACHA BLACK

LANCE GREENFIELD

PEARL BEFORE SWINE

I MANIKING BLOG

ON THE LAND

MY JOURNEY WITH HIJAB

RONOVAN WRITES

WEAVING GOLD

SUSAN’S CREATIVE WRITING & POETRY *NEW THIS WEEK*

REBIRTH OF LISA

ALWAYS A WRITER

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS!

CATHY LYNN BROOKS

ZEN & PI

THOUGHTS & ENTANGLEMENTS

RAMBLINGS OF SIMPLE LIFE

JADE M. WONG

ALBERTA ROSS WRITES

THE WRITER NEXT DOOR

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My quote this week is from Anne Lamott, who wears many hats in her life. She is a novelist, a non-fiction writer, a progressive political activist, a public speaker, and a writing teacher. Most of her nonfiction is considered to be autobiographical. Wikipedia

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“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott


Have you ever thought about a world where there were no books? For me, it would be the bleakest of places. The Dark Ages comes to mind where only the educated had the ability to read and write. That was quite a tenuous situation. Religious scholars and monks did the majority of writing back then. The common man was segregated by his inability to read.

Isn’t it interesting then, that mankind found a way to tell stories in an oral tradition? Songs were sung to commemorate events that people did not want to forget. The songs were handed down from generation to generation fostering many myths and legends.

It appears to me that we have all been gifted with a storytelling gene of some sort. Humans have always found a way to communicate their thoughts and memories with the rest of humanity. It is almost like it is a compulsion that we have no absolute control over. Our need to share our thoughts is ingrained into our culture and society.

Anne Lamott’s quote really got me to thinking about books and reading. We are doing our children a disservice if we do not encourage them to read well. How else can they learn about life but through the eyes of a gifted storyteller?

My best friends have always been my books. Some I reread over and over again because they remind me of the feeling of coming home and visiting with a long lost friend. That is the magic of writing and reading.

Ann Lamott also says:

“Try to write in a directly emotional way, instead of being too subtle or oblique. Don’t be afraid of your material or your past. Be afraid of wasting any more time obsessing about how you look and how people see you. Be afraid of not getting your writing done.”

Read more at http://www.azquotes.com/author/8434-Anne_Lamott

Visit Anne’s official website at  Nerdyfacts.com

That is where I find myself today… afraid of not getting my writing done! There is so much to say and so little time!

BE HAPPY & KEEP WRITING MY FRIENDS!

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE WITH US YOUR FAVORITE WRITER’S QUOTE THIS WEEK!

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing all of you!

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – C. S. Lewis


Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  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 right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

CHECK OUT ALL THESE FABULOUS WRITERS WHO SHARED QUOTES LAST WEEK:

Always a Writer

Ramblings of Simple Life

Rebirth of Lisa

Meredith’s Reveries

Pearls before Swine

Here There be Dragons!

Cathy Lynn Brooks

Jade M. Wong

Meanings & Musings

On the Land

Kindness Matters * NEW this week *

Zen & Pi

Chasing Life and Finding Dreams * NEW this week *

Randoms by a Random

Alberta Ross Writes

Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed

Ronovan Writes

The Writer Next Door

Silver Threading

~*~


“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.”

~ Author: C.S. Lewis ~

As I write away on my novel like a fiend possessed, I feel a strange affinity with these words from C. S. Lewis. The nymphs have been whispering to me and beckoning me along this writing path I have taken… or maybe I should say the path they have chosen for me.

Many of you know I love the magical aspects of myths and ancient mysteries. These primeval stories open up a part of our subconscious mind that I am convinced helps us channel the ageless tales of our ancestors before us. We are merely repeating what was told to us long ago in a different form.

Many of the earliest stories were told as ways to explain the things in life that mankind could not fathom or understand. That is why many of our myths today feature superheroes and villains that must be conquered in the age old tradition of good vs. evil. We humans are always trying to balance the scales and make it right.

That is what makes us human – that belief in the mystical and unknown. From monsters to delicate fairies we are led along an imaginary pathway into the deepest recesses of our imaginations. It is all about faith and believing that our faith will destroy evil.

Please visit C.S. Lewis.com, the official site, to learn more about this talented author who paved the way for all of who enjoy the spinning of tales.

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE WITH US!

Thanks for stopping by today. I sure enjoyed seeing you all!


#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – Ian McEwan

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  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 right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

LOOK WHO JOINED IN LAST WEEK!

The Bee Writes

Ramblings of Simple Life

Cathy Lynn Brooks

Pearls before Swine

The Writer Next Door

Zen & Pi

Jade M. Wong

Unexpected in Common Hours

Weaving Gold *New this week*

Always a Writer

Thoughts & Entanglements

Wendy Anne Darling

Randoms by a Random

Alberta Ross Writes

Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed

Rebirth of Lisa

On the Land

Silver Threading

~*~


As most of you know, I adore anything magical. It occurred to me the other day when I was writing away on my manuscript that I myself was creating magic with my words. A sense of awe overcame me and I had to pause to relish the moment. It made me feel like I had some awesome responsibility to my readers to share the magical world in my head with them. I don’t want to just entertain with my words, I want my readers to feel something from the experience. I want them to engage with my characters and forever be affected by the experience.

A few days later, I stumbled upon this excellent quote by Ian McEwan. That led me on another philosophical journey marveling at the power of words. So, I took Ian McEwan’s advice and began to wonder at the actual process of writing words. There is so much more to writing than just stringing a bunch of words together making sentences.

When readers read the words we script for them they are being led into the most magical of places – our minds. We craft our stories to entertain, teach, engage, and share. We are letting them into our most intimate thoughts and imparting our own ideals into our words. How could we not?

Our writing is part of us. It gives us a voice to those thoughts and threads that spring from a single idea and blossom into a work of art. We are the creators of worlds. Writers, stop and delight in what a marvelous task you have before you! Always believe in the magic! I know I do!

Here is a link to Ian McEwan’s blog. You will want to check him out!

Happy Writing My FRIENDS!

Thanks for stopping by. Please visit the blogs of the writers who shared their quotes with us. I know you will find inspiration and magic!

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#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – Alan Rickman

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  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 right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

First – Here’s who joined in last week:

Ronovan Writes

Always a Writer

Pearls before Swine

The V-Pub

New 2 Writing

Ramblings of Simple Life

Cathy Lynn Brooks

Rebirth of Lisa

The Bee Writes

Equine Guided Growth Retreats

Zen & Pi

Thoughts & Entanglements

Unexpected in Common Hours

My Journey with Hijab

Randoms by a Random

On the Land

Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

The Writer Next Door

Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed

Alberta Ross Writes

Daily Echo

Silver Threading


THANKS FOR BEING PART OF TEAM AWESOME! YOUR QUOTES ARE THE BEST FOUND ON PLANET BLOG!

This week, I must dedicate #WQW to Alan Rickman, of Harry Potter fame. His passing leaves another empty hole in my heart for a fine actor. His portrayal of Severus Snape will always be firmly rooted in my mind… “Always!”

Image credit: The Pensieve,
words by J. K. Rowling

Wikipedia shares:

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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Wikipedia
Died: January 14, 2016, London, United Kingdom
Spouse: Rima Horton (m. 2012–2016)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like the new format. Please make sure to visit the writer’s who shared their quotes, and don’t forget to share your favorites! ❤

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Audrey Hepburn

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  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 right spot!

All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Please be aware that I do NOT receive any emails from WordPress any longer. I am using the reader exclusively. Please make sure that your pingback works on my Wednesday post so that I can find you. ❤

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping-back is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

For the next couple of weeks, Ronovan will be doing the weekly wrap-up for me while we are house hunting in Colorado. Please help him find you as much as possible. He will post from Silver Threading so don’t forget to tag your post or do a ping-back so that your quote can be added. Thank you so much! ❤

Audrey Hepburn, Actress

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Wikipedia

BornMay 4, 1929, Ixelles, Belgium

DiedJanuary 20, 1993, Tolochenaz, Switzerland

SpouseAndrea Dotti (m. 1969–1982), Mel Ferrer (m. 1954–1968)

ChildrenSean Hepburn Ferrer, Luca Dotti

Have you ever thought about how to write a fairy tale? Here is a great infographic from visual.ly to explain the “Happily Ever After,” effect of fairy tales. Please visit the site to see the infographic larger. Thank you.

LOOK into my eyes! You are getting sleepy…

Share your favorite quote with us!

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Sue Vincent

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  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 right spot!

All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Please be aware that I do NOT receive any emails from WordPress any longer. I am using the reader exclusively. Please make sure that your pingback works on my Wednesday post so that I can find you. ❤

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping-back is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

Author, Sue Vincent

This week, my quote is from one of my very own favorite authors here on WordPress, Sue Vincent. Sue is a faithful contributor to Writer’s Quote Wednesday and has shared many inspiring quotes with all of us. This quote was part of her post last week called, “Impossible Things.” Click here to read her post.

“All writers rely on memory to create the worlds within their books, just as we all rely on it to interpret the world as we traverse each day. But to remember that which you have not yet seen… and believe impossible things? There, of course, lies total creative freedom… a reality unarguable and a unique experience from which only you can write.”
– Sue Vincent

As a writer and avid reader of fantasy novels I found Sue’s quote explained how I feel every time I take pen to paper. It is true creative freedom to share my unique ingenuity with my readers of worlds that only I have seen and devised in my head. Our fantasy worlds take the reader on a journey they have never traversed before. Thank you, Sue, for your eloquent words.


Meet Sue:

“Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire born writer currently living in the south of England, largely due to an unfortunate incident with a map, a pin and a blindfold. Raised in a spiritually eclectic family she has always had an unorthodox view on life, particularly the inner life, which is often reflected in her writing, poetry and paintings.

She maintains a popular blog, http://www.scvincent.com and is currently owned by a small dog who also blogs and whose own book, “Notes from a Small Dog,” is a bid to raise funds to buy an automatic tennis ball launcher.


Ani

Sue lived in France for several years, sharing a Bohemian lifestyle and writing songs before returning to England where the younger of her two sons was born. She began writing and teaching online several years ago, and was invited to collaborate with Dr G Michael Vasey on their book, “The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power” (Datura Press).

Since then she has published a number of books, beginning with “Sword of Destiny”, a magical tale set in the ancient landscape of Yorkshire. Her retelling of the Egyptian myths, “The Osiriad”, came shortly afterwards along with the Triad of Albion – “The Initiate”, “Heart of Albion” and “Giants Dance” in collaboration with Stuart France. These books tell a factual tale in a fictional manner, that is at once a journey into the landscape, myth and iconography of Albion and the story of a growing and rather oddball friendship.

France and Vincent are now working on the last of the three books in the Doomsday series.

http://www.franceandvincent.com/

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Sue, along with Steve Tanham and Stuart France, is a Director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, an international modern Mystery School that seeks to allow its students to find the inherent magic in living and being. www.thesilenteye.co.uk

You can find Sue on Facebook: S.C.Vincent and on Twitter @SCVincent

Ani has her own Facebook page if you care to call in she would be glad to see you.

For news of books by myself and Stuart France please visit our website: www.franceandvincent.com or join our Facebook page Silent Eye Authors.

For further details of The Silent Eye please visit our website or keep up to date with events via our Facebook page.

Details of the books can also be found on GoodreadsAmazon UK, and Amazon.com

SO, Come on! Join in and add a quote that gave you inspiration this week!

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