i did not know there was theme each month,
i must have missed it, and no one said,
too polite and kind i guess.
i shall carry on regardless
now the red rose had flowered
now it is june.
if i had a theme, it may be buttercups,
long stemmed. they will cut the verges
the yellow flags could have a title,
or blue bell woods would.
i did not get the piano...
Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on May 31, 2012 at 11:08pm — No Comments
There are moments that arrive without warning, when walls close in, when the air thins, knees buckle, and I feel myself dissolving into the earth. TIme stops, and the raw reality of now reminds me that Alex is (still) dead. Writing these words is never easy, but tonight, for some reason, it leaves me breathless. In this freeze-frame moment, he dies all over again. The scab rips off, the bleeding refuses to stop, and I retreat to a fetal position, holding on for dear life. No book deal, no…Continue
Shelby Walker?” His voice echoed around the close. “I’ll ask you to leave those things Miss.” What she had retrieved she held in her hand. ‘Identification. Innocent, and that old saying. Don’t be afraid. You have done nothing wrong.’ She stood directly in…Continue
Added by Valerie M Honey. on May 31, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
It's been difficult to write lately. My mind is stuck... sometimes I feel it might explode without writing. Anyhow, I had a bit of an inspiration and it came out like this... it feels unfinished... but once again I am stuck.
Melancholia sets in like a flash
breathes death alive
a warm grave it weaves
folding mudstones and shale
making way for God’s acre
Instead of writing, I've been…Continue
No one remembers graduation speeches—sometimes not even the speaker. And post-graduation advice is rarely welcomed. But I’m weighing in anyway and hope that something resonates with my graduate and yours.
Added by Judy Bolton-Fasman on May 31, 2012 at 7:01pm — No Comments
To be honest, I COMPLETELY forgot that I had set up a promo day on Amazon. So, when I got the notice that the promo had begun, I was surprised and excited and terrified.
What if no one reads my work, even when it’s FREE?!?! But I rushed to check my stats on KDP and, sure enough, about 80 people had downloaded ‘…Continue
Added by T. L. Curtis on May 31, 2012 at 6:40pm — No Comments
What is someone in Hawaii doing writing about politics in Wisconsin this summer? Few things seem as important as the battle between truth and lies in the Walker recall election.
I wrote this http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2012/05/30/15945-wisconsins-gov-walker-pants-on-fire/ as a small contribution towards helping Tom Barrett get elected so he can start reversing the damage Gov…Continue
Added by Dawn Morais Webster on May 31, 2012 at 6:06pm — No Comments
Added by Ellen Belk on May 31, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I try to think of writing in terms of how I work in the kitchen. With my baker's hat on, I try for crisp and short, not stale and soggy.
I pick at my keyboard and with every word I try for a sharp, clean edge. I throw away any rusty old saws.
And I polish,sharpen, re-tool --and stay open to new precision equipment.
-a driver who sees her car as just a means to get somewhere.
I tell myself I need quick pick-up,…Continue
Added by Dawn Morais Webster on May 31, 2012 at 5:55pm — No Comments
When I first started writing I wrote purely to get out my own interpretation of the world and any feelings I wanted to put down on paper. As I grew and my English teachers started telling me that I needed to be 'objective', I learned how to write in a balanced way and see things from many perspectives. Writing from all angles was good until I decided that I needed to assert myself and get a deeper understanding of who I was. During my late teens it felt like I was losing myself to the world…Continue
Added by Nissi Mutale on May 31, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments
Even when something good happens, it’s easy to feel depressed. For many, this is an absolutely ridiculous way to feel after something good happens, and therefore we are left alone to feel even worse than we already do. You think to yourself:
But I should be happy. This is…Continue
Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on May 31, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments
A NOVEL. BY VAL H. (AKA. HEATHER ROWAN)
I found an old draft of a novel I began to write in 1984.
Added by Valerie M Honey. on May 31, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments
Someone asked me the other day, where I got the idea to write my children's stories about this little bird called Titus. I guess the original idea came from watching the garden birds. One day I was just staring out the window, [as you do when bored] and saw some Wrens creating a nest and getting harassed by a Blue Tit as they flitted about.
Ping!! the what if bell rang and turned into a flash story called 'New Neighbours' that's in my collection 'Five Minute Fiction'. …Continue
Added by Carol Wills on May 31, 2012 at 3:40pm — No Comments
For inspired creative writing about summertime, I turn to a beautiful coffee table book called Summer (1990, Addison Wesley).
Filled with short stories, poems, color plates of summer-themed paintings and photographs, this oversized book covers everything from baseball to boating, from dressing in white to decorating with botanical prints. There's really fine writing, too--among the more famous authors, there's John Updyke, Charles Simic, Francine Du Plessix Gray, Wallace…Continue
Added by Lisa D Sampson on May 31, 2012 at 2:45pm — No Comments
Summer sings, "I'm three months, three glorious months, all for you." Okay, even if you must manage children schedules and husband agendas nothing but nothing can claim your summer schedule if you mellow yourself into it. If it sounds too Pollyanna it's only because you've never claimed such simple glory. Stake your claim in the gift of summer and change your life. Something about summer sets us free. If the rest of the world can claim a summer schedule why can't a writer?…Continue
Added by Mary Rose Betten on May 31, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments
by Kimberly Llewellyn, Contemporary Author
On a warm summer New England evening, I was visiting with relatives at their home when a sudden horrific voice blared from the…Continue
Added by Kimberly Llewellyn on May 31, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
As a college writing professor, I compiled my five best writing tips into a handy little reference guide called How to Write with Flair.Continue
Added by Heather Holleman on May 31, 2012 at 1:44pm — No Comments
I lost my car keys. I have searched everywhere. You know what? It doesn't matter. I won't need them unless I find my car!
My husband laughed until he choked when I told him I was writing this article. I manage to lose something every day; some days, I lose several things. Glasses, purse, keys, cell phone. I panic when they're gone. Did I leave them in a restaurant? At the beauty shop? At the doctor's office? He patiently assures me they're right here, at home, and he's always…
Added by Marian Sunie Levin on May 31, 2012 at 1:16pm — No Comments
Marketing Contract signed. Time for nap.
Added by Tina L. Hook on May 31, 2012 at 11:39am — No Comments
Everyone loves a summer garden. The sweet aroma of lavender drifts through the air. Sunny faces of Gerber daisy turn heads of all who walk by. Black-eyed Susans and coneflowers feed the birds and bees. Butterflies and hummingbirds flock to lantana, salvia, and beebalm. The garden is a place of…Continue
Added by Susan Payne on May 31, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments