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Final Roundup #Name Your Number Challenge

Happy Thursday!  Below is a list (in no particular order) of posts and links from those that have joined in the #Name Your Number Challenge.  Please show them some love and visit a few (or all!) of them.

From Dawn Benedict:

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/whispered-warning/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/last-bite/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/exceed-the-numbers/

From KS Woods:

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/30/true-love/

From The Reluctant Poet:

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/no-longer-a-home/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/come-find-me/

From Poetisatinta

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/jusjojans-sunday-muse/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/magnetic-blue-glass-sky/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/write-till-the-end-jusjojan/

And in case you missed any, Here are mine:

Bruises Left

Wreckage

If you participated and I missed your post, please contact me and I will add it.  THANK YOU to everyone that has joined in!  

Posted in Life, Poetry, Prose, Stories, Writing

Sunday Roundup #Name Your Number-Week 4

Happy Sunday!  Below is a list (in no particular order) of posts and links from those that have joined in the #Name Your Number Challenge.  Please show them some love and visit a few (or all!) of them.

From Dawn Benedict:

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/plant-a-dream/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/28/tilt/

From KS Woods:

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/22/shine-bright/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/24/in-the-bleak-midwinter/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/26/get-a-life/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/28/portal-seeker/

From The Reluctant Poet:

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/23/happy-to-be/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/somethings-happen-somethings-dont/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/25/sometimes-magic-and-miracles-happen/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/26/not-eavesdropping/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/27/so-starry-skies-can-be-seen/

From Poetisatinta

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/23/magnetic-poetry-for-jusjojan/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/tanka-tuesday-7/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/25/w3-prompt-2/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/26/writephoto-for-jusjojan-3/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/27/friday-fictioneers-34/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/28/weekend-writing-prompt-26/

 

And in case you missed any, Here are mine:

No Choice

Writing-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Taking On the World

The Mirror

Clear Vision

It’s Not Too Late to Join Us!  For more info, HERE is the Link to this Week’s Announcing Post.

If you participated and I missed your post, please contact me and I will add it.  THANK YOU to everyone that has joined in!  

Posted in Poetry, Prose, Life, Stories, Writing

The Mirror

Looking in the mirror, I have finally gotten to the point where I don’t see the excess weight as often.  I don’t worry so much about the lines around my eyes.  I’ve come to like the streaks of silver in my hair.  These days, I more often reflect on what’s inside.  I know that I am more patient today than I used to be.  I see the value in friendships, relationships and gestures of kindness.  I’ve slowed down, not only on the outside, but inside too.  I’m much more content to spend time listening to the world around me.  I savor the sunrises and sunsets.  With the road ahead of me now shorter than the road behind me, finally, finally, I can love the image reflected in the mirror.  

Copyright (C) 2023 Penny Wilson

#Name Your Number Challenge Click here for info and to join in!

Posted in Poetry, Prose, Stories, Writing

Writing-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Hosting this Challenge this month has taught me to really appreciate those that do this on a regular basis.  It takes a lot more time and dedication than I realized.  

With this particular Challenge, I challenged myself to write  a new post 22 times in January.  So far, I’m on target.  BUT, not everything that I’ve written has been a winner.  In my humble opinion, a few were real stinkers. 🙂 

People say that to write and write well, you must write a Lot.  The more you write, the better you will get at it.  

What do you think?  Is writing like exercising?  You have to use it or lose it?  Do you “practice” writing? 

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson All Rights Reserved

#Name Your Number Challenge  Click here for info and to join in!

 

Posted in Life, Poetry, Prose, Stories, Writing

Sunday Roundup #Name Your Number-Week 3

Happy Sunday!  Below is a list (in no particular order) of posts and links from those that have joined in the #Name Your Number Challenge.  Please show them some love and visit a few (or all!) of them.

From Dawn Benedict:

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/15/attitude-of-gratitude/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/17/monkey-business/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/19/not-disposable/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/20/step-out/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/new-addition/

From KS Woods:

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/16/do-justly-love-mercy-walk-humbly/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/19/imagination/

From The Reluctant Poet:

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/16/escape-artists/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/believing-a-lie-wont-make-it-true/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/painting-with-words/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/i-learned-2/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/19/expect-the-unexpected-2/

From Poetisatinta

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/15/weekend-writing/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/17/jusjojan-what-do-you-see/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/20/writephoto-for-jusjojan-2/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/weekend-writing-jusjojan/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/w3-happy-winnie-the-pooh-day/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/the-pheasant-micro-seasons/

And in case you missed any, Here are mine:

A Bit of Spring in January

The Price Paid

A Different Outcome

Beauty of Love

Don’t Fall in Love With a Writer

 

It’s Not Too Late to Join Us!  For more info, HERE is the Link to this Week’s Announcing Post.

If you participated and I missed your post, please contact me and I will add it.  THANK YOU to everyone that has joined in!  

Posted in Poetry, Prose, Stories, Writing

Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Want to kick start your writing for the new year?  We all need a nudge once in a while.  Here’s my idea of that nudge.  Please join me in this fun challenge.  I am challenging myself, and you, to write a number of posts in the month of January.  

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?  

Day One of this Challenge is Monday, January 2nd.  

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to?  
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so we can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  You can also leave a link to your post in the comments below.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.  This is my first time to host a writing challenge, so there will be a learning curve!  Be gentle with me!   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson

Posted in Life, Prose

These Are My Wishes For You

*This is a quote that my BFF gave to me years ago.  I’ve always treasured it and I keep it on my fridge with a magnet.  Once in a while I will remember to stop and read it.  Every time I do this, it stops me in my tracks.  A wonderful and beautiful sentiment.  I want to share this beautiful wish with you.  May your life always be as blessed.

These Are My Wishes For You–  

“May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

May you find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on other’s judgement of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.”

-Sandra Sturtz

Posted in Life, Prose

Happy Veteran’s day

This man was a mere mortal of flesh and blood.  He had the inner light of a warrior and he carried this with honor and pride.

I knew he was a man, with weaknesses that men have.  But I saw what was inside.  He was a Nobleman of Old.  He saw the demons , the evil and the beasts that few of us see.  He would give his life to slay them.  He would give his life for me. 

He thought his life was better served on the battlefield.

He relied on his instincts and his brethren in the heat of battle.

As he turned his shining eyes away, I knew he couldn’t stay.  He had paused on his quest just long enough to give me a glimpse of himself.  There were battles to be fought and dragons to slay.

Remember, that the safety and freedoms that we experience is because of mere men.  Veterans. 

Happy Veteran’s Day. 

Copyright (C) 2022 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Prose

Dragons in the Dark

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My dragons burrow deep and sleep the sleep of the evil.  They lie in wait.  They make sure I have my defenses down; that I am once again comfortable in my own skin.

My peripheral vision sees the shadow of these beasts occasionally as they melt into the background.  I try as I might to catch them before they are loose, but they are too clever.

These dragons will creep into my room and sit at the foot of my bed, watching as I slumber.  I have fooled them only once; feigning sleep as their foul breath assaults my senses.  The stench of their evil is almost overwhelming.

I have awakened on many moonless nights, sure I would see them.  My heart is in my throat as I sweep the room.  I must be sure to catch them if they linger.  All that lingers is the cold sweat that penetrates my gown and their stench.  Sleep will elude me this night, for the dragons have already started their assault.

With the dawn, I greet the day with trepidation.  How will the dragons manifest this time?  Will I find myself once again in the dark?  Will I be alone with my dragons, with nothing more than hope to see my way back into the light?

As I lock the front door and walk down the street, I can feel the dragons’ breath on my neck….

Amazing image found on Google Images.  Credit to the wonderful artist that created it.  

Copyright (C) 2014 Penny Wilson All Rights Reserved

*This piece was written about my struggle over the years with Depression. I’m in a good place these days, thank God.  But my mind has been on the ongoing struggle that many have with Mental Illness.  The Struggle IS Real.  For Help and articles that I’ve compiled and written on the subject, please visit my Mental Health Help Page HERE.

Please also see my recent post, asking for your help with much needed resources, HERE. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Posted in Poetry, Prose, Stories, Writing

My Muse. Who Is She?

What does my muse look like?  A lot like me, but much younger  She’s tall and lean with long flowing dark hair that is crazy-wild.  Her eyes are full of fire and attitude.  You wouldn’t mess with this girl.  But who IS she exactly?  

Sometimes, she’s right there on my shoulder, whispering delightfully witty prose into my ear.  Other times, she’s stomping around the room, steam coming from her ears as she rants and raves about the injustices in her life.  She can weep like a little girl with her first crush or spew sensual lines of love.

My muse also has an “I don’t give a sh*t” attitude sometimes.  At these times, what ends up on the screen is not worth the effort it took to type it.

There are times when my muse is exhausting.  Tap, tap, tapping at the keys, furiously trying to record the thoughts in her (my) head.  I can barely keep up with the flow of her need to express herself.

Sometimes my muse disappears.  She gives me no notice and doesn’t leave a note letting me know when or if she’ll be back.  She’s terribly selfish at times like this.

But eventually, she comes back, perky and smiling, ready to provide me with more inspiration, ideas and the gift of expressing my inner thoughts.

I know my muse better than anyone else.  Ever.  But there are times when she surprises me.  She can be very dark, ugly even.  The things that she’s forced me to write make me shudder and shake my head with revulsion.  I’m shocked at the brutality that comes forth. We somehow manage to reconcile and join forces again.

My muse is a shape-shifter.  She’s an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colors, moods, and light.  I love her and despise her.  But I wouldn’t want to ever be without her.

Do you have a muse?  What is your muse like?  

Copyright (C) 2022 Penny Wilson All Rights Reserved

*This is a slightly revised version from its 2019 debut.  I like it.  I hope you do too.

Image by 139904 from Pixabay