Oh, the Joys of DIY


If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been absent lately, the photo above will explain why.  As you can see, my kitchen is quite the disaster here.  This photo shows me ready to repaint my kitchen.  You may like the color (I don’t), but the job they did was terrible.  Very sloppy.  I’ve been in the house for 2 years now, so it’s time.

This will give you a hint to the new color.  🙂

I’ll be back in a few days with AFTER photos.  Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and stay safe. ❤

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Eureka! The Humble Thesaurus


Why is the thesaurus so great?  This is resource that will expand and improve your creativity in ways you never knew!  This common tool is something that I had overlooked for YEARS!

I’ve been blogging for several years now.  5 or 6, I think.  My blog has changed and evolved a few different times.  Right now, I mostly focus on poetry.  I now write my poetry with a minimum of 2 tabs open on my computer.  One to actually WRITE the work and another, my new-found Best Friend, the thesaurus.

If I am trying to convey a feeling and I don’t seem to be able to find the right word for it, I always jump over to the thesaurus.  In poetry, you want what you are trying to express to flow in a way that is pleasing to the reader.  If it doesn’t, your work will fall flat.  One word can make all the difference in the world.

I’ll give you a few simple examples.  If I want to say that I’m angry in a poem or story, rather than use the word angry, my thesaurus suggests fury, indignation, rage, passion and many more.  I find these much more creative ways to express anger.  Don’t you?

Another example.  If I want to express that I am sad, my trusty thesaurus suggests the words bitter, dismal, wistful and many others.  Sound better?  I think so too.

To me, using the thesaurus can make or break a poem or story for you.

In the tiny Elfchen below, titled A Splash of Starlight, in the 4th line, I used the word illuminated rather than the boring word, lit.  A much more eloquent way of expressing the same thing.

a
splash of
starlight bathed the
night and illuminated our
love

My revelation of the thesaurus, described above, may be something Old Hat to many of you out there.  But to many others, this may just be the thing that unlocks that creative inner voice that has been trapped inside you!  You can find Thesaurus . com HERE. 

So, tell me, what revelation in writing have you discovered that helps you?  Please share!  

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Thank Goodness for Pushy People/Good Friends


You know those friends that seem to get just a little pushy with your business on occasion? Well, I’ve got one of those.  He’s pushy.  Not so much like a direct push-you-down-the-stairs kind of way.  But a sort of nagging, poke-you-in-the-ribs, gently, nudging, kind of way.

I have been feeling less than inspired these days and this friend took notice.  We have become pen pals, of a sort.  Those of you too young to know what a Pen Pal is, look it up!  It’s fun!  I’ve found that he’s a terrific listener.  🙂  With everything that is going on in this world, it’s important that we stay connected in some way, even if it cannot be in a physical way.  Thank heavens for the internet, right?  So I now have this new “connection” with someone that I haven’t had before.  It’s been nice!

In a recent correspondence, my friend said to me,  “Just Write!  Don’t worry about what you do – Just Write and you can go back later and look at it again.
Not everything is a hit – Baseball players are stars with a batting average of .300 – only 3 out of 10 at bats with a hit.”

That is a terrific way to look at it, isn’t it?

I’m starting to get that itch again to write and have written a few things here and there.  That “spark” has begun again!

So, Thank You, Dear Friend, for nudging me, poking at me and most of all for being there for me.  ❤

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

 

 

Why You Haven’t Been Feeling Inspired to Write Lately (and Why That’s OK) — Novelty Revisions


Please take a minute to read Meg’s wonderful post about why it’s OK to not be OK right now!  ❤

I just kept asking myself over and over: “What is wrong with you?”

via Why You Haven’t Been Feeling Inspired to Write Lately (and Why That’s OK) — Novelty Revisions

Friday Favorites-The Mad Chatter


Welcome to another Friday Favorite! Each week, I’ll bring you information about a blog/blogger that I follow and why they are a favorite of mine.  This week, I’d like to introduce you to The Mad Chatter. Be sure to visit her blog and it may become a favorite of yours too!

I think that The Mad Chatter (Jessica) is a fairly new friend/blogger of mine.  I’m not sure exactly how or why we connected, but I’m sure glad that we did.  Jessica isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at herself, while getting her points across.  She’s an advocate for Mental Health issues and ending those stigmas.  These are just a few reasons why I enjoy her blog.

Like mine, The Mad Chatter’s blog is quite varied.  She writes what she wants to write and posts what she wants to post.  As it Should Be!! I love HER POSTGray Matter” where she talks about the variety of her posts.

The Mad Chatter has a page devoted to Mental Health. Go HERE to see it. I guarantee, there is food for thought on this page.

The Mad Chatter has a page on HUMOR, one on POETRY and a variety of other topics.  I love THIS POST that she did about the intelligence of an octopus.

All in all, Jessica’s blog, The Mad Chatter has a lot to offer!  Be sure to spend some time exploring this entertaining, and enlightening blog!  You’ll discover a new friend and a favorite too!

Copyright (C) Penny Wilson

Friday Favorites-80s Metalman’s Blog


Welcome to another addition of my Friday Favorites!  Each week I will share with you information about a blog/blogger that I follow and why they are a favorite of mine.  Please be sure to check out their site because they may become a favorite of yours too!  Today’s favorite is Mike’s 80s Metalman’s Blog.

Although I’m a big fan of Heavy Metal Music, Mike will put enough of a spin on things to make it interesting for me. Mike and I connected on WordPress quite some time ago and he’s always been willing to participate and give input when asked.  I also find Mike to be encouraging and kind.

THIS is a page about Great Movie soundtracks in 1984.  This was fun for me, looking over Mike’s comments about movies like Ghost Busters, StarMan and Karate Kid.  HERE is a post Mike did about the soundtrack to the movie Footloose.  A favorite of mine.  

On THIS PAGE Mike shows us his humorous side.  You’ll find fun videos from Christmas songs to Weird Al and more.  Be sure to take a few minutes exploring this page.  It’s sure to tickle your funny bone! 🙂

Mike will often write about the passing of a beloved band.  Some of these can be seen HERE.    

THIS is a post that Mike did about a rock legend and a favorite of mine, Pat Benatar, the Queen of Rock at that time.

One thing that Mike the 80s Metalman will do occasionally, is to show touching or romantic lyrics in Metal Music.  This, of course, appeals to my poetic side.  I’m pleasantly surprised at the romance and tenderness expressed in some of these lyrics.

Mike’s knowledge in this genre of music is amazing.  He knows his stuff.  Be sure to spend some on the 80s Metalman’s Blog exploring.  I think you’ll like what you see there and he may become a favorite of yours too!

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

 

Cold… #Poetry — anita dawes and jaye marie


REBLOG:  Please don’t miss Anita’s beautiful poem. ❤

Cold Frost white morning I slip my head beneath my duvet No way are my feet moving From this warm cover Today I stay hidden from the world To dream of things to come A future made of stardust With bright green jewels A land where you leave a wish Knowing it will come […]

via Cold… #Poetry — anita dawes and jaye marie

Laying Low


My apologizes for being so quiet recently.  Most of you know that I have a day job, that I am not an independently wealthy blogger as some of you are. 🙂  Work has been brutal lately.  I’ve been going home pretty worn out.  So today, there will not be a Friday Favorites.  I’m sorry.

I’ll be back in the swing of things soon.

Stay strong, my friends.  Keep doing what you do.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.  ❤ Penny

Friday Favorites-My OBT


Welcome to another Friday Favorite!  Each week I will bring to you information on one of my favorite blogs/bloggers. Please be sure to check them out and they might just become a favorite of yours too!

Today’s Friday Favorite is Donna’s blog over at My OBT (One Beautiful Thing). Donna’s blog is always filled with wonders!  I don’t how she finds the things that she shares with us.  You will be in for a wonderful surprise and discovery every time you visit her blog.

THIS is an example of Glass Art.  This is just one of the amazing and wonderful things that Donna finds for us!

THIS ONE is hilarious!  It’s Donna’s example of “Etsomnia”.  A brief description of “Etsomnia” is not being able to sleep and ordering bad decision based items from Etsy.  Donna has done several of these and every one of them has given me quite a giggle.

I love this look at Tiny Doors in the city.

On Donna’s blog, My OBT you will find the funny and fabulous, the weird and hilarious, the enchanting and the outlandish, for our enjoyment.

Donna says that she spends some time every day looking for One Beautiful Thing.  What a wonderful thing to do!  And Donna does it for us!  Be sure to spend some time exploring My OBT.  I’ll bet you a nickel that it becomes a favorite of yours too, and not just on Friday!

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson