25 September 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Get Inspired!

It's raining, it's pouring... at least it is here in the NW! Has fall graced your doorsteps yet? Whether autumn is in the throes of change or still has an air of summer, it is Wednesday for the majority of us. Which means we have a fresh photo reveal for you this week!

Before we get to that, take a moment to read through the stories inspired from last weeks photograph (don't forget to leave some comment love to the authors ;))

Loaded Letter by Leanne Sype

Cap't Monkey and Toole Boy and the Big Decision by Scott Taylor

The Outing by Sally Stackhouse

If you are new to the blog hop, here is how it works:

1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.

Ready for this week's photo?

Coffeeinthecity


Mandatory words:


election


t-shirt


picnic


lodger


wood









- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

18 September 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Are You In?

We're back again! Anyone else ready for Friday? I know I am! And a belated happy birthday to our host Carrie! :)

Here's the stories from last week -

This Ain't No Yellow Submarine by Randy Lindsey
The News by Sally
From the Depths
A Note from the Deep by Scott Taylor
You Get Today, I Get Tomorrow

Now for the rules, in case you are joining us for the first time -

1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, </ a>Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.

And now for the photo -
 
Santa Monica Pier amusements

And the five words -

Bingo

Courage

Saliva

Ant

Brooch

 

13 September 2013

Beyond Belief - The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions [Review + Giveaway!]


I'm always intrigued and drawn to books that take on the subject of religion. It isn't an easy to subject to address and even more difficult to get people to talk about it (without getting into any type of argument or getting anyone offended).



I had the wonderful opportunity to read the book Beyond Belief - The Secret Lives of Women In Extreme Religions an anthology by  Cami Ostman and Susan Tives.

First, before you read my review, here's a quick summary of the book:

Beyond Belief addresses what happens when women of extreme religions decide to walk away. Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have compiled a collection of powerful personal stories written by women of varying ages, races, and religious backgrounds who share one commonality: they’ve all experienced and rejected extreme religions.

Covering a wide range of religious communities—including Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Calvinist, Moonie, and Jehovah’s Witness—and containing contributions from authors like Julia Scheeres (Jesus Land), the stories in Beyond Belief reveal how these women became involved, what their lives were like, and why they came to the decision to eventually abandon their faiths. The authors shed a bright light on the rigid expectations and misogyny so often built into religious orthodoxy, yet they also explain the lure—why so many women are attracted to these lifestyles, what they find that’s beautiful about living a religious life, and why leaving can be not only very difficult but also bittersweet.

My Review:

Like I said, I was immediately drawn in with the book's subject. I'm a spiritual person myself and after having grown up with Christianity as my background (went to a Christian private school during elementary school), I couldn't wait to hear what other women had to say about their experiences. I found, most of all, a lot of reflection and questioning that happened for the women as they went through the practices of their religion. Some religious practices mentioned in the book didn't seem that extreme to me, but some of the others that were a bit more extreme did make me think about religion and what we tend to believe in and what it means in a different way. I wish I could have read a more complete look into some of these women's experiences as many of them referred to just a brief moment in their life rather than the whole picture. I also would have loved to see more stories about their leaving process, which didn't seem to happen as often as I would have hoped.

This book though is a wonderful book to inspire conversation and I would have loved to read this in a "book group" type of setting and debate back and forth about the experiences described. If you are a contemplative, spiritual, deep thinking, or religious person, you will want to read this book. It will inspire you to think in a very different way.

About the Authors:



 
Cami Ostman is an author, editor, life coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist with publications in her field. She blogs at 7marathons7continents.com and on the psychologytoday.com blogger team. She has appeared in several publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Adventures Northwest, the Mudgee Guardian in Australia, and La Prensa in Chile. Cami is a runner and a dog lover who lives in Bellingham, Washington.




Susan: As a writer, editor and researcher Susan has worked on a variety of academic articles exploring psychology, feminism and religion. Susan’s interest in these subjects led her to become an editor for several non-fiction titles including Faith and Feminism and Rachel’s Bag. Her new anthology Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions will be published in April 2013 by Seal Press.

Visit these writer's online at their Facebook page and visit Cami on Twitter.
I also get to giveaway a copy of this book to one of my readers! Just leave a comment below and you will be entered to win! Contest ends on September 20th.

***WINNER: Kylie Carlson! Thank you for entering everyone!***

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
 

 

11 September 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Get Inspired!

We're at the peak of the week, friends! I hope the week has proven fruitful for you thus far. If it hasn't been a great week yet, then I hope something beautifully unexpected happens in the upcoming days that allows you to smile freely.

Okay, since it is Wednesday, it's time for the next round of our blog hop! By the way, did you catch the little creative addition to the blog hop? If not, click here to learn more.

First, here is the button for this month's blog hop ad winner, Ellen Peterson. Congrats, Ellen!

ellenpetersonbutton


Here are the stories from last week's photo:

Lost Again by Leanne Sype
Writing Holiday by Sally Stackhouse
Ghosts of Memories Long Past are Haunting Me by Nicole Pyles
Bright Eyes by Heather Musk
How Long Had it Been by Tena Carr

Here are the rules of how this all works:
1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.


Okay-- ready?

Your photo:



[caption id="attachment_2452" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Photo courtesy of me. Photo courtesy of me.[/caption]

Your words:


letter


velcro


planet


fever


shopping


Ready? Go! Have a blast, friends!










09 September 2013

Ghosts of Memories Long Past are Haunting Me - A Bit of Short Fiction

 
This is my entry to our weekly writing prompt! There's still time to enter so make sure join in!

 
 
 

 

I grabbed the teddy bear lying on the beach chair. A child's friend left behind by a guest that had long since packed up and left for the summer. The few weeks before winter slammed into the coastal region seemed the most depressing for me. I found myself longing for the joyful summer days and the feeling of time being endless.

Soon, I would need to shut down the doors of the inn and prepare for the storms and the threat of floods. Winter seemed dramatic to me. I looked forward to the Christmas holidays when I visited my sister's children who pointed out falling stars as if they were Santa's reindeer streaking across the night sky. The battles would then ensue as to who would be visited by Santa first and like an officer of the court I would deem them both equally as likely as long as they went to bed on time. I chuckled a bit at the memory, but the joy was fleeting.

I turned around and looked behind me. I could have sworn I heard footsteps.A quiet chuckle. I shrugged it off and continued my walk around the deck.

Maybe it was the isolation I feared the most. My summer guests were my adobted summer family, unbeknownst to them. I hadn't always felt this way. Not since Leon left several years ago.

I stopped. There it was. That noise. Laughter again, the joyous type that can only be made by children. Yet, nothing was there. Not a single person around.

The ghosts of memories long past could be the only thing haunting me....

Lauren shuddered and rubbed her arms. "God, what was that?"

"What was what?" Her husband scrubbed the deck with a wet cloth. Cleaning the inn at summer's end was always a diffiult task for the both of them.

"I don't know, I could have sworn I heard someone or felt something. It got cold all of a sudden - kids! Stay inside - a storm's coming!" Lauren called out to her two young children. The sound of her voice only made them pause for a brief moment. Judging by the lack of true warning in her tone, their shrieks continued into the evening air as they continued their game of follow the leader.

"Who did you say owned this place before us?" Lauren asked. They had just purchased the beach side inn last spring awere able to open by the next summer. This past summer had been a hectic one for the family, but Lauren was excited for the new lifestyle.

"Some woman. Died during a storm, ran out into the ocean they said."

"Why would she do something like that?"

"No idea, but they say this place is haunted..." her husband chuckled, a sucker for a ghost story.

"Don't talk like that," Lauren scolded. She looked around the deck area. "I could have sworn I heard someone. I heard footsteps right near me."

08 September 2013

September Writing Challenge! Are you in?

The challenge is here!  And we are so excited to bring a new spin to our weekly writing prompt.

Now here is how it will work. Throughout the month of September, every Sunday, your writing prompt hosts will bring you the stories we shared with you from last Wednesday.

Then, you have the challenge part of it, and the challenge part of it is due the NEXT Sunday.

First, let's bring the stories we had from last week -

Memories of Granny by Tena Carr

The Journey by Sally Stackhouse

Cap't Monkey and and Tooele Boy and the Opulent Evening by Scott Taylor

Break a Leg by Debra Elliott

Now, here's what you have to do.

Take one of the above stories and do one of the following -

1) Continue the story from where it left off.
 
2) Write the story from someone else's point of view.
 
3) Write what happened before the story.
 
4) Turn one of the stories into one of the following genres - horror, western, romance, or mystery.
 
Now, after you've chosen one of the challenges, you have a maximum of 1,000 words this time.
 
We're so excited!
 
Like we said, you have until NEXT Sunday to take part in the challenge. And we will be giving you this challenge every week throughout September.
 
If you have any questions, leave a comment for your host and we will respond!
 
If you're ready to post your response, leave your link below -
 
 
 
 

04 September 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Winner-winner, chicken dinner. Well, I won't make you dinner (believe me, you're better off), but I will make you a button ....









Congratulations!! Let me know if you have a photo you prefer to use, otherwise I'll study your blog for inspiration and your button will be proudly shown on the hostess's blogs. :-)








On to the submission list! Sally was a little late to be counted in last week's post for her response to the prompt 2 weeks ago. Her story can be found here:









The submissions for this past week's prompt are here.












Thank you everyone who has stuck with us, and to those just trying us out. We are thrilled with how the prompt posts have been going, and would like to offer up a little twist, an added bonus, something new to thrill you --- and you can come back on Saturday to find out just what we have in mind. Until then, here's this week's WWBH prompt post to chew over.





The Rules:


 1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story
 2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
 3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
 4) Link up with your blog hostess (NicoleCarrie, Tena or Leanne) when you’re done via the inLinkz linky below.
 5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.





The Photo by +Kristoffer Sorensen:













The Words:





Bench


Reindeer


Court


Teddy Bear


Leader





Is your story peaceful? Twisted? Funny? Well, make sure to link it up right here by next Tuesday.








03 September 2013

My Official Unofficial Blog Break Announcement

So, I rolled this thought around in my head for a while before I realized that I needed to explain myself in some way. I care about my blog, my readers, and the time and love I have put into "The World of My Imagination."

My heart has not been in my blog lately. The energy just hasn't been there due to a lot of things going on in my personal life.

I don't want to make an official "blog break" announcement. I do want to leave room for the occasional post, but I do want to explain why I've been so absent and just not "present."

I will keep my weekly blog hop posts and like I said, I can't promise that you won't see more from me on occasion.

But until then, I am on an unofficial blog break.

Happy Writing Everyone!

02 September 2013

Spell Check, Comma Placement, and Other Editing Battles (And Software that Can Help)

Due to lack of proper payment for writing this post, I have removed the content until further notice. The website Grammarly did not follow through on promised payment and required a do-follow link after the payment was already up, which is against Google's Terms of Service.
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