31 October 2013

Happy Halloween and Happy NaNoWriMo Eve

Happy Halloween my friends!

I have to say this has been one of the more difficult years I've experienced in a long time and the holidays coming around means 2014 is closing in on us. I hope the problems of this year don't follow me into the next (and here's hoping it won't!).

And today is my favorite holiday too! I may have to use my Ouija board tonight, so we'll see how that goes.

On another note, NaNoWriMo is around the corner and I'm curious - how many are joining in?

I planned to earlier in the year but my idea didn't pan out. I do have a story I'm working on, but I seriously doubt it has the stamina to become a novel. But we'll see! I start out strong and putter out in NaNoWriMo but maybe if it's the other way around, I may just make it this year.

Either way, Happy Halloween and stay safe!

30 October 2013

Flash Fiction Writing Challenge - Get Inspired!

I haven't quite yet gotten myself back on track with blogging yet. I've had to prioritize something's and I'm focusing a lot on writing lately. I will definitely update more later, but for now. Leanne has the prompt!

Scary movies and candy galore, entice the imagination to explore. Take a picture and five simple terms, write a story of fiction to make readers squirm.

Haha! Happy Writer Wednesday and Happy Halloween, friends. It's time for another round of the blog hop photo stories. Here are the two stories we received from last week's prompt:

No Heroes Death by Tena Carr

Window Seat by Leanne Sype

Writers inspiring writers, spurring the growth of an imaginative writing community! This is what the blog hop is really all about, my friends. So we hope you'll join us this week, and be sure to invite a friend to join in too. All are welcome.

Here's a quick review of how the blog hop 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.

Here is this week's photograph (courtesy of Leanne Sype):


Your mandatory words:






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24 October 2013

Dream Chocolate Factory - Devine Decadence! Brought to you by RosieMade (Coupon Inside!)

It's chocolate time!!!! I can't believe my luck - I got to try the most amazing chocolate by Dream Chocolate Factory (supported by RosieMade!). Before I get into the best part (the chocolate), I want to tell you about this amazing company - RosieMade. They are a wonderful combination of striving to build up American made products while supporting women business owners all over the nation. (And in case you were wondering, yup, this was inspired by Rosie the Riveter!) I love supporting a business that supports what I believe in - and if you shop anywhere this holiday season, I highly HIGHLY recommend you buy from RosieMade and support the amazing work they do. You must also read about the Dream Chocolate Factory and how they make their goodies in this blog post!

And now, back to the chocolate.

I have to confess, I tore into the milk chocolate with coconut almond creme before I even had the chance to take a picture of the goodie - so if that bar photographed below looks a TAD deflated, you will know why! And obviously, that was my favorite of the two. It was so creamy and tasty and the coconut flavor just complimented the entire experience.

Next on the list is the dark chocolate - I'm a huge fan and word on the street is that having dark chocolate 70% cocao and above is excellent for your heart health. So trying the dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt and the hot habanero chocolate was an amazing experience. Both are very rich and the dark chocolate with sea salt isn't overly sweet. Now the hot habanero chocolate is a different experience entirely! It starts out normal tasting but there is a little extra something special at the end - a bit of hot spicy flavor that gives it a brand new chocolate experience.

I have no shame in admitting that I am a huge chocolate fiend so you can imagine I plan on buying more of these bars for the holiday season (Santa will be extra extra sweet to my friends and relatives this season!)

And now through October 31st, you can get 10% off your dreamy chocolate by using this code -RRC1013.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary chocolates in exchange for my honest review.


23 October 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Back Again!

It's Wednesday! You know what that means... time for a fresh new blog hop photo prompt. Aw yeah!

Are you loving these? We hope you are feeling inspired and motivated every week, either to try something new in writing a flash fiction tale or to feel refreshed in your current writing endeavor. Speaking of which... here are the stories that were inspired by last week's prompt:

A Matter of Bullfight by Tena Carr
Coffee Money by Scott Taylor
Battle by Leanne Sype
Another Promise by Sally Stackhouse

Here's a quick rundown of how the blog hop 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.

Here is your photo for this week:

Your (randomly generated) mandatory words:







16 October 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt - Back Again!

We're back again! As you probably noticed, we took last week off. But never fear, we aren't going away any time soon.

Anyone else loving this fall weather? So many colorful golden leaves here in Oregon and I'm happy to say the rain is not going to be here the rest of this week!

Now, down to business - here are the stories from the previous writing prompt that you must check out!

Turkey Talk by Randy Lindsay

Turkey in a Car by Leanne Sype

Turkey Time by Sally

Awesome stories!!! And now here is the best part of the whole week - the prompt!

Now, remember 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 (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.

And here's the photo

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Here's the five words:






Link up when you are ready!

15 October 2013

Write Through the Bad Days

It goes without saying that we all have bad days. The days where you feel weighed down by your own life, or picked on, or just things are going absolutely horrible.

This happened to me recently and like any other bad day I wanted to do one thing when I got home - nothing.

As I waited on my bus home to come by, I realized something, though.

The bad days can't be any reason to not write. If I want to publish, I have to fight the urge to go home and leave my notebook aside. Vedge out. Relax. Not use my brain for a while.

The thing is writing is one of those things that I do feel happier after I've started. It's almost instantaneous!

So if you happen to be reading this on a bad day, write anyway. Yes, it feels awful, but don't let that stop you. Write for a little bit. Use writing prompts. Free write.

How do you fight the bad days and write anyways?

08 October 2013

Writing Exercise - Using Your Five Senses


I've been workng a lot from this imaginative writing text book that I had from college and one of the lessons it's talking about describes using your five senses - sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch - within your writing.

One of the activities it talked about was this -
Use your five senses to describe a thrilling or anguishing moment from childhood. Use personification, metaphor or simile within your writing.

(Used from the textbook Imaginative Writing by Janet Burroway; pg 26).

I wrote mine about the jungle gym I used to play on when I was in Kindergarden. What did you write about?

Looking Forward - Blogging 2013 and On

So I've been thinking a lot lately where I want this blog to go - and how I want to continue on and what I foresee for myself. I'm still open to change for this blog, but in the meantime, I think I want to go back to square one.

I've been struggling a lot with what I want to write and I am realizing that I am struggling with "going back to the drawing board." When I put aside that fantasy novel, I knew I was not just letting go of the novel, but I was also letting go of this childish ideal that one day it will become a bestseller. Well, as long as you have a work in progress, you might have a bestseller, right? And when you have to start from scratch, well you don't have that anymore.

I am back to the drawing board and I no longer am going to pour over stories long past that I have started and haven't finished. I want something new.

What does this mean for blogging?

Well, I've been doing a lot of writing exercises lately from one of my old writing textbooks. I'm doing a lot of exercises and practices. It actually helps and more than just helping me find a story to stay connected to, it also helps to get me connected in writing itself. Which is what I need the most.

What I would like to begin to do is sharing these exercises with you as a way of keeping track of writing activities and prompts so I can look back later and see if I can get re-inspired. I can't promise I will post everything I've written, but maybe if I feel really good about something, I'll post it.

Overall, this is a good way of making me feel good and being creative all at the same time (my tag line should be - when I write, I'm happy).


03 October 2013

Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

I'm late! It's time though! :)

Happy October!! Are you excited for Halloween, or do you have Holiday Confusion Syndrome inspired by the plethora of holiday decor available in stores? ;-)

Good thing there's no confusion to be had here. This month's Ad Winner is --

Congratulations, Scott. :-) Thank you and everyone for being so loyal to our weekly hop and sharing all your fantastic stories. Here's to a lot more to come.

With that, let's move on to our new prompt with a review of 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.

Photo courtesy of Flikr Commons:

5 Must-Use Words:






And where to link up:

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