Playing Catch up…..

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It always seems I am trying to “catch up” as I have a tendency to get behind and rearrange my priorities in the way that works at that moment. For the most part I get important things done. I pay my bills, do the laundry, my homework, straighten the house, cook supper and try to keep hubby happy. And THEN I allow myself time to write. I know I should make it a higher priority because I sometimes see it as self-indulgent. Let me clear….I see it that way FOR ME!! I admire others who make it a part of their daily lives and I get to read their brilliant magical yarns of words. Or see the beautiful works of art in the form of photographs or drawings. Thank you!

I appreciate the people I have gotten to know in the blogging community and the support has been wonderful and overwhelming. When I started writing my blog last summer it was kind of on a whim. I thought it would help me to be somewhat accountable to others who “follow” me. I had no idea I would be blessed with such support from you guys! It is so cool to converse with folks as far away as Australia and then as close as my home town. My recent Sunshine Blogging Award was very special to me, but then I had to narrow it down to 11 people? Hmmm….that was hard because there are so many others I wanted to include.

Writing challenges are inspirational and has brought an interesting creative side forth that kind of surprised me. I had written some poetry in high school and taken a creative writing class in college where we wrote poetry, but I had put it away like my other writing. Several times I have started writing a story and it has turned into a poem. I have journaled some over the years and written several short stories. But, because I am a bit of a perfectionist with my writing, I don’t post. It is one of the reasons you guys don’t see what I write very often. I like to keep things entertaining and fun, but I am my own worst critic.
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Never in a million years did I think I could have published authors, photographers and well established bloggers follow me? Really?
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So thank you (again) plus some and those I haven’t mentioned!!

Alastair
Aussa
Anja
Melinda Roth aka Anyone seen my bleeping horse
Amy Reese Writes
Dana Contance Thomas
Hook
Idiot Writing
Dianna College Mom
Heylookawriterfollow Mike Allegra
Miss Four Eyes
Writer B is Me
Kim silentlyheardonce
Jules in Flashy Fiction

You guys are so special and make my day each and every time I get a comment or a “Like” posted to something I wrote. It means so very much to me!!
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Now what was I saying………
OH YEAH! I promise to write more often and make it a higher priority!! 🙂

My Sunshine Blogger Award!! :-)

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I am so excited to have been nominated for my very first Blog award by bloggedartistry “One Man’s Attempt at Appeasing His Muse”. Please pop on over to his blog to have a peek at his creative mind and a laugh or two 🙂
Thank you so much for thinking about me and helping to get a little more exposure!! I appreciate it so much!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a way for bloggers to get to know each other and also get other bloggers to link to their website. All of that is good for me, but I also saw this as an opportunity for me to share with all of you a little more about me…so here we go!

The rules:

* Display the award on your blog.
* Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger(s) who awarded you.
* Present 11 deserving bloggers with the award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
* Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
* Answer 11 Questions about you.

The Eleven wonderful bloggers who have been so supportive and kind and have helped me get my blog more exposure. The nominees are:

1. A Mixed Bag My wonderful friend Al…thank you so much for all your help and support 🙂
2. You’ve Been Hooked Robert is a genius at telling his tales of being a bellman. He even has a book!!
3. kissmeoutofdesire Daile is a crazy Australian sheila who keeps me in stitches!
4. bottleworder Want some wonderful advice on Writing and Blogging, this is the go to gal!
5. AussaLorens This awesome young lady is a hot mess! (in a good way) and has delightful stories of happenings at her job and travels.
6. The Books of Jobe Kenneth is a writer/blogger with a unique opinion about life and little things that annoy him. He has also been Freshly Pressed!
7. roughwriting Pamela is a teacher and just loves to write for the joy of writing. I truly enjoy reading about her everyday life.
8. Not a Punk Rocker One of my favorite bloggers who is always trying to find the answers to the world’s questions and embraces her “dorkiness”. I admire that!
9. Morpethroad A poet from Australia that will surely make you smile at the witty ways he arranges words.
10.Simple Pleasures Cindy captures beautiful words in perfect unison with photographs she takes that she calls Visual Poetry.
11. The Kolb Web One of my nearest and dearest to my heart!!

ELEVEN QUESTIONS ABOUT ME? Hmm….

1. What is your favorite movie of all time? I actually have several but if I have to pick one, it would be My Fair Lady!
2. If you could have attended any concert anytime in history, what would it have been? The Eagles Hell Freezes over tour opening night on the front row!
3. What do you do for fun? Hobby? Right now I am going to school for fun! (I know, I know! I’m weird) and I love to write, act and volunteer.
4. What two guests would make the best comedic pair as co-hosts for the Oscars? Jeff Dunham and Peanut 🙂
5. Cat, Dog or Goldfish? Why? As pets? As tattoos? Dogs definitely! No litter boxes and fish always die! Tattoos?? No, I don’t think so….
6. How do you caffeinate? Coffee
7. Favorite twitter chat? I don’t Twitter chat…..
8. Best place you ever vacationed? Portland, OR and the Willamette Valley
9. Best book you’ve read in 2013? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
10. Favorite television shows? NCIS, NCIS:Los Angeles, CSI, The Big Bang Theory, Elementary and Person of Interest, OH and Sherlock Holmes and Dontown Abbey!! I watch way too much TV!
11. What is one thing you never/rarely share that you are exceptionally proud of? Some of my writing and short stories.

Thanks for reading y’all!! 🙂

The Wreck of the Roomba….

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“You broke it! I’m tellin’ mom!” Tori said.

“Shhhh…be quiet! It’s not broke. It’s just upside down!” Felicity shushed her sister.

“Nu uh! Look at the arm thingy. It’s BROKE! MOM!” Tori began to scramble to feet to find their mother. Felicity never did anything wrong and this was finally her chance to get big sister in trouble!

“If you don’t knock it off, I’m tellin’ mom about the CAT!” Felicity said as she grabbed Tori’s ankle and made her sit on the floor. Tori crossed her arms in a huff.

Felicity had been playing with the remote controlled robotic vacuum cleaner and chasing her little sister around the room to make her squeal. When it hit the wall, the thing flipped over on its back and looked like a turtle trying to right itself. The wheels were still turning and then the arm thing-a-ma-jig sprang out and it quit moving!

In a total panic the older sister flipped it back over and tried turning it back on. No go….the thing was shot and she knew her goose was cooked.

“Now how do I find a way to hook THIS one on the little sister? I always have a plan….”

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly Flash Fiction prompt based on the photo supplied. The idea is to write a piece of fiction of around 100-200 words (usually called flash fiction) If you wish to take part, then click on the link and give it a try! 🙂

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Dust in the air….

Claire Fuller

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Sounds of the machines can still be heard if you listen closely in the silence of the tomb-like workshop. Not far in the past, a bustling area used to cut wood for a local lumber yard. Men counting inches and measuring pine, oak and maple to be used in construction of houses and local projects. Then came that day; a worker went outside for a smoke, only to return and find the entire shop abandoned. Everyone was gone and the machines were quiet. They had simply vanished and no one ever saw them again. Dust was in the air…….

My entry this week for Friday Fictioners with our wonderful host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. I love this challenge because it stimulates me to write something from someone else’s prompt. If you are so inclined to check it out yourself. Follow the link below! Have an awesome day my peeps! 🙂

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Trifecta-Trifextra:Challenge Week One

My Entry:

My dad 🙂

The first time I saw my dad I was eight years old. He was warm and he was kind. I did not know what to think when I saw his eyes fill with tears. Why was he sad?

Daddy Nash and Pookie

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I was very young when I met my dad for the first time. I did not know he existed until I was seven years old. Very long story there…. But I remember the look on his face very vividly. All he could do was stare at me. He never really cried but I remember the tears sitting right on the edge of his lashes but they never fell. Today we have a wonderful relationship and I am glad he is still part of my life! 🙂
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My friend Al is at it again with a new writing challenge. So I have done a little soul searching and put in my addition.

Now this week’s Trifextra challenge. This week we are asking you to count syllables. And words. It’s a lot of math for those of us who might be more accustomed to dealing with words, but we’re confident you can pull it off.
We are asking for a 33-word response to the following snippet:

The first time I saw. . .

Here’s the catch: all of your 33 words must be one syllable each. We’re going low-brow on your this week. Or not. To clarify, we are giving you 5 words. We want another 33 from you, for a grand total of 38.
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Sunday Photo Fiction: Lost or Found?

Every week a wonderful fellow blogger Alastair allows us an opportunity to be a part of Sunday Photo Fiction you take a photo he provides and come up with a short story 100-200 words that is inspired by the photo. This is my very first attempt…..more to come I hope!
Click on the link above to see other entries or take part of it yourself. Have fun! 🙂
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“They’re here, they’re here!! WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!” Tony shouted.

Tina rolled over on the makeshift bed of palm leaves and looked at Tony’s flushed face with wild hair standing on end. “Who’s here? What are you talking about?”

“They found us! We are going to be rescued!”

Tina had heard this before. She was so tired of Tony’s delusions. They had been stranded on this God forsaken rock for almost a year. The mirages had started the second night. Tony had woke her up in the middle of the night screaming the exact words she was hearing now. Only this time she heard it and saw it for herself. There was not only a boat off the shore but a helicopter hovering nearby.

They were finally going home after 11 months when their boat had lost power and they drifted for days until coming to rest on this island. Everyone must think they are dead by now.

Then she closed her eyes and opened them again trying to make sense of what she was seeing.

Wait! Where did they go?