When Almonds Blossom

Making use of the time we have now, for we have been given assurance that God will perform His word. (Jeremiah 1:11,12)

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About Me and My Blog

  • Why Almonds? - This is the excerpt for your very first post.
  • CW17 – The Media that Made Me - Creative Writing Assignment: Choose either ten books or songs (or a combination of the two) to create a media autobiography of your life. They need to relate to some important aspect or memory in your life. Represent who you are, good, bad, spiritual, non-spiritual, past, present, future, etc. Include a variety of choices. Then, write […]
  • Myself in Random Numbers - This coming week is winter break for my creative writing class and as I am away with some of my family this the weekend, so I thought I would take a short break from posting my poetry and do something random and fun. I will post the rest of this week’s poetry (2 more poems) […]
  • Finding a Quiet Place: A Memorial Day Thought - On the first weekend of this month of May, my father, younger brother and I went on a trip to DC. We relaxed, enjoyed being together and visited several important places there, including the Holocaust Museum, which was so heartbreaking. But the place that I have been looking forward to visiting for so many years […]
  • ISFJ: In Which I Introduce My Personality Type…(and Fictional Characters?) - Good evening friends! Thanks so much for being patient and waiting for today’s promised post! I ended up being a bit busier today than I thought I would, but that’s life… ūüėõ   ANYWAYS… Recap: Fellow¬†blogger (and friend :P)¬†Susannah and I are exchanging writing prompts once a week with the hope of getting to know […]
  • Bloggers Honoring Bloggers: Liebster Award - I came home from Richmond on Saturday/Sunday (My high-school graduation was amazing and I hope to share some pictures this week!) to find that I had been nominated for the¬†The Liebster Award! Okay, I know that some people say that awards like these are just online versions of chain letters…but I am accepting this award […]
  • Blogosphere Award Recognition: A Moment to Ramble - Happy Tuesday morning! A week ago, I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, which is exciting and fun! But, I had a lot on my plate at the moment, so I am just now getting around to responding. I usually enjoy reading other responses to awards more than writing my own, but this is […]
  • The Crime of Living Cautiously: Belief in the Midst of Uncertainty - “And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.” Matthew 25:25 Confession time: I have always secretly identified with the third servant in the Biblical parable of the talents. AND…that always made me feel really bad, because the third servant is not a person […]

 

Monthly Updates

  • January Out, February In - Goodbye January Anyone else enjoying the odd weather this month? Cover the plants, don’t cover them, cover, cover, don’t, cover, don’t…aw, plants are dead. I have decided that I will just wear t-shirts and a big coat all the time.¬† Then I will be prepared for summer in the morning, arctic in the afternoon and […]
  • Is It March Already?!? But…February… - Goodbye February Welcome to March!¬† Sneaky thing. Checked the calendar last night and realized that the next day was March 1. Who decided that February should have 28 days? I get caught every year! (I still think this must be the 29th and am now regarding the whole day with deep suspicion. This is just […]
  • March Madness, April Abundance - Eulogy to March Welcome to April!¬† The month of rain, green stuff and the desperation of being almost done with school. But there is Easter and sunrise services! Maybe this year, I will actually get to watch the sunrise. After so much cold weather (and more snow), this is the month when I get excited […]
  • April Out and May In - Farewell to April As I begin this monthly update (a day late…my sincerest apologies), I am thoroughly enjoying the warm weather that has finally found us! I had my doubts…I think Spring got lost on its way here…perhaps Winter gave it directions… Anyways, I am really enjoying the smell of flowers and fresh mulch.¬† I […]
  • I Love May, But I’m a June Baby - So long May The month of May always seemed to me to be a mature month – strong and silent and full of possibilities, but of the adult kind.¬† Maybe that was because it is my older brother’s birth month. Or maybe it was because I was still finishing school in May and so the […]
  • A Few Tears, Much Laughter – June to July - Eulogy to June Awash in unanswered emails and unread blog posts (and lots of laundry!), I am trying to take a moment for a monthly update. After spending the last two and a half weeks off the grid in Alabama and South Carolina, I arrived home last night, exhausted and disoriented but with enough memories […]
  • July to August: When God Brings Hard Lessons - It is taking effort to get on here and post, but Tuesday is my day and it is time for a monthly update. But…this will be a very different kind of monthly update.¬† I know that I normally go through the month in detail and this month has had a lot of fun details!¬† And […]
  • Starting Anew – August to September - Moving Past August Still getting back into the flow of these updates…     August was a hard month. Rocked me to my very core and challenged everything that I believed. What do you do when the storm doesn’t pass in a few days? Or in a week? Or in two? What do you do […]
  • And then September became October… - Only three months left of this year! How time flies. It is finally getting cooler and a few of the leaves are turning colors.¬† Just patches here and there. I am really looking forward to sweater season and fall colors. And I might just be a little¬†obsessed with autumn feels right now…there should be a […]
  • October fades to November - After the crisp brilliance of October, November has always seemed to me a dreary month. The leaves turn brown and then fall; the wind is bitter. Autumn is leaving and Christmas is still so far away. October just began and I’m not ready to move on! But this is the month for settling in and […]
  • Monthly Updates: Why I Dislike Them and Why I’m Writing Yet Another - I’ve put some water onto boil for tea and there is inspirational music playing.¬† It’s rainy outside and I’m meeting up with a friend for coffee later. What else do you need to push through a difficult task?¬† I dislike monthly updates because they are a waste of time and unnecessary and what do you […]
  • December/January: On the Edge of Something New - Yes, this is our last day of 2018.¬† Yes, that is terrifying and exciting all at once.¬† And I know you have New Year’s Eve parties to attend, planners and calendars to buy, resolutions to make, families and friends to celebrate with, and maybe, just maybe, a few moments to breath deeply and look forward […]
  • One Month In: January 2019 - Anyone else feel like they planned WAY too much for January? It’s my fault for being an over-exuberant person…who likes to plan, better yet. And we all know that most of us knew all along that we had planned too much, but we planned anyway. ūüėõ Reaching for the stars is good. I feel like […]
  • March – Spring is Trying to Arrive - I was really caught unawares by March this year. I was NOT processing the fact that I would only have 28 days of February. Yes, I did have to use the kids’ jingle to check how many days were in this month. I was just¬†so sure my watch was wrong when it said the 1st […]
  • And March Fades Into April - Every month, I think that I will be more realistic about expectations. And, as every month ends, the frustrations mount up and I have to start again. But the sun is out and there is garden planning and green grass and flowers and how can anyone be frustrated right now?¬† Tomorrow, yes. But not today!! […]

 

Poetry Project

  • NP – Project Analysis (Poetry Collection) - Assignment – Complete a Story Analysis form for your own project. At this point, this is a working document that will be changed as needed. Since I chose the poetry collection as my project, I will not be writing a normal story, unlike most of my classmates.¬†   Title:¬† And He Called Her Woman (working […]
  • NP – Updated: Themes Week by Week - Assignment: to complete a week by week outline for my poetry collection. This can be either a summary sentence or a summary paragraph for each week’s specific theme. Sort of like a table of contents, this outline will list my ten different sub-themes that all fall under the main theme of my poetry collection.¬† Though […]
  • NP1 – Faith: Help My Unbelief - This is Week 1 of actual writing for our projects.¬† The extent of my project, a poetry collection, is explained¬†here and the week by week outline of the sub-themes I will be covering in this project is here. This week’s topic is faith. Poem #1: I am starting out with a simple poem that has […]
  • NP1 – Faith: When I Forget to Pray - With the poetry of the rest of the week, I will try to expound on different parts of faith/my faith. Poem #2: This is a Didactic Poem.¬† Didactic poetry is supposed to instruct the audience on a topic. In this poem, I am experimenting with diction (a particular choice of language to, in my case, […]
  • NP1 – Faith: Owning Yours - Poem #3 of my faith collection. This poem is of the free verse genre. (I am deciding to call it free verse poetry rather than prose because I am using formal devices.) Free verse poetry does not have any certain rhyme or meter. (I thought that after two rhyming/metered poems that it might be a […]
  • NP1 – Faith: A Few Thoughts - Poem #4 of my faith collection. I was working with the Haiku genre¬†and so included three poems because they are so short. But they don’t really have anything to do with each other except that they are all about faith. (A Haiku is a three-line poem where the first and last lines have five syllables […]
  • NP1 – Faith: This is Elisabeth - Poem #5. The following narrative poem (telling a story) is about Elisabeth Elliot, a woman I have long admired for her great faith and who deeply influenced my own life. I have tried to capture several moments from the first part of her life in her tone. Once again, I am not using any particular […]
  • NP2 – Womanhood: What it is to Me - After my class yesterday, I am now starting my week of poems on the sub-theme of womanhood and calling as I see them and my journey to find them. Poem #1. This is a poem using closed couplets. Following the rules, each line rhymes with the next and all of them have the same meter.¬† […]
  • NP2 – Womanhood: Physical Change - Poem #2. This is a free verse poem discussing my initial reaction to the physical aspects of growing up.   The day that I became a¬†woman I was still a child ‚Äď stared at the baptismal blood and knew¬†that I was a child no longer. Wished for the days before my mother explained my body‚Äôs […]
  • NP2 – Womanhood: Grateful Pride - Poem #3. This is an Abecedarian poem, where each line begins with the next letter of the alphabet. I also increased the number of words with each line.¬† Literary devices: I experimented with chiasmus (a¬†type of rhetoric in which the second part is syntactically balanced against the first).¬†   All Because He Created a woman‚Ķ […]
  • NP2 – Womanhood: Worth - Poem #4. This is my first time experimenting with Cinquain poetry, which I chose because I could talk about our worth as women for a long time and I was trying to be succinct. Cinquain poetry consists of a poem of five lines, where each line has a certain number of syllables in the order […]
  • NP3 – Love: The Design - Poem #1.¬† I have never written a sonnet before (I only knew of the ones that used ‘thees’ and ‘thous’, but as I was discussing what love is I thought I would attempt this calmer form).¬† This is a Shakespearean/English sonnet, so it consists of three quatrains and a couplet with a rhyme scheme of […]
  • NP3 – Love: Bygone Love of Jackie Kennedy - Poem #2.¬† I remember being shocked when I first heard of JKF’s philandering. Somehow that had missed me in all the stories about his assassination. I wondered what that was like for his wife. Sometimes, our life with the one we love doesn’t turn out the way we expected (or maybe we choose to overlook […]
  • NP3 – Love: Full-Blown, Full-Grown - Poem #3. This poem, about mature love, is in the Villanelle poetry form.¬† Villanelles are highly¬†structured nineteen-line poems with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the […]
  • NP3 – Love: Let Sleeping Love Lie - Poem #4. This poem is in free verse. I was trying to focus on more description, emotion and stronger lines. I also was attempting to follow some of¬†T. S. Eliot’s¬†advice: ‚ÄúImmature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.‚ÄĚ […]

 

My Poetry

  • CW2 – Our Petition - Assignment: Write an acrostic poem based on a spiritual theme in Scripture. I chose¬† contentment, a theme I personally struggle with.   Grant your people the comfort of your touch If only that we may know you are there. Gather us under your mighty, encompassing wings That we may experience your peace. Reject our pleas […]
  • Silence - silence, an endangered species. terrible, frightening, pushed under. destroyed by layers of our efforts to hide from the inevitable.   filled with the noise of nothing, the¬†pulse of our lives. it awaits, the only true judge, ever listening, for honest answers.     never lied to, never cheated. always present, muffled in our attempts to […]
  • The Past -   A wrinkle in time brought us to be, Tho’ a breath of wind tears us under. When we were together, I couldn’t see That which threatened my love and me. Must the sun die for his moon To shine? Apart in the dark sky, Rise and forget all this too Or the love you […]
  • CW8 – I Won’t Forget - Assignment: Free write. Submit any piece of creative writing that you have written, either in the past or the present. This is a poem I wrote a year ago, for my father. I love you, Papa. Do you remember those baby toes, Pink and soft, that you tickled? The rosebud mouth that puckered on your […]
  • CW14 – Just a Lost Playmate - Assignment: This week our class created a word bank with a zoo in mind. Then we were supposed to write a creative piece using all those words, but without writing about a zoo. Word Bank: lion, emu, fence, messy, giraffe, zookeeper, mop, safari, tourists, laughter, food, cages, reptile house, menagerie, water, peanuts, fox. All the […]
  • NP – Project Analysis (Poetry Collection) - Assignment – Complete a Story Analysis form for your own project. At this point, this is a working document that will be changed as needed. Since I chose the poetry collection as my project, I will not be writing a normal story, unlike most of my classmates.¬†   Title:¬† And He Called Her Woman (working […]
  • NP1 – Faith: Help My Unbelief - This is Week 1 of actual writing for our projects.¬† The extent of my project, a poetry collection, is explained¬†here and the week by week outline of the sub-themes I will be covering in this project is here. This week’s topic is faith. Poem #1: I am starting out with a simple poem that has […]
  • NP1 – Faith: When I Forget to Pray - With the poetry of the rest of the week, I will try to expound on different parts of faith/my faith. Poem #2: This is a Didactic Poem.¬† Didactic poetry is supposed to instruct the audience on a topic. In this poem, I am experimenting with diction (a particular choice of language to, in my case, […]
  • NP1 – Faith: Owning Yours - Poem #3 of my faith collection. This poem is of the free verse genre. (I am deciding to call it free verse poetry rather than prose because I am using formal devices.) Free verse poetry does not have any certain rhyme or meter. (I thought that after two rhyming/metered poems that it might be a […]
  • NP1 – Faith: A Few Thoughts - Poem #4 of my faith collection. I was working with the Haiku genre¬†and so included three poems because they are so short. But they don’t really have anything to do with each other except that they are all about faith. (A Haiku is a three-line poem where the first and last lines have five syllables […]
  • NP1 – Faith: This is Elisabeth - Poem #5. The following narrative poem (telling a story) is about Elisabeth Elliot, a woman I have long admired for her great faith and who deeply influenced my own life. I have tried to capture several moments from the first part of her life in her tone. Once again, I am not using any particular […]
  • NP2 – Womanhood: What it is to Me - After my class yesterday, I am now starting my week of poems on the sub-theme of womanhood and calling as I see them and my journey to find them. Poem #1. This is a poem using closed couplets. Following the rules, each line rhymes with the next and all of them have the same meter.¬† […]
  • NP2 – Womanhood: Physical Change - Poem #2. This is a free verse poem discussing my initial reaction to the physical aspects of growing up.   The day that I became a¬†woman I was still a child ‚Äď stared at the baptismal blood and knew¬†that I was a child no longer. Wished for the days before my mother explained my body‚Äôs […]
  • NP2 – Womanhood: Grateful Pride - Poem #3. This is an Abecedarian poem, where each line begins with the next letter of the alphabet. I also increased the number of words with each line.¬† Literary devices: I experimented with chiasmus (a¬†type of rhetoric in which the second part is syntactically balanced against the first).¬†   All Because He Created a woman‚Ķ […]
  • NP2 – Womanhood: Worth - Poem #4. This is my first time experimenting with Cinquain poetry, which I chose because I could talk about our worth as women for a long time and I was trying to be succinct. Cinquain poetry consists of a poem of five lines, where each line has a certain number of syllables in the order […]

 

Short Stories

  • Prompt #1 – One Hour - [Prompt: Write a story that takes place over the course of one hour – express an entire plot and complete the story.¬† Written: June 25, 2016] ‚ÄúDue to fog, Flight 206 for Cairo will be leaving in approximately one hour if weather holds.‚ÄĚ The AP System crackled over the constant hum of airport noise.¬† Ms. […]
  • Prompt #3 – While I Wait - [Prompt #3: Write a story based on the lyrics of your favorite song.¬† I chose¬†Travelin’ Soldier¬†by the Dixie Chicks.¬† Though not my favorite song ever, I experienced such emotion when I first heard it, I knew I had to flesh it out. Written: July 3, 2016] ‚ÄúI won‚Äôt be afraid just so long as you […]
  • A Study In Correlation: From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D., Late of the Army Medical Department - This was a Sherlock Holmes short story I wrote for school when I was in 8th grade.¬† It was the first short story I had ever written and this has been quite a while ago.¬† But I still laugh over it and thought you all might enjoy it. Wow, this story needs so much help. […]
  • S5 – Night Lights - Assignment: ghost write – write the fifth chapter for another student in class. Step into his or her character, setting, conflict, etc, and create what you think would happen next. I have never ghost-written before, and this was actually a lot of fun! I chose to ghost write my writing partner’s fifth story in her […]
  • Over Dunkirk: A Book Title Short Story - This week’s prompt: Write a short story within the length of‚ÄĒ 2,000 words incorporating as many book titles as you can. No using the book title as a title and each title only counts once.   Disclaimer: I need to work on my short stories.¬† Definitely¬†not my area of expertise, though I would like to […]

 

Creative Writing

  • CW2 – Our Petition - Assignment: Write an acrostic poem based on a spiritual theme in Scripture. I chose¬† contentment, a theme I personally struggle with.   Grant your people the comfort of your touch If only that we may know you are there. Gather us under your mighty, encompassing wings That we may experience your peace. Reject our pleas […]
  • CW3 – What We Are - Writing Assignment: write several modernized metaphors inspired by Matthew 5:13-16.   You are the rain of the world. Just as every drop of rain nourishes the earth, every word you speak of your Father in Heaven brings life to those around you. Remember that without your witness they will dry up like the grass of […]
  • CW4 – Fables of Sin - This week‚Äôs assignment: Imitating Aesop‚Äôs Fables with a moral of Scripture. Ruling a Pride At one time, in the vast, dry plains, a king of the lions grew old.¬† He had ruled the pride for many bountiful years. United under his even-tempered and wise reign, the pride prospered.¬† But now, the time had come, as […]
  • CW5 – When Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear Raced - This week‚Äôs assignment: Reading and then writing our own Brer Rabbit story, with rising conflict in threes and colloquialism. Now it came about on one sunny day, that Brer Bear was downright mad at Brer Rabbit, ‚Äėcause of the time Brer Rabbit strung him up a tree.¬† And he had a mighty hankerin‚Äô to get […]
  • CW6 – Adventures with Tom Sawyer - This week‚Äôs assignment: Converting a well-known story to a rhyming, narrative poem. The poem must contain recognizable story elements, consistent rhyme and meter, and at least three literary devices.   When times seemed so simple, And all people were plain, There lived an impish boy: Tom Sawyer was his name.   He stayed with his […]
  • CW7 – Brothers At Heart - This week‚Äôs assignment: Rewriting a well-known Bible story, using modern-day characters, dialogue, setting, etc… I chose to rewrite the account of Jonathan and David. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The October breeze slapped at Colin Rhodes as he ran out from under the helicopter‚Äôs still spinning blades. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúWelcome to Camp David, sir.‚Ä̬† The steward motioned to a man […]
  • CW8 – I Won’t Forget - Assignment: Free write. Submit any piece of creative writing that you have written, either in the past or the present. This is a poem I wrote a year ago, for my father. I love you, Papa. Do you remember those baby toes, Pink and soft, that you tickled? The rosebud mouth that puckered on your […]
  • CW9 – Inside the Bus Window - Assignment: Write four descriptive paragraphs or short vignettes, each representing different experiences of four unique visitors to a specific setting. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†It was just another bus ride home.¬† Like so many others he had taken.¬† After another conversation with that doctor who still couldn‚Äôt fix his leg. He had told Lena […]
  • CW10 – A True Knight of the Air - Assignment: Write about a chance meeting with a famous person — past or present. Where would you meet? What would you say? ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† April 21, 1918.¬† That is what the museum plaque said, under his serious, aristocratic photo.¬† The quiet, compelling face of Der Rate Kampfflieger of Germany.¬† Killed April 21, […]
  • CW11 – When the Tracks Meet the Horizon - Assignment: Write a dialogue between the two characters in the picture above. Who are they? What are they talking about? Do your best to show who, what, where, when, why, and how in a short amount of time. The main context of discovery should be dialogue. Lucas must leave his foster home and return to […]
  • CW12 – A First Case and the KGB - Assignment: Write a mystery involving these characters: a butler, a gardener, a cook, and a detective. End your story with the detective making an arrest. Leave it for the reader to guess who is guilty of the crime and how they did it. A successful Scotland Yarder recounts his first case. A murder committed amidst […]
  • CW13 – To Gain Normal Sight - Assignment: Write a scene describing either a wedding or party without using the letter E. Emphasis on narration and description more than dialogue.¬† Try to capture a sense of richness and fullness in the scene. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Light sifts through tall windows, sparkling on dusty air.¬† It is a calm brook in my vision. ¬†I can […]
  • CW14 – Just a Lost Playmate - Assignment: This week our class created a word bank with a zoo in mind. Then we were supposed to write a creative piece using all those words, but without writing about a zoo. Word Bank: lion, emu, fence, messy, giraffe, zookeeper, mop, safari, tourists, laughter, food, cages, reptile house, menagerie, water, peanuts, fox. All the […]
  • CW15 – A Stranger’s Christmas Gift - Assignment: This week, in honor of Christmas fast approaching, we were to choose to either write a sentimental, inspirational Christmas story or a playful story about how a Christmas fable came to be.¬† Whichever we chose, the emphasis was supposed to be on emotion and symbolism. I have such a hard time writing sentimental, happy […]
  • CW17 – The Media that Made Me - Creative Writing Assignment: Choose either ten books or songs (or a combination of the two) to create a media autobiography of your life. They need to relate to some important aspect or memory in your life. Represent who you are, good, bad, spiritual, non-spiritual, past, present, future, etc. Include a variety of choices. Then, write […]

 

Sandbox

  • SA – Destination Unknown - Assignment – complete a story analysis of a well-known story.¬† So, right off, I hope I won’t be breaking all the rules by the book I chose.¬† Though this particular story is not necessarily¬†well-known, the author is, and of all her books, this was my favorite. Besides, this assignment was an excuse to read this […]
  • Pangram – Knowing My Grandfather - Assignment: Create a pan-gram¬†mini-story, where each sentence begins with consecutive letters of the alphabet. This is the first assignment for our new sandbox category, which will take the place of our journals.¬† I have underlined my beginning words, so you all can check me. All I want is for him to talk to me. But […]
  • S – Accidental Choice - Assignment: Write a scene of a person reading your completed novel project (poetry collection). Imagine your intended audience. How do they find your writing? What do they think and feel about it? Does it inspire them to action or new beliefs? As I have not written this collection yet, this is rather difficult, but I […]
  • S1 – Poetry on Jeopardy! - Assignment: Write a scene with one of your main characters on any reality TV¬†show. What show would he or she be on? What would your character do or say? Stay true to character, but have fun with it!¬† As I am writing a poetry collection and do not have a normal ‘main character’, I will […]
  • S2 – My Project in Quotes - Assignment: Choose ten quotes related to my theme. Attribute each quote to its author. At least one quote should be my own words, and one quote should be from Scripture. For my poetry collection, I have one main theme: becoming a woman. But I have ten sub-themes: faith, womanhood, love, family/friends, joy/happiness, waiting/patience, perfectionism, fear/anxiety, […]
  • S3 – Moonglade Cafe - Assignment:¬†Create a colorful vacation flyer or brochure for your setting. Make it as realistic as possible, including things like historical facts, tourism sites, local restaurants and hotels, etc. If you have more than one setting, you can pick one main place to feature or create a page or paragraph for each one. I had the […]
  • S4 – Mad Lib from a Non-Expert - Assignment: Create a mad lib from a paragraph from one of your stories (either semester). Remove ten key words; replace them with a blank and the part of speech in parentheses, like this: ____ (verb). You will need three things: a list of the grammar terms, the paragraph with the blanks, and a copy of […]
  • S5 – Night Lights - Assignment: ghost write – write the fifth chapter for another student in class. Step into his or her character, setting, conflict, etc, and create what you think would happen next. I have never ghost-written before, and this was actually a lot of fun! I chose to ghost write my writing partner’s fifth story in her […]
  • S6 – Broken Perspective (Sunsets) - Assignment: Rewrite any scene or poem in your collection from another character or person’s point of view. For my sub-theme #4, I wrote about family (and friends). I have learned from talking with other young people that a betrayed relationship with one family member, especially the father, can result in anger and hurt against the […]
  • S7 – Advice from a Literary Psychiatrist - Assignment: Imagine your main character has been invited to give a speech. To whom would they be speaking? What would the topic be? Why? Since I don‚Äôt have characters, I imagined what it would be like to be a literary psychiatrist prescribing poetry as the cure for a writer‚Äôs ills.   Good afternoon, Amateur Writer. […]
  • S8 – Fame and Fortune: Just in Case - Assignment:¬†Answer some basic questions about your project, just in case the up-tops decide to make you famous. I have taken a little liberty with these questions, since they apply more to the novella writers.   What song would encompass your project? I would love to incorporate a bit of the song that covers the main […]
  • S9 – The Last Word - Assignment: For our sandbox assignment this week, we were supposed to write down both the opening and closing line to ten novels of our choice.¬† I tried to close my eyes and pick books off my shelves randomly, but there were some that had such amazing first and last lines that I couldn’t help but […]
  • S11 – And This Award Goes to… - Assignment: this week we were given the daunting task of giving out awards to our classmates. I was really excited about giving awards, but this is so hard because everyone has amazing things about their projects and it was really difficult to choose! But…I am so pleased to honor my classmates this week. I tried […]

 

Journals

  • J2 – Our Source of Joy - Journal assignment: write a reflection on a favorite verse from Psalm 119. ‚ÄúI will run the course of Your commandments, for you shall enlarge my heart.‚ÄĚ (Psalm 119:32) In this verse, the Psalmist shows both one of the most awesome facets of obedience and magnifies a stumbling stone for many, if not most, Christians. ¬†His […]
  • J3 – Flavor and Worth - ‚ÄúYou are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.‚ÄĚ (Mathew 5:13) A good friend of mine is out of high school and trying to decide what to do with […]
  • J4 – I’m Not Alone - Journal assignment: tell about the most important life lesson you have learned in an unusual or unexpected way. I remember when I first saw her at a homeschool girls club. I was five and so was she.¬† She was bold.¬† I was shy.¬† She was blonde and I was brunette. But we both loved horses […]
  • J5 – Wrong Pair of Pants -   Journal assignment: tell about a difficult situation that you couldn‚Äôt get out of. All I did was grab the wrong pair of pants.¬† Ever thought you were in control of your world?¬† Well, I did.¬† Think back to when you were five or so.¬† Imagine a crowd of people milling among booths, laughing, talking […]
  • J6 – Equal Rights for Poetry - Journal assignment: Do you like poetry? Why or why not? Pick a favorite poem and explain why you enjoy it. If you said to me ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt like poetry‚ÄĚ, I would take your name from the list of ‚ÄėPeople I Respect‚Äô and put it on the list of ‚ÄėPeople Who Deserve My Pity‚Äô feel so […]
  • J7 – Waiting Silently - Journal assignment: Do you have a favorite Bible story? Or favorite Scripture that had been meaningful to you recently? Share. Have you ever made a New Year‚Äôs Resolution?¬† I don‚Äôt usually, half because I am stubborn about making my resolutions at the same time as everyone else and half because I am just lazy and […]
  • J8 – When You Hate to Write - Journal assignment: Mid-semester is here, and it is time to reflect on the past eight weeks.¬† Which journal entry and Creative Writing assignment was your favorite? Do you have a least favorite?¬† Do you admire anyone else’s work? I think all writers, at some point in their art, need to realize that sometimes they hate […]
  • J9 – A Little Life, A Precious Chance - Journal assignment: Rewrite an event from your life from a different point of view. The event can be positive or negative, life-changing or mundane. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I spin, round and round.¬† Green and blue, green and blue, grass and sky. The air rushes past, blowing my hair across my face, catching in my mouth.¬† I hold […]
  • J10 – Fame: God’s Work Past and Present - Journal assignment: Have you ever met someone famous? Tell the story. Or what famous person would you like to meet and why? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I do not occupy the same social circles as many famous people.¬† I say ‚Äėmany‚Äô because you never know if someone you know now might become famous later. And honestly, that doesn‚Äôt […]
  • J11 – Two Lessons Learned - Journal assignment: Describe a difficult conversation with someone. What made it so difficult? What would have made it better? What is the secret to good communication or great conversation? Admitting we have messed up, failed, or sinned is terribly difficult. ¬†I found this out the hard way. Have you ever done something you regretted the […]
  • J12 – Private: Christie’s Mystery - Journal assignment: Has there ever been a mystery in your life that you couldn’t solve that remains a mystery? Or is a there a mystery of the universe, world history, current events, or a conspiracy theory that you would particularly love to know the answer to? Or do you have an interesting “mystery/mystery solved” story […]
  • J13 – Weddings: My Attempt to Cope - Journal assignment: Have you ever been in a wedding? What do you like about weddings? Tell about a special memory if you have one. Or what would you like for your wedding to be like some day? Weddings.¬† Those complicated, complex ceremonies where two people pledge themselves before God and a bunch of people to […]
  • J14 – Five Writing Tips - ¬†Journal assignment: What writing skills could you pass on to others? Write a list of three-to-five of your best writing tips. Include examples where you can. This assignment made me laugh.¬† Simply because I have so little experience in the writing world and what do I have to give to other writers?¬† But then I […]
  • J15 – A Few Thoughts on Christmas - ¬†Journal assignment: Describe your favorite Christmas memory. What do you like about the holiday? Does your family have any special traditions? Anything you don‚Äôt like? My family has always maintained a simple Christmas.¬† We put lights in the windows and a few candles and wreaths on the doors. Some years we decorate more than others.¬† […]
  • J17 – Journaling: How We Carry Our Loads - Journal assignment: ¬†In your opinion, what is the value of regular journaling, if any? What is your favorite way to journal? How often? Do you think you will maintain your writing blog when class is over? Why journal?¬† Why take the time to write down what you already experienced? Isabel Allende (writer, author) said it […]

 

Writing Scraps

  • Prompt #2 – Monday’s Child - [Prompt: Use the first line of a nursery rhyme as the first sentence of a dark narrative.¬† Based on the Mother Goose¬†rhyme.¬† Written: June 12, 2016]   Monday‚Äôs child is fair of face. He finished his task and smoothed a few strands of the girl‚Äôs hair into place.¬† Stepping back, he pursed his lips and […]
  • Prompt #1 – One Hour - [Prompt: Write a story that takes place over the course of one hour – express an entire plot and complete the story.¬† Written: June 25, 2016] ‚ÄúDue to fog, Flight 206 for Cairo will be leaving in approximately one hour if weather holds.‚ÄĚ The AP System crackled over the constant hum of airport noise.¬† Ms. […]
  • Prompt #4 – Twists - [Prompt #4: Open your story with “I need a place to stay.¬† Mine blew up.” Written: July 10, 2016] ‚ÄúI need a place to stay.¬† Mine blew up.‚Ä̬† Casey spun around, looking through the kitchen doorway into the living room at a man who hadn‚Äôt been there five minutes before and whom she‚Äôd never seen. […]
  • Prompt #5 – Holmes’ Fanfiction - [Prompt #5: Write about a minor character from a favorite book.¬† I picked Wiggins from the “Baker Street division of the detective police force” – Sherlock Holmes¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Written: July 11, 2016] A hansom rattled down the street through the London rain, smog nearly obscuring the houses on either […]
  • Prompt #6 – Waking Nightmare - [Prompt #6: Take a scene from one of your current stories and really work on writing it out. It can be a scene that hasn’t happened yet, but preferably a scene that you “cut” because it added too much irrelevancy to the story. It can even just be an idea for a scene that you […]
  • Prompt #7 – The Queen - [Prompt #7: The following quote is from a classic.¬† You don’t have to use the actual quote in your story, just the idea behind it.¬†¬† ¬† “I’m curious.¬† What is the significance of the chess piece?” “It’s just something we’ve done since childhood.¬† Whenever one of us has a victory, king of the moment.” “King […]
  • CW9 – Inside the Bus Window - Assignment: Write four descriptive paragraphs or short vignettes, each representing different experiences of four unique visitors to a specific setting. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†It was just another bus ride home.¬† Like so many others he had taken.¬† After another conversation with that doctor who still couldn‚Äôt fix his leg. He had told Lena […]
  • A Scene From Requiem Lacrimosa - Weekly prompt: Turn on the radio and write a scene inspired by the song that is playing.   I tried this with a classical music radio that is on Spotify. I didn’t have much time, so the scene is extremely short and simple. ūüė¶¬† This is also just what came to my mind.¬† I tried […]
  • Sharing Some Thoughts on What ONLY Writers Can Do - This calls for collaboration!!! I loved this post by an author I follow and just wanted to share. I know I have a lot of writers following this blog and so I hope you enjoy and can relate!! 7 Things Writers Can Do No One Else Can (or Wants to).   Leave a comment about […]

 

Inspiration

  • Would to God your horizon¬†may broaden every day… - Would to God your horizon¬†may broaden every day! The people who bind themselves to systems are those who are unable to encompass the whole truth and try to catch it by the tail; a system is like the tail of truth, but truth is like a lizard; it leaves its tail in your fingers and […]
  • This Precious Thing Called Love - Shelter from the fear of loss of this precious thing called love…waiting on my God, silently…trusting that He knows what is best.¬† -Elizabeth Elliot My code for this year (2017) is¬†Psalms 56¬†and¬†62, as I learn to trust, not to fear, and wait silently on my God. We all need this shelter. And I have spent […]
  • One of My Favorite E.H. Poems - If you haven’t read any of e. h. (Eric Hanson’s)’s poetry, then you haven’t experienced contemporary poetry!¬† If you think you hate poetry, then you haven’t read any of his work.¬† Down to earth and they hit so close to home. Enjoy.   You are not your age, Nor the size of clothes you wear, […]
  • Should we be satisfied with who we are? - I am not who I ought to be. I am not who I wish to be. I am not who I hope to be. But I am not who I used to be and by the grace of God I am who and what I am.¬† ¬† -John Newton (paraphrased) How many of you wish […]
  • S7 – Advice from a Literary Psychiatrist - Assignment: Imagine your main character has been invited to give a speech. To whom would they be speaking? What would the topic be? Why? Since I don‚Äôt have characters, I imagined what it would be like to be a literary psychiatrist prescribing poetry as the cure for a writer‚Äôs ills.   Good afternoon, Amateur Writer. […]
  • A Mother’s Promises - Yesterday, I was frantically running around and so was unable to write a Mother’s Day post. And this¬†morning, I found a post from a certain inspirational blogger in my inbox. Of all the Mother’s Day celebration pieces that I read in the days leading up to this holiday, I think this particular post was the […]
  • Finding a Quiet Place: A Memorial Day Thought - On the first weekend of this month of May, my father, younger brother and I went on a trip to DC. We relaxed, enjoyed being together and visited several important places there, including the Holocaust Museum, which was so heartbreaking. But the place that I have been looking forward to visiting for so many years […]
  • Bloggers Honoring Bloggers: Liebster Award - I came home from Richmond on Saturday/Sunday (My high-school graduation was amazing and I hope to share some pictures this week!) to find that I had been nominated for the¬†The Liebster Award! Okay, I know that some people say that awards like these are just online versions of chain letters…but I am accepting this award […]
  • Music: My Present Inspiration - Writing prompt for this week:   List ten songs you are loving right now and why.   My music interests veer often and it really depends on my mood that week and what new songs I come across. (And so I am rarely listening to the popular songs at the same time as everyone else […]
  • Why a Battle Buddy Is So Much More Than a Casual Friend - During a difficult phase of my life, I went for a walk with a close friend who had experienced something very similar.¬† She was mostly on the other side of it and I was eager to talk with someone who really got what I was feeling. But I was also bracing myself for the usual […]
  • Interviewing Our Favorite Authors: The Story Blender - Hello everyone! We are closing in on December and all the cozy, happy feelings that entails. In celebration, I wanted to share a very special something with all you readers, writers and film-buffs out there. First off,¬†Steven James¬†is my favorite author in the thriller genre. He has written over sixteen books (scattered between three series) […]
  • The Gift of Going Second -   In the last week of December, I finished Anne Jackson’s collection of essays titled¬†Permission to Speak Freely.¬†(There are so many books I want to share with you all!) I was unaware of the huge movement that Jackson (now Anne Marie Miller) had begun by asking a simple question on her blog:     What […]
  • Sharing Some Thoughts on What ONLY Writers Can Do - This calls for collaboration!!! I loved this post by an author I follow and just wanted to share. I know I have a lot of writers following this blog and so I hope you enjoy and can relate!! 7 Things Writers Can Do No One Else Can (or Wants to).   Leave a comment about […]
  • When We Have No Words… - Prayer is our go-to when we are confused.¬† Scared. Grieving. Happy or grateful.¬† Talking with God is a blessing we should never take for granted. But what do we do when we have no words? When the sorrow is too deep or the confusion is too thick and heavy about us. “Please. Please, God, please, […]
  • Gutless Bloggers: Thoughts? - It has been over a week since I last wrote here.¬† Not because I don’t have ideas. But because I’m fighting the usual scenario: do I write about this thing that I think is important but might offend people (or maybe worse! BORE people) or do I go read this really AMAZING book that I […]

 

Reblogged Posts

  • Reblogged (CW8 – You) - Originally posted on victoria emma:
    Assignment:¬†Free write. This week you may submit any piece of creative writing you wish. A back story on this piece: I got inspired by a cafe picture I saw on Tumblr. I love to people-watch, so I decided to write about two strangers who take notice of each other in…
  • Reblogged (Maybe… – J15) - Originally posted on Black Coats and Blank Paper:
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone this beautiful December. I hope you enjoy my Christmasy musings, and all have a fantastic winter break. You all are the best. ‚̧ ? One time a friend and I were asking each other questions. One of them was “Tell…
  • Reblogged (CW 15 – A Letter to the Elf Community) - Originally posted on Working Title:
    All elves grow up hoping to build toys for Santa Claus in his luxurious workshop, or at least help tend to the reindeer and legendary sleigh. But what happens to all the elves whose help is needed‚Ķelsewhere? This shocking confession of a ‚ÄúDeliverer‚ÄĚ for Santa, as published by the local…
  • Reblogged (Open Wounds – Pangram) - Originally posted on Black Coats and Blank Paper:
    As you might know, writing poems really isn‚Äôt my thing, but I couldn‚Äôt resist with this assignment. This week we had to write a ‚Äėpangram,‚Äô in essence, a story or poem in which each consecutive sentence or line begins with each consecutive letter of the alphabet. I…
  • Reblogged (Pangram: Sun and Moon) - Originally posted on Journey's End:
    This week, we had to write a “pangram” story for class. Basically, a story or poem in which each sentence or line begins with a consecutive letter of the alphabet. I chose to write a poem. I hope it makes at least a little sense. xD Enjoy! Sun and…

 

Other

  • Out-of-date: Is that okay?!? - I was so excited to try the reading site Goodreads. I mean, seriously, what reader or writer would not enjoy a site that keeps up with what books you like and have read so that it can personalize a list of books you should read?¬† I had so much fun rating books that I have […]
  • Vote for your favorite artist! - Music is such an important aspect of our lives. Let me know about your preferences below! Enjoy and thanks!
  • Attention Fellow Bloggers! Are You a Music Fan? - I love listening to music while I read, while I clean, while I do homework.¬† And especially while I write.¬† And when I get stuck in a project, I go to my music. (And sometimes I do a whole lot of research.¬† Just for no reason.) I am strongly affected by music. And there are […]
  • If you have a serious OCD, do NOT open this post. Perfectionists welcome. - I do not have an OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), but I am a perfectionist with many things. And for those out there who are both perfectionists and writers, I feel your pain.¬† It is so difficult getting advice like: just write, you have to fail to succeed, everyone makes mistakes, it won’t be perfect, better to […]
  • 2018 – Cheese and Poets - “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” ¬†– G.K. Chesterton – One of my friends sent me this quote a few years ago.¬† It inspired me and maybe it will inspire you. ūüėõ¬† First off, this quote is hilarious, so I just had¬†to use it as the launching pad for my New […]
  • The New Whisper of Fear - “Fear is a reaction.¬† Courage is a decision.” Winston S. Churchill It is the second week of the New Year and for most of us, the fear has begun to set in.¬† For the first week, we had great hopes and expectations. We had lists of the amazing things we were going to accomplish and […]
  • Myself in Random Numbers - This coming week is winter break for my creative writing class and as I am away with some of my family this the weekend, so I thought I would take a short break from posting my poetry and do something random and fun. I will post the rest of this week’s poetry (2 more poems) […]
  • S3 – Moonglade Cafe - Assignment:¬†Create a colorful vacation flyer or brochure for your setting. Make it as realistic as possible, including things like historical facts, tourism sites, local restaurants and hotels, etc. If you have more than one setting, you can pick one main place to feature or create a page or paragraph for each one. I had the […]
  • From Essays to Poetry: What I Have Learned in Three Weeks - I am a deadline writer. If there is no deadline, I often won’t write. Honestly? I don’t write. And though there is nothing like incentive, it has always been a struggle for me. What would I do if I didn’t have a deadline? Essays have always been my forte¬ī.¬† I wrote more essays over the […]
  • Missed Me? - We are definitely not out of the snow season yet.¬† Waved at the first day of spring as I flew past it, buried in school, and I guess we should have shown more respect. (Respect me now?) My mother woke me up around 7:00 this morning so excited about the gorgeous snow and wanting to […]
  • the TRUTH about FEAR: what i have learned - I am preparing to spend a week digging into the topic of fear and anxiety for my poetry project. As this project is about my experiences as a teen becoming a woman, this topic is necessary. Still, it is not easy.¬† I don’t like thinking about fear or anxiety. But, since I am doing this, […]
  • A Mother’s Promises - Yesterday, I was frantically running around and so was unable to write a Mother’s Day post. And this¬†morning, I found a post from a certain inspirational blogger in my inbox. Of all the Mother’s Day celebration pieces that I read in the days leading up to this holiday, I think this particular post was the […]
  • Graduation: The End? - This past Friday evening I celebrated graduating from high-school. The official graduation will be on June 9, when I will participate in a graduation ceremony for homeschoolers in Richmond, Virginia. But this was an opportunity to celebrate with my local community. It took this whole week for the fact that I was really graduating to […]
  • Finding a Quiet Place: A Memorial Day Thought - On the first weekend of this month of May, my father, younger brother and I went on a trip to DC. We relaxed, enjoyed being together and visited several important places there, including the Holocaust Museum, which was so heartbreaking. But the place that I have been looking forward to visiting for so many years […]
  • Bloggers Honoring Bloggers: Liebster Award - I came home from Richmond on Saturday/Sunday (My high-school graduation was amazing and I hope to share some pictures this week!) to find that I had been nominated for the¬†The Liebster Award! Okay, I know that some people say that awards like these are just online versions of chain letters…but I am accepting this award […]

 

 

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