So, let’s summarize this week, yes?
The results are in!
It is evenly divided.
My car is both boy and girl… oh and one person voted “Chuck Norris”
Maybe I’ll just call her Mrs. Nesbit,
because nothing is funnier than Buzz Lightyear dressed in drag…
I finished up my Poetry Writing class.
Thursday we turned in our portfolios and handed out chapbooks.
We also gorged ourselves on food and watched a little bit of “Howl” (wouldn’t suggest watching that one with the kiddos, just sayin’)
In the current of new things that seems to be running through my life right now,
I also got glasses, of all things!
Turns out whenever I’ve looked out the kitchen window to look at my roses, the reason why they’re blurry is not because I am looking through a window and screen.
They were blurry because my eyes weren’t focusing on them right.
So now I can see the petals on my roses from my kitchen window.
Order has been restored.
It’s Free Comic Book Day!
Everywhere there are shops with free comic books! I might try and stop by the closest one to my house to see what they still have.
They also have a video of Hugh Jackman on their front page. So they get a positive vote in my book…
And there we go, a week summarized.
I’m sure I’m leaving things out. But everybody has to keep some secrets, yes?
So, I am now the proud owner of a BMW.
It’s my first car, ever. Sometimes I look out the window and I stare at it thinking, “that’s my car! I have a car!”
It’s an older BMW (’93) and it needs a little TLC to get it looking nice, but I am really loving it so far. I admit, I’ve only had it a day now, but I think that we have made a connection.
We complete each other.
But now I have a query, you see, I always refer to cars as “she’s.” So I just assumed that my car is a girl car. However, Lillian seems to think that my car is in fact male. We have argued about this (because we are sisters and we our greatest joy in life comes from arguing with each other) today and while I still think my car is a girl, Lillie insists it’s a boy.
I asked her if she checked under the back of the car to be sure, but she just sorta gave me a look. Can’t imagine why…
The gender of my car also brings up proper car names. Lillian has suggested, Victor, Reaper, and Darth the InVader (I have to admit, that last one had my chuckling). I, however, was thinking something more like Myrtle, or Vinny.
Obviously, this is my car and I get to decide. But I like getting other opinions… as long as they agree with my own…
Just kidding. Mostly.
Either way, I get to make a poll now!
I love polls.
So, bearing that all in mind folks, I bring the argument to you. Is my car a girl, or a boy? I feel like this should be settled straight away, especially since I know I am right in this case… not that I’m trying to sway your opinion or anything…
Of course, you don’t have to weigh in on the issue. It is really, really silly actually… But I like silly so we’re going with it. Also, I just want to show you a picture of my car.
Isn’t she pretty?
So, here we go, a poll for you guys. And because I love you, I give you options!
Because we all know the truth here… *looks at Lillian*
I’m writing again! I missed this Sunday ritual so much, but I never could get myself to sit down and actually do it.
A mental busy.
Too much for the brain this week. To much heartache. I’m not sure how many times I’ve cried or teared up this week.
Yesterday, my best friend was reciting a sad scene to me from Anne of Green Gables because it was making me tear up.
But it was a good thing. Because it wasn’t sad, miserable tears. It was happy tears. The sort of happy tears you can only share with a friend, even when that friend is being silly and making you cry, on purpose. I love her anyway…. I guess…. haha.
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the games we played as kids. Cowboys and Indians. I remember how the only thing that we ever really had to worry or dread was when my mom was going to pick me up. We never wanted to stop. We ran around like hooligans.
I want that for my kids. Someday, if I have kids I guess I should say. I want them to be able to play in the backyard all day and have the only thing they have to worry about is when I’m going to call them back in.
I hope I can give that too them.
Okay! Here’s a Stream of Consciousness post! Seems like forever… in fact, I think it has been forever!
Another good thing that I forgot to mention is a childhood friend of mine proposed to his girlfriend this weekend… really has me thinking about when we were kids. Good memories.
So, as I mentioned Monday I am trying this thing called NaPoWriMo. And so far so good.
I realize it’s just the 3rd day, but I’m feeling really optimistic about my performance so far.
I’m also so excited about having the perfect excuse to talk about poetry and writing poetry and…
Who am I? I don’t remember getting so excited about writing before. Especially poems.
I think I like this new aspect about me.
But we’ll see.
The best way I’m finding to keep myself thinking and writing is using various kinds of prompts.
I can understand where some people might find prompts restrictive or narrow, but if you’re as random as I can be, prompts are the perfect spring-board into ideas you hadn’t thought about before. If you tell me “write whatever you want” then I get sort of lost in the possibilities and I find myself falling back on the same old same.
Give me a prompt and I can rule the world.
Even if I don’t stick to the prompt it always helps me stretch my thinking a little.
The NaPoWriMo site has a prompt everyday. Today was a pretty good example of where I used the prompt to inspire, but not exactly the way it was provided. Actually, I used two prompts today… no worries, I’ll explain.
NaPoWriMo suggested we try a sea shanty today, I had never considered that so I went to the wiki page and read all about sea shanties. I have to admit, I’ve never felt that inspired by the sea. But read about the form that sea shanties took I saw that they often included refrains.
I am all about refrains.
In taking a couple creative writing courses and exploring the way I write, I’ve discovered that I like repetition. I tend to repeat phrases and words. In fact, I’ve noticed that my little sister also uses repetition in her writing, maybe it’s genetic? Poetic forms that have repetition and refrains, like a pantoum or a villanelle, really make sense to my brain.
So I decided to use something with refrains today, I went with a pantoum. Because I could!
But I didn’t want to write about the sea and I’m not focused enough to pick a topic on my own today.
I was surfing about, reading other people’s work when I came across this thing called Trifecta.
It’s a writing challenge, it has a weekday challenge and a weekend challenge. You can read more about it here.
This week’s word is “Rain” and in keeping with the theme of three, the third definition (as provided by Urban Dictionary) is what you’re supposed to write from; “to take money in bill form and throw it up in the air.” (there is more to the definition, but I’ll let you read that yourself. This is the Urban Dictionary we’re talking about…)
I took aspects of my two prompts and squashed them together to get “He Liked To See It Fall.”
Yesterday I used the prompt about lies to write about my mild curiosity about some game called Candy Crush…
Yesterday I also participated in a challenge from a fun little joint called the Speakeasy.
The Speakeasy is the poetry and fiction side of thing over at Yeah Write. The Speakeasy is a weekly challenge which gives you a first line that you have to use (which is provided by the previous week’s winner) and a picture that you have to reference somewhere in your work (but your work doesn’t have to be about that picture).
It’s lots of fun and there is a small group of really good writers that post to it every week. I normally write poetry for my Speakeasy entries, but yesterday I found myself doing some flash fiction.
As far as my creativity is concerned, prompts are where it’s at. And I like it when they are in a challenge format, it really helps me stretch my brain just a bit more.
If you’ve tried NaPoWriMo out, or plan on jumping in, I’d encourage you to at least keep an eye on the NaPoWriMo daily post for ideas (you can follow them on Twitter or Facebook to make it easier, if you use those sites). Even if you don’t use them, they can be great spring boards for other thoughts.
Another great thing about joining writing challenges is that often times you can get some pretty good feedback on your work. Which is something I’m always looking for. I like it when people let me know what’s working for them and what’s not when it comes to my writing.
So here’s to the Journey… I wonder what the destination is going to be?
- Allison (AKA AlleyBeth) is a gal from Tulsa, Oklahoma who is trying to navigate life while working on her college education. She loves knitting, writing, music, reading, literature, singing, pinterest, coffee, and crayons. She posts about whatever is going on in her life. Welcome to the (mis)adventure.
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