A collaboration with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess – In search of Happiness.

Beckie and I are going to work collaboratively on writing a poem. I said I would start the ball rolling with two lines, then pass it on to her and we’ll bat it back and forth until we feel it is finished.

So here is the beginning:

What is this thing called Happiness?

I search and search, but I confess…..

Ok, Beckie, my friend, over to you. 🙂

Beckie has added:

That some days of searching high and low,

it feels as if,  happiness is suppressed

My addition:

No matter where I am, how far I go.

Feeling Lonely, lost and dispossessed. 

Beckie’s addition:

My heart, mind, body, and soul often thinks, is this a test?

I know happiness is out there, I have to believe.

My next lines:

but while I endlessly search without sleep or rest, 

this cruel world is ever ready to deceive. 

 

Beckie’s next lines:

Though challenges are around every corner,

the search for the secret to happiness must be achieved.

My next bit:

 

Or is life just a meaningless empty space?

God’s creative vision totally misconceived?

From Beckie:

This questioning in my mind is a disgrace,

God would never allow me to continue being this peeved.

 

And from me:

 

Yet when the darkness holds me in its embrace,

I cannot but feel bitterly aggrieved. 

 

 

 

A Collaboration with Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” In Search of Happiness

 

 

 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

I am thrilled, Chuffed to bits and generally over the mood to have received a nomination for the Sunshine Bloggers Award from none other than Stuart L Tutt of the Blog Something to Stu over. Click on the link below to view his post and while your there, check out his blog and say Hi from me.

https://stubaby777.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/the-sunshine-blogger-award-2019-5th-nomination/comment-page-1/#comment-11801

RULES:

1. Use the sunshine blogger award logo

2. Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you

3. Answer the 11 questions given to you

4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions

 

The Questions:

1. What, in your opinion, is the most majestic of all God’s creation?

The World itself.

2. Are you a read the book type of person or a wait for the movie type?

Depends. I tend to enjoy both mediums separately. I have never felt the need to read the book if I enjoyed the film or vice versa.

3. What topic do you feel is the least discussed but the one most needed one to be discussed?

How are children being taught about respect? Respecting themselves and each other. Respect is so important. 

4. Do you prefer hanging out with a group of friends around a fire or chilling alone by a lake?

I am not great with crowds but I am not great on my own. I’d probably like to be with a select small group of very close friends. Or alone but with a special someone by a lake. 

5. What inspires you to keep blogging?

Habit and the need to empty my brain of the words that are buzzing around inside it. 

6. Do you believe the world is going to hell in a handbasket? Why?

It is a complicated picture, many things in the world are actually improving, the media, of course, shine a light on all the bad stuff. There is plenty of bad stuff going on too. 

7. If you are a Christian, would you be willing to write your testimony as a blog post?

I don’t understand this question. Maybe I’m not Christian enough to understand. I believe in God but don’t believe that much of the prescribed religious practices are necessary at all. 

8. If you have written your testimony would you be so kind as to send the link?

9. What is the current colour of your kitchen?

Pale cream coloured walls, pale green tiles and a mock green granite worktop. 

10. What is your dream car?

One that won’t break down and will get me from A to B in comfort and without fuss. 

11. Where did the phrase “by the skin of my teeth” originate?

The King James Version Bible. It is an excellent phrase that also displays good British wit, the skin of the teeth, i.e by the smallest of margins because, of course, there is no skin on teeth. 

 

My Nominees:

#MM — Tale Weaver — Visiting — Long Black Veil

Writing Prompt #28 – Freedom

A Collaboration with Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” In Search Of Happiness

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/a-proper-homemaker/

https://wideeyedwanderingspoonie.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/colors-of-life-one-liner-wednesday/

https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/falling-in-love/

Laugh for the Day-Money Can’t Buy Happiness but it Can Buy You Rum

https://apausefornature.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/to-live/

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/forget-me-not/

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/wordless-wednesday-31-blackwater-falls/

I Just Wanted To Say

The Questions to my nominees:

  1. What is your theory on the point of existence?
  2. Do you have a favourite film? What is it?
  3. If you could travel to any place, where would you go?
  4. If you could do any job what would it be?
  5. What character trait do you find unattractive?
  6. When reading fiction, do you prefer reality or fantasy?
  7. What would you like to see on tomorrow mornings newspaper headlines?
  8. What advice would you like to give to your ten-year-old self?
  9. What song always makes you smile?
  10. What television programme would you love to see back on the airwaves?
  11. Have you ever played a practical joke on someone?

 

So there we go. Have fun and pleasant dreams.

 

50 Word Thursday Challenge #29

Good morning and welcome,  it’s time once again for the 50 word Thursday Challenge.

I know you have been looking forward to this all week. I hope you enjoy this challenge.

I am hosting the challenge again this week, Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith hosted it last week. If you’d like to read some of the excellent short stories from last week’s challenge please click on the link below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/recap-50-word-thursday-28/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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and here are the words:

“Ellen tended to be insecure and worried. And it seemed as if in recent years she had mostly worried about losing her looks.” – Michael Crichton – Jurassic Park.

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

50 Word Thursday #27 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/50-word-thursday-27/

The rules were to write a story or poem based on the picture and containing certain words. It had to be in multiples of 50 words up to a maximum of 250 words.

Here is the Jolly picture:

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And the words:

“He hoped that by remaining where he was, he might do some good, even there.” – Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s challenge, here are all the entries for this week.

“A Certain Somewhere” (Short Prose) 50-Word Thursday #27

50 Word Thursday — The Jogger

50 Word Thursday #27 — Do no harm?

50 Words Thursday #27

50 Word Thursday #27: Friendship

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/50-word-thursday-the-garden-of-solace/

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/50-word-thursday-27/

Neither here nor there

 

A great selection of stories this week, I hope you agree.

So, over to Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, for this week’s 50 word Thursday challenge.

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/jolly/

A Truly Terrible Rhyme ;-)

bullion gold gold bars golden

 

Chelsea Owens has set me a challenge, to write a truly terrible poem, with the subject, unusual ways of making money. Check out her challenge by clicking on the link below:

The Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest

Now, if you are thinking, ‘well all your poems are awful’, then maybe you’re thinking I can’t do any worse? Well, think again, because here is something really bad!.

A truly terrible rhyme,

 

I’m told I often come across orgulous

Like a diamond-encrusted nautilus,

But I can’t bring myself to mix

With the great unwashed in the stix

So, in order to make some money

I do something jolly and funny.

I volunteer to look after cats,

And then keep tabs of everyone’s stats,

What type of shops they like to use,

All their secrets and their news,

Then sell the data for the highest price,

It all makes me feel rather nice.

Then I stride on down the street

In my golden tracksuit, rather neat.

By this simple data extraction

I live a life so full of action,

with a simple process activation

I’ve risen way above my station.

 

SEE I TOLD YOU! 🙂 

I’ve also included the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/jolly/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/rdp-wednesday-orgulous/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/your-daily-word-prompt-activation-july-10-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Stats

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Rather Silly Rhymes – A Limerick

woman soaked in water with bubbles
Photo by Craig Adderley on Pexels.com

 

Said the Kingpin to Miss Golightly

“you look dirty and rather unsightly

And It’s rather a strain

Seeing you again and again,

Why don’t you attempt bathing nightly?”

 

This Limerick was written in response to the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/nightly/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/rdp-tuesday-strain/

FOWC with Fandango — Kingpin

 

50 Word Thursday #27

Good morning and welcome,  it’s time once again for the 50 word Thursday Challenge.

I know you have been looking forward to this all week. I hope you enjoy this challenge.

I am hosting the challenge again this week, Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith hosted it last week. If you’d like to read some of the excellent short stories from last week’s challenge please click on the link below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/recap-50-word-thursday-26/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is this weeks picture:

 

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And the words:

“He hoped that by remaining where he was, he might do some good, even there.” – Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I am hoping for a volley of entries, which I will put together in one results post, next Wednesday.

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/volley-2/

50 Word Thursday #25 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/50-word-thursday-23/comment-page-1/#comment-12323

The rules were to write a story or poem based on the picture and containing certain words. It had to be in multiples of 50 words up to a maximum of 250 words.

Here is the picture:

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And the Words:  “We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows.” –  E.M Forster, A Room with a View. 

Now here are all the entries to this week’s challenge.  I wouldn’t hesitate to say they have all been executed with flair and panache.

Please let me know if I have not included your story, sometimes pingbacks do not work. Just link to your story in the comments below:

 

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/ask-permission-first/

50 Word Thursday — Hungry for Beans

https://eastelmhurstagogo.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/tampering-with-the-unknown/

THE MUSEUM

50 Word Thursday — The Totem

50 Words Thursday #25

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/50-word-thursday-the-importance-of-rules/

 

Take some time to read them and let the authors know what you think.

Now it’s over to Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, to host this week’s 50 Word Thursday Challenge.

 

FOWC with Fandango — Hesitate

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/rdp-wednesday-flair/

50 Word Thursday #25

Good morning and welcome,  it’s time once again for the 50 word Thursday Challenge.

Let this challenge nourish your creativity and inspire you to write something different. Push the boundaries and surprise yourself.

I am hosting the challenge again this week, Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith hosted it last week. If you’d like to read some of the excellent short stories from last week’s challenge please click on the link below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/recap-50-word-thursday-24/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is this weeks picture:

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And the Words:  “We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows.” –  E.M Forster, A Room with a View. 

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will post all the entries next Wednesday.

PS I know what you’re thinking about that picture, “They could be Siblings” Am I right?

Happy Thursday Everyone.

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/rdp-wednesday-sibling/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/nourish/

 

50 Word Thursday #23 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/50-word-thursday-23/comment-page-1/#comment-12323

The rules were to write a story or poem based on the picture and containing certain words. It had to be in multiples of 50 words up to a maximum of 250 words.

Here is the picture:

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And the Words:  “she added, hopefully, “how many things with angels on them are there here?” – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

So, now it’s time to reflect on the results. I have to say that again we have a truly eclectic mix of stories. Here are all the entries:

THE CRYPT

http://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2019/06/06/50-words-thursday-23/

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/manners/

50 Word Thursday — Gifts of the Gods

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/06/10/50-word-thursday-23/

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/50-word-thursday-soul-harvest/

 

I apologise if I have missed anyone off, I did have an issue with not getting some pingbacks come through. If I missed it, post a link to your entry in the comments below.

I thoroughly recommend reading the short stories above, and maybe I can tempt you to have a go at this challenge in future?

Look out for the next 50 Word Thursday Challenge, this week hosted by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith.

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/tempt/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/your-daily-word-prompt-eclectic-june-12-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Reflect