The Inspiration Award – An emotional end to an emotional week. :-)

My Blogging friend, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess, has nominated me for this absolutely brilliant award. I am thrilled and chuffed to bits. It has really been quite an emotional week for me and being nominated for this award is just fantastic. I saved posting this especially until tonight to round off my week on a positive note.

Check out Beckie’s post here:

The Inspiration Award


The Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award was created by John of The Eclectic Contrarian – this is how he describes the Award itself.

“The Inspiration Award: The Inspiration Award is a token of appreciation to blog authors who have inspired you, your blog, artistic influence, and writing.”


The Guidelines

You may use the picture above as you have received the Award.

There’s no limit on how many or few you wish to award. Simply appreciate those who have inspired you!

I hope this is a blessing and everyone participates. But it’s not mandatory.


Who shall I nominate for this award?

Well a blogger who has always inspired me is the Britchy one,

A Lesson From 9/11

Also, Rory, A guy called bloke, but he’s been nominated already, so I’ll just give him an honorary mention.

Stoner on a Rollercoaster was one of my first followers and has always been an inspiration as a brilliant artist and writer but also in how she encourages others.

Also, Punam of Paeansunplugged has always been very encouraging with positive comments that keep me blogging.

As Beckie said, there are too many people to name, basically everyone one who has visited and commented on my blog, has inspired me to keep blogging.

Thank you, everyone. 🙂

And once more, thank you to Beckie, who has collaborated with me on three poems now and has been a great blogging friend and given me much encouragement.


A New Collaboration By Beckie of “Beckie’s Mental Mess” and Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” ~ The Creation

red moon during nighttime

Picture Credit: Unsplash ~ Nick Owuor


Last week I collaborated on a poem with Beckie, of Beckie’s Mental Mess and it worked out beautifully. We kept passing the poem between us, each adding a couple of lines. If you want to read the final result click on the link below:


This is how Beckie started us off:

A Collaboration By Beckie of “Beckie’s Mental Mess” and Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” ~ The Creation ~

“Hello, Folks!  Kristian and I had a great deal of fun working on a collaborative poem we wrote last weekend called “In Search of Happiness” – We both were delighted that so many of you enjoyed our process, that we decided to give it another go at it.   As we are continents away from one another, there will be gaps of time between turns.”


Beckie’s start:

Hmm? I search for inspiration, a muse perhaps,

but, I am diverted by daydreams and visions

My Addition:

To the heavens, I gaze, seeking light in star-strewn maps,

No inspiration can come from the Earth’s mundane divisions. 


Beckie’s next bit:

I doodled the constellations, my pen in hand taps…

A new blank page emerges, I’m rendered by indecision.

My addition:

As I ponder stars whilst watching the world collapse, 

mindless human beings stare at me with stark derision. 


From Beckie:

Though I might be ridiculed I refuse to react,

my plan is to concentrate, not swayed by my inhibitions.


From me:

It is always the true visionaries that, by fools, are attacked,

who disregard the wonderous glory of the heavens. 

From Beckie:

Oh, my goodness, heaven was the last thing I remembered before I dozed off and napped.

I awakened refreshed and renewed, my creativity strengthened.


From me.:

Something in my whirring, wondering brain has snapped, 

A light bulb moment of inspiration as the morning shadows lengthened. 


Beckie’s next bit:

At that precise instant, the sunrise shone, a new concept had unwrapped.

Alas, natures divine light gave my ideas wings, I felt enlightened.


And my next addition:

The brilliance of my new creative view made me feel enrapt

the darkness of the past lifted, the future’s looking brightened. 


From Beckie:

Outside my window, the scenery made an impressive impact

the myriad of greens, skies of periwinkle blue, I was positively delighted.

My Bit:

Can there ever possibly be, although far too many people detract,

a greater creative inspiration than that which nature has ignited?


Beckie’s bit:

How does a soul not be inspired once nature and themselves make contact?

Questions ponder as I wonder, pen taps feverishly, I simply can’t fight it.


My addition:

Surrendering to the waves of brilliant thought, I finally begin to act,

the ideas flow from pen to page and with avid purpose, I write it. 


Beckie’s next bit:

Off in the distance, the lake reveals ducks mingling and swimming, exchanging quacks.

Searching for their mates, they’re ready to commit.

My Bit,

Just the very thing I need to let my frantic flailing mind relax, 

Having written and created, inspired by natures beauty, I’m ready to submit.


A rather saucy addition from Beckie:


Yet, the mating ritual of ducks is like watching nymphomaniacs,

I ponder and scan the landscape, I don’t want to give up and quit.

And from me:

The pandemonium of flying feathers stops my thinking in its tracks,

and true creativity comes only when we don’t think but start to feel it.


Beckie’s lines:

I get up, close the windows, to block the sound of flapping maniacs,

and sit back down at my desk, and let out a sigh.  It’s finally time, I admit.


My last bit:


The final point of creation comes and writing flows from the mind into waiting paperbacks,

As for every story, there’s a start and a middle and finally, pressing print, the end bit. 


So, do you think this is the end? or would you like to add the final lines, Beckie?


A Collaboration By Beckie of “Beckie’s Mental Mess” and Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” ~ The Creation ~











A Dance of Inspiration.

And so they danced…

This short story was written in response to a challenge from Froggy Crochet, see here:


The lake was deserted. Not another soul was there, and so they danced. Out on the quiet, still lake, they drifted across its silvery surface, exquisitely elegant.

Without a care, they danced themselves into each other’s hearts.

You could imagine that Tchaikovsky was inspired by their graceful beauty.

After all, he wrote Swan Lake.


UPDATED – Successors to the DAILY POST – A Wealth of Inspiration.

Since the demise of the daily post there has been an explosion of creativity.

Lots of people are doing their own daily word prompts to help inspire us all.

I wanted to highlight a few of them that are out there.

I don’t see competition, I just see more creative inspiration.

What each of us lack is the scope and outreach of the original daily post, but if we collaborate and link to each other, we spread the word and increase the number of people out there who can there view each others work.

  1. Of course I will have to start with the Collaborative word prompt that I am doing with my fellows, Dee Kelly at Thriving not Surviving, Calmkate at Aroused and Cyranny’s Cove. Collaboratively we cover a wider audience than each of us would alone.  See the link below for more information and inspiration.

2) My pal Debbie Whittam, does these wonderful 50- word thursday prompts where she gives you a Picture and a phrase and you have to incorporate it into a short story, poem or anecdote. See link for more info:

3) Another pal, The Haunted Wordsmith hosts a Three Things Challenge on a Daily basis, where she gives you three things to incorporate into a poem or story. They are great fun.

Here is a link to show you all about them:

4) At the same time as Dee and I began our Collaboration another blogger who I follow, Novus Lectio,

began their own new blog ‘Swimmers’ which also does daily prompts and hopes to also do some of the Community pool stuff as well.

See here for link:

5) A fellow blogger, Sheryl is going to start her own Daily Post site from today.

6) I discovered another blogger who is hosting a Daily Post, yesterday, called Ragtag.

here is a link to that site too.

7. Also my pal Laura, hosts a meet and greet post regularly for people to highlight their blogs. She has lots of followers, so it is quite useful. Here is a link. She deletes them after 24 hours though.

Meet & Greet

8. I nearly forgot to mention that over at the Go Dog Go Cafe, they do wonderful promote yourself mondays and pay it forward thursdays. See link:

Promote Yourself Monday- June 11, 2018

9. And my pals at the Floating Thoughts also do great collaborative poems on a regular basis that are really great fun. Please check out this link:

INVITATION #3: Write with Roy & Dee Kay !!!

OK so that is all the Word Prompt’s and Daily post successors that I am currently aware of. If you want to make people aware of them please share this post.

Also if you are hosting something yourself or know of a similar post, please let me know in the comments.

Now for the important bit:






Thank you.


😢 You left out my “FOWC with Fandango’s One-Word Challenge.” But that’s okay, I understand that lots of writing prompts have sprung up to fill the void left when WordPress deep-sixed its own “official” daily one-word prompt.
Anyway, for you and your readers, you can “FOWC with Fandango any time you want.
Hi Kristian
I do Manic Mondays 3 Way prompt.
Each monday, I offer a word, photo and a song. Choose 1, all or any combination. Entries can come in any creative form. The only limit is your imagination. This weeks:
Also Cee Neuner has a comprehensive list of challenges on her blog. See Below.