Because of Di at pensitivity101

I was reading Di’s blog and saw her write that she had missed this from last week. I thought I would go ahead and answer it too since I didn’t see it last week either.

What is the value of running writing prompts to your writing in general, and your blog in particular?

I have written this before but after my husband passed away I thought that maybe I should start blogging. I thought, “well, now you might have more time on your hands”. My sister told me to forget it. She said that I wouldn’t like reading things that people say that are negative. I don’t get many negative comments so….

Anyhow, I love blogging. It is like my window to the world. I learn so much every single day. Most days I like to jump around the blogs and read random things. I try to comment on everything I read. I love doing the challenges but there are days I admit I don’t get to many because I am always reading and commenting.

I started my second challenge two weeks ago and last week I had five participants! The first challenge I tried never got off the ground. I think that is part of the blogging world. You have to find out what people want to do when they get onto your blog or their blog for that matter. This challenge that I recently started is call “Simply-6 minutes”. I started this for a few reasons. The first is because one of the bloggers I follow, and I apologize because I do not know off the top who that is, writes each week and says how long it took to write 500 words. I wanted to see how long it took me to write 500 words and it was embarrassing! Lol, not really but…Anyhow, I thought about how I could improve my writing, not just speed but the idea generating too. I thought about a ten minute challenge then thought, that is pushing it on the writing, ten minutes can seem like a long time. I liked 5 minutes but thought with 6 you get that extra minute if you need it to generate ideas, etc.

Whether I am having a good day or a bad day, busy or lazy, I love coming on and “meeting up” with people. You find a niche. I love meeting people from all over the world and learning about others’ customs and traditions and about where they come from.

Thank you WordPress community for opening up this world to me!

Goodreads Giveaways

I posted a blog a while back about entering giveaways on Goodreads. When I go through the giveaways I enter a lot of them because I figure I will expand my repertoire by reading things I may not purchase otherwise. Since beginning to enter I have won 19 books! Four of these have been actual hardcopies of the books, one was even signed! The rest are ebooks that go directly to my Kindle. I have got a lot of reading to do, I have no excuses now!

Check out my Goodreads page:
There is a fourth book that is not on there called: Penelope Still Picks Suzie
I may start one of the giveaways, I just have to read the directions. I will post something when I have it all set up.

Here are a few books I have won!

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 186 #SynonymsOnly


Anita Dawes picked the two words for you to choose your synonyms from. Opposites are so fun to work with. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Here are your two words:


The Real You – An Etheree

Not you  
That you are blessed  
Because you are true  
To your feelings and more  
You have not chosen evil  
You have chosen to be honest  
People will flock toward your beauty  
Being around you always feels complete.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

“Simply 6-minutes” Writing Challenge 07/21/2020

Welcome to the challenge: 07/21/2020

Rules of this challenge:

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.
  7. I would appreciate feedback on how often writer’s would like this challenge. Is it a once a week challenge? Just Saturdays? Let me know a day that perhaps there aren’t a lot of other challenges already scheduled.

Today’s Prompt:

Thank you for participating!