Looking Forward to Things Continuing

Tiredhamster gives a perspective on the upcoming year

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The mush of this year
coagulates into another
but it’s not enough
to deter the residuum
of hope that the days
will finally sharpen.

But each step
is barely a memory
and memory barely
holds me. The sky
today might as well
be held in place
for each and every day
and the century
can remain in this
mist that atomizes
shadow and man,
the sky and buildings.

2023 is finally
2024, for what it’s worth.
And the future is
already ghost,
and the past steps
forth, and sleep
blurs into sun.
But the present
was never home.

Written for Simply 6 Minutes with the prompt being below (substitute 2022 with 2023):

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Simply six minutes! 2023 will be better!

Carol anne has the right idea!

Therapy Bits

Out with the old

And in with the new

Its time to say goodbye

To 2022

If 2022 has taught us anything

Its not to set the bar too high

Expect the unexpected

And never ask why!

Now the year is finally over

All is said and done

So goodbye 2022

I’m glad your gone!

I’ll start 2023 anew

Make goals

Dream big

I’ll hope that the year ahead

Will be awesome

2023 will be epic!

Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 12/27/2022 – Stine Writing (christinebialczak.com)

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Time for a new dad: Compilation 12/27/2022

When Andrea found out that she wasn’t really his daughter, she knew exactly what she had to do.
She’d take a bottle of wine, a cheap box of chocolates, and some tea that she’d made for two.
She would talk to him slowly in a tone crisp and light and forget about the whole escapade
Then chat with a coterie about solidarity and a counter-attacking brigade.
When all’s said and done and she could stand all alone and then leave the people behind
There’s joy in this world and he didn’t matter, a new father she’d hope to find.

chocolate, wine, tea https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/12/27/three-things-challenge-m190/
When Andrea found out that she wasn’t really his daughter, she knew exactly what she had to do. https://fivedotoh.com/2022/12/27/fandangos-story-starter-78/
tone https://fivedotoh.com/2022/12/27/fowc-with-fandango-tone/
counter https://thedailyspur.wordpress.com/2022/12/27/counter/
solidarity https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2022/12/27/solidarity/
coterie https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2022/12/27/your-daily-word-prompt-coterie-ydwordprompt-december-27-2022/

Getting Better

Jim gives us a positive vibe as we head to 2023

A Unique Title For Me

It is easy to develop a doom and gloom attitude when you watch the news, but change takes time and when I look at 2023, I have a positive attitude.  I am sure that you might feel different if your flight got cancelled and you are stuck at am airport, or if you lost power due to some radicals damaging a power plant, but I think we are on the right track.  I can see that Putin is losing his war in the Ukraine, and that the citizens of Iran are fed up with the Guidance Patrol or the morality police who are responsible for the death of Mahsa Amini when she wasn’t wearing a hijab.  We will still have climate change, but at least people are thinking more seriously about clean energy.  We did great in our battle with COVID-19 and a lot of us survived.  We still have…

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Truthful Tuesday

Di at pensitivity101 is hosting: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/12/27/truthful-tuesday-27th-december/

My question this week is
Are you influenced by adverts for holidays or anything else for that matter?

Yes! I am a marketer’s dream. I think everything sounds great. Typically though, I have learned that if I take a step back I can be a little more sensible. I believe things that people say and all those paid advertisements. They have evidence supposedly, don’t they? I think it is just that I like to try new things.

Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 12/27/2022

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is: Substitute 2023…

2022 meme will be better

This is a sign that says 2022 will probably be better. If 2021 taught us anything, its not to set the bar too high and to keep our optimism mild.

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  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.

Thank you for participating!


Wordle #302: Snow Day!

Join in here: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2022/12/26/wordle-302/

The winter solstice crept upon
The world where darkness fell
Like snowflakes on a pane of glass
They spread, their ice arms swell
Contrary to the thoughts of old
That snow had tremulous fate
We’d fly down hills across the land
No channel came too late
With absolutely painted skies
A catalog of life
We say goodbye to pain and tears
we recline away from strife
Then falling closer to the ground
Our activity delights
We gather up our toys and sleds
And end with the days lights

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

  • Winter
  • Solstice
  • Snowflake
  • Contrary
  • Absolute
  • Tremulous
  • Darkness
  • Channel
  • Goodbye
  • Painted
  • Catalog
  • Recline

Sitting and Waiting: Compilation 12/26/2022

They sat in the back of the old pickup truck
the situation framing their fate
With tireless views and a bit of good luck
Neither bothered to fret at the wait.
They had taken their pills, vitamins for good health
with a mug of hot coffee in hand
The morning brought thoughts anew full of wealth
adoring merry, sweet sights ‘cross the land

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

FFFC: https://fivedotoh.com/2022/12/26/fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-199/
situation: https://fivedotoh.com/2022/12/26/fowc-with-fandango-situation/
tireless, vitamins, mug: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/12/26/three-things-challenge-m189/
adore: https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2022/12/26/rdp-monday-adore/
bother: https://thedailyspur.wordpress.com/2022/12/26/bother/
anew: https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2022/12/26/anew/
merry: https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2022/12/26/your-daily-word-prompt-merry-ydwordprompt-december-26-2022/

Blogging Insights

Check out Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights to share your own: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2022/12/26/blogging-insights-nf-65-holidays-for-writers-bloggers/


“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. “

I think that if this quote is taken at face value then writing is essentially a job. I don’t always see it that way. There are times when I wake and after walking the dog think about how I “have to get to my blog”. I like the routine and I look forward to seeing what my blogging friends are up to. I also like that I am practicing my writing, that I will be presented with new challenges, and that I can share what I love.
On the other hand, I enjoy writing for what I get from it, purely just a feeling of accomplishment that I have written something that I can share. It isn’t always something for someone to say they love and it isn’t always something that has to give someone information, it is just doing something for fun.

I think that people who like to write think about writing all the time because life is the “idea generator”. Experiences and happenings are the plot lines we’ve all been waiting to develop. For people who don’t like to write, I don’t think they think about how everything they do can be “a story” or “a poem”. So, never having a vacation could be true because I know that I am always thinking of how someone or something I just saw could make a good story.