The Break-up: Compilation 11/29/2022

He couldn’t believe his eyes
when he saw the heavy lock
Like lichen on an old worn stone
It was clamped right at the top
The idea was convoluted
but who was he to disbelieve
that she was dumping him
no longer tugging on his sleeve
Its just because she found out
that he had found another lass
defense of her emotions
an expedition come to pass
She was too late to be convinced
She’d pay no fee to change his mind
The past would soon catch up to him
She was sure that he would find
For now she would just move on
Find a new man for herself
She’d take her pain and anguish
and place it high upon a shelf

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

convoluted https://fivedotoh.com/2022/11/29/fowc-with-fandango-convoluted/
story starter: https://fivedotoh.com/2022/11/29/fandangos-story-starter-74/ He couldn’t believe that she was dumping him just because she found out…
late, past, begin https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/11/29/three-things-challenge-m162/
defense https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2022/11/29/defense/
expedition https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2022/11/29/your-daily-word-prompt-expedition-ydwordprompt-november-29-2022/
lichen https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2022/11/29/rdp-tuesday-lichen/
fee https://thedailyspur.wordpress.com/2022/11/29/fee/

Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 11/29/2022

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

high-angle photo of white plane
https://unsplash.com/@dmey503

This picture shows a large passenger airplane on the ground surrounded by over grown trees.

*****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!

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 26, 2022

Join Linda and the rest of us here: https://lindaghill.com/2022/11/25/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-26-2022/

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “on your/my plate.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

We were out on a date
It was there on my plate
a creepy crawler
maybe smaller
I tried not to scream
Was this part of a dream?
No chance in that
Food ended up on the mat
What did they say
when they took it away?
“Do you want more?”
But I ran for the door.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

A Hodgepodge With All The Trimmings, come join in!

Find it here: http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com/2022/11/a-hodgepodge-with-all-trimmings.html

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A Hodgepodge With All The Trimmings

Welcome to our Thanksgiving edition of the the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you’ve answered today’s questions, add your link at the end of my this post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Everyone is grateful for comments on Wednesdays and everyday. Now let’s talk turkey-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Have you ever been on a cruise? If so where did you go and how did you like it? If not, do you have any desire to take a cruise someday? 

Yes! I have been on two or three…I really have to think back on that. Anyhow, I love cruising! I have been to Mexico, Grand Cayman Islands, Honduras, … I am dying to go on another!

2. Tell us about your Thanksgiving plans…are you hosting? cooking? eating out? turkey or some other main? is it stuffing or dressing in your house? homemade cranberries or cranberries in a can? are pies on the dessert menu? what kind? what are your ‘must have’ sides? Tell us one thing you’re especially grateful for this year.

David and I will be feasting alone this year. I am making a turkey breast, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and cheesecake for dessert. I actually forgot the stuffing and when David runs out I will see if he wants me to make cranberries, which I also forgot!

I am especially grateful to have a beautiful daughter and a loving, caring husband who I know care about me!

3. If someone approaches you and asks for money do you give it to them? Do you drop money ‘in a tin cup’ that belongs to a person on the street? Do you have a specific charity you support during the holiday season and/or year round?

I don’t usually have any cash on me anymore. On Tuesdays when I bring my dad out to lunch I will often hand the extra over to someone on the street. Better than throwing it away. I send money to a few charities but nowadays it is hard to know which ones actually give the money to who it is supposed to go to. Last year I started a scholarship in my son’s memory so that was a very big donation.

4. Have you started decorating for Christmas? Is your tree up? Shopping done? Wrapped? 

No decorating yet. I don’t do much since it is just David and I and we really don’t have much company. We bought a tree a few years ago but last year we just had the table top one because we were just moved in and the tree was in storage. I really only shop for my daughter and David. I did make my bestie a gift in pottery.

5. Create your own acrostic using the word THANKS. 

T Treasure

H Honesty

A Always

N Never forget

K Kindness

S Strength

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all! If you are alone this holiday remember virtual hugs come when we least expect them!

Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 11/22/2022

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

red and black ride on toy car
https://unsplash.com/@johncrok

This picture shows the open door of a subway car and on the car is a lawnmower.

*****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!

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Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 11/15/2022

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

two closed orange doors
https://unsplash.com/@chalkian

This picture shows two doors with stairs connecting them outside the building but no way to get down from them (no fire escape ladder or stairs).

*****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!

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Limerick: The Cow

I am so tired that I don’t know where this came from. I just wrote it, half asleep and now I don’t know if I wrote it for a prompt or something. I kind-of “came to” and the poem was on my computer.

There once was a cow from Earth’s field
When chewing her cud she won’t yield
She ate way to much
Her belly she clutched
So sad that her fate may be sealed.
©2022 CBialczak Poetry

Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 11/08/2022

Welcome to the 6-minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

two person wearing horse heads sitting on folding chairs while playing accordions beside brown concrete building
https://unsplash.com/@dominik_photography

This picture shows two musicians playing accordions and both have horse masks on.

*****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!

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Fandango’s Flashback Friday — November 4th

Join the fun! http://Fandango’s Flashback Friday — November 4th

Go figure that when I remember to participate in Flashback Friday, there is almost never a post from that day any year I go to. So this was from November 4, 2019. I honestly don’t know if I even want to reread it because this is the year I lost my son and six days before what would have been his 20th birthday….
Okay, it really wasn’t bad. 👍🏻 (maybe just a little boring!)

https://christinebialczak.com/2019/11/04/update-from-my-desk-11-04-19/

Well, so much has transpired this past week, I don’t even know where to begin. I will do the random retell, I think that will be more interesting.

So Saturday was my birthday. I flew back from Florida that morning and then got spoiled by David and Lindsay all day. David got me a guinea pig! His name is Beary. That is short for Bearclaw. Bearclaw is the name of Penelope’s New Puppy (the book I wrote).

I had an update on Facebook that I have raised $345 for Babies Heart Run, the fundraiser dedicated to my birthday and November 10th which would have been Joey’s 20th birthday. My goal is $1000. Spread the word!

I decided to try and illustrate my picture books. I have been sending query letters out for three different books that I have written. I am not sure which I like best because they are all so different. When I look into what an agent is looking for I kindof match a manuscript with something they will hopefully be looking for. Some days I am so optimistic, other days I am convinced my writing is horrible and I will never get an agent. I think being and Author-Illustrator will be better than just Author. Saves time from having to find an illustrator I guess. I will be doing some online research to see what it necessary to know to be a picture book illustrator. Who knows? I am a pretty good artist.

I have been signing up for so many different groups, primarily for critiquing my work. If you know any picture book writers that want to work in some sort of critique group please send them my name or send them to my blog!

Have a great evening. Time for bed and just a little Mahjong!

Fandango’s Provocative Question #188

Let’s have some fun this week. https://fivedotoh.com/2022/11/02/fandangos-provocative-question-188/Or what I hope you’ll think is fun. My question is simple. It’s all about favorites. If you were asked to name your absolute favorite in each of the following categories, what would they be:

Song – I love the Nightlife

Musical artist or group – Queen

Book – The Alchemist

Author – Stephen King

https://stephenking.com/

Movie – Sixteen Candles

Television show – The Muppet Show

Movie or TV actor (male & female) – Tom Hanks & Goldie Hawn

Stage play or musical – West Side Story

Live concert – Andy Grammer

Remember, I’m looking for your all-time favorite in each of these categories.