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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! This week, Kerfe Roig selected the words: “mingle and drift“ PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring. For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat sheet below: View Cheatsheet


Walking through the day  

Without a care in the world  

Drifting like a moth  

Dancing before mingling flames  

With no need to stay or go 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Truthful Tuesday

When it comes to giving money, do you view it as a thoughtful gift, or as a sign that the giver didn’t care enough to think about a “real” gift?

To answer this question truthfully go to: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/12/08/truthful-tuesday-december-8th-2020/
To answer this question untruthfully go to: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/12/08/truthful-tuesday-december-8th-2020/

My answer:

When it comes to “money gifts” I think it depends on who it is from and what occasion. There are definitely people one would like to buy for but have no idea what would be a suitable gift. That being said, I don’t think all gifts have to be what someone wants. A gift is a gesture. I worked with someone once who during Secret Santa time told everyone, “Do not buy me candles or any sort of knick-knack. I don’t want candy or food either.” She told people that scratch-offs were good.

I think giving money is okay if you know the person receiving it wants to spend it on something special. To just always give money,…well why bother?

As far as gift cards go, again depends on who and what for. Gift cards are a great way to not feel like you are wasting money on something someone doesn’t want anyhow. Well, in this day and age, people just buy whatever they want whenever they want so if they don’t want something nice, then that is their issue, not yours.

As far as I go, when I get gift cards I use them and when I get money I try to find something that I really wanted but didn’t want to just pay outright for.

©2020 CBialczak

Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 12/8/2020

Welcome to the 6 minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:

Famous Quote

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*****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!


Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #95

Check it out at: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/12/07/fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-95/

Forgottenx at DeviantArt.

I heard it coming. I could hear the ssshhhh, ssshhh of its feet dragging on the wooden floor boards. I stood motionless. I was behind the curtain but I realized I may have been hidden but I was also trapped. I couldn’t see what was going on or if it was coming closer to my hiding spot.

I looked around for a weapon, anything that would hurt long enough and hard enough to give me time to run. There, on the back of the desk was a pair of scissors. Why hadn’t I thought about cutting a peep hole in the curtain when I had the chance?

Holy shit, is it right outside the curtain? I could hear a deep slow breathing. I quietly moved closer to the scissors. Just as I was about to grab them there was a bang. I jumped out of my skin and started panting like a thirsty dog. I grabbed the scissor and without looking stabbed at the shadow on the other side of the curtain.

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

The Monday Peeve 65

Participate with Paula at: https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/the-monday-peeve-65/

My biggest peeve, which could be a weekly thing, is all the crap emails I get. Every store or website sends one. Do I send them all to Spam even if they aren’t trying to scam me? I would love to block so many but I did that once on my dad’s computer and he had trouble ever buying from Amazon after that. I just don’t care about what you have to sell. I don’t want to read about your new products. Just leave me alone and stop emailing me!

Thanks Paula, now I can move on with my week!

Share Your World 12-7-2020

Share your world with Melanie: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/12/07/share-your-world-12-7-2020/


Do you enjoy skiing or ice skating or if it’s warm where you are, hiking or enjoying outdoor sports? I used to ski. I don’t know if I ever loved it. I loved it once I was there doing it but the thought of going and skiing is just not… I ice skated as a kid. I don’t think I ever really liked it either. I did when I had skates with double blades so I didn’t fall down. I used to love roller-blading. I guess I like the warmer weather sports. Sometimes I think I am sort of boring like that because I can live without a lot of activities…

Do you give to charities or homeless that you might encounter, during this time of year, more than you do otherwise? The only charity I give to more this time of year is Salvation Army because they have their bell ringers out. Growing up my dad used to say to always give a little to Salvation Army when you see them because Salvation Army sent him to summer camp when he was a kid. He said his family was too poor to afford something like summer camp. On a regular basis I give to Disabled American Vets. I also give to St. Jude Shrine and St. Judes Children Hospital. My stepmom gives to Shriners. My dad to St. Judes. I always think if everyone just grabbed a few coins out of the bottom of their purse that would add up.

What is the most enjoyable activity you engage in during December?  Is it a tradition for you and your family? The most enjoyable activity for December is cooking for my family. I love to cook and make cookies and good food. I used to host Christmas Eve and invited everyone who wanted to come. Since losing my husband and then my son, and now COVID, I’m really just cooking for myself, David and Lindsay.

What changes will C-19 bring to your festive celebrations this year?  Honestly, this year will probably be like last year. Quiet. This will be the first time I am not in Florida with my dad for Christmas but with the prices of travel at the holidays, it is just too expensive. On top of that I want to be around for Lindsay since it is just her and I now, well with David of course…

Blogging Insights # 58 — Family and Friends

Check out Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/blogging-insights-58-family-and-friends/


How supportive are your family(or friends) of your blog? I think that most people, friends and family, support my blogging. I appreciate when people make some acknowledgement that they have read something. I sometimes see that someone “likes” a post that has gone directly to Facebook or one of the other sites, and I am surprised that it was read or seen. I do know there are a handful of friends and family that never check out my blog and that bothers me a little because I feel like they don’t really care to look. But, that being said, I don’t know how often I would even expect someone to check it out. If they aren’t interested, then I understand that.

Do they do anything to help with your blogging efforts? I don’t think that I really ask for any help. Once in a while I will appreciate someone sharing something that I hadn’t expected.

Do they read your work and offer a critique, if so, how do you react to it? I know that David reads most of my blogging. He doesn’t really critique as much as just lets me know which posts he really liked. If I make any errors he will gently let me know. I love feedback. I also don’t blog to impress anyone so I don’t necessarily worry about what other people think.

©2020 CBialczak