Paint Chip Poetry Prompt #43

Our paint chip words and phrases are cabin in the woodsdeviled eggscottonAquariusblossomshowtime, and night owl. The bonus angel card is trust (plus it has a cute unicorn on it that might make its way into someone’s poem). Use however many of these words and phrases you want. I don’t plan to use them all this week, just to mix things up a bit.

Now it’s your turn to write a poem on the theme To Night. You can write a letter to Night, like I did, or perhaps an ode.
https://anotherfearlessyear.net/2020/10/23/paint-chip-poetry-prompt-43/

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

100 Word Wednesday: 171

100 WORD WEDNESDAYBIKURGURLWRITING CHALLENGE

a 10×10/Vocabularicon poem: https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/10/22/daddys-baby-boy-a-10×10-vocabularicon-poem/

Our Land is Life

We walk down the rows together tonight  
 
To find the treasures that grow in the field  
 
To bring us all out to the working land  
 
To support those who rely on the ground  
 
As the workers are sent quietly home 
 
The growers stand out to provide for us  
 
The ground offers golden life to enjoy  
 
The sun offers us health for life and growth  
 
We will praise the land for what it gives us  
 
We can all come together with nature.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Pepper Day Contribution!

Flash Fiction Challenge

October 22, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a spooky tale told around a campfire. It doesn’t have to include the campfire; it can be the tale. Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by October 26, 2020. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

For: https://carrotranch.com/2020/10/22/october-22-flash-fiction-challenge-2/

The Popping Cinders!

We sat close to the flames. With each pop a cinder would be released; we would hold our breath to see where it landed. My grandpa had told me that when a cinder pops and lands on the skin, it is landing on the skin of a vampire. No one believed me. With each pop we jumped a little, hoping the cinder didn’t land on our own leg.  
Pop! 
The bright, burning cinder popped up into the air, made an arc and started coming straight back down, ready to land on….  
All I could do was hold my breath… 
(99 words)

©2020 CBialczak Flash Fiction

Fandango’s Provocative Question #92

Fandango wants to know: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/10/21/fandangos-provocative-question-92/
Do you blog anonymously? Why or why not?

I had thought about this not only when starting my blog but also throughout this whole time of being an active blogger. I do not blog anonymously. I guess I don’t because when I started this whole blogging experience it was around losing my husband and my son. I didn’t really know what blogging was beyond “telling your story”. As time went on, I started enjoying all of the challenges and different forms of writing. I think what I write would not insult anyone, so why change now.

On the subject of anonymity, I don’t always tell readers where in the US I live. I guess if someone reads enough of my posts they probably know. Unfortunately, with Google and whoever knows what else, anyone could drive up to my door and I would never know how they found me.

I respect whatever anyone chooses but I do have to admit, I am more curious than a cat and it kills me a little (just joking, but sort of) to not know who people really are.

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – “Ghostly” – October 19, 2020

https://amanpan.com/2020/10/19/eugis-weekly-prompt-ghostly-october-19-2020-%f0%9f%91%bb/

First I want to “reblog” a poem I read today that I thought was phenomenal. I wanted to do a true reblog but I just don’t like how reblogs come out looking like my writing. Anyhow, check this out: Farrago Express https://farragoexpress.wordpress.com/2020/10/20/links-in-the-chain/ The title is Links in the Chain.

So now for my contribution:

Living Hell

From out of the shadows there come the souls 

Of the children who have been lost in life 

They seek out peace and a comforting world 

Where, for them, there is no longer strife. 

What has taken them you may ask? 

Indeed, I wish I could tell. 

To lose a little one, any which way 

Is to a parent, a living hell.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

MLMM Photo Challenge — Refined and Sophisticated

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/10/20/photo-challenge-337/

Mommy, why is that man holding that lady’s bum like that? 

Veva, don’t look at that. That man has no class and that woman is just a jezebel! 

Her name is Jezebel? So, you know her? 

No, I don’t know her. It’s that she is not very proper for a lady. 

Should she be holding his bum instead? 

©2020 CBialczak

Three Line Tales 246

three line tales, week 246: a pile of plastic toys
photo by Nareeta Martin via Unsplash for: https://only100words.xyz/2020/10/15/three-line-tales-246/

We stared at the bin of toys, completely mesmerized with the variety of toys and the memories many of them invoked.
It was a shame that so many toys would be thrown in the trash when there are probably thousands of children who would love them like they were brand new.
It would take more than just my dream or desire to share these things to make sure the toys got to the right kids, where they could be enjoyed, even though they weren’t brand new.

©2020 CBialczak 3LT

Blogging Insights

For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya has turned to Sadje, of Keep It Alive, for the questions. Sadje has asked these questions:(https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/10/19/blogging-insights-51-blogging-etiquette-questions-from-sadje/)

How long should the comment thread be? For example, if some blogger likes your post and says so, you thank them. Then they say that you’re welcome or it’s a pleasure, afterwards most shift to emojis or smiley faces. It can go on for quite some while.
I think saying thank you can be the end. A lot of times when people thank me or say you are welcome I “like” the comment so that I am acknowledging that I received it. It is awkward sometimes because you don’t know what the other person is expecting. Do they want you to say “you’re welcome”? Does it have to be the same with every blogger or every post?
I think another part that gets tricky is when you say that you enjoyed someone’s writing but you don’t necessarily have a specific comment. I sometimes think, “Do they believe that I really read their post?” I guess what it all comes down to is getting to know the people you correspond with and what they either expect or would appreciate.

What is the acceptable protocol for reblogging?
I think reblogging is a great idea when you want to share something that someone else has posted. My biggest problem is that I think many times, even though I put a comment before reblogging, that people think the post is mine. I don’t know if they don’t notice it was reblogged. It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t want the original blogger to think I am taking credit for their work.

What should you do when people don’t respond to your comments on their posts? Should you stop commenting on their post or give them a reminder about your comment?
I don’t necessarily mind if people do or do not respond to my comments, unless it is a question. I think sometimes people have a limited amount of time to blog and you go through and read the comments but if you responded to each separately, you would get no actual blogging done on your end. I continue to comment on future things but not over and over about the same post.

Award posts: these are the trickiest regarding etiquette, as most people don’t even acknowledge that they were nominated for that particular award. What should be the proper way to deal with this situation?
My biggest question is where do they come from? and are they real? What I mean is, I have gotten nominated before and it is a nice gesture but it seems more like a chain-letter type of situation. You acknowledge who nominated you, then you nominate 10 more. Does anyone ever win? What do you win (I don’t mean real prizes – more like recognition) ? Do you get something to put on your blog to acknowledge you won?
Defined broadly as messages designed to be passed on for alternatively self-serving, altruistic or nefarious purposes, chain letters have taken an array of forms over the centuries. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the polarizing mode of communication is enjoying a renaissance, with individuals stuck at home forwarding recipe chains, inspirational quotes, photo challenges and other ostensibly comforting prompts to their friends and family.Still, even seemingly benign chains come with a catch. As one popular recipe exchange warns, “Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas.” The implication is clear: Participation—while not required—is strongly suggested. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chain-letters-swept-internet-they-raised-funds-orphans-and-conveyed-messages-god-180975005/

©2020 CBialczak

Man on a Train: Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #88

For: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/10/19/fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-88/

Man on a Train

He sits upon the seat 
waiting for the day 
he gets to take a break,  
he gets to break away. 

He holds upon his lap 
his life in one big pack 
Tied with rope or twine 
the clothes upon his back. 

He ponders who he knows 
and who knows him as well 
For a stop is coming soon 
In some train he cannot dwell. 

Where will he go with his box? 
where will he go today? 
Are the answers in his pack? 
It is really hard to say. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry


 

Thursday photo prompt: Circle #writephoto: A reblog 15th October

pensitivity101 on WordPress.com

Mr. Berry

Mister Baxter Berry 
lived out by the trees. 

He hated to have visitors 
he was very hard to please. 

He’d walk alone in darkness 
he really loved the night. 

We thought that he was creepy 
to see him caused us fright. 

When one day we went looking 
to see how he had been. 

We only found the remnants 
of the house that he lived in.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry