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Guest Post : Kat McNally’s April Moon Answers

Recently I had the absolute privilege of working with Kat McNally on the April Moon creative challenge and it is with great joy that I get to share with you Kat’s own answers to our series of prompts:

Freefall by Kat McNally

Day 1: That’s when I knew that this chapter of my life had ended. And now I was free to… get another tattoo. Because that’s what grown-ups do, right? I mean, they don’t care what their parents think, right?*

 

Day 2: Knowing what I know now, I would tell my ten-years-ago self: this won’t last forever. Some things will be a lot harder than you anticipated. But others will be considerably easier. You will actually live your dream, although it won’t be exactly as you anticipated. in the meantime, stay as open as you can to moments of intense joy.

 

Day 3: Giving birth doesn’t have to be literal. So far, in my life, I have birthed… a thesis. A lot of initiatives in my old day job that I can barely remember. A novel. A home.

 

Day 4: The last time I felt completely relaxed was… over the weekend, playing blocks with my baby son while sunlight streamed through the windows and we listened to old time gospel music. My husband had taken my daughter out for a bike ride. It was in the middle of a busy day and it was a moment of bliss and one where I stayed present as I could in order to savour it.

 

Day 5: One of my greatest sources of inspiration has always been… what other people are doing. This has also been one of my greatest sources of deflation (unfavourable comparison being of my gremlins).

 

Day 6: Whenever thunder grumbles overhead, I think of… how lucky I am to be cosy and warm indoors.

 

Day 7: It’s the first thing that comes to mind when I wake in the morning and the last thing I think of before I go to sleep: deep, deep sleep. I want a lot of if. Invariably, more than I actually get.

 

Day 8: I wouldn’t call it a collection as such, but I do seem to have a lot of… books. Candles. Jewellery. Dresses. Oracle and tarot decks. Cowgirl boots.

 

Day 9: I immediately feel my body tense up whenever I hear… the words You should be. Especially if it’s followed by the words: restingthinnerable to manage that; on top of this by now.

 

Day 10: The moment I enter the kitchen I feel… calm, clear and organised. If the kitchen is tidy and clean, that is. The total opposite if not.

 

Day 11: I am trying not to talk about... sex.

 

Day 12: This is the best part of my day: the part where I have done as much as I can, everyone is fed and bathed and sleeping, and I can snuggle under the covers to read a while then sleeeeeeeeep.

 

Day 13: I sometimes wonder if I will ever… be a published writer.

 

Day 14: This is what makes me feel lucky: cuddles.

 

Day 15: I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I wish… for answers to arrive.

 

* Two and a half years on and I still haven’t got another tattoo. Curious.

 

I am so grateful to Kat for hosting the April Moon Challenge and for allowing me to come along for the ride. It was amazing to read the responses of those that chose to share, and to know a host of people were playing along in their own way too! I feel so lucky to have been a part of it all.
 
{You can visit Kat at her beautiful blog here.}

Story Starter Wednesday #15

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{On Story Starter Wednesday I post a prompt that you may like to use as a story starter – a jumping off point, a way into a story you’d like to tell.  Use the line in its entirety or just go with whatever it inspires in you.

 If you do use the fragment in your own writing I’d love to read the results.

Feel free to leave me a link in the Comments. }

Story Starter Wednesday #14

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{On Story Starter Wednesday I post a prompt that you may like to use as a story starter – a jumping off point, a way into a story you’d like to tell.  Use the line in its entirety or just whatever it inspires in you.

The lines themselves are my response to one word prompts in The Shake’s Creative Challenges. Inspiration begets inspiration!

 If you do use the fragment in your own writing I’d love to read the results!

Feel free to leave me a link in the Comments. }

Story Starter Wednesday #13

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{On Story Starter Wednesday I post a prompt that you may like to use as a story starter – a jumping off point, a way into a story you’d like to tell.  Use the line in its entirety or just whatever it inspires in you.

The lines themselves are my response to one word prompts in The Shake’s Creative Challenges. Inspiration begets inspiration!

 If you do use the fragment in your own writing I’d love to read the results!

Feel free to leave me a link in the Comments. }

Story Starter Wednesday #12

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{On Story Starter Wednesday I post a prompt that you may like to use as a story starter – a jumping off point, a way into a story you’d like to tell.  Use the line in its entirety or just whatever it inspires in you.

The lines themselves are my response to one word prompts in The Shake’s Creative Challenges. Inspiration begets inspiration!

If you do use the fragment in your own writing I’d love to read the results!
Feel free to leave me a link in the Comments. }

A Lunar Collaboration

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I have been fortunate enough to have been invited by the uber-amazing Kat McNally to collaborate on this year’s April Moon writing challenge.

The challenge begins on Saturday, to coincide with the total lunar eclipse – this particular eclipse being a “blood moon” or “full pink moon” according to Native American lore, and it runs until the New Moon on April 18.

Throughout the challenge participants will be emailed a daily creative prompt in the form of a sentence; which you may use as a basis for reflective writing, or fiction, or poetry, or photography – or whatever creative expression takes your fancy!

If you are so inclined you can add your response to Kat’s link up.

The moon has long been a muse of mine, and I know I am not alone in finding the night sky both a source of solace and inspiration.

Won’t you join us on this April Moon journey and see where our prompts take you?

Go here to sign up (and say Hi to Kat while you are there, she’s awesome!) and find out more about the challenge. There’s also a great April Moon giveaway you’ll want to check out.

I really hope to see you there.

 

 

Story Starter Wednesday #11

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{On Story Starter Wednesday I post a prompt that you may like to use as a story starter – a jumping off point, a way into a story you’d like to tell.  Use the line in its entirety or just whatever it inspires in you.

The lines themselves are my response to one word prompts in The Shake’s Creative Challenges. Inspiration begets inspiration!

 If you do use the fragment in your own writing I’d love to read the results!

Feel free to leave me a link in the Comments. }

Story Starter Wednesday #10

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{On Story Starter Wednesday I post a prompt that you may like to use as a story starter – a jumping off point, a way into a story you’d like to tell.  Use the line in its entirety or just whatever it inspires in you.

The lines themselves are my response to one word prompts in The Shake’s Creative Challenges. Inspiration begets inspiration!

 If you do use the fragment in your own writing I’d love to read the results!

Feel free to leave me a link in the Comments. }

Story Starter Wednesday #9

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{On Story Starter Wednesday I post a prompt that you may like to use as a story starter – a jumping off point, a way into a story you’d like to tell.  Use the line in its entirety or just whatever it inspires in you.

The lines themselves are my response to one word prompts in The Shake’s Creative Challenges. Inspiration begets inspiration!

 If you do use the fragment in your own writing I’d love to read the results!

Feel free to leave me a link in the Comments. }

Flight and light

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{Image by Oliver Berghold via Unsplash*}

 

I feel as though I’m talking in circles about this

drifting away from and coming back to this space

always intending to be here but then…

just not.

When I first began blogging, it felt like flying

like I was a passenger on a jet, destination unknown, but I was really enjoying the journey.

It was a way for me to connect with others during a time when I wasn’t really out in the world very much.

It was a place where I was desperately trying to connect with myself, too.

The parts of me that I had forgotten about or just let slide when I had kids.

The parts of me that were drowned out by the anxious thoughts.

It was an escape, a break, a sanctuary.

And then it wasn’t.

Blogging became big business.

Suddenly there was so much advice about when and how and niches and branding and platforms and ugh, overwhelm!

Now my blogs looks like a locked door to me.

I’m on the outside of that door, surrounded by all the stuff I think I should be doing with this space.

On the inside is my writing.

I need to get back to it.

I don’t know if it will ever feel quite like it did at the beginning.

But I’m not sure if I need it to be what it was anyway.

My life looks different than it did back then, I have more space in the here and now.

What I want is for blogging to feel light again.

I want somewhere I am free to be creative and to write about what inspires me, somewhere I can share what lights me up.

I want to somewhere to let my words out to play.

I just need to remember where I left the key.

{With many thanks to Tat at Mum in Search – I purchased a Play Unstuck Taster from her which was the inspiration behind this post.}

*Have you seen Unsplash.com? Great free high res photos. 10 new photos every 10 days – check it out.

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