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Right Now {August Moon 14}

transit

On day 2 of August Moon, Kat asks us to consider exactly how we fill our hours.

This is what I realised;

I spend a lot of time getting readywaiting and in transit.

Getting everyone ready in the morning, waiting around for time to go, driving to school and home again.

And I seem to let that sense of “I have somewhere to be later” dictate my days, I seem to flit from task to task, looking at the clock; working out how long I have until it is time to leave again.

Admittedly the recent weeks of sickness in our household has thrown things completely out of whack and that has served to heighten the feelings above.

But when I look at those words – getting ready, waiting and in transit  –  I see how often I feel those things in an overall sense in my life.

Making preparations for something.

Waiting until it feels like the right time.

I feel like I’m on my way, but I’m not sure where I’m heading.

Perhaps I need to rethink the way my days play out.  Actually schedule in the things I’d like to be doing, not just assume I’ll have time for them later.

Maybe I’ll still feel like I’m in transit, but hopefully I’ll have a better idea of where I am heading.

 {August Moon 14 is a reflective writing challenge created by the gorgeous Kat McNally.  

For more of what Kat has to offer, head over to her website.

You’ll be glad you did.}

 

Made

heartl

made

 

So I made a few mistakes

I made a few bad decisions

I made myself very small

and as the saying goes,

if you make yourself small, people will stand on your head.

 

So I made myself a promise

I made myself bigger, stronger

I made myself happy with myself

 

And that’s when I met you.

 

I made eyes.

You made a move.

We made out.

 

You made my heart beat faster.

You made me feel like I was magic.

You made the whole world beautiful.

 

You asked for my number

and I gave it to you.

 

So we made conversation.

We made plans.

We made a commitment.

 

We made a home.

We made a family.

We made two tiny people.

 

They made things louder

They made our hair turn a little bit grey.

They made the whole world beautiful.

 

We’ve made it work

for almost eleven years now

and I don’t know what lies ahead.

 

But I do know this;

 

You asked for my number

and I gave it to you.

 

The best decision I have ever

made.

 

I’m participating in the #ShakeCreative challenge for September. I haven’t decided yet whether each day’s response will be written or if I’ll mix it up, but this kind of came tumbling out of my brain! You should join in the challenge too.

Intention {August Moon 14}

heart in hand

So for Day One of August Moon Kat has asked that we set an intention for the journey.

After a long, foggy Winter, where sickness compounded my usual Winter darkness, my intention comes to me quickly and (ahem) clearly.

Clarity.

I want a clear mind, and a clear heart.

A clear way forward.

A sense of direction, purpose.

I want to shake off the fog, the fatigue, the confusion and the darkness of Winter,

and find

Clarity.

 {August Moon 14 is a reflective writing challenge created by the wonderful writer Kat McNally.  

For more of what Kat has to offer, head over to her website.

You’ll be glad you did.}

Winter is dead

Spring

“She turned to the sunlight

      And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbour:

    “Winter is dead.” 

― A.A. MilneWhen We Were Very Young

And like that, it is Spring again.

I ended my Winter on a rather poor note with our house becoming a den of sickness. The end is in sight though.  I’m feeling the energy of the new season and I’m running with it.

I am returning to this space and participating in some new challenges.

The first is Kat McNally’s August Moon  reflective writing challenge. I am late to the party because I was sick, but Kat doesn’t mind me sharing my responses to her amazing prompts now (She’s good like that.)

The second challenge I’m diving headfirst into is Operation Move’s Learn to Run.  I am so inspired by Kate and Zoey and I really want to change the story I’ve been telling myself about not being ‘sporty’ enough to be a runner.

And the third challenge I’ve signed myself up for is the #ShakeCreative challenge, which gives a daily prompt to inspire you to get creative every day in September. This creativity can take any form you like, and I haven’t decided yet whether to write each day or mix it up!

So I think I’ve got mind, body and spirit covered with these exciting challenges!

I’ve also given the blog a quick make-over to celebrate. What do you think?

Are you as happy as I am that it’s Spring?!

 

 

 

A Quote for Sunday – Maya

maya quote

A Quote for Sunday – X-rays

huxley quote x-ray

A Quote for Sunday – Courting Insanity

Kafka Quote Insanity

So get writing, yeah?

A Quote for Sunday – One Sentence

hemingway one sentence

 

 

 

 

Writing Exercise – It’s on Random

Open Book

Gone are the days your mum would collect the Funk and Wagnall’s down at the supermarket so that you could use them for your school assignments or maybe you had the World Book Encyclopaedia and all the Childcraft books too. (You lucky thing. I always wanted those.)

Now days everyone just googles everything and more than likely, if it’s general information you are after you find yourself on Wikipedia.

Have you ever used the random article function? It’s in the left sidebar menu and with just one click you could find yourself reading about anything from Frasera tubulosa to Antireductionism. But instead of using it as a procrastination tool, this time you’re going to use it to write.

Writing Exercise : Head on over to Wikipedia and select random article from the menu on the left hand side. Have a read of the article and then write, making sure you reference the subject of your random article in some way.

{Join in with Wolf and Word’s writing exercises. These exercises are designed to inspire, ignite that creative spark and get you writing. Try to write about a page but by all means, continue if you’re on a roll. Want to share your response? Feel free to link it up in the comments below or let me know how you go via TwitterFacebook or Google +.}

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Writing Exercise – Dabbling in Drabbles

random

I first read about drabbles in an interview with Apryl Lowe in bespoke magazine.

A drabble is a short story of exactly one hundred words in length.

They are a really great exercise in creativity as the one hundred word limit really forces you to think a little differently. I find it to be a great little challenge and it is interesting to see what your brain will come up with when you have an exact word restriction.

Here is a example of one of my own:

The girl with the violet eyes moved next door when I was nine.  She had a strange little smile and a quiet demeanour and as she shook my hand on meeting I noticed a small wart on her pinky finger. I told my friends she was a witch and cited her wart and her black cat as evidence. From then on we started to pick on her. We’d leave her out, tease her, call her names.

“Leave me alone.” she said, “or I’ll…”

“You’ll what?” I said, “Put a spell on me, witch?”

I really miss being able to speak.

Writing exercise : Write a drabble (or two, or three!) A short story of exactly 100 words (no more, no less.)

{Join in with Wolf and Word’s writing exercises. These exercises are designed to inspire, ignite that creative spark and get you writing. Try to write about a page but by all means, continue if you’re on a roll. Want to share your response? Feel free to link it up in the comments below or let me know via TwitterFacebook or Google +.}

If you’re looking for a small community of supportive writers you can request an invite to the Wolf and Word Google + Community.

 

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