Thursday photo prompt: Chill #writephoto

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Welcome to this week’s writephoto prompt. You can find all last week’s entries in the weekly round-up, which was published earlier today.

Use the image below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  Wednesday 18th December and link back to this post with a pingback to be included in the round-up.  There is no word limit and no style requirements, except to keep it fairly family-friendly.

**Please note that many people on WordPress are having problems with pingbacks not getting through. They do need to be approved manually before they show on the post here, but to be sure,  please also leave a comment on this post, linking back to your response to the prompt so that I know you have posted. **

For visually challenged writers, theimage shows a landscape wearing a…

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#Writephoto ~ Chill

Thursday photo prompt: Chill #writephoto



For visually challenged writers, the image shows a landscape wearing a light dusting of snow. From the hill, where skeletal heather and brown grasses pierce the snow, a valley spreads out below, lit by the rays of a pale sun.



Light shining from a thousand different worlds

That our eyes cannot see while we stand

on hard snow frosted ground.

The heart says yes, they are there. One day soon,

lucky heather may give me a glimpse

Of the world hidden within the light

For now, I wonder at the beauty

The majesty of such a sight

that my eyes can see. As I go to walk away,

looking back at my empty footprints

Could someone be following me?

I see the light shift, as though blown by the wind

A dancing curtain of light, teasing my mind

Strange images, stranger sounds

Haunt my journey home…


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Have you ever … A Lesson in Gastronomy …

Widdershins Worlds

… licked your fingertip and picked the crumbs off your plate because 1 – you’re an adult now and you just can and 2 – you know that the crumbs of what you just ate contain the distilled essence of all that is good and fine in the world?

Nah, me neither.

Shortbread - shorts, or breads, or cookies? Shortbread – shorts, or breads, or cookies?

Ginger Snaps ... before and after Ginger Snaps … before and after

Mrs Widds cuts the mincemeat with apple - means you can have more than one, even if you're not doing quality control Mrs Widds cuts the mincemeat with apple – means you can have more than one, even if you’re not doing quality control

AllysNotebook Ginger Ale fruitcake recipe - still warm from the oven AllysNotebook Ginger Ale fruitcake recipe – still warm from the oven

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Finding your author’s voice

Story Empire

Hi, Gang, Craig with you again. I need to come up with a post, and this one has been gnawing at me for a while now. Recently, I struggled with a section of a draft I’m working on, and the best solution was to just write it. It came out pretty good, so I’m taking that approach today.

Various experts write about our unique author voice, and how to find it. Is it missing under the couch? Maybe behind the dust bunny? Did the dog swallow it?

“Don’t look at me. The saying is, the cat’s got your tongue.”

There are all kinds of treatises to tell you what author voice is, and it seems none of them agree. Some drift into character voice, and that isn’t the same thing. Therefore, I am going to make up my own concept and share it with you.

Author voice is the portion…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Guest Posts – Robbie Cheadle – How to Write a Book Review

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to welcome back author and prolific book reviewer Robbie Cheadle, to share her criteria for writing a book review. I am sure useful for both authors who would like to know the key elements likely to be taken into account as well as fellow reviewers.

Prior to starting my blog in October 2016, I had only ever written a book review for school purposes. Those were grudge purchases and done with the aim of getting a good mark not highlighting for other readers the pros and cons of the book.

Since I started blogging, I have written over 150 book reviews and have gradually developed a method of assessing a book and a style of writing book reviews. Although I read all sorts of books from poetry and memoir to children’s books and thrillers and horror books. I read both classic books and contemporary novels.

I have five primary…

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Previously Unknown

Kitty's Verses

Image credit:- Pinterest

Are we afraid of a mirror,

For showing us as we are?

Are we afraid of a mind reader,

For revealing the person within us?

What is it we are hiding,

Stopping ourselves to unearth?

What is it we aren’t acknowledging,

Stopping ourselves to discover?

Look beyond the unpaved paths,

Make a road of your own,

Look beyond your comfort zone,

Something surprising may await you,

The set rules aren’t always a norm,

There ain’t always a single path,

Explore the unexplored,

Get ready to be startled by your abilities,

Previously unknown.

Thoughts behind the poem :- Often we see only that is to be seen and don’t look beyond, denying ourselves of wonderful opportunities. Also for the fear of being judged we don’t acknowledge many a things, which would eventually stop our betterment. Stop, introspect, acknowledge, proceed.

Acknowledgements :- Thank you Sadje for running the What…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Christmas – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge – #Butterfly Cinquain – Permission is Granted by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

This week the prompt words are ‘Give and Shake’ for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 157 And I have chosen the synonyms ‘Grant and Tremble’ in a Butterfly Cinquain.

I Grant you Permission by Sally Cronin

I grant
you permission
to abandon restraint
and tremble with ecstatic bursts
of joy.
It is the time of chocolate
and freedom to consume
as many bars
you wish.

©Sally Cronin 2019

If you would like to participate in this lovely weekly challenge then please head over to Colleen’s for all the details: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 157

My thanks to Colleen for kindly including my latest release this week in her new poetry bookstoreTanka Poetry bookstore

Amazon £3.50:Amazon UK

And $4.53: Amazon US

Thank you for dropping in today and as always your feedback is very welcome..Sally.

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