Monthly Archives: November 2013

Weekly Writing Challenge: Five days of haiku

Haiku number 5, for this week’s WordPress Writing Challenge. The goal is to write five between Monday, November 25, and Friday.

Since this is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I’m probably going to focus on things to be thankful for – after a fashion.

Sometimes, the roof falls.
Sometimes, the bridge breaks. Those days
Thankfulness comes hard.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Five Days of Haiku

Haiku number 4, for this week’s WordPress Writing Challenge. The goal is to write five between Monday, November 25, and Friday.

Since this is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I’m probably going to focus on things to be thankful for – after a fashion.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Give thanks for well-known
Things: scent of turkey, rich yams,
Tart berries, spiced pie.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Five Days of Haiku

Haiku number 3, for this week’s WordPress Writing Challenge. The goal is to write five between Monday, November 25, and Friday.

Since this is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I’m probably going to focus on things to be thankful for – after a fashion.

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Trees, black-brown frameworks.
Flowers, taken by frost. Thanks
For bright clothes, warm homes.

Warm Wordless Wednesday

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Five Days of Haiku

Haiku number 2, for this week’s WordPress Writing Challenge. The goal is to write five between Monday, November 25, and Friday.

Since this is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I’m probably going to focus on things to be thankful for – after a fashion.

Misery’s Company

Yes, that’s how it is,
We say. You’re not alone. Give
Thanks for friends’ shared pain.

(A number of people in my circle of friends are coping with elderly, failing parents. Nothing can make the situation painless, but it helps to know that other people are facing the same kinds of problems.)

Weekly Writing Challenge: Five Days of Haiku

Haiku number 1, for this week’s WordPress Writing Challenge. The goal is to write five between today – Monday, November 25 – and Friday.

Since this is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I’m probably going to focus on things to be thankful for – after a fashion.

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(Actually, I’m Bummed)

Today the old drawer
Came apart. Should I give thanks
It lasted this long?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Surprisingly, this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is “unexpected”.

Unexpected300StIf you were rolling north from Seattle on the Interstate, with nothing to see on either side of the highway but towering evergreens, would you expect an exit for “300th Street”? We sure didn’t, so I took a picture of the sign.

Friday Fictioneers: Panic

Well, what would you do, confronted by a photo of a dismembered mannequin and some graffiti? You’d write a hundred word story about it, of course.

You wouldn’t? Well, that’s what the Friday Fictioneers do. Try it – you’ll like it!

sean-fallonPanic

November’s a gray month, so dark so early. Take the wrong shortcut, and you might run into anything. Something rustled behind him. Leaves, he told himself. But the leaves were gone for the winter. Only a mugger, he told himself with a sour smile.

It wasn’t like rustling, he decided. Or footsteps. Something scraping along the sidewalk.

“Help me.” A voice at waist level behind him. A child in trouble? He paused, turned.

The statue approached, swiveling stiffly from side to side. Its torso was missing, and its head wobbled atop its hips. The lips moved. He yelled and ran.

The head sighed. “This neighborhood. Everybody goes to pieces.”

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Please comment and let me know what you think of this story! And as usual, thanks to our fearless leader and cat-herder, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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Warm Wordless Thursday

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Travel themes: Short

This week’s theme at Where’s My Backpack is “short”. Ailsa has some great photos of shortness – don’t miss her post! And then, of course, share your own short pictures. But, to keep this from getting too long, here’s my photo:

ShortGreekFlowersNo, I don’t know what these flowers are – only that they grow low to the ground on the Greek island of Corfu.