A New Year, A New Purpose

Some time ago, I read this post. Whether because of my frame of mind at the time or some other reason, it didn’t speak to me as it should have then. I would like to share this with you now, as it discusses why we tangle and how tangling helps. Read on…

The Tireless Tangler

It’s a new year and I’m full of awe that I am still surviving in 2017. 2016 was easily the worst year of my life and I have never been so relieved to see a year slip into the past. I’m praying this year will be boring and uneventful and full of love and art!

Speaking of art! I have not been blogging but I’ve been creating at a frenetic pace! I’m so relieved I’ve gotten my creative spark burning again, so assuming the sky isn’t currently falling, I’m dedicating myself to an art centered blog once again (life willing!).  If you still follow this blog I appreciate your patience with my occasional digressions. 

One of the joys of this new year has been the progression of my Zentangle® Method journey. I’ve been happily tangling for over a year! One of the most enjoyable things I’ve done is join the…

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Monday Motivations

Today’s Monday Motivations from Esther Newton is inspired by a beautiful Spring day. Write on!
Thank you, Esther, for a sunny inspiration and a very Holmesian photo prompt! Have a great week!


It was a glorious spring day yesterday. I hope you all had some sunshine wherever you were. Here are some writing prompts to get you in the creative mood. If you want to send me your work on these themes to be included on my blog next Monday, please just post them at the end in the comments box or email me: esthernewton@virginmedia.com

Word Prompt: Sunshine

Photo prompt:

IMG_3292For last week’s prompts click here

EDC Writing builds up a vivid picture in the mind with his piece:

The thing with warm days… people sweat.

It’s late September in Italy on Lake Garda in the town of Malcesine. The noon queue ever growing for the cable car to the top of Monte Baldo.

You know the kind of queue, where you can’t quite see the end until you’ve shuffled for an hour. This one ascending floors to a transient fresh air…

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Monday Motivations

This week’s Monday Motivations from Esther Newton follows, along with some results from last week’s photo prompt. Enjoy!
As always, thank you, Esther!


Hope you all had a great weekend. Here are some writing prompts to get you in the writing mood. If you want to send me your work on these themes to be included on my blog next Monday, please just post them at the end in the comments box or email me: esthernewton@virginmedia.com

Word Prompt: Relations

Photo prompt:

BooksTo see last week’s word and photo prompts, click here

Thank you to those of you who sent in your creative offerings and also to those who had a go just for themselves.

Please click on the following link to see Geoff Le Pard‘s super interpretation of the themes:


Carla Burns sent in this entertaining and compelling story:

Vantage point         

She had no idea where she had first heard or read it – heard, presumably, as it had been part of her vocabulary so long it must have predated…

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Markets For Writers

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Originally posted on esthernewtonblog:
Enjoy writing a story with chills and thrills? Then this week’s market is for you. ‘Writing Magazine‘ are running a ‘Paranormal Short Story Competition‘. All you need to do is give the judge a little scare…

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Monday Motivations

After missing last week’s post from Esther, I didn’t want to let another Monday Motivations slip by.
Esther, thank you, as always! Your dedication is greatly appreciated!


I’m just about coming back down to earth after the excitement and buzz of last week’s London Book Fair. So here is this week’s Monday Motivations word prompt:

The Hiding Place

And here’s this week’s picture prompt:

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Last week’s Monday Motivations was a rollover, featuring a photo and word prompt. Here are your wonderful creations:

EDC Writing was quick off the mark:

They sat
She wriggled some
Gave a yelp
Jumped up and stripped
Touched her toes
He pulled splinters
One by one
By reflected light
A perfect moon

Steve Walsky wrote a beautiful piece:


Lights strung around, and between the trees
forming a halo above the old, worn-out bench
A bench of wood, now so less inviting
yet tempting for the tired
A place to rest within the shade
a place to contemplate one’s days

Please visit Helen Jones‘ blog to read her wonderful piece of…

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Markets For writers

Esther Newton brings us a newvMarkets for Writers today. The event is the Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition.
Thank you, Esther, for always keeping us informed!


This week’s market is the Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition. There is an adult category inviting stories of up to 2500 words. The junior competition (two categories: 8-11 and 12-16) has a word limit of 1000 words. Entry is £5 for adults and it’s free for juniors.

The prize in the adult category is £150 and the winners of the two junior age groups will win £30 each.

The closing date is 24th March 2017.

Shortlisted entries, including the winning entries will be published in the Evesham Festival of Words 2017 Anthology. To find out more, please visit the competition page


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Monday Motivations

Re logging a little late in the day, but it’s still Monday! Monday Motivations from Esther Newton for February 27, 2017.
Thank you for a wonderful list as always, Esther!


I’m taking a while to get going this Monday morning. If you’re struggling to get your writing brain active, here are some writing prompts for you:

  • The letter
  • Secrets
  • Passion

Last week’s writing prompts were:

  • Laughter
  • Cold
  • The Future

Here are your creative works:

Robert Griffiths has written a beautiful story:

Charlie’s bluebird        1961

“Charlie, why are you staring out of the window?” Jess asked.

“It’s that cat,” said Charlie.

“What about it?” said Jess.

“It’s in our garden again. It watches my bird, it waits for her eggs to hatch, then it will eat my chicks. I want to kill it!” said Charlie.

“You can’t, it’s Mrs Jones’s cat,” said Jess.

“Sisters are a pain, I’m going out,” said Charlie.

He walked out of his sister’s bedroom and down the stairs and out the front door. He crossed the pavement and sat down on the kerb stone resting his…

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Writing Tip: Start writing

Sharing words of writing wisdom from author Libby Sommer.
Thank you,
Libby! This is a wonderful way to think about writing, especially when the paper is blank!

Libby Sommer, Author

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When I used to teach classes to beginning writers, it was good.  It forced me to think back to the beginning to when I first put pen to paper.  The thing is, every time we sit down and face the blank page, it’s the same.  Every time we start a new piece of writing, we doubt that we can do it again.  A new journey with no map – like setting off towards the horizon alone in a boat and the only thing another person can do to help is to wave from the shore.

So when I used to teach a creative writing class, I had to tell them the story all over again and remember that this is the first time my students are hearing it.  I had to start at the very beginning.

First up, there’s the pen on the page.  You need this intimate relationship between the…

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Markets For Writers

Esther Newton shares another new writing completion in today’s Markets for Writers.
Thank you, Esther! You always keep us writing!


If you enjoy writing flash fiction, you might like to enter Writing Magazine’s 750-word story competition. Stories are accepted on any theme. You have until 15th April 2017 to enter.


1st prize: £200 and publication in Writing Magazine

2nd prize: £50 and publication on the website

Entry fees:£5 or £3 for subscribers

To find out more, visit the competition page



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10 Writing Tips – Part 4

Here is a reblog of some writing tips that I originally saw on Don Massenzio’s blog (http://donmassenzio.com here on WordPress). It contains links to the first three parts of this tips series.
Thanks for sharing this!, Don!

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This is the last in my series of Writing Tips. I hope they have been helpful. If you want to check out the first three parts, you can click on the links below:

dotsTip 31 – Let the Reader Connect the Dots

You don’t have to account for every minute of your characters day. You just need to provide enough information so that time jumps won’t lose your reader. If nothing happens to advance the story during a certain interval, you can leave it out.

Good-talkTip 32 – Tell a Good Story, but Make Your Dialog Count

You can have the best story in the world and do a masterful job describing the people, places and things, but if your dialog is weak, you’ll lose your reader.

smell-oTip 33 – Your Readers have Five Senses

The best writers can transport their readers to real…

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