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Mar 8 prompt

Today is International Women’s Day Today prompt is going to repet the question their website poses … “how are you going to push for progress?”.

Got involved last night/this morning on a political Continue reading “Mar 8 prompt”


Mar 7 prompt

Today prompt is “a bank teller”.

Computer issues today …

and I have to head downtown for First Wednesday’s event.



Mar 6 prompt

My Pinterest Ariel’s List has today’s prompt as “alone in a cathedral”. I’m posting a twist on that today …

Today prompt is “a lone cathedral”. Because it sounds a bit forlorn but also serene and romantic. Maybe even a title of a sci-fi novel … Continue reading “Mar 6 prompt”

Mar 4 & 5 prompts

Today is one of my Bro’s birthday! So I am changing today’s prompt in honor of him. He’s a big Douglas Adams fan – If you are too – or a Hitchhiker – you would know the answer to Life, The Universe & Everything is 42.

So that’s today Prompt – “42”. Because I wish him Everything.

Yesterdays prompt was “cloudy Mars” …

Mar 3 prompts & poem

Today’s is World Wildlife Day, a subject dear to my heart. This year they are especially advocating to protect the Big Cats from extinction.

I have quite a few Climate Change/Conservation poems and a good third use the voice of Big Cats as a cry to stop the extinction of Earth’s animals. Continue reading “Mar 3 prompts & poem”

Feb 26 prompt and poem

Getting back to some of my roots today … The prompt is “County Cork”. Continue reading “Feb 26 prompt and poem”

Mar 1 & 2 prompts

Sorry, folks, I fell down a few rabbit-holes. I came up against a deadline on my Cherry Blossom Festival art project, so I had to get hyper-focused. And then, as a result of that hard push, Continue reading “Mar 1 & 2 prompts”

Feb 25 prompt and poem

Today’s prompt is “dust Continue reading “Feb 25 prompt and poem”

Feb 23 & 24 prompt and poem

Yesterday’s prompt was ” banana bread”. Warm sweet banana bread – I understand the best is made from bananas with brown, almost black skin – the more over-ripe the banana, the sweeter the bread.

Today’s prompt Continue reading “Feb 23 & 24 prompt and poem”

Feb 21 prompt and a poem

It is nearing my birthday – so I am getting a bit personal on the prompts …

 Today’s  prompt is “purple” – my favorite color and very wrapped in meaning to me. Continue reading “Feb 21 prompt and a poem”

Feb 19 & 20 prompt and a poem

I know I have gotten slow in posting these prompts – but life has been happening Continue reading “Feb 19 & 20 prompt and a poem”

Feb 17 & 18 prompt and a poem

I was planning on doing nothing today Yeah – that’s not gonna happen. Creatives don’t do “nothing” …

 Yesterday’s  prompt was “buried on mars”

Today’s  prompt is “buried on mars drink wine day” -yes – this is one thing I won’t be doing. I love wine … but none on hand. I have paint though – and canvas. So maybe I’ll paint wine.

And how about a wine poem …

Once Upon A Wineglass
(Wine and Writers)

The six glasses sat beckoning
and it’s been a long day.

The steward slid the half pour in,
subtle yellow Sauvignon Blanc standing in a round.

Hard edges of the 2015 Villa Maria was my morning;
a Grecian shanghai across the seas, unfinished, uninvited.

2014 Peter Yealands, an alternative bus;
it got me there with two minutes to spare.

2014 Infamous Goose, a mid-priced bouquet;
pleasant flavor offset by technical glitches in the email.

2015 Kim Crawford, an audacious fruity intention;
a well-crafted giggle to dispell afternoon’s gloom.

2013 St Clair – this would be walking out the door;
bright fruit notes, a smooth finish

2014 Greywacke – closing the day with gourmet;
crème brulee and unhindered words.

And, from today until the 19th,  take 15 minutes to inventory your birds, yeah? Post your findings at

Feb 16 prompt

Let’s get back to nature and present day. It is Audobon’s Great Backyard Bird Count … today’s  prompt is “backyard bird”. Continue reading “Feb 16 prompt”

Feb 15 prompt & poem

It’s Advancement of science week and, as such,  today’s  prompt is simply “science”. Continue reading “Feb 15 prompt & poem”

Feb 14 prompt & poem

Valentines’s Day. Birthday of Oregon, my favorite grandmother and of my beloved …

So today’s  prompt is “Tiger”. Continue reading “Feb 14 prompt & poem”

Feb 13 prompt

Tuesday’s prompt is “Inside a computer”.

… Which is where it seems I live alot .


Feb 11 & 12 prompt

Sorry – life has been demanding and has needed to be tackled face-on and with a battle cry.

Sunday’s prompt was Continue reading “Feb 11 & 12 prompt”

Feb 10 prompt

Today’s prompt is “along the water”.

I may go differently with this prompt than  Continue reading “Feb 10 prompt”

Feb 8 & 9 prompt

Yesterday was a “one-step forward, three-steps back” day:  I knew my physical self would have a push-back from two demanding Continue reading “Feb 8 & 9 prompt”

Feb 7 prompt

While I am a spiritual person, I am equally passionate about science. And I often see the spiritual world echoed Continue reading “Feb 7 prompt”

Feb 6 prompt

One of the duties in writing is “description” and one of the first few things we describe Continue reading “Feb 6 prompt”

Feb 3 prompt

Today’s prompt is “women physician “.

Yes – I’m a proponent of feminism! Continue reading “Feb 3 prompt”

Feb 2 prompt

Today is Wear Red Day – to bring awareness to strokes and heart disease in women – I am going to put a twist on that. Today’s prompt is to Continue reading “Feb 2 prompt”

Feb 1 prompt

Today starts National Black History Month (why do we only set aside 28 days Continue reading “Feb 1 prompt”

Jan 31 prompt

Let’s go current today & offer two different prompts: Continue reading “Jan 31 prompt”

Jan 30 prompt

Today’s writing prompt is “college professsor”. Good for a homage Continue reading “Jan 30 prompt”

Jan 29 prompt

I love the smell of libraries & bookstores And it is totally appropriate for me that I fell in love

Continue reading “Jan 29 prompt”

Jan 28 prompt


I wasn’t too sure of using today’s prompt – with it being a #SundayFunday … but maybe this is the mind-shift we need before Continue reading “Jan 28 prompt”

Jan 27 prompt


Today may be a day of fantasizing … Or maybe it’s just  because I really need a handyman that will work for Continue reading “Jan 27 prompt”

Jan 26 prompt

I do community theater, so I often have had to wear Continue reading “Jan 26 prompt”

Dec 31 Prompt

Let’s end the year on a positive note – most everyone I know  Continue reading “Dec 31 Prompt”

Dec 30 Prompt

Dec 30 has a mess of differnt historical happenings such as Dec 30, 1936 ;The United Auto Workers union staged its first sitdown strike.

So, as we traditionally look Continue reading “Dec 30 Prompt”

Dec 29 Prompt

Our prompt today is “tomato & winter squash”.

And  – dang – a soup of that sounds Continue reading “Dec 29 Prompt”

Dec 28 Prompt

Today – as one of the Twelve Days of Christmas – is Holy Innocents Day. And that is Continue reading “Dec 28 Prompt”

CC Willow here – December’s Art Walks

2017 Something Red Art Walk
2017 Something Red Art Walk

I do have two paintings on the Something Red Art Walk in Downtown Salem: RedHead @ Elsinore Gallery  & Framing and Tent at World Beat @ CCTV through the end of December  – both available for sale. (Though I heard a rumor that CCTV is closed this week for the holidays.) I will be picking them up when December ends.

Continue reading “CC Willow here – December’s Art Walks”

Dec 26 prompt

Today’s prompt is especially timely – given yesterday’s traditional gift-giving frenzy. It is Continue reading “Dec 26 prompt”

Dec 19 prompt

Today’s prompt is inspired by my Monday evening … it is “by the Continue reading “Dec 19 prompt”

Dec 18 prompt

It’s Monday – but let’s have some fun …Grab the nearest book & go to page 22. Continue reading “Dec 18 prompt”

Dec 17 prompt

Let’s have today’s prompt be “chocolate-covered anythinng” … Continue reading “Dec 17 prompt”

Dec 16 prompt

Today’s prompt can go many ways – it is “cold Continue reading “Dec 16 prompt”

Day 15 prompt

Still December – so tossing in another holiday-themed prompt out there ..Today’s is “the lights on Continue reading “Day 15 prompt”

Dec 13 prompt

Today’s prompt “Mother, on her birthday”

My mother’s birthday Continue reading “Dec 13 prompt”

Dec 12 prompt

Ipoetry prompt/ Poetry prompy, Poetry prompt?

Sorry – I’m late today. stayed up last night with my CC Willow hat on – updating my database after neglecting it since September. Still need to finish that today as End Of Year is coming …

I like writing about current events – seeing what lessons can be gleaned from them or what wordds can heal. And given yesterday’s subway bombing … let’s have today’s prompt be Continue reading “Dec 12 prompt”

Dec 11 prompt

It is a month of hoidays …

Today’s prompt is “Chanukah begins”

Poinsetta by CC Willow
Poinsetta by CC Willow

Reminder, my Etsy site CC Willow Arts will be 10% off through December (I can gift-wrap for you). Also – If you like my zentangle patterns, many are available on items, like pillows, on RedBubble

If you are into community

Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow
Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow

theater and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley – the murder mystery that I have been in rehearsals for – “Christmas At The Blizzard” -opened Dec 1 and is running weekends through Dec. 17.  See Silverton’s  Brush Creek Playhouse’s website for details …

Day 10 prompt

Late – due to tech issues … But I got some sleep and I’m tackling it anew.

Today’s prompt has been on my mind for a three weeks – perhaps because I have become such  a homebody. It  is “you are the ghost in your house” … Continue reading “Day 10 prompt”

Day 30 – Last Day of Challenges

Last day of challenges. I have about 2K words left to write for NaNoWriMo. And 2 poems to go …

I am still pondering posting a prompt a day starting tomorrow if anyone is interested … Let me know. Continue reading “Day 30 – Last Day of Challenges”

Day 29 – Count Down on November Writing Challenges

Running today. I am hoping to play #1 linewed on Twitter today … but not sure I will get that chance!

Here’s the prompts:  Continue reading “Day 29 – Count Down on November Writing Challenges”

Day 28 – Knocked down 2 days, now back

Counting today, there are only three days left of November’s Writing Challenges. (Also see end of today’s post for announcement. )

Sorry for my absence – I was knocked down for two days Continue reading “Day 28 – Knocked down 2 days, now back”

Day 22 of NovPAD / NaNoWriMo

Challegiing day but excited for Thanksgiving! Son has asked to be the Meister Chef tomorrow and looking forward to what deliciousness he whips up.

Hopefully the brownies will take the day off…

Today’s Writing Challnges’ prompts:


RLB today suggest using “(blank) Day” as the title of today’s NovPAD poem. This may end up being an elegy to my Grizzly (T-Day was always his holiday … and now Son takes up the mantle.)

Poetry Potion has a prompt of “Angels & vices” – I first read that as Angels and voices” … Might become my poem.

Mia’s Prompt for Day 22 is “distorted sounds”.

All really great prompts …


I’ll have to pick this one up later; don’t have it with me right now …

I did a fun Fall tangle this morning! It features the patterns of Trimind, Bask-It, Swirly, Vega & Flovine against a background of Twenty-One. 

I hope to share a poem tomorrow. 

Zentangle by CC Willow

DAY 25 – And I’m wearing my CC Willow name today

Redhead by CC Willow

I’m behind the counter today with my red head, assisting in the Artists in Action’ “Something Red” Art Walk intake … Been kept busy as artists throughout the Willamette Valley drop off art for this annual event!  Continue reading “DAY 25 – And I’m wearing my CC Willow name today”

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