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Dec 1 prompt

Today is “Faux Fur Friday”.

And as a big fan of fake fur – It seems like a great way to start the month. Comfort and warmth – and no lives taken. No lives wasted … Continue reading “Dec 1 prompt”

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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:

NovPAD

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 …

NaNoWiMo

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

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”

Day 24 Guess I should title this post ….

Okay – Now that midnight has past and my fridge is full of tastry turkey (Thanks, Son!), I’ll now concede it’s Christmas in the house! Something about a full meal with the family and then board games around the table definately get me into the mood! As you could probably tell from last night’s tangling …

About prompts: Continue reading “Day 24 Guess I should title this post ….”

Day 23 Thankful for Writing Challenges

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the United States and Americans abroad! Expecially to our  brave our, defense warriors stationed away from family.

I’m not one these days for expressing my gratitude aloud these days, other than thanking  someone for a favor they have done.  The reason being= it seems a sure-fire way to lose what I appreciate having. Continue reading “Day 23 Thankful for Writing Challenges”

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:

NovPAD

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 …

NaNoWiMo

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

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 21 – 3 weeks of NovPAD & NaNoWriMo

Spent this morning looking for my glasses; never did find them. I suspect the brownies took them & hid them. Today is also a day when physical law refuse to work for me. Those two challenges leave today being a “catch me if you can” day.

I need to spend today in my role as CC Willow, working on my online art offerings & setting up a holiday sale. So, on for today …

Continue reading “Day 21 – 3 weeks of NovPAD & NaNoWriMo”

Day 20 of 30-Day Writing Challenges

Tech issues, so this post will be composed in stages today.

One of those days when I can’t quite get my emotions under control – so all my devices are SLIDing and in the weirdest ways (im) possible. Let’s go from phone to ‘puter now … Continue reading “Day 20 of 30-Day Writing Challenges”

Day 19 Sunday, Fun day for NovPAD and NaNoWriMo

And, yes, there will be a poem shared!

So yesterday I let procrastination limit how much I could write y’day. When I did get to Everybody Likes Pie, I was able to lose myself completely in it … for about 30 mins at a time. But then my inner domestic kept reminding me of chores I needed to do, which led to more chores needing to be done. Writers’ life, sheesh. Continue reading “Day 19 Sunday, Fun day for NovPAD and NaNoWriMo”

Day 18 of NovPAD and NaNoWriMo

I thought I already posted this… Well, here it goes.

I have set today aside for poeming & noveling. So now I have the dishes done , two loads of laundry folded and one washing, floors swept, and a lil’ Thanksgiving prep handled.

Continue reading “Day 18 of NovPAD and NaNoWriMo”

Day 17 of November’s Challenges & poem

September 17, or – as my people think of it – four months until St. Patrick’s Day! I’m wearing the green today!

Been busy doing a lot of novelling last night & today on Everybody Likes Pie. Continue reading “Day 17 of November’s Challenges & poem”

Day 15 – Halfway done with November … and a poem

Halfway there! Of course, I refer to – not word count – but time. And if you find yourself not even halfway through the poems , not even at the 25K word count  at the end of today, that’s okay… We still have another 15 days; plenty of time still to write! Continue reading “Day 15 – Halfway done with November … and a poem”

Day 14 – 2 weeks of November Challenges

Still trying to catch up from last week’s detour – but today makes the Two Week Mark for my four November challeges: Writer’s NovPAD, Poetry Potion’s Poem-A-Day, National Novel Writing Month, and my personal Zentangle-A-Day. I think any one participating in a November challenge should get real-time points for just sticking with it! Tomorrow makes our half-way point … Continue reading “Day 14 – 2 weeks of November Challenges”

Day 11 and SteamPunk Masquerade Ball!

steampunk+ball+flyer (1)So … in September I found myself a member of the committee to put on Salem’s Inaugural SteamPunk Masquerade Ball. So the past two months we have been gearing up for it. And tonight’s The Night! Continue reading “Day 11 and SteamPunk Masquerade Ball!”

Day 3 & 4 Poeming, Bogarts, and Steampunk – Oh My!

So yesterday was a silent – but productive day.

Silent – as  the devices I had access toinfested with bogarts & brownies and not letting me communicate with anyone (no keyboard, no mobile internet, heck – no clocks) and those that miht have worked … were missing or hidden. <rueful smile>  No posting; no writing.  Continue reading “Day 3 & 4 Poeming, Bogarts, and Steampunk – Oh My!”

Day 2 NovPAD 2017

Today will be short – as I’m between apppointments right now.

NovPAD

Brewer has suggested writing a “disguise poem” today.

Mia Botha’s prompt is “wind“.

NaNoWriMo

NaNo’s suggestion for your novelling today is “write a world where electricity and light are living creatiures and some people can communicate with them“.

Zentangle

20171030b Zentangle croppedI am challenging myself to create one zentangle a day during November. I’ve been so caught up, as CC Willow, in marketing my art that I really have not had a chance to play &  create more.

Now scooting myself to group yoga …

Day 28 PAD heading to finish line …

Day twenty-eight. Only three more days.  This is when you realize that Poem-A-Day challenges are hard. “Yes, show up ev’day. Write a poem …. didn’t I just write one ye’day. I’ve run out of words to say. My family has forgotten what I look like.  I ‘z go stuff to do.”

And yet, if you listen to your muse, you’ll find she’s happier than she has been in a long while. Now that you have stopped listening to your inner critic – started listening to her, you will find she has much more to say today.

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD is … wary.

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is smell.

NaPoWriMo‘s participant is little learner.  The featured poet today is poet Kazim Ali, co-founder of Nightboat Books and author of three books of poetry.  NaPoWriMo’s prompt for today is a challenge you to write a poem using Skeltonic verse (or tumbling verse).  That  is a poem thatwas pioneered by John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet. Skeltonic verse features short stanzas with irregular meter, using only two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse). The lines rhyme without a proscribed rhyme scheme. See the NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo site for a good example or check out  this link to Poetry Forms.

Poets&Writers is asking that today’s poem uses a clichéd phrase (“fit as a fiddle,” “think out of the box,” “running on empty,” etc.) and turns it around. Give it a new meaning .

The Poetry School‘s NaPoWriMo group today suggests that you write a haiku. But to be loose with it; don’t worry about the syllables and focus on the juxtaposition of two ideas or images  and the cutting word. See their prompt page for a more detailed prompt.


 

18121662_666685146852673_5287217697833574390_oLet me shift gears here back into CC Willow – something I have been doing continously this week.  Salem’s Art Walk is tonight, AKA Final Friday Art Walk. My friends Anna C. & Russ (Star Wars fans, aren’t we all) have set this month’s theme as “It’s a Trap” & then promptly ordered 20-ish stormtrooper heads, handing them out to Salem artists.  I’ve been watching them coming back into Prisms Gallery; the Salem art community taken liberties! One of my favs is a steampunk theme done by friend Terra – I think Time Lord. Another is a lamp done by Christy Wood of Runway Crafts. (Before opening Runway, Christy often painted sets for Brush Creek Playhouse productions; amazing lady!)

PacNW StormtrooperI, as noted on Tuesday, came late to the fun. And although I just brought my helmet home Monday, I had been planning the design since February and so, Thursday morning had a completed Helmet to turn in. My thought – What if a storm trooper’s helmet had been left a long time ago in the Pacific NW forests ? Maybe by space-faring Ewoks,. Or maybe by a longtime Empire/Rebel war. The movie did say “a long, long time ago”.  I added it to the growing collection, setting it on a podium next to Jonathon’s (Create-A-Memory) “Garden Wars”.  Come check it out; the Group project is always housed at Prism’s Gallery in The Reed’s Underground.

My Art Walk display,  at Create A Memory Studio this time, is almost complete. Jonathon helped me yesterday with it. I do have some new pendants added for sale, based on imagees from my Parrrot Tulip and my Iris paintings. And this morning I’m getting more cards printed and packaged.

Two of my pieces will additionally be on display at Russ & Anna D’s shop Parallel Worlds in The Reed Underground. We were chatting as I was taking down my April show at Prisms and he requested two for his red gallery wall.  It’s a great little indie store – I picked up some awesome throwing knives there in January! Do go in there! Both Anna D & He have some amazing work of their own on the wall, some collaborations, and work from other artists as well. Judging for the pieces they have gathered – that red wall is going to be amazing.

I understand that this Art Work has grown quite a bit & really has grown into quite an event. Saying something – since it is just 4 months old. It seems my buddies at Artists in Action have discovered it (Janet & I talking it up at this month’s meeting may have something to do with it) and now the walls above in the Salem Art’s Building are burgeoning.

Well – gotta run – or in my condition today, limp – along. Hope to see you at tonight’s shenanagins. I will be handing at Create A Memory – either with my easel or my sketch pad.

Day 27 – Poem In Your Pocket Day

Day twenty-seven – The countdown has gotten real! Only 4 days to go.

Today is officially “Poem In Your Pocket Day”. Hope Screen Door poem meme squareyou got a poem … I have printed out the meme shown and am carrying it as a scroll today. If you are looking for other ways to celebrate other than having a poem in your pocket, see my list of suggestions in yesterday’s blog.

As for my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD is … a knife & fork.

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD 2017 prompt for today is to use at least 3 of the following 6 words in your poem (using a word or two in your title is fine); for extra credit, try using all 6:

  • pest
  • crack
  • ramble
  • hiccup
  • wince
  • festoon

NaPoWriMo‘s featured participant today is A Thing For Words. Today’s featured poet is the poet Sharon Olds, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection Stag’s Leap.

Many poems explore the sight or sound or feel of things, and Proust famously wrote about the memories evoked by smell, but today NaPoWriMo invites you to write a poem that explores your sense of taste! This could be a poem about food, or wine, or even the oddly metallic sensation of a snowflake on your tongue.

Poets&Writers 30 Day Challenge  follows the same track about writing with a focus on senses, except their tak on it is to write a poem to or about a person close to you using any of the senses except sight.

The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo group has today’s prompt as The Elements. Your poem today should contain one or more of the elements, classical or scientific. This excellent dynamic periodic table will be very useful. The title of your poem should be your chosen element(s). Try to steer clear of gold and ‘the element of surprise’ because they’ve both been done to death, and go for one of the more interesting ones. Research is your friend.


 

Today, I am in artist mode hyperdrive. I start setting up my art showings for Friday’s Art Walk & May’s display this morning. So I am assembling pendants & printing cards like crazy! 

I did get my “It’s A Trap” Storm Tooper head finished about an hour ago, I turn that in first thing this morning.

It is 1:38, and I have alot of product to print out & assemble …

Happy poeming, my friends!

Day 26 Poem In Your Pocket Day tomorrow

Day twenty-six – The countdown continues, five days left.

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge today, I have the prompt listed as… a cartoon bandit.
Continue reading “Day 26 Poem In Your Pocket Day tomorrow”

Day 25

Day twenty-five – Only six days to go.
Continue reading “Day 25”

NaPoWriMo Day 24 & Double Elevensies

Day twenty-four … Starting today there is only a full week left. Yes – now’s that time I start having that nagging little countdown start making it’s noise. Continue reading “NaPoWriMo Day 24 & Double Elevensies”

Day 22 & Earth Day

Day twenty-two! And Happy Earth Day! Personally 2’s has always been an lucky for me.; 22 twice as lucky …

Today I need luck both as Ariel & especially as CC Willow; Final  Friday Art Walk is a week away & May is coming.  That means today I talk to businesses, scouting for wall space for some of my CC Willow pieces. Anna @ Prisms said a few more DT business are joining the Art Walk, I need to see which would be the best venue for me.  Right now, the top of my short list is Create-A-Memory, Salem’s pottery & glass-fusing studio, where one of my Something Red pieces hung in December.

So our sojourn today needs to be brief; I need to be out the door here soon.

For today. my personal Poem A Day prompt in honor of Earth Day is … Pacific Northwest forests

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is to write a fable poem today.

NaPoWriMo’s featured participant today is Arash’s Poetry, where the overheard poem for Day 21 is a wonderful rendering of speech in a busy cafe. Their featured poet is Kyle Dargan. Originally from New Jersey, Dargan now lives in Washington, DC, he is the author of poetry that explore the intersection of the personal, the political, mixed ‘lil science fiction. I don’t usually post NaPoWRiMo’s links here (I link to THEIR page where you can explore thrie contenet moore) However, the Bill Moyer interview with Kyle really gripped me & so, at the risk of riding their coat-ttails. I’m keeping their link active to it.

NaPoWriMo’s prompt is a challenge to write a georgic. The original georgic poem was written by Virgil, and while it was ostensibly a practical and instructional guide regarding agricultural concerns, it also offers political commentary on the use of land in the wake of war.  I’m not sure I have written a georgic before – this will be a new one for me.

Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompt today is to write a Golden Shovel, a modern poetry form, which has really taken off since it was invented by Terrance Hayes. Take a line from a poem you admire, then use each word in that line as the end word in your own line, keeping them in order. If all goes well, you should be able to read the original poem down the right hand margin of your poem.

Poets&Writers 30 Day Challenge has all 30 prompts listed. Today’s prompt for them is to make a list of the names of your family members and friends. Free-associate. Write a poem using all their names.

And the #30DaysForEarth tip, sponsored by Bambeco, is to Celebrate The Earth today. So many events today to choose from today,  all geared towards loving our blue home.

Today is The March For Science; I can think no better way right now to slow the plunder of our planet than in promoting knowledge on how dependant we are on Dear Gaia.

Now … go save the planet today! Write Poetry! Could be the same thing …

 

 

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