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Day 30 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo

Day 30 – Last Day of National Poetry Writing and all the Poem-A-Day challenges. It could be a sad day … But good news! Not only will November bring National Novel Writing Month but it will bring November’s Poem-A-Day Challenges!

As for me, I’m gonna continue posting one a day … HERE!

And tomorrow brings May –

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Apr 18 #NaPoWriMo #AprPAD

Day 18. My aide may have killed my beloved laptop with dishwater. We’ll see, Fortunately, the top was closed. I have dried what water I could see and have it bagged up with rice until tomorrow.

So – today we do this tiny-screen editing Continue reading “Apr 18 #NaPoWriMo #AprPAD”

Mar 24 prompt

Today is one of my favorite days – my “baby” sister’s birthday! And I’m missing her.

I remember this day the pictures was taken, a quick Easter picture before heading to church, reaching out towards mom’s pink and purple roses near the driveway.It was a mild spring day in San Jose, early morning,

Strange how photographs hold sounds and scents, emotions .. Continue reading “Mar 24 prompt”

Mar 23 prompt

As a tree-hugger & conservationist, I am alarmed with how we humans impact our earth and our fellow planetary travelers. Especially Continue reading “Mar 23 prompt”

Mar 22 prompt & poem

Today’s is World Water Day and water is a frequent motif in my poetry. Partly because I am a Pisces and water resonates deeply for me – but mostly due to the fact that water is such a major building block for life and humans.

So today’s prompt is “water” ! Continue reading “Mar 22 prompt & poem”

Mar 18 & 19 prompt

Yesterday’s prompt was “awkward moments”

Today’s is Continue reading “Mar 18 & 19 prompt”

Mar 17 prompt

I’m out and about today, helping a friend. So posting today’s prompt from my phone…

Today, St Patrick’s Day, is a day of my people … if you count leprechauns as my ancestors! Although Im just as apt to claim the Sidhe and Faire Folk!

So rather than go with the cliche and trite prompts … Today’s prompt is Continue reading “Mar 17 prompt”

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 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 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 25

Day twenty-five – Only six days to go.
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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 21 Where I find prompts …

Day twenty-one – we’ve been at this for a full three weeks now.

My personal Poem A Day Challenge – today’s is … a little league event.
Continue reading “Day 21 Where I find prompts …”

Day 18

Day eighteen – saw me down for the count. It’s frustrating knowing how limited I am right now. Spent all day writing, some Continue reading “Day 18”

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