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Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 26 January 2019

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 26 January 2019!

For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Tongue Twister. The topic is up to you!

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is a Tongue Twister?

Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…

Tongue Twister

A Tongue Twister poem is made up of lines/verses that are hard to say when read aloud by using similar consonant sounds in succession (use of alliteration). In other words, the poem ties your tongue into knots. This form does not require end or internal rhyme.

Example of a Tongue Twister

Example #1
Serenity
Mystic moonlight, moments meet... 
Softly, somewhere songbirds sweet... 
Simple, soothing, soulful sounds... 
Mem'ries murmer, mossy mound... 
Wander wistful, winding ways 
Linger, loving, lilacs lay... 
Lazy langour, listless leaves... 
Weeping willow, wonder weaves... 
Pausing, picture, pristine plain... 
Ruling romance, restive…

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Scribblings by Sarah

F – urrowed

“Well I think it’s funny!”

Mum furrowed her brow, disagreeing. “You make me sound like a bad parent.”

“It’s not your fault your daughter’s speech delay replaces tr- with f-“. Mischievously, I turned to my sister, “Hey Katie, say “truck”…

By Sarah ©2019

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, First Line Friday – January 28th, 2019

Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt #90 – Furrowed

Challenges by Sarah, Mindlovemisery's Menagerie - Saturday Mix

Saturday Mix – Sound Bite, 19 January 2019

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 19 January 2019! This year, it’s time for some new challenges, and I have some exciting new prompts to throw into the “mix”.

Our 2019 Saturday Mix rotation will be:

WEEK 1 – Mad About Metaphor
WEEK 2 – Unique Personality
WEEK 3 – Sound Bite
WEEK 4 – Lucky Dip

This week we are hearing things as we explore the use of ONOMATOPOEIA. You will need to use the THREE onomatopoeic words in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our three words, using onomatopoeia are:

  • bang
  • clank
  • glug

You may be asking yourself, How can I use onomatopoeia in my writing?

Luckily, Your Dictionary has some examples for you.

The word onomatopoeia comes from the combination of two Greek words, onoma meaning “name” and poiein meaning “to make,” so onomatopoeia literally means “to make a name (or sound).” That is to…

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Stories by Sarah

Folded

It’d been a long day.

Kihei, Maui had deceptively more on offer than I’d thought. I sat my weary self down, noting the lazy colonnades made by benches and umbrellas. Even they had had it – pulled in and folded down for the evening.

I sat swirling my cocktail, hoping it would ease my aching muscles. The sun dipped below the tree line, drawing long shadows on the ground and I’m almost tempted to ask a passing cyclist if I can hitch a ride. The thought of walking up the hill, is overwhelming.

So I ordered another drink instead…

By Sarah ©2019

Carrot Ranch, Flash Fiction: January 17

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes colonnades. It can be natural, architectural, or a metaphor. Take a stroll and go where the prompt leads.

Photos by Sarah, Thursday Doors

The Ducks Nuts

A bit of a cheeky one for this week. We recently dined at a fabulous little bar called the “Ducks Nuts” in Canberra.

The toilet doors were particularly amusing – not so much pretty or beautiful, but definitely worth a chuckle and mention here at Thursday Doors…

Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors – 17 January 2019

Stories by Sarah

Star Struck

photo by Ian Parker via Unsplash

“Wait for me. I’ll be back for you in a few days ” she whispered, full of promises.

Enchanted and beguiled, he did – but what he didn’t know is that she was of the stars, and that her days were measured in light years.

When she finally returned, all that was left was the rusting shell of their love, and the discovery that he had been gone a long time…

By Sarah ©2019

Three Line Tales, Week 155

Stories by Sarah

Smashed

I waved goodbye to mum and noticed dark grey clouds in the frame of my windscreen.

It seemed rain was imminent, so I put my foot down on the accelerator and started the 20 minute drive home (depending on traffic).

As I snapped on my indicator and turned onto the motorway, fat drops splattered slowly, almost haphazardly on the glass.

The wipers moved back and forth clearing my view, and I gripped the wheel more tightly, bracing for the inclement weather.

A sudden bang, made me jump.

It was soon followed by another.

Then another.

Momentarily confused, I realised that the rain had now turned into glazed, white balls of ice. And they were coming down hard. Smashing into the bonnet and roof of my small car. Its boxy shell no match for the wild will of the hailstones. I guessed their diameter around 4-5cm.

Cursing, and scared, I looked around frantically for shelter. The steep embankments on the side of the road offered me no option. I saw an overpass ahead, and limped along cautiously, pulling up underneath.

With baited breath, I waited out the freak storm. The hail continued to slam down violently behind me, and the wind wailed eerily through the tunnel. I glanced in the rear vision mirror at the drivers behind me, their faces named with the same fear and concern as mine.

Then, as suddenly as it began, it was over. Shaking, I pulled back out onto the motorway and drove the rest of the way home.

I emerged safe and unharmed, but the same could not be said for my car.

I take her to the panel beaters tomorrow.

By Sarah ©2019

The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 386

Haiku / Senryu, Poetry by Sarah

Honey, Sage and Apple

With grapes from the vine
Add honey, sage and apple
You’ll have one fine wine

By Sarah ©2019

Author’s note: This Haiku was inspired by a wine recipe for white wine with honey and sage, that appears in one of the oldest medieval cookbooks, Tractatus de modo preparandi. You can find and try the recipe here, courtesy of Quarto Cooks

Ronovan Writes, Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt, Challenge #236 – Sage and Vine

Free Verse, Poetry by Sarah

Silhouette

I like to dress in silhouette.
Undefinable. Abstract.
Yet, undeniably there.

I like to dress in silhouette.
My features blurred by shadows.
Anonymity is mine.

I like to dress in silhouette.
Shrouded in cloaks of black.
I am protected.

I like to dress in silhouette.
Blend and merge with forms around me.
I am a cameleon.

Yes, silhouette is my preferred outfit.
Now I’m gone.

By Sarah ©2019

Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt, #89 – Silhouette

Challenges by Sarah, Mindlovemisery's Menagerie - Saturday Mix

Saturday Mix – Unique Personality, 12 January 2019

Some new challenges for 2019

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 12 January 2019! A new year, means it’s time for some new challenges, and I have some exciting new prompts to throw into the “mix”.

Our 2019 Saturday Mix rotation will be:

WEEK 1 – Mad About Metaphor
WEEK 2 – Unique Personality
WEEK 3 – Sound Bite
WEEK 4 – Lucky Dip

This week we are diving into the depths of PERSONIFICATION. Our challenge is all about the use of personification in our writing. You will need to use the statement provided in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our statement using personification is:

The skyscraper kissed the sky

You may be asking yourself, How can I use personification in my writing?

Luckily, Literary Devices has some examples for you.

Personification is one of the most commonly used and recognized literary devices. It refers to the practice of attaching human…

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Scribblings by Sarah, Stories by Sarah

A Little Greenery

Photo by Filip Gielda

I gaze absently at the raindrops trickling slowly down the window pane. Not really seeing them, but looking beyond. The unfamiliar street scape is making me anxious.

I moved back to the city just last week and each time, it startles me to see buildings instead of wide open spaces. I even added a little greenery on the window sills in a feeble attempt to abate my need for the bush.

A wave of homesickness washes over me, and I once again question, ‘Have I done the right thing?’

I guess only time will tell. That, and a little faith…

By Sarah ©2019

100 Word Wednesday – Week 104

Scribblings by Sarah

Foundations

2018 was a very challenging year for me and a casualty, has been my writing. I have been largely absent on WordPress, for the last six months, as I found myself unable to garner any energy or inspiration to write. I struggled to juggle work demands, and manage significant emotional and psychological stressors that accompanied these, in an ultimately, untenable situation. Thankfully, I have landed a new dream job, have moved interstate with my husband, and have begun building new foundations for our life together. This new year, means new beginnings…

Sammi Scribbles, Weekend Writing Prompt #88 – Foundations