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Saturday Mix – Double Take, 28 March 2020

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 28 March 2020!

This week we are seeing double with ‘Double Take’.

The ‘Double Take’ challenge focuses on the use of homophones* to build your writing piece. You have two sets of homophones and you are challenged to use all of them in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our homophone sets this week are:

meat – animal flesh
meet – to connect
mete – a boundary

and

pride – ego
pryed – opened

You may be thinking to yourself, How can I use homophones in my writing?
Luckily, Kat at Literary Devices, has some examples for you.

Example of Homophones in Literature
This poem is filled homophones (marked in bold). They create a humorous effect in the poem through having the same pronunciation but altogether different meanings.

Sole owner am I of this sorry soul
pour

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Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 21 March 2020

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip,21 March 2020!

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

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

Luckily, Writer’s Digest has an explanation…

Somonka Poems

The somonka is a Japanese form. In fact, it’s basically two tankas written as two love letters to each other (one tanka per love letter). This form usually demands two authors, but it is possible to have a poet take on two personas. Click here for a refresher on the tanka.

Example of a Somonka

Sugar

I’m waiting to die;
I think it will happen soon–
this morning, I saw
two bright hummingbirds battling
over some sugar water.

I know; I was there.
I chased after them for you
until thirst stopped me.
Fetch me…

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A-Z Challenge, Challenges by Sarah

A-Z Challenge 2020 – Theme Reveal

Call me crazy (and many do) but I have signed up for it again! The A-Z Challenge 2020 is nearly upon us and it’s time to reveal my theme for this year.

Drum roll please (*insert here*)….

This year, I will be writing about the A-Z of Canberra!

For those of you who may not know, Canberra is the REAL capital of Australia (not Sydney). I grew up here and have just returned as an ACT resident after 20 years living away.

Canberra cops plenty of flack and to the naysayers who nay, I say, it’s a great place to live – and I’ll tell you all about the reasons why through this year’s challenge.

I hope you will check in throughout the month of April and join me on my journey through the alphabet of our nation’s capital.

See you soon!

Challenges by Sarah, Mindlovemisery's Menagerie - Saturday Mix

Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, 14 March 2020

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, 14 March 2020!

This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of METAPHOR. Our challenge is all about the use of metaphor in our writing. You will need to use the metaphor provided in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our metaphor this week is:

– The classroom was a zoo.

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

Luckily, yourdictionary.com has some examples for you.

Simply put, a metaphor is a figure of speech containing an implied comparison. With metaphors, words or phrases that are ordinarily applied to one thing are applied to something you wouldn’t necessarily pair it with. Metaphors are members of the figurative language family, which also include elements like similes, onomatopoeia, and personification.

Common Metaphor Examples

Some famous metaphors have become part of our everyday speech and are frequently used in…

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Saturday Mix – Rhyme Time, 7 March 2020

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 7 March 2020!

This week we are “writing away, and having a play, with rhyming words for you today” with Rhyme Time.

‘Rhyme Time’ focuses on the use of rhyme to build your writing piece. You will be given six rhyming words* and need to use all of them (but not limited to these) in your response, which should be a poetry form of your choice.

*Homophones can be used as alternatives to the challenge words.

Our rhyming words this week are:

  1. mock
  2. shock
  3. stock
  4. lock
  5. hock
  6. block

You may be thinking to yourself, How can I use rhyme in my writing?
Luckily, Kat at Literary Devices, has some examples for you.

Examples of Rhyme in Poetry
A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounding words, occurring at the end of lines in poems or songs. A rhyme is a tool utilizing repeating…

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