Category Archives: Challenge

Flower of the Day: Prickly Pear

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Flower of the Day: Prickly Pear

My submissions for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge:

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Here’s what they looked like on Wednesday:

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet #47

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet #47

Every Sunday, the Weekend Writing Warriors share 8-10-sentence snippets from their works-in-progress on their blogs for others to read and comment on. Join the fun! Click on the link to see the full list.

The Unicornologist ~ High school freshman Hillary Noone, on a field trip to The Cloisters, receives a prophecy: she is destined to save the unicorn. Though she shrugs it off as being preposterous, soon life imitates art, and she finds herself in mortal danger.

Hillary is camping out in the woods by herself (so she can protect the unicorn), unbeknownst to her parents. While gathering firewood, she hears the secret whistle of her former best friend, Allie, and meets her. (Sorry for the wonky punctuation; trying to adhere to the length guidelines.)

“Hi, let’s go to our tree,” said Hillary.wewriwa2

“Climbing trees is kid stuff.”

“Oh–what’s up?”

“Your parents called and asked for you.”

Hillary gulped air.

“Don’t worry, I covered for you—I remembered they were on their honeymoon and you were supposed to stay with us. I said you were at the library and I didn’t want to go. I asked if they were having fun, and your dad said yes. I told them you were fine and they shouldn’t worry, they should just enjoy their honeymoon.”

“Wow, Allie, thanks.”

I know it’s short (the limit is ten sentences), but what do you think of this small excerpt from Chapter 23? Any suggestions on how I can make it better? Please comment below.

 

 

Color Your World Wisteria (Not)

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Color Your World Wisteria (Not)

This is not wisteria. I’m not sure what this bush is called, but the color is close to wisteria, so I’m using it for the Color Your World challenge, and for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge as well.

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It’s Easy Being Green

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It’s Easy Being Green

Participating in The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge:

Spring

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Spring

I’m participating in the Tuesday Photo Challenge this week. When I saw the prompt yesterday, I knew that several of the plants I’ve been seeing on my morning dog walks would be perfect.

For me, spring is all about buds and blossoms.

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Ocotillo with buds.

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Prickly pear with buds. We should have blossoms next week.

Did you know that pomegranates bloom? My neighbors have had this tree for years, but I never noticed the blossoms before. (You have to have flowers before you make fruit. Duh.)

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The circle of life: blossom juxtaposed with last year’s rotting fruit.

Aloes have the ugliest blossoms ever. But hummingbirds think they’re delightful.

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Have you ever seen desert dandelions? They spring up whenever we have a few drops of rain.

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They don’t stay pretty long, though; within days they’re seedy and three feet tall, like these in my back yard.

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And they’re very tenacious. They have evolved to fight back if anyone tries to weed them out. Check out the thorny leaves. Ouch!

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TUESDAYS OF TEXTURE | WEEK 12 OF 2017

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TUESDAYS OF TEXTURE | WEEK 12 OF 2017

My offerings for the Tuesdays of Texture Challenge:IMG_0055

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Share Your World

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Share Your World

I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World challenge today.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

My “go to” age used to be 29. Then, one birthday, I realized I was celebrating the 29th anniversary of my 29th birthday…

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

We live in Arizona and we don’t often have need of an umbrella, but I keep a few in the front hall right next to the door.

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Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

I prefer to be alone. I like to stay home holed up in my study, writing. But if I need a recharge, I’ll drive someplace beautiful where I can take a walk in the fresh air.

And a few times a year, I go on a writing retreat or to a writer’s conference with some of my friends.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

We grew up in the same town, six blocks from each other, and went to the same church, and attended the same high school (but not at the same time; my husband is six years older than me.)

We were both teachers. He taught second, third, and fourth grades (and junior high science for one year); I taught elementary general music.

We both attended colleges in Pennsylvania. He has a B.A. in Geology from Lafayette College in Easton; my first school was Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

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My husband, Greg, and I

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I had a wonderful time with the Phoenix International Folk Dancers last Tuesday. Karen and Bill Faust came up from Tucson to teach us some new dances.

I look forward to every day. I have a wonderful life.

Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet #46

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet #46

Every Sunday, the Weekend Writing Warriors share 8-10-sentence snippets from their works-in-progress on their blogs for others to read and comment on. Join the fun! Click on the link to see the full list.

The Unicornologist ~ High school freshman Hillary Noone, on a field trip to The Cloisters, receives a prophecy: she is destined to save the unicorn. Though she shrugs it off as being preposterous, soon life imitates art, and she finds herself in mortal danger.

Hillary is camping in the woods by herself.

A snuffling sound roused Hillary to semi-consciousness. Opening her eyes to pre-dawn gloom, she heard a deep groan. She maneuvered herself onto her hands and knees and peeked out of the tent.

A hulking black shape nosed at the base of a tree by her campsite. Bear, bear, bear!

Hillary crawled out of the far end of the tent and soundlessly rose to her feet. Keeping her eyes on the bear, she backed away.

The bear stood up on its hind legs, sniffed the air, and turned to face Hillary.

Despite her pounding heart, she addressed him with all the assertiveness she could muster. “Bear, I’m not going to bother you, and you’re not going to bother me.”

I know it’s short (the limit is ten sentences), but what do you think of this small excerpt from Chapter 23? Any suggestions on how I can make it better? Please comment below.

Texture: Week 11 of 2017

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Texture: Week 11 of 2017

For the Tuesdays of Texture challenge:IMG_0025

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Curvaceous

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Curvaceous

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge with prompt: curve.

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