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Photo prompt round-up: Tranquil #writephoto

Over 50 have joined in this week, great stuff and great fun to read or write.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


Caught by the stream
Flotsam and jetsom
Spiralling whirpools
Memories reflect themselves
In silent and unruffled pools
The river flows heedlessly onwards
Our tears and laughter define its essence


The photo for this week’s prompt was taken on the banks of the river Wharfe in Ilkley, Yorkshire.The light in the photograph is strange and otherwordly. Careful editing would have corrected it, but I loved the lilac cast as a prompt.

Ilkley is a place I have loved all my life, mostly for the moors above the town and the memories that haunt every pathway… memories both my own and those of the far distant past of my people.

The rover that runs through the valley below is also a very special place. I paddled in its swift waters as a child, and as a woman watched herons fishing there. It was also one of the…

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Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #9

A wealth of helpful information for the perhaps as yet unpublished but aspiring wordsmith,

Curious-Authentic Ink

Writer Opps Wednesday today brings you an Emerging Writers Contest; a Screenplay Writers Contest; a link to a great site that lists 33 children’s book publishers looking for submissions; a magazine looking for submissions on three themes, and an acoustic music festival delighted to welcome spoken word performers, poets, storytellers, anyone, in fact, with text based art they can perform to add to, and enrich, the music.

The Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

The Emerging Writer’s contest is open from March 1, 2019 at noon EST until May 15, 2019 at noon EST.
Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more.
In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an…

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #244 Sound&Motion


Across the wide sound,

dark ripples stirred  to motion,

storm winds approaching


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I Want to Follow You [on Twitter]!

Open up your friends and follower base with this simple idea.

Phoebe, MD: Medicine & Poetry

Happy Sunday, friends!

I was sad to realize recently that I am not connected to a lot of WordPress folks on Twitter. So in order to find you all easily and to also encourage the mutual supporting of each other on social media, I wanted to go about this process in a classic Meet & Greet style by having you promote your account on my blog.

What this means is that you simply…

  1. Leave a comment with a direct link to your Twitter account or your Twitter handle
  2. Take a second to support each other by following your fellow bloggers

That’s it!

I look forward to discovering and following all of you!


Phoebe 💙


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Forthcoming Poetry Reading and a “Selected Poems”

A great treat for all involved I’m sure

K Morris - Poet

On Wednesday 13 March, I shall be giving a private poetry reading, along with several other poets. I have a slot of 15 minutes to fill, and I am in the process of determining which of my poems to read. Thus far I have decided to recite the below poems:

Wood in the Rain

The Poet and the Workman

I shall be spending part of my weekend in deciding which of my other poems to read.

Sorting through my work kindles in me a desire to publish a “selected Poems”. This is, I think a longer-term project requiring considerable thought and much burning of the midnight oil. It is, nonetheless something on which my heart is set.


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Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

The regular call for submissions from Fictive Dream


Fictive Dream is open to submissions and, as always, we’re interested in short stories with a contemporary feel (500 – 2,500 words). We especially like stories that give an insight into the human condition; stories that focus on those moments that change people’s lives. They may be on any subject. They may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

Look at our submission guidelines here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black

Twitter @fictivedream
Instagram fictive.dream

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Smorgasbord Afternoon Video – Moving Photographs from the last 100 years.

Iconic moments caught on camera of ordinary men and women who got caught up in extraordinary situations

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I found this video very moving and emotional…I am sure you will too..  courtesy of PERFECT LIFE

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #242 Scream&Feather


Hear a peacock scream

upon losing a feather,

mourning lost beauty



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In Springtime

This perfectly describes my attitude to love poetry, enjoy

K Morris - Poet

In springtime
Lovers lose themselves amongst wild roses,
While the poet composes
A rhyme
About lovers who, in springtime
Lose themselves amongst roses wild

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What About Character Development?

Reflect upon the characters in stories you have read and compare with this advice, it rings true.

Painting With Light

I’ve talked about this a lot. Fiction writers all have the same goal … to transport their readers inside the pages so they feel like they’re walking along as a part of the story.

Memorable characters are an extremely important part of making that happen. In fact, they should drive the story. Mine do it so well they sometimes argue with me.

So how does one develop effective, memorable characters?

Not every character merits equal attention. Of course, when you don’t devote enough time to him you get a one-dimensional character. It may be okay if his role isn’t very significant.

But if it is significant, trust me, that character needs to be fleshed out.

His actions should make sense with his role. To become believable and memorable, he should behave in ways that are consistent with how you’ve developed him.

If a character behaves in a way that doesn’t…

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