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Archive for January, 2016

Just Jot It January #31–Trying New Things

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 31, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #31–Trying New Things” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.  I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate trying new things.

What are your goals for 2016?  Do any of them require you to try new things?  This is a great way to grow in skills and confidence.  Remember, there’s help out there if you want to try something new.  You Tube videos exist for that reason. 😉

I had someone suggest I try Flash Fiction.  I could, but I also have to think about what I want to focus on.  I can’t accept every challenge placed in front of me for the sake of trying new things.  I did accept the “Just Jot It January” blog challenge and it has been rewarding for me.

Remember, if you accept a challenge or decide to try something new and it doesn’t seem right for you, you can decide whether to stick with it or walk away.  None of us want to be branded as “quitters,” but I say it’s okay to change your mind at times too.  Just don’t change your convictions (strong beliefs).  In my case, I won’t give up writing, even if I give up some area of it.

Writing Prompts:

  1. What is a conviction that you won’t give up?
  2. Have you ever started something and lost your compassion for it and quit?  Suggestions include sports, music, etc.  Did you find something more rewarding for you?  Please share.
  3. What is something new you plan to try?  Tell about it.
  4. What is something new you tried that has been rewarding for you?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

For more about Just Jot It January :

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/31/just-jot-it-january-31st-clumsy/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

 

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Just Jot It January #30–Found Treasures

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 30, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #30–Found Treasures” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.  I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate found treasures.

Recently I found and subscribed to Farley’s Fridays, (Treasure #1) a blog post written from a dog’s point of view by Kristina Stanley.  On Friday, Farley was wearing shoes.  This inspired me to write about TGIF and dancing shoes.

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/just-jot-it-january-29-tgif/

http://kristinastanley.com/2016/01/29/farleys-friday-a-wheatens-dancing-shoes/

Today, I found a blog post about a picture book where a dog wears shoes. Learn about Kevan Atteberry’s Doggone Love here:  http://picturebookbuilders.com/2016/01/doggone-love/  If you’re not familiar with this blog, I highly recommend it.  And Picture Book Builder’s blog post inspired the post you’re reading. (Treasure #2)

I also recently wrote about the “magic of threes.”  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/just-jot-it-january-25-prestidigitation/

I wonder if I’ll find a third sharing of a dog wearing shoes?  Maybe you could help me.

I discovered another treasure in my inbox today–(Treasure #3) a blog post by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.  It’s contains a poem titled “Someone Else’s Shoes.”  Although it’s not about a dog wearing shoes, I think you’ll enjoy it.

http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2016/01/walking-milewriting-from-books-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+amylv%2FGmZc+%28The+Poem+Farm%29

Reading this post, led to another suggested book read:  Edwards Eyes for ages 8-12 by Patricia MacLachlan.

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Edwards-Eyes/Patricia-MacLachlan/9781416927440

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you or someone you know dressed a pet?  Were shoes added?
  2. When have you worn someone else’s shoes?  Where did you wear them?  Tell about it.
  3. Have you ever played dress up in your mom or dad’s shoes?  Did anyone play with you?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

For more about Just Jot It January :

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/30/just-jot-it-january-30th-an-socs/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

 

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Just Jot It January #29–TGIF

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 29, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #29–TGIF” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate TGIF.

Thank goodness it’s Friday! (TGIF)  School children look forward to Fridays because it’s the last day of their school week and time to enjoy the weekend.  Employees who work M-F do too.  Those who get paid on Fridays look forward to it for a pay check.

Often, people ask, “What are you doing this weekend?”  When I was younger, I used to put on my dancing shoes.  Check out Kristina Stanley’s post about her dog, Farley.  Hope you enjoy it.

http://kristinastanley.com/2016/01/29/farleys-friday-a-wheatens-dancing-shoes/

Writing Prompts:

  1. Have you ever owned a pair of dancing shoes?  Tell about an experience while wearing them.
  2. What is your favorite day of the week?  Why?
  3. What day of the week did something special happen to you?  Does that make that day of the week your favorite now.  Why or why not?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

For more about Just Jot It January :

Visit http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/29/just-jot-it-january-29th-ghost/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

 

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Just Jot It January #28–Serendipity

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 28, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #28–Serendipity” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate serendipity.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serendipity

Serendipity is one of my favorite words to twirl around in my mouth and feel on my lips.  Zippy do da does the same thing for me.

Have you ever run into someone you hadn’t seen in years, who had special connections that could benefit you, just when you were feeling overwhelmed with a major transition in your life?  Well maybe not that exactly, but things just fell into place in an expected way?  Well, those are my examples of serendipity for today.

Finding the word serendipity…

This morning I read one of my favorite blogs and I found the word “serendipity.”   I hope you find the word too and you find serendipity in your day as well.

http://laurasalas.com/poems-for-teachers/poetryaction-for-p-zonka-lays-an-egg/

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you experienced serendipity? Please tell us.
  2. What are your thoughts on “luck.” Do you believe in it?  Explain.
  3. Do you believe good things are more likely to come by luck or hard work?  Tell about it.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Jot It January 28th – Serendipity

 

 

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Just Jot It January #27–Celebrating Life in Progress

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 27, 2016


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“Just Jot It January #27–Celebrating Life in Progress” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate life in progress.”

Fellow writers and bloggers, I get asked these questions.  Do you?

What are you writing these days?  How’s your writing coming?

At this time, I’m revising some manuscripts, which is something writers are most always doing.  To spice things up a bit, I decided to try something new.  As a participant in Just Jot It January,  I am meeting new bloggers and fortunately I’ve added some new followers.  Both are exciting to me.  Other bloggers will understand.  Today, I’d like to credit  Linda G. Hill for the term “life in progress.”  It’s her blog title.  She is also the one who organized Just Jot It January.  So, I want to thank her for all her hard work to make this a reality.  It is a great experience and I’m glad I joined in.  I hope you’ll check it out too.

Visit http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/27/just-jot-it-january-27th-mendaciloquent/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

Writing Prompts:

  1. What are some common greetings that ask about life in progress?  For example, “What’s up?” Name as many as you can and write a scene where two people meet and ask about each other.
  2. What other phrases can you think of that include the word “life?”  For example, “the beginning of life.”  Write about one of these.
  3. How can you bring “life” to your day?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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Just Jot It January #26–Oneness

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 26, 2016


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“Just Jot It January #26–Oneness” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”  Today’s suggested prompt is “oneness.”  I have combined my theme with the suggested prompt for the day.

Today, I celebrate the oneness of community. 

What community?  Whatever community you want to think on.

Photo by Jim Martin. Copyright.

Photo by Jim Martin. Copyright.

My List:  The Oneness of…

  1. The community of nature.  That’s a big community, but I love it so much.  I  look out my kitchen window at wildlife that visits occasionally.
  2. The community of writers.  I love their support and encouragement.  I appreciate that fellow writers connect to critique stories and share writing tips.
  3. The community of family and friends who love me unconditionally.
  4. The community of believers.  To me, that means Christian believers, although it may be different for you. I benefited from the love and support of a Stephen Minister in my church when I was a caregiver for my husband.  Others in the church remembered us in numerous ways too. https://www.stephenministries.org/
  5. The community with God.  I am never alone.  I am thankful for God’s endless, limitless love.

Oneness signifies belonging and connecting to me.  What about you?

Writing Prompts: 

  1. Brainstorm oneness of community.  What communities would you include?
  2. Who or what belong in the communities of oneness that you named?
  3. How does your belief of oneness effect the person you are?

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/26/just-jot-it-january-26th-oneness/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just Jot It January #25–Prestidigitation

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 25, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #25–Prestidigitation” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

When I saw prestidigitation was the suggested writing prompt for today, I thought no way.  Then I learned it means “slight of hand” or “magic.”  Okay, I can accept that challenge.  In picture books, repetition and use of threes produces “magic.”

So today, I celebrate the magic of threes. 

Look for the use of threes in what you see and read today.  Can you name children’s books with three characters in the title such as The Three Little Pigs.  Or a refrain repeated three times perhaps in a hymn or in a story.  Or a nursery rhyme with three descriptions building on a core topic such as peas.  Do you remember “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxEcIGcxwt8

My friend, Gretchen, recently suggested that I add one more line to a refrain in a story I’m writing.  Yes, why didn’t I think of that?  Now, it feels magical to me.  It feels complete.  Each line is spoken by one of the three main characters.  So, today I celebrate the magic of threes.  I encourage you to do the same.

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you experienced the “magic of threes?”  Tell more.
  2. Think in threes.  Set three goals.  Perhaps you could create one for yourself, one to help someone else, and one to help a larger group.
  3. Why do you think children’s literature often contains the “magic of threes?”

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/25/just-jot-it-january-25th-prestidigitation/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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Just Jot It January #24–Compelled to Keep Going

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 24, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #24–Compelled to Keep Going” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every remaining day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I Celebrate That I’m Compelled to Keep Going.

Do I ever wonder WHY I write?  Of course.  But when I get discouraged, I know deep down in my heart that I’m compelled to keep going.  Why?  Writing brings me joy and it’s a gift I want to share.  A friend of mine writes an inspirational and informative blog with this message:  Never Give Up.  Meet Joan Y. Edwards here:  https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/10-steps-to-triumph-in-2016/

Writing Prompts:

  1. What do you feel compelled to do?
  2. What motivates you to keep going no matter what?
  3. Joan Y. Edwards’ manta is “Never Give Up.”  What’s yours?
  4. Which is harder getting started or completing a project?

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/24/just-jot-it-january-24th-compelled/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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Just Jot It January #23–Self-Publish?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 23, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #23–Self Publish?” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every remaining day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I Celebrate Choices in Publishing.

I try to remember to “never say never.”  When I first began writing for publication, I didn’t say I would never self publish.  I said I didn’t plan to self publish.  Will I one day?  I don’t know, although I am considering it for some projects.  Presently, I’m taking a series of three CreateSpace workshops at my local public library.  It’s free!  Today concludes the course.  It’s been very beneficial.  The instructor has lots of experience and explains steps clearly, plus the handouts are great.

If you are interested in learning more about publishing or free workshops, check with your local public library.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Who will you share your writing or illustrating with?  Only yourself?  Family?  Submit to magazines? Post on social media?  Submit to contests?  Submit to agents or editors?
  2. When was the first time you saw something you wrote or illustrated on display?  How did it make you feel?
  3. Have you ever created a story or illustration you were very proud of and the teacher did not choose to display it?  How did that make you feel?  How did you handle it?
  4. What are your plans/goals for projects you’re working on at this time?  What other publication choices could you consider?

Visit http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/23/just-jot-it-january-23rd-oddeven-socs/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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Just Jot It January #22–Fun Simplicity

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 22, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #22–Fun Simplicity” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every remaining day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate” which I combined with today’s prompt, “Fun Simplicity.”

Today, I Celebrate Fun Simplicity

Did you know that “fun” is a basic need?  It’s not just for kids.  Everybody needs it.  There are other basic needs of course, but this is definitely an important one.

If I get grumpy, a self-check often reminds me that it’s time for some fun.  Once an uncle of mine went to see a doctor about a rash on his hands.  The physician asked my uncle who had a stressful job what it was he wanted to do that he wasn’t doing.  My uncle said, “Deep sea fishing.”  After going fishing, his rash was gone.  Hmmm.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Name several things you call fun.  Tell more about something on your list.
  2. Why isn’t “fun” the same for everyone?
  3. What would you say in response to “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?”
  4. What is your number one favorite way to have fun?

Visit http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/22/just-jot-it-january-22nd-felicity/comment-page-1/#comment-67245

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January and to comment on other participants’ posts.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

 

 

Just Jot It January 22nd – Felicity

 

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