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W is for Wisteria, Wonder, and Writer’s Gifts

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 27, 2016

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “W is for Wisteria, Wonder, and Writer’s Gifts” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

W is for Wisteria

Have you seen wisteria twisting and climbing trees in your area?  I told someone it’s as close to purple mountain majesty as we get in the Sandhills of North Carolina.  Wisteria always reminds me of one of my favorite authors…

Joyce Moyer Hostetter has a new middle grade historical novel that will be launched in October 2016.  It’s called Aim.  It is the prequel to Blue.  Comfort rounds out the trilogy.  Wisteria plays an important role in the setting of Joyce’s books.  So of course, she’s showing off their lovely blooms below.

Joyce Moyer Hostetter's Profile Photo  These Advance Readers Copies (ARC) arrived on Monday.  The launch day for Aim is Oct. 4, 2016.  Congratulations, Joyce!                                   

Why is Joyce modeling wisteria? 

Perhaps she is celebrating that Aim, the prequel, is coming soon!

To learn more about Joyce Moyer Hostetter’s books, check here:  http://joycemoyerhostetter.com/my-books/

Joyce’s blog:  The Three R’s–Reading, ‘Riting, and Research:  http://joycemoyerhostetter.blogspot.com/

I had the pleasure of interviewing Joyce Hostetter for another of her books, Healing Water, a book that includes leprosy.  This post probably received the most comments of any I’ve ever written.


Healing Water: A Hawaiian Story

Joyce Hostetter and Carol Baldwin co-write a newsletter for teachers and parents.  Learn more about “Talking Story” here:  http://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/p/talking-story.html

I hope you’ll check out Joyce Moyer Hostetter and her books!

W is for Wonder

When I hear “wonder,” I tend to think “head in the clouds.”

Copyright 2014. Jim Martin

Copyright 2014. Jim Martin


What do you think of when you hear “wonder?”  I wonder what he/she’s thinking.  I wonder if I’ll ever reach my goal.  I wonder what it would be like to be…or to do… I hope you’ll share something that you wonder.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is participating in a poetry writing challenge this month that she calls, “Wallow in Wonder.”  Here’s a post to enjoy.


Visit Wonderopolis here:  http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-do-kangaroos-keep-in-their-pockets

W is for Writer’s Gifts

When friends give me gifts, they sometimes purchase something to inspire my writing.  Here’s one example:

Writing Muse. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Writing Muse. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Thanks to all who gift me with encouragement, love, friendship, and shared writing tips!  I love and appreciate my writing community.  It keep me going!

What “W” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

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


14 Responses to “W is for Wisteria, Wonder, and Writer’s Gifts”

  1. joycemoyerhostetter said

    Thank you, Linda. When I see how quickly you have blogged your way through the alphabet, I think W represents WONDER WOMAN, LINDA ANDERSEN! You have written faster than I can read it all! I sure do admire your dedication!

    I do believe WRITING is one of the best W words. WATERMELON is pretty good too!

  2. That was a lovely tribute to Joyce, LInda. W is also for wisdom–that we need from the Lord.

  3. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    This was a great way to honor Joyce Hostetter! She has written many WONDER-FILLED books. You write many wonderful blog posts full of fun and positive vibes.

    Enjoy your day!

  4. sandra214 said

    Well–another W word–I was going to say WONDERFUL blog, Linda. You honor Joyce and her new book in a WONDERFUL way. Your blog is always filled with Wacky, Witty, Wonderful thoughts and inspirations.

  5. There is a beautiful song, written, I think, by Loudon Wainwright III called “Wisteria.” It will make your heart soar with sadness, beauty and nostalgia. Our daughter Michelle sings it when she’s performing and I think it’s on one of her albums. Look for her website under Michelle Swan. She’s a singer/songwriter, among other things.
    I frequently wonder who was the first person to notice that there must be some mass to the sky because some clouds hang lower than others. Where would we be if Columbus hadn’t wondered if our planet is round?

    Another good W word is willingness. And, of course, there Why?, which goes along with Who and When and Where for Wonder words.

    Wish is another much used W word, as are wanderlust and wry. Welcome is also nice to feel and a winsome child is always a delight.

    But work is what I must do now.

    • Wow, what a talented musician Michelle Swan is. I listened to a preview of Wisteria on her album, “What I Got,” and I was blown away by her voice. What talent! Thanks for sharing that information.

      I liked your grouping of Wonder words, thoughts on mass in the sky, and more “W” words. Most appreciated.

      Sorry you had to sign off with a “W” word most of us would like to avoid–work. More playtime tomorrow.

  6. Kathleen said

    Linda, you have made the A-Z look easy😊 Congratulations to Joyce! I loved BLUE (it was after reading this book I decided to write mine in first person), and COMFORT, and I preordered AIM😊 Your writing ornament is so sweet.

    • Thanks for the compliment about my A-Z posts. I’m so glad you love Joyce’s writing too. I look forward to reading all three in the series back to back.

      The writing ornament was a thoughtful gift. Thanks for commenting and for playing along.

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