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What is Frogging?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on March 10, 2016


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“What is frogging?” by Linda Martin Andersen

Check the definitions listed here:

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/frogging

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=frogged

I visited a knitter’s blog recently and learned another meaning of the word frogging.  Read the article here.

https://greenfroggers.wordpress.com/what-is-frogging/

After reading the knitting article, I thought about my writing and created a riddle.

 

Riddle:  What might a writing work-in-progress (WIP) and a knitting project have in common?

Answer:  Frogging…Rip-it.  Rip-it!

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Writing Prompts:

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the word “frogging?”
  2. What do you think the frogs pictured above might say about “frogging?”
  3. What do you think the frogs above might say to each other?
  4. What name would you give the frogs above and why?
  5. What would knitters say about “frogging?”
  6. What would outdoorsmen say about “frogging?”
  7. How is frogging used on coats and other clothing?
  8. Write a riddle about frogging.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment about frogging.  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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Things I’ll Love to Celebrate in February 2016

Posted by lindamartinandersen on February 1, 2016


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“Things I’ll Love to Celebrate in February 2016” by Linda Martin Andersen

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

Things-Ill-Love-to[2]Valentine’s Day is a special day on this month’s calendar.  I chose not to include it simply because it is so well known.  February 14 is also International Book Giving Day. Why not consider giving a book instead of a Valentine to someone special?

I hope something listed here will catch your attention and be added to your February calendar.  Perhaps you’d like to send a Valentine, thank you card, or missing you card to friends during International Friendship Week, or read cowboy poetry and haikus and write a few yourself.  Could you reach out to a school counselor, an author, or illustrator?  Make February special by finding new ways to celebrate.

What special things do you have planned for this month?  I’d love to hear about them.

Writing Prompts:

  1. If you chose to give a book to someone this month, which would it be and why?
  2. Do you ever swap books with friends?  What type books do you usually swap?  Have you found a favorite author by swapping with someone else?
  3. What would you rather write:  cowboy poems or haikus?  Why?  Try writing one.

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 special things you have planned for this month.  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 #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 #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 #18–Writer’s Humor

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 18, 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 #18–Writer’s Humor

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:

Today, I celebrate a writer’s humor.  Enjoy.

Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016.

Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Write a riddle about writing.
  2. Write a riddle about the alphabet.
  3. Write a riddle about writing and the alphabet.

Visit 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!

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Just Jot It January #9

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 9, 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 #9” 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:

Today, I celebrate a “Toothy Critique,” inspired by…

http://theforesterartist.com/2016/01/08/toothy-critique/comment-page-1/#comment-14693

I have been a follower of Tim Livingston’s blog, The Forest Artist, for several years.  Today’s post made me laugh.  It also caused me to reflect on a “toothy critique” I received.  That critique spurred me to rewrite until my manuscript is now marketable, according to a friend.  So, today I celebrate a “toothy critique.”

How about you?  Have you ever received a “toothy critique?” Were you able to use it in a positive way?  Tell about it.  What do you celebrate today?  I look forward to your comments.

Visit 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.  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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Celebrate Every Day

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 8, 2016


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “Celebrate Every Day” by Linda Martin Andersen

Each month at “A Writer’s Playground,” I post information about monthly calendar days to observe.

This post is a reminder to celebrate every day of the month!  Not with a party and cake, but by living life to the fullest!

Yesterday, I read an article in “The Fayetteville Observer” by Alicia Rancilio of the Associated Press about customizing your own decorative planning tools.  This reminded me of scrapbooking days.

Just like coloring books are now something for all ages, so are decorative planning creations.  One 14-year-old interviewed in the article, creates a planner page to help her “conquer the week.”  That sounds more than decorative.  That sounds empowering.

Erin Condren, a customized planner business owner, suggests combining  planning with “truly celebrating every day.” http://www.erincondren.com/ 

And for those who say they don’t have a creative bone in their bodies… the best line of the article:  “The great thing is, there are no rules.”

Read Alicia Rancilio’s article below:

http://www.fayobserver.com/living/to-do-lists-turn-creative-with-stickers-tape-and-colors/article_a996f8e5-496f-5bf8-a291-c09f55196f8e.html

Look for other lovely tools that encourage creativity.  At our local farmer’s market, I purchased a hand-made sketch book for my niece that was covered  in a fabric that looked like batik.   What is batik?  Learn more here:   http://www.batikguild.org.uk/whatisbatik.asp 

Suggested Writing Prompts: 

  1. What is a red letter day?  When did you have one?  Describe it.
  2. Have you had a sick day lately?  What did friends and family do to cheer you up and help you to feel better?
  3. List the steps for creating a decorated planner page others can try.

 

 

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Room At The Inn

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 22, 2015


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“Room At The Inn” by Linda Martin Andersen

“Poverty’s Price,” is an outstanding recent series of articles by Greg Barnes of “The Fayetteville Observer.”  http://www.fayobserver.com/special/poverty/

This is a season of generosity.  Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC where homeless are family.  This newsletter celebrates the organization’s plan to expand services.  A shelter will be built.

http://www.faoiam.org/

 

Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC. Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville, NC. Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

As this calendar year ends, let’s celebrate our blessings and extend a hand to others.  May this season of generosity be lived and celebrated every day.

Will your calendar reflect participation in projects that touch your heart?  Have a family meeting and discuss how you can make a difference for others.

Writing Prompt:  Consider writing about “Room at the Inn” or about a time you helped someone or someone helped you.

Happy Holidays!  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please leave a comment.  If you are 13 or under, please ask an adult to comment for you.   For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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