Day 26 NanoPoblano 2018

winter geese think
our hardest months are easy
traveler’s perspective

  January 27, 2018

Today’s prompt was “something far” so I am sharing a winter haiku a little bit early.

I have learned that getting up in the morning and randomly posting every day is not for me. I much much prefer to take a day like Monday and write out 5 or so posts when I have some alone time. Then I can take my time looking for a photo, and play with the formatting. When I like how they look in the preview, then I schedule them for a day that feels right. This process may take 3 days or 30 minutes per post.

I think I need to go back to setting dates on my calendar where I sit down and write at least 3 posts every week, for the next week. That is what I like about these challenge months that I sometimes do; they remind me of what I like about blogging and what methods work best for me. What do you think of my blogging this month? Leave me a comment.

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NanoPoblano Day 25

I think part of the reason that I am able to churn out post after post during a challenge month, but not in other months, is because I pick 1 picture for the month and use it in almost every post. Finding a picture that’s complimentary is a big obstacle to blogging regularly. If you are a blogger, what do you think your biggest obstacle is? As a writer, in general, what do you find your biggest obstacle to be?

Today’s prompt is “something silly.” Here is a piece of prose that I reworked about 10 times before I gave up on it. I wrote this about 12 or so years ago.

Telltales of a Country Life

You can tell who’s country and who’s not. Those country folks are weird! And stand out in a crowd. Here are some telltale signs to help you spot those country people:

They are loud – due to having to yell over swarms of kids, mooing cows, barking dogs, and adults enjoying themselves at “get-togethers.”
They dress funny- often found in denim cut-offs, cowboy boots, and hats.
They talk funny- “ya’ll” means you all, “thankin” means thinking, “sumthin” means something, “yessum” means yes ma’am, “come and get it” means dinner is served (not an obscenity), a “holler” is a shout or a valley in which one might find a deer.
Instead of minding their own business; if they see a car broke down, or a tractor stuck, or someone carrying a heavy package, they most usually interfere and have to help you out.
They are always saying: good mornin’ how are ya, howdy. They just can’t walk by you quietly.
They smile like idiots when happy, cuss like sailors when mad, and pass babies like collection plates.

Yep, it’s pretty easy to spot a person from the country.

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NanoPoblano Day 20

  Strengthen
so many people wilt
the moment pressure is applied
there’s nothing strong inside
they are hallow
ghosts with no backbone
does each task with a moan
dig for iron
add resolve to your will
your weaknesses kill

  6-16-2018

Nanopoblano is a group of bloggers who write every day during National Blog Posting Month. They encourage you to find prompts wherever you want. I am doing the Somethingist Challenge and “something repaired” is today’s prompt. This poem was first written on Twitter for a #WrittenRiver prompt.

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Something Strong

I always publish a few blog posts late in the day when I do a month-long challenge. Today I need to post a poem about “something strong” for the Somethingist Challenge that I am doing for National Blog Posting Month. Give me your thoughts on this piece, in the comment section below.

 

  Badges and Battles
She wore her scars like badges
like an army captain wears ribbon bars
they told of the wars her body
had fought and won
of the battles waged
that you forgot about

  1-21-2018
This poem was inspired on Twitter by a #WrittenRiver writing prompt.

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National Blog Posting Month 2018

I participated in NaBloPoMo only once. It was fun. After looking around to see who all was posting prompts or ideas I was really disappointed. The people who started National Blog Posting Month are not participating in any way. In today’s world I think blogs get read now more than ever, so we should be having our own holidays and events. I was hoping to see some big platforms encouraging the little bloggers to get back to regular blogging, but it looks like only the little guys remember the littler guys. I really wanted to see a themed list or a list of prompts that could be used by any blog.

I looked around and found this:

If you go to the main site here you will find a quick explanation and then you can click on the resources page to decide how you want to proceed. It is where I got this neat little badge/image that I will be adding to my nablopomo posts.

I am going to use Grayson Queen’s Somethingist Instagram Challenge as my blog posting challenge list of prompts. I tried to find them on Instagram to thank them for the list but I was unable to. Maybe they will see this blog post, and if they do just know that I am really grateful that you allowed this to be used for NaBloPoMo! I like to have things planned out ahead of time. I like to have lists of things that remind me of what I am trying to accomplish and by what time. Today’s prompt was “something unfinished” so here is a line that I have been desperately wanting to put into a poem:

My favorite song is a duet, but I don’t have a partner

I plan to give you a poem in the other posts that I do. They may be poems that you’ve seen twice before or they may be brand new. I may write new poems just for my nanopoblano posts, how about that?! Follow me through email so that you don’t miss a thing. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of National Blog Posting Month.

7th Anniversary Blog Post

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I had a slow year as far as writing in 2017, but this year I have written many poems, and some of them are really good. I have started sharing them and will share them every week for the rest of the year. I have gotten over my fear of sharing my work in public, now I just have to choose the format in which I share my work.

longing to talk
afraid of what people I will draw
flowering cacti
  8-4-18

I looked back at my first post and realized that my goals are basically the same now as they were then. I want to share 1 poem a week with you, and I want it to be a haiku. I always share a new haiku on Monday. I want to share other forms of poetry a couple of times a week.

strange winds
blow through the tall hayfields
fighting my restless spirit
  Feb 5, 2017 

I have had themed days and weeks and that has been both fun and exhausting. I have done poetry challenges, blogging challenges, writing challenges, and photography challenges. They all grew me and even though doing them right was hard I am glad that I tried them all. I plan to try some in the future as well. I have shared my favorite poems by my favorite poets Emily Dickinson and Matsuo Basho. I have written some flash fiction and intended to write more, but I just haven’t been able to write anything good in that area for a while. I loved sharing quotes with you all but I felt like we see lots of quotes on Facebook and other social media sites and it was too hard to find unusual quotes to share. 

old leaves
on a new road
changes

Yes, I have also taken breaks, but that has been good for me too. I learned that my loyal readers would stay with me, even if I was quiet for a while. I learned that I could gain new followers even if I was barely posting, but I do get more likes and views if I am posting 3x or more a week. I think I am in a good place now, and I don’t think I will take any breaks in the future.

Thank you for reading my work and leaving me likes and comments. Thank you for your shares and your encouragement. I hope that you all stick with me as I share poems from both my past and my most recent work.

What is your favorite thing that I do? Which type of post do you miss the most? Which type of post would you like to see more of? Leave me some comments.

To look at my poetry throughout the years, go to this post.

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PAD Challenge Day 30

  Closing Time
the sun has set
all the flowers are closing
their vibrant blooms
summer is past
a new season comes

5-3-2018

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Sorry, it has taken me so long, but here is my poem for day 30 of the PAD Challenge. The prompt was to do a poem about closing time. I just could not get myself to write anything for day 28 or 29 so on May 3rd I finally called it and ended the challenge for myself with this tanka.

What do you think of my poems for this challenge? Which one was your favorite?

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PAD Challenge Day 6

  Pizza and Tacos
we work because we like the same food
pizza and tacos
we don’t try to be fancy or something we’re not
pizza and tacos
you can buy expensive or dollar menu
pizza and tacos
but you’re still just a hick from Missouri
pizza and tacos
you can’t hide the accent even with a mouth full
pizza and tacos
you can get plain meats or this month’s special
pizza and tacos
you can have it extra spicy or medium or hot
pizza and tacos
or be crazy and get the dessert kind
pizza and tacos
eat what you love with who you love
pizza and tacos
yes it’s greasy and some make fun 
pizza and tacos
but we’re satisfied and full
pizza and tacos
  April 6, 2018

 

Today’s prompt was to make your title about food and then just write. This is a love story poem believe it or not. Notice that the category this goes in is called “My Love Poems” because mine are unlike most other’s! My husband and I are super picky eaters. We eat almost no vegetables because we don’t like the taste of most of them. But this makes us perfect for each other. What makes you and your spouse perfect for each other?

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PAD Challenge Day 2

I am doing the Poem A Day Challenge and sharing it with you this year. I did it for 4 years, with the last year being 2015. I will make several posts today, as I need to catch up on the first 4 days. Look at the announcements to see what the PAD Challenge is and where I am getting my pictures and prompts.

I was looking through the forms that Robert Lee Brewer has listed on his blog and I found a form for the Fibonacci sequence. I think that is awesome so I may try to write most of my poetry in this form. We will see!

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  Portrait of a Woman
red
hair
fast mouth
short legged 
fighter to the end
but also a seeker of peace
   4-3-18

Day 23 NaHaiWriMo 2018

all of the donuts
that I cannot eat this week
pruning season

 

Today’s prompt was “raspberry, orange, pumpkin, lime, coffee, chocolate, or cherry chiffon pie” which I just loved! So much variety and people have done beautiful things with it.

I wish Twitter was more alive on the haiku front. The haiku poets used to find each other and encourage each other on Twitter, but they haven’t been this month, or before then either. Then there were big problems posting to Facebook this year during NaHaiWriMo and not everyone could understand how to work around to post and encourage through comments. Hopefully, next year is better, but a big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through the visitor posts and react to my poems and leave me comments!!

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Day 21 NaHaiWriMo 2018

hot appetizers
the gossip just as hot
girl’s night out

 

Today’s prompt was “appetizers”. I usually do pretty good with food, but I had a hard time writing a haiku for this one. Have you been writing haiku for National Haiku Writing Month?

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Day 19 NaHaiWriMo 2018

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washing fruits –
otter washes his clam
civilized dinner

 

Today’s prompt was “the rub-a-dub of a washboard”. I figured everyone would write about laundry so I wrote about washing something else.

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