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Writing 101: Day 4, Losses in Life (Part One of a Three Part Series)


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Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more.

When I first read this and thought about the three part idea it was a bit intriguing as to what my topic would actually end up being about by the time that I get to part three.  I was not certain if the losses should be about times in my life where material things were taken out of my life without my having any power over it.  Then it occured to me that material things were always replaced.  They were only temporary in this life.  They were not human or an animal with feelings.  We might have sentimental feelings about them, however, once they have vanished from our lives we do carry on without tears.  When we lose a loved one, be it a human or an animal we do shed a lot of tears.  Some people mourn much longer than others.  There is no time period set on how long a person is to mourn a loss.

Gamblers mourn a loss of a game.  That does not stop them from betting the next one and perhaps losing big again.  It is still a loss but it is not the same pain that is felt as a loss of a loved one.  To lose a tennis match is a small ouch compared to having your dog get hit by a car.  Yet some peoples reactions are such that they resemble the same.  People become so caught up in the moment that every emotion comes into play.  They feel the adrenalin rushing into their system and have a complete reaction.  Some people do not recover as well as others.  Those people tend to slowly sink into a deep depression.  This does not happen over night.

PTSD is a form of depression as it takes a person back to a bad place in their life and has them re-live that over and over as if they were there and right back in that moment in time.  There is no cure at the moment for this and it is one of the hardest forms of depression to be diagnosed.  It not only takes a toll on the person that is suffering from it but also the family that is with that person and lives through that same moment as well.  We will explore this further in the next part of the series.

The depression begins slowly.  They begin to not care about things that they used to.  What goals they had set for themselves are suddenly fading.  Doing things becomes a real chore.  As each day progesses they find themselves doing less of what used to make them happy.  I have watched a few friends who are slowly climbing into the dark hole of depression and it is very sad.  It is very difficult to watch and although you want to try and help, they are the only ones who can help themselves.

The largest problem with a person with depression is a lot of times, they don’t realize that they are really depressed.  They do not realize that it is happening to them.  They can’t see the gradual changes that you have been seeing.  They don’t see the changes in their behavior and manorisms.  They do not see the decline in the lifestyle that you do on the outside looking in.  That is the most painful part.

What can you do to help?

We will explore that in parts II and III so come back….

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Tammye Honey


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Weekly Writing Challenge: How I Have Been Moved By Music


Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved by Music

  • A song that triggers a memory.
  • A song that symbolizes a person, a place, or past relationship.
  • A song that represents you — that you could consider as your “intro music.”
  • Song lyrics that speak to you.
  • Lyrics that inspire you to write a short story or other musings.
  • Your favorite song — and why.
  • A musician, band, composer, etc. whose music has affected or changed you.
  • Commentary on a musician, band, or genre.
  • An album review.

Many songs have moved me in my life  and have stirred a lot of emotions.  At my age, they would fill the pages if I were to list them all. Two of the most difficult videos that I have ever helped to produce left me crying with every scene and I still get teary eyed each time that I view them. I only had a personal connection with one, that was a family who reaches out to help others in so many ways after losing their own son.  It is their way of giving back.  The video was a tribute to them.

The other was a tribute to my husband’s brother and several of his friends who have passed away.  The entire time this video was being made I cried with each frame that I added.  The completion was a success and not only made my hubby happy, it also made his family very proud.
For songs that inspire me and keep me motivated…
Okay, so I am a romantic sap at heart…
So what inspires and moves you?  I would love to hear… feel free to respond with a video response.
Waiting to hear from you…
Tammye Honey


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Weekly Writing Challenge: Where Do We Go From Here?


Weekly Writing Challenge:

THE PAPA HEMINGWAY WRITING CHALLENGE

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What evil is lurking about between my mind and my fingers to the keyboard?
Help from my cat walking across my desk.
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When he takes his nap my thought patterns will reappear…
Don’t Cats Sleep days, Hunt nights?…
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Play all day, sleep all night…
Something In their food?

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Where do we go from here?

Tomorrow Will tell …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Creative Writing Challenge: The Transformation


Creative Writing Challenge: Metamorphosis

Those naughty biochemists have been busy again, and have accidentally released a powerful mutative toxin into the water supply by mistake.
Result?
People left, right, and center are transforming into the animals they most resemble (in character, or looks) by the light of the full moon.
Tell us the tale of a human-animal transformation.

Think about who the transformation is happening to, and what it says about them. For instance:

  • Is everyone turning into dead-eyed herd animals? Is this perhaps a satire on television habits? Or groupthink?
  • Has a beautiful celebrity with an ugly personality transformed into a more fitting animal version of their true selves?
  • Have your wildest animal-turning dreams come true? Or nightmares?
  • Has not fitting in with the people in your school/office/town suddenly been greatly underlined by the fact that they look like lizards and you don’t?
  • Have you always longed to take flight and move far, far away? Perhaps now you can.
  • Has someone been ignoring their true feelings for so long that they’ve now taken irrepressible animal form?
  • Or maybe it’s just that their feelings or circumstances are so strong that they’ve taken the form of some representative beastie?
  • What if we turned this on its head, and a favorite (or feared) animal or pet, like your dear friend Mr. Schnoocums the kitty-cat, turned into a human by the light of the moon?

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It was a warm Summer evening.  The light of the moon lit the skies so bright.  It was a full moon tonight.  The animals in the foreground of the surrounding area could be heard singing to the moon.  Their howls were clear in the night air.  As she walked along the pathway that lead back to the house she could feel the hairs on the back of her neck standing at attention.  Was it fear, or was it an internal warning that danger might be approaching?

She quickened her pace, as she could feel her heart racing in her chest.  She had strayed on her walk a bit too far that evening.  She was glad to have the moonlight to guide her as she had forgotten a flashlight.  She did not mean to be out this late in the night.  She was not prepared.  She searched the area as she walked hoping to find a large, fallen tree branch or something that she could use as a walking stick.  Something to protect her from the night noises that were lurking between her and her home.

She felt a slight panic coming over her body as she continued her journey.  She was beginning to shiver.  It was a warm night.  The fear of the unknown had taken over her body.  In the path ahead of her she heard a rustling of leaves.  She could feel her heart in her throat.  She tried to cry out.  There was no sound coming from her mouth.

She had slowed her pace, as she approached the direction of the noise.  An owl in the tree above gave a shriek cry as she jumped.  She could see a figure in the clearing.  By the light of the moon, it looked half woman and half dog.  She stopped in her tracks.  Was it her imagination working overtime?  Had she seen this creature or was it part of her imagination working overtime.  The howls continued as she stood there and listened.

Where had that creature disappeared to?  Would she pass it if she continued on?  Fear had become her.  Gasping for every breath, she wanted to run.  Her feet would not obey.  She was frozen, like a statue.  Would she be eaten alive?  She vowed to never leave the house again without a flashlight and walking stick.

She began to pray.  It was all she could think to do.  What had she seen?  Where had it gone.

Suddenly, there was a flash of light in the distance.  Her heart began to race again.  Was this help or another trick of her mind.  Where was that creature of woman/dog?

No one was ever going to believe her.  That was if she made it out alive.  As she tried to walk,  her knees began to shake.  She collapsed onto the ground.  She laid there, unable to move.  Her thoughts raced through her head.  Would she be eaten?  Had she been a good person?  Had she wronged others and now would be unable to make it right with them before her death?

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Tammye Honey


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Weekly Writing Challenge: Characters I Created


Weekly Writing Challenge: Characters

by Erica on February 11, 2013

For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges help you to push your writing boundaries, show off your blogging chops, and, hopefully, spark more post ideas.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!)  Your post should be specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorite posts on Freshly Pressed on Friday.


As the saying goes, no man person is an island. From your closest friend who makes you laugh uncontrollably, to your favorite aunt who’s quirkiness is only surpassed by her zany sense of humor: our lives are filled with characters. For writers, interactions with the characters in our lives often crosses over into our work, influencing a fictional character’s personality or inspiring a dialogue that’s been translated from real life to the (virtual) page.

In writing, building a realistic portrayal is hard work. Beyond giving someone a name and describing their appearance, we use our words capture the small details that define a person, whether it’s the way they furrow their brow when they’re angry or rub their hands together when they’re nervous.

This week’s writing challenge: Tell us about a character in your life. It could be your best friend, your partner, your child, or even your third grade teacher. With as much detail as possible, make this person real for us. Tell us more than what they look like or how you met. Let us know what their laugh sounds like, or that oddball quirk that makes this person so unique.

Need some ideas to get started?

  • Do a character sketch, drafting up a detailed list of their special characteristics and traits.
  • Tell us about a specific memory you have of this person that highlights their personality and the singular way they approach life.
  • Write a post from their perspective, matching your narrative voice so that it sounds just like them when we read it.

The goal is to make this character of yours as real as possible for your readers, as if we had known them all along ourselves. Each character in your life is unique, and we want to see their individuality shine through.

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When I read this challenge I remembered a video that my hubby had made of taking our dog Trina to the landfill and then home.  A typical 5 minute trip that they do all the time, but one day, he wanted to videotape it.  When they returned home, I not only made the video, I also made the dog talk.
I could only imagine that Trina sounded like Scooby Doo.
I think through my video I was able to convey a story line as well as get you to know our Trina.
Enjoy


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DP Challenge: Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap (EBook or Hard Copy?)


Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap

by Erica on February 4, 2013

Our blogs are platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. ForMind the Gap challenges, we want to hear what you think about a divisive issue. Each challenge will include a poll where you can cast your vote along with your fellow Daily Post participants. After you vote, tell us more about how you feel by expanding on the topic in a blog post. Be sure to visit other participants’ posts to get some healthy discussion going.

To participate, tag your posts with DPchallenge and leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed each Friday.

This week’s Mind the GapHow do you prefer to read, with an eReader like a Kindle or Nook, or with an old school paperback in hand? Take the poll (below) and then explain your opinion by blogging about it on your site. Tag your post “DPchallenge,” so that we can be sure to find your contribution to the challenge.

Since we are asking this question I toss it to my readers and ask which do you prefer.  I do own a Kindle but also have a library of books that I do enjoy just sitting down and reading.
Guess I am on the fence with this one as it depends what mood I am in…
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I received mine as a birthday present from my youngest daughter.  It has been used quite a lot by both my hubby and myself.
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We use the Kindle when we go for a long day to doctor appointments.  That has all of my hubby’s classic books that I got from Amazon for free.  Great amusement for him for the day and not a ton of heavy books to carry around. Will I upgrade?  That is a good question.
Take The Poll and Let me know what you think..
Please Be sure to place your vote…thank you
Check out these bloggers and other great articles too:


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Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two Really


Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two

by michelle w. on January 28, 2013

For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges help you to push your writing boundaries, show off your blogging chops, and, hopefully, spark more post ideas.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!)  Your post should be specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorite posts on Freshly Pressed on Friday.

You had a lot of fun with the A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words challenge, and we had a lot of fun reading your entries – so let’s go for Round Two. Your challenge this week is to write a post based on this picture:

 

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I had waited so long for his return from abroad.  The mere thought of holding him close to me once again.  Feeling his breath against my neck. His arms held tight around me. I would not care who was passing by on the street that day.  I would not care about the graffiti on the walls that surround us.  Just to have him near me once again.
The lingering smells of the local shoppes as I hold him there not wanting to let go.  Blocking the traffic of walkers on the steps as we embrace.
To have him back safely in my arms and out of harms way.  A priceless thought that has gotten me through each day of his absence.  It has been a long eighteen months to wait.  Each night longing for the moment on the street when he would step from that trolley and be mine again.
Safely returned to me once more
Read other bloggers takes on this photo also:
  1. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | What Is It?!?
  2. Weekly Writing Challenge: Blame it on NBC « DCMontreal
  3. Street Scene « Fish Of Gold
  4. One Photo Changed My Artistic Perspective | peeksi.com
  5. DPchallenge: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words | Nikitaland
  6. Sweet Embrace « Jumbalya of thoughts and musings
  7. The nightmare of public affection « Being Special
  8. weekly writing challenge – 1000 words take two | collage goddess
  9. The picture says it all « Master Of Disaster
  10. Para Joana – Joy and Woe
  11. Until you return | Dancing with Fireflies
  12. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | sedenman
  13. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two | Off The Beaten Path (Being Silly in the City)
  14. Flash Fiction: Southern Boy Drawl (483 words) | apprentice, never master
  15. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two « Writing About Writing – Antonia Bloom’s Services
  16. 1000th of a second | The Temenos Journal
  17. Top Posts — WordPress.com
  18. Weekly Writing Challenge: First Love « nightmare of daytime
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words « MythRider
  20. Toasting to Another Year Together | Krystal cooks.
  21. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take 2 « lifeisacelebration
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 words, take two | reesarch
  23. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two « Edgledge’s Ramblings
  24. The bigger picture « Fifty Words a Day
  25. Picture It And Write | I Shoot I Zoom A Sassy Shot
  26. Weekly Writing Challenge: He-djfoi icki foilium nuk nuk? | In the Spaces Between Words and Images
  27. Weekly Writing Challenge « Cmon Cents ( * Common Sense )
  28. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two « Hope* the happy hugger
  29. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Re-Meeting | In the Spaces Between Words and Images
  30. A Picture-Perfect Moment « mightwar
  31. DPchallenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two: The Bergenstadton Transit Authority Is Not In Service « Do Not Get Sick in the Sink, Please
  32. Weekly Writing Challenge 29/02/13 | I choose how I will spend the rest of my life
  33. Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs… | Mirth and Motivation
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Love by the Tram | The Life of A Thinker
  35. Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs… | The Blog Farm – A Growing Blog Community
  36. First Time | Finding Ohna
  37. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Looking Closer | My Blog
  38. One Thousand Words (A DP Challenge) « Feit Can Write

Because I did not read the prompt correctly the first time, it did take two blogs to get it right…so it is really a take two

Tammye Honey


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Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Looking Closer


Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two

by michelle w. on January 28, 2013

For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges help you to push your writing boundaries, show off your blogging chops, and, hopefully, spark more post ideas.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!)  Your post should be specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorite posts on Freshly Pressed on Friday.

This is Trina

A Picture is worth a 1000 words

Some times a photograph can say it all without uttering a word.  That is what this photo does for me.

I can not begin to describe everything going on in this picture and give it the justice that it deserves.

Our favorite hangout in the Summer time as the work is finished and it is time to relax while we watch the animals run in the yard around us.

The lighting around the building gives us just enough light to enjoy the evening in a romantic setting yet not draw the bugs of the evening air.

The wind chimes hanging over our heads ring a beautiful song as the night breeze begins to surround us.

Our Sun Tea in one hand and holding each others hands as we just relax and ponder our day or discuss the next one about to approach.

Our Workshop where our wooden benches and plant stands are made by hand or furniture is refinished to make it come back to life.picks from lexar 693

Where we can watch the birds sit calmly on the wires nearby chirping their songs

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As the sun goes down just enjoy our back yard around us.

Check out these bloggers and their 1000 words also:

  1. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | What Is It?!?
  2. Weekly Writing Challenge: Blame it on NBC « DCMontreal
  3. Street Scene « Fish Of Gold
  4. One Photo Changed My Artistic Perspective | peeksi.com
  5. DPchallenge: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words | Nikitaland
  6. Sweet Embrace « Jumbalya of thoughts and musings
  7. The nightmare of public affection « Being Special
  8. weekly writing challenge – 1000 words take two | collage goddess
  9. The picture says it all « Master Of Disaster
  10. Para Joana – Joy and Woe
  11. Until you return | Dancing with Fireflies
  12. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | sedenman
  13. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two | Off The Beaten Path (Being Silly in the City)
  14. Flash Fiction: Southern Boy Drawl (483 words) | apprentice, never master
  15. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two « Writing About Writing – Antonia Bloom’s Services
  16. 1000th of a second | The Temenos Journal
  17. Top Posts — WordPress.com
  18. Weekly Writing Challenge: First Love « nightmare of daytime
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words « MythRider
  20. Toasting to Another Year Together | Krystal cooks.
  21. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take 2 « lifeisacelebration
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 words, take two | reesarch
  23. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two « Edgledge’s Ramblings
  24. The bigger picture « Fifty Words a Day
  25. Picture It And Write | I Shoot I Zoom A Sassy Shot
  26. Weekly Writing Challenge: He-djfoi icki foilium nuk nuk? | In the Spaces Between Words and Images
  27. Weekly Writing Challenge « Cmon Cents ( * Common Sense )
  28. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two « Hope* the happy hugger
  29. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Re-Meeting | In the Spaces Between Words and Images
  30. A Picture-Perfect Moment « mightwar
  31. DPchallenge: 1,000 Words, Take Two: The Bergenstadton Transit Authority Is Not In Service « Do Not Get Sick in the Sink, Please
  32. Weekly Writing Challenge 29/02/13 | I choose how I will spend the rest of my life
  33. Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs… | Mirth and Motivation
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Love by the Tram | The Life of A Thinker
  35. Writing Challenge: Gift Of 1000 Hugs… | The Blog Farm – A Growing Blog Community
  36. First Time | Finding Ohna

 

Thank you for reading …

 

Tammye Honey