Category Archives: Creative writing

Find your own hidden gems of creativity


“Everyone wants to be creative, but some people just seem to ooze creativity from their pores.  Many people believe creativity is a certain something you either have or don’t have.     The truth of the matter is that everyone has a creative side.  It may look different than that of others, but everyone can turn on …

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Out of the Comfort Zone


I am a puzzle freak. I love a challenge. I need a challenge. ♥♦♥♦♥ I’m not talking about jigsaw, puzzles here.  I mean the kind that you buy in a booklet type thing.  Cross Sums, Numbers Place, Syllacrostics, Anacrostics, Cryptograms, and the like.  In my obsession, I often will get into one type of puzzle …

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Put the ketchup on ‘em


My grandson loves to play “ketchup” when we’re in the car.  This game started as a game of “catch up” in which we would attempt to catch up to or pass the car in front of us (safely of course).  Soon it devolved evolved into “let’s put the ketchup on ‘em gramma.” I tried to …

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Celeste: A Review


Celeste is a psychological thriller in novella form by Michelle Devon.  The word thriller definitely applies to this story.  It keeps the reader guessing at every turn and trying to predict the outcome.  Be warned that once you start reading, you will not want to put it down until the end.  Then you might wish it …

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What a day!


Thank you all for your patience with me at this time of extreme business and little inspiration :)  If you follow my other blog, you may skip this, but I wanted to share it with those who do not follow over there because it is about 9/11.  You can find the post here if interested.  If …

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Wednesday Word Play: Palindromes


It’s time for more word play.  Today we look at Palindromes!  Palindromes are, of course, words, phrases, sentences, or numbers that read the same forward as backward. First let’s have a little quiz to see if you can guess a few short word Palindromes: 1.   The Middle of the day — ____________ 2.   A female …

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Creativity Sparks


Today I want to share something I think of as a great creativity sparker. That may not be a word, but it is now :) This idea starts with something called a journal jar. A journal jar is a jar (duh!), such as a mason jar, in which you put strips of paper with a different topics. …

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Word Play: Illiteration


 This one is from Gram.  In the continued spirit of playing with words and all the many things that can go wrong in the English language, I want to share a word from the Urban Dictionary.  A few examples follow the definition.  I hope you enjoy :D   Illiteration – 1.  The repetition of spelling …

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The right brain/left brain conundrum: Do you hold yourself back?


The following is an excerpt from an article in which Dian Curtis Regan, a prolific writer of children’s and YA material of all kinds, offers some advice to newbies.  The article is “Ask the Author:  Dian Curtis Reagan” by Jon Bard of Children’s Book Insider (check out his newsletter).     The question: “I recently …

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More Word Play: Euphemisms


Today, we’re going to play with words again. eu·phe·mism eu-phe-mism  /ˈyufəˌmɪzəm/ Show Spelled [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm]    noun 1.  the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt. 2.  the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.” Euphemisms often hit the funny bone.  It is a …

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