27 November 2008
26 November 2008
I am going back to my original idea of what my creative arts blog will be...a place for me to work on creative writing projects, writing prompts, poetry and photography stuff and inspirational quotes.I'm taking this holiday weekend off from blogging but I'll be back on Monday with a new creative writing post. Happy Thanksgiving! Now get back to your turkey or tofurky carving!
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The Writing Nag
20 November 2008
So for the newcomers to layaway, here's how it works:
1. Go to Kmart and pick out your items.
2- Look for the Layaway counter and make a down payment. Most stores I remember required a percentage of your purchase as a down payment.
3- Make a payment every 2 weeks.
4- Pick up your items within 8 weeks after you're paid in full.
Read more at their website and download a $5 OFF coupon for even more savings. This year's economy might have brought back a little bit of nostalgia.
Take advantage of Kmart Layaway for the Holidays and have a happy holiday!
19 November 2008
This flavorful, sweet and spicy chutney tastes great with pork, chicken, turkey, ham and vegetarian entrees. It can also be made in advance which is a great time saver on Thanksgiving Day. Make a large batch of this chutney and you can have impromptu holiday/Christmas gifts ready to go in the pantry. Add this recipe to your "easy Thanksgiving recipe" file.
The Cooking Nag
18 November 2008
17 November 2008
Taking photographs has become a big part of my "packet work" this year. Last semester I included photography with each packet and this semester I'm not only taking photographs but I'm working with other photographers using their art as prompts and integrating my words with their work.
Today, randomly pick 10 words out of the dictionary. Now take these 10 words and go for a walk with your camera. Don't only consider the literal be creative with your interpretation of the word. Take a day to reflect on your photographs. The next day use your photos and the ten words and work them into a poem or a short story.
Now get back to work!
More on ekphrasis.
The Writing Nag
15 November 2008
Join now, make one qualifying purchase through the end of the year and you automatically get $10 back. So you can buy yourself a book for free! Once you join you can also get referral cash when your friends join.
13 November 2008
Just a quote today. I'll be back tomorrow with a post.
The Writing Nag
11 November 2008
Penelope Anne Bartotto - “Never” - 100 words on being true to yourself.
Robert Bourne - “Shadowed Soul” - A poem of how I grew after years of hiding what was inside.
Dragon Blogger - “The Taste Of A Hamburger” - A poem based on a twitter contest where I write a poem based on random words. This one turned out to be a poem about a hamburger.
Writing Nag - “7 Ways to Keep the Passion for the Writing Life” - Like any relationship your writing life needs to be nurtured. Find new ways to fall in love with writing again.
Non-Fiction, Philiosophical, Opinion Piece
Mike Fried - “Proud To Be An American” - The Writer's thoughts on the Presidential Election.
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09 November 2008
08 November 2008
I've been engrossed with Natalie Goldberg's memoir writing book this week. I used to think memoir was only something written when you are old and retired, thinking back on your glory days, your childen, your career, your amazing travels. I guess I thought only famous people wrote memoirs or memoirs that sell anyway. This book has changed my thinking about memoir writing. Filled with creative writing prompts. Natalie uses short chapters to keep people with short attentions spans like myself, engaged and reading. Using examples from retreats or classes she taught Natalie illustrates how exciting and verbally stimulating writing memoir can be. As she states in the introduction memoir is not "a chronological pronouncement of the facts of your life" but instead a series of memories, moments and events that made you who you are. I think this book is a keeper, right up there with her classic Writing Down the Bones.
Inspired by her book, set the timer for 10 minutes and write about all of the houses you have lived in. Want more? 10 more minutes, write about a place you haven't lived. Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag
07 November 2008
10 Things I Love That Start With The Letter H
Hazelnuts- heart healthy hazelnuts make everything taste better and it's half the ingredient of chocolaty Nutella
Happy Birthday's-especially mine, an excuse to eat a lot of cake, feel special and celebrate another year
Halloween-from the first candy bar to the last trick-or-treater, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays which brings me to...
Holidays- the tradition of each one starting with champagne and a kiss on New Year's Day to my favorite holiday, Christmas, gingerbread cookies, decorated tree, parties,
History-learning about where we came from and what people overcame is always inspiring to me, all the stories they didn't teach us about in history class but should have
Honey-from exotic flavors to local wild flower honey, drizzle some on pancakes or slip a teaspoon into tea- honey is comforting, go bees
Home- my house, it's little, cozy, old, and wonderful to come home to every night
Hot Springs- Colorado is home to a lot of them and I plan on taking advantage of every single one of them
Hello's-hello's mean new friends and old, family visits and a welcoming feeling
Hope-"The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." Allan K. Chalmers
Thanks to Lauri for the fun meme
04 November 2008
~ Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm. ~
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Notes from my journal-Friday, October 31, 2008
I voted today, early voting in Colorado, I waited in line for 45 minutes for a mail in ballot, the line for electronic voting was said to be 2-3 hours long. The clerks are efficient, the process goes quickly for as many people that are in the building. I take my ballot and fill it in in the county clerk's office. Next to me a young couple are getting married. It is very surreal sitting in the office voting with the wedding ceremony going on less than 3 feet away. Many of the couple's family members are there supporting them. I wonder if the clerk likes her job, I think I would like that job. The wedding is over now and the kids get up. Everyone cheers, people wait in line to vote, there is no grumbling, people seem content, relaxed even happy. I double and triple check that I have voted correctly and that I made no mistakes. Seal the envelope, sign my name and drop it in the ballot box. I leave Centennial Hall to walk to work, I walk in the grass in the median of the road, it is Halloween but unseasonably warm, today will be 75 degrees. I find a "I Voted" sticker in the grass, I stick it to my coat. I hope.
VOTE and then get back to work!
The Writing Nag
03 November 2008
Serve warm with Writing Nag's honey-nut butter.
Recipe Approved by pumpkin loving squirrels.
Nana's Raisin Bread
The Writing Nag