Sorry for the chaos last week! I’m slowing updating all the pages that did NOT come over from the business plan. The Poetry Challenge Cheat Sheet link and the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Book Store links are on the main menu above. You should be able to access them. Please let me know if something is not working, so I can let WP know to fix it.

Moral of the story, don’t update to the WP business plan unless you are prepared to pay $300 a year for your blog the second year, to say nothing of the hassles that go with the entire mess. ❤

Jules, of Jules Pens Some Gems selected your words for this week. Check out this amazing list of poetry forms on her blog!

Here are your two words:

“Circled and Squared”

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select a poem and share it on my blog as part of the Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars. Whoever I pick will choose the words for next month’s challenge!

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat sheet below (or on the top menu)

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it


  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, and Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


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  4. I feel for you with your techie issues, Colleen. The WP business plan allows you to use plug-ins, yet the annual cost is high! I have opted for self-hosted, which gives a lot of options and is much cheaper. Natalie Ducey pointed the way with that option. Wrapping you in much love. ❤

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  8. While I guess I could have just used my prompt with one word each as a synonym… I used three each and then added three more prompts. I’m continuing a personal saga of having no air conditioning. I’m hoping the part comes in soon… today, this morning isn’t so bad. But the last two days I’ve been just a puddle of a person trying to cope in the heat. Thanks for letting me pick the words for this week. I’ll attempt to respond to others as I am able. But the sun is breaking through the clouds and I might just try and find a hole to hide in…
    Here’s makin’ me wait…

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    • Yes, me too! I did have a thought about your mess. If you reset your computer back to factory reset it will wipe out all of the Dropbox mess. Then, you can transfer your laptop to the new one. Also, you need to get an external drive that runs off a USB plug. That way everything is stored there and not on your computer. They are around $100 for a zillion terabytes of storage. All your photos can go there too. No one uses SD cards anymore. You might have to go to a computer place to get the data transferred to an external drive. Research external drives. Much better than Dropbox. ❤️

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      • Thanks for that Sis. Firstly, I spent 3 days doing the delete, so I have finally got rid of the dupes, so I’d hate to start all over now – wish you told me that day 1 lol. As for the external hardrive. I have an old one I use for backing up – that’s the one I used to plug in and transfer everything over. Only problem with this expensive machine that only gives me one port where I insert the stick that is the bluetooth connector to my mouse, thus no spare port to keep a backup always plugged in! Insane right? 😦 ❤

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  12. Three hundred a year is a lot, Colleen. That’s about what I was paying for my self-hosted Always Write. I gave it up and my posts transferred, but of course all the links are off. I don’t know if I can ever get them all fixed. I started to, but ended up rewriting and updating all my posts. Too much work, and very boring! I now have the same plan you do, and I love it. It’s just enough. Besides, you don’t need plug-ins for most things. WordPress has really improved their Premium plan since I was away. I feel so much freer and enjoy blogging again. Happy blogging on your new plan. 🙂

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  15. Your site looks fabulous and your links are working fine for me. I found with the new editor and a good theme, the Premium plan has just as much going for it as the Business plan.

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