Month: April 2022

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“Runway No. Nine,” #99-Word Stories

The Carrot Ranch April 25, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “up and away.” You can imagine a story from the photo of hot air balloons, a flying superhero, a natural wonder, or any other direction your inspiration goes. Go where the prompt leads!     Submit …

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Daily haiku: 4/29/22

purple lilacs— the fragrance of springtime at the ball park © Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen’s Kindle: April 2022 Reads

The Book Review Club! I’ve been exploring the Kindle Unlimited offers on Amazon, and I’ve been happy with everything I’ve found. This has become an affordable way for me to feed my voracious book reading habit. For book reviewers like me, this is an excellent way to read books. It’s also a great way for …

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Yellow Daffodils, #TankaTuesday

For this week’s #TankaTuesday challenge, Yvette M. Calleiro, selected the theme of beginnings and endings. I tried to allude to beginnings and endings without using the words. It proved to be difficult for me today… Here’s a bit of tanka prose to reflect on. yellow daffodils bloom amidst the destruction war machines roll on as …

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Yvette M. Calleiro from last month’s challenge picked the theme: This month’s theme is: Beginnings & Endings This is an excellent article on writing poetry! Have a read… you never know what you will learn! Here are some sites that will help you write …


The WordCrafter “Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships” Book Blog Tour!

It’s been a tremendous thrill for me to have some of my poetry featured in Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships along with several other fine poets. Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynn Booth, have assembled and published the book and are now hosting a blog tour! From Writing to Be Read: This is Day 1 of the …

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#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 270 -Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the I’ve been doing a lot of spring cleaning at my house and on the blog. I’ll continue to update the challenge cheat sheet …

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Kigo: Japanese Season Words for Crafting Haiku

Kigo (季語, “season word”) is a word or phrase associated with a particular season, most often used in traditional forms of Japanese poetry such as haiku, renga and renku. Wikipedia provides an excellent definition of haiku: “Haiku is a short verse genre written in one line in Japanese and commonly three lines in English and …

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Haiku & Zappai

Haiku is a form with three or more lines following the short-long-short, 3-5-3, 2-3-2, (5-7-5 traditional) of approximately twelve syllables. Haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. No title. (Kigo required). No rhyming. Season word list: &  My version of How to write haiku HERE. Let’s …

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The Never-Ending Winter, #99-Word Stories

What is Carrot Ranch? I’ve had the privilege of writing with a great bunch of poets, writers, and authors over at every week where we write 99-word stories. This is no simple task, but like syllabic poetry, it’s a study in brevity. Every week, our lead buckaroo, Charli Mills, gives us a prompt to …

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