I've had a few poets ask me about poetic inspiration. Where do you find it, and how do you go about acquiring this precious commodity? I dedicated a section in Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry to just that subject. In my opinion, inspiration is everywhere. But not everyone feels … Continue reading Finding Poetic Inspiration
I spent some time with Pal and Kid at the Saddle Up Saloon on carrotranch.com. I hope you’ll stop by and have a read! ❤
“Kid, ya told me ya got Colleen Chesebro comin’ in this week.”
“Yep. Pretty cool, huh?”
“But what, Pal?”
“Well, I have ta ask, ‘cause we’re fictional characters an’ sometimes we git fictional characters in here at the Saddle Up as guests, so, I jist was wunnerin’… is Colleen fer real?”
“Of course she is, Pal. Jeez, why d’ya have ta ask that?”
“Well, mebbe she’s real, but I jist find her unbelievable.”
“She is fantastic, if that’s what ya mean.”
“Kid, I cain’t figger her out. Colleen Chesebro is a ex-military faerie whisperer? D’ya s’pose she’s got like a split pers’nality or somethin’?”
“Maybe you oughtta split, Pal, ‘cause here she is now. Jist shush an’ be polite fer g’ness sakes. Howdy Colleen! Welcome ta the Saddle Up Saloon.”
“Colleen Chesebro! I kin ask her m’sef.”
“That’s enough ‘bout what she’s done, Pal. Shush now. I wanna…
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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! It's the first of the month and you know what that means! Word Crafters, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It's up to you! This opportunity only happens once a month! WAIT... Are you looking for inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on Pixabay.com or … Continue reading #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 211, #Abhanga, or #PoetsChoice
This week Word Crafters, I gave you two words: past and present. I asked you to choose synonyms and write your own poetry! Your creativity has reached new levels! You all wrote amazing poetry! Here's everyone who joined in: 1.Padre9.Zander17.Ruth Scribbles2.willowdot2110.Cheryl18.Donna Matthews3.Trent McDonald11.Jude19.Sue Vincent4.Dave Madden12.anita dawes20.theindieshe5.Tina Stewart Brakebill13.s. s.21.kittysverses6.Myrna at myforever14.Jules22.Kerfe Roig7.Ritu Bhathal15.Laura McHarrie23.8.Eugenia16.The Versesmith I have … Continue reading TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | Synonyms Only “Past & Present” challenge no. 210
For this year’s rodeo, I created a special poetry form called the Double Ennead. The word Ennead means nine, and a double nine is ninety-nine! Carrot Ranch is famous for 99-word flash fiction. Finally, the ranch has its own syllabic poetry form written in 99 syllables! The Double Ennead comprised five lines with a syllable count of … Continue reading The Results ARe IN For the Winner of the Carrot Ranch Double Ennead Poetry Challenge
Welcome to the Carrot Ranch Rodeo! This challenge is sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community at carrotranch.com and run by lead Buckaroo, Charli Mills. Almost everyone knows my love for syllabic poetry; especially haiku, tanka, cinquain, and more. Woo HOO! I've got something special wrangled up for this challenge! For this year's rodeo, I've … Continue reading Carrot RODEO #2: DOUBLE ENNEAD SYLLABIC POETRY
Who’s ready to join the rodeo? All you have to do is to Write ONE original folk tale or fable in 99 words. Exactly 99 words (not including title and byline). Read the rest of Kerry Black’s post! It’s time to get your rodeo on!
This year, spin a yarn as long as the Rio Grande (in 99 words, that is) to be a contender in a Western-themed Folk Tale or Fable event of the Carrot Ranch Writing Rodeo!
Yours truly is the leader for this event, so saddle up, round ‘em up, and write those words for a shot at winning a $25 Amazon Gift Card and your work immortalized at https://CarrotRanch.com/
How do you participate?
SIMPLE! Write ONE original folk tale or fable in 99 words. Exactly 99 words (not including title and byline) *Don’t publish the piece anywhere until after the contest is completed (The end of November, 2020) because we want the blind judging to be fair and uninfluenced.
Is there an entry fee? NO, Cowfolk! No Entry Fee!
Can I enter more than one story? No, one only. Sorry.
Deadline? All entries must be…
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And TUFF has begun! Who thinks they can ride this bronc all the way through? Get out your sparkly spurs and your cowboy/girl hats… It’s time to ride!
Welcome to the Saddle Up Saloon, Writers!
Yep. You’ve landed in the right spot if you are looking for the 2020 Flash Fiction Rodeo. Kid and Pal hit the trail, taking some well-deserved time off from running the Saloon. They hope to return next month, every Monday, with fun literary events and character interviews. If you have the daring to let your characters be interviewed by characters that refuse to believe they fall from the ink in D. Avery’s pen, then this month is a good time to get into the line-up. Contact Kid and Pal at D. Avery’s address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s get down to the tuffest contest in the Rodeo. If you are not familiar with TUFF (The Ultimate Flash Fiction), let me take a sip of this good hard cider Pal left for us and explain. TUFF is a progressive formula that requires a writer to draft…
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Kid and Shorty… I mean Charli Mills, gives the lowdown on Rodeo season at Carrot Ranch… Be on the lookout for more rodeo information coming your way on this blog! Giddy-UP!
“Kid, seems like yer fine’ly gittin’ yer acts t’gether, even if ya are repeatin’ some a ‘em.”
“Pal, did you know this is the twenty-eighth?”
“Yeah, Kid, I know today’s the twenty-eighth of September. Monday. A new show at the Saddle Up!”
“No, this is our twenty-eighth show since we started the saloon. Kin ya believe it? We’ve had some real fine guests an’ visitors in that time, fer sure.”
“So, Kid, what’s the plan fer this week then? Is there a special guest?”
“Well, I’m confused, Pal. I have a guest lined up but I ain’t sure if’n it’s Shorty or if’n it’s Charli Mills. How kin I tell the diff’rence?”
“Near’s I kin tell, they’s one an’ the same, both real deal, ‘cept one’s fictional.”
“Oh. Like us.”
“No, not like us. We’re totally made up, but Shorty’s a BORP.”
“Mind yer manners, Pal, say…
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The August 13, 2020, Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a first flight. It can be anything or anyone that flies. What is significant about the first? Go where the prompt leads! Respond by August 25, 2020. The wings were brand new. The … Continue reading First Flight, #flashfiction