Wild seas cooking up a storm – Inspiring Pictures for Writers



Three young women, a blond, a brunette and a red head , dance and make music and sip tea in the long grass while a storm spins the sea into a dark froth. It’s an extraordinary painting, its imagery hinting at myths and other-ness. There’s no doubt that this is a narrative painting but we have to make our own story out of the images. (What is that animal doing on the table?)

The artist is Andrea Kowch who was born in Detroit in 1986. One critic said of her work: “The lonely, desolate American landscape encompassing the paintings’subjects serves as an exploration of nature’s sacredness and a reflection of the human soul, symbolizing all things powerful, fragile, and eternal.”


And everyone seems to agree that she has been influenced by her native Michigan, but when I first saw this painting I was convinced she must also have…

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Painting with light – inspiring art for writers


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This is a little different.

The Finnish artist Karri Kola uses light as her medium. This installation “Nordic Elements” was on show at Lumina Light Festival in 2014  in Cascais Portugal. She also produced a spectacular light display this year as part of Finland’s celebration of a centenary of independence on January 1st.  And that’s about all I know. I’m not even sure Karri has one r or two and if she is a ‘she’. I do know that light shows can have extraordinary depth and power and this image only gives us a fraction of the experience. Still, it’s pretty good, isn’t it?

And if you’re stuck with what to write: put yourself on that road. You don’t know what the lights mean except that something is about to happen. Go through the five senses: what can you see, hear, smell, taste, touch? Write down a few words for each…

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Southwestern Steak Salad

Frugal Hausfrau

I think I might have been a little cruel this last week. I’ve been mercilessly teasing you with this Southwestern Steak Salad on some of my prior posts. It’s seriously delish. Seriously noteworthy. You’ll need to make this one; it has something for everyone.

Southwestern Steak Salad with Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing & Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salsa

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First Line Friday 31.03.17

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

I, Dylan, will happily be taking on every other Friday’s prompt within Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. This prompt will alternate with another on Fridays. I would like to continue the first line tradition of Lorraine’s Finish Off Fridays, so with little ado…

I’ll provide the first line, you get to write whatever comes afterward. Length, genre, and structure is completely up to you. You have a week to write it, enjoy!

Include the first line of course! Tag it Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, First Line Fridays, and short fiction. Create a link (ping-back) to this post and add your link to Mister Linky below.

Your line for this week is:

The music box sat on the shelf for years until he walked in.

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Haddon Musings

What do you call a woman who is the first African woman to win the New York Marathon only five years after getting her first pair of sneakers?  You call her Chametia (one who never gets annyoyed) or Tegla Loroupe.  Here is her medal-worthy story.

From running star to champion for peace, the story of Tegla Loroupe

By Paul Osborne
Tegla Loroupe is a real life role model. From her exploits on the road to her incredible humanitarian work off it, the Kenyan is a true ambassador to her country, her sport and mankind as a whole.

Born in Kapsait village, the Lelan division of West Pokot District, Kenya, Loroupe grew up with 24 siblings. She spent her childhood working fields, tending cattle and looking after younger brothers and sisters.

It was at the age of seven, when Loroupe began attending school, that her running prowess became immediately apparent. Attending…

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